Fashion & Textile Technologies

Course typeExchange
Course sectorTextiles & Fashion
Course duration5 months
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan.), Spring (Febr. - Jul.)
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Saxion student Fashion & Textile Technologies"The future of fashion is materials," predicts Dutch trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort. And that’s exactly how Saxion’s bachelor degree in Fashion and Textile Technologies (FTT) sets itself apart from other textile and fashion courses! Our teaching staff of professionals from the fashion and textile industry, each of them passionate about materials, will give you a firm foundation for stimulating and rewarding roles in this international sector.

The Fashion and Textile Technologies programme

As an exchange student of the Fashion and Textile Technologies department, you will develop a keen eye for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). You will learn all about textile materials, innovative production methods, putting together a collection, purchasing, selling and other aspects of business.

With your knowledge of products and materials you will crucially bridge the gap between designers, production and the market, forming the linchpin of the organisation. For interior designers or fashion designers, your specific knowledge and input will be indispensable. That’s what we call ‘co-creation’.

What will you learn?

The courses within the Fashion and Textile Technologies offer you plenty of scope to discover and further develop your own talents, be they technical, creative or commercial ones. The programme is based on the following:

  • Materials: materials and production (technical)
  • Collections: product development and creating collections (creative)
  • Buying: business and market development (commercial)

Needless to say, if you’re an all-rounder with a broad range of interests you can also make crossovers. Whatever you choose, textile materials form the common thread running through this textile and fashion programme. Thanks to the knowledge you gain, many companies in the textile and fashion industry, both at home and abroad, will welcome you with open arms.

First and second years

As an exchange student you can choose courses from the first and second year. In the first two years, students work on projects related to Buying, Materials and Collections and attend a wide range of lectures on topics including textile basics, business management and marketing. You also work on your linguistic and financial skills. Each term is dedicated to a particular theme: Into The Future, Buying, Collections or Materials.

Third and fourth years

You can also choose a Smart Solutions Semester (24 ECTS). During this semester you work in interdisciplinary teams on assignments from companies or one of our Knowledge Centres, implementing technological developments in your field. It is also possible to apply for an internship at our Research Centre, in the field of Surface Modification, Textile and Clothing Technology, Sustainable Textiles, and Responsive Smart Textiles..

A team of several enthusiastic lecturers, many of whom have worked in the textiles sector, will teach you using modern real-life business cases in a challenging and inspiring learning community with state-of-the art facilities. Lessons are held in a fantastic new building with lots of glass and light, providing a home base for around 700 enthusiastic Dutch and international students who are keen to immerse themselves in all aspects of today’s world of textiles.

The lecturers are very helpful in sharing their knowledge and experience, whilst encouraging your personal development as well. The course programme is varied, comprising a mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and projects, ensuring all the material covered is directly relevant to practical situations in the textiles business.

This semester is open to 2nd or 3rd year Bachelor students in Fashion and Textiles programmes. If you would like to be an exchange student for this semester, please check with your home institution if it has a bilateral agreement with Saxion – Fashion & Textile Technologies. To apply as an exchange student you will have to contact the International Office at your home institution so they can nominate you and afterwards you can fill in the application form.

For more information please use the form below to contact the course director.


Examples of careers for fashion and textile specialists

  • a buyer for a major fashion chain, such as H&M
  • a product developer at an interior design company;
  • a quality manager for a fashion brand;
  • or a materials engineer for a well-known apparel brand such as Nike.

Continuing your studies

Would you like to continue your studies? No problem! You can choose from various master programmes, including Saxion’s Master in Innovative Textile Development. It’s also possible to study for a master degree another European city, such as in Manchester or Aberdeen where you can choose a master programme specifically focused on the commercial, technical or creative aspects.