ESMOD BERLIN International University of Art for Fashion unites a deep awareness of tradition with a strong orientation to the future. Offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees (in accordance with the Bologna Process), we aim to train original and critical designers who can move in the international fashion world with creative competence, sustained success, and a pronounced sense of responsibility, and who bring these attributes to bear on their own ongoing development and that of the fashion industry.

Our curriculum is centred on the idea of a holistic unity of eye, hand, and mind – that is, a triad of perception, creation, and reflection. We see it as our mission to work across disciplines to join abilities and knowledge in the artistic-creative and technical as well as analytical, scientific spheres with socio-cultural sensitivity and a nuanced understanding of our contemporary world.

The educational concept of the École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode grows out of a long tradition. The school was founded in 1841 by Alexis Lavigne, master tailor and the inventor of both the dress form and the flexible measuring tape. In the 21st century, ESMOD BERLIN continues to place great value on training on the bust (hand), as well as on a teaching approach that links action-oriented learning with artistic-experimental practice (eye) and probing scholarly reflection (mind).

Fashion design must always be seen in the context of its societal environment. It is our conviction at ESMOD BERLIN that fashion has perceptible social and cultural consequences. For this reason, alongside the artistic-creative aspect of our training, our curriculum also strongly emphasises the theoretical, aesthetic, and cultural knowledge necessary for critical reflection.

ESMOD BERLIN endeavours to train not only commercially successful fashion designers, but also critically thinking personalities who, as designers and individuals, can advocate necessary societal differentiations and developments.

Young people from all over the world study at ESMOD BERLIN, where they engage in dialogue with an equally international faculty. Intensive support, promotion of personal responsibility and independence, and the targeted development of specialised competencies in creative professionalism are distinguishing features of the training they receive. Student internships and field trips providing insight into new technologies and new media are an integral component of the curriculum.

The university’s introduced master’s degree in Sustainability in Fashion is an expression of our view of the need to take responsibility for humanity and the environment in a period of rapid global change. Our graduates’ pronounced problem-solving and decision-making competence, in association with their individual responsibility as designers, gives rise to a holistic stimulus for societal change.

ESMOD BERLIN will continue to undergo steady, substantive development in engaged, open communication between faculty and students in a spirit of sociocultural sensitivity and nuanced contemporary understanding of society and the environment.