Eligibility and Application Procedure

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to enter the program candidates must have a Bachelor of Arts Degree (or equivalent) in Fashion Design or in a relevant field equalling 210 credit points. Candidates with a Bachelor degree of 180ECTS might be able to follow a special degree course plan.


I do not have a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design, is there still a chance for me to enter the program?

Applicants for the Masters Program from other educational fields than Fashion Design, should have followed fashion related courses during their Bachelor study. Furthermore, they should have a strong connection to (sustainable) fashion. The program has a very practical orientation and therefore requires students to have basic design, sewing and pattern making skills. Please be aware that during the study you might need some external support for completing projects, which you need to keep in mind for your budget. The amount of the extra costs depends on your project.



Does ESMOD offer preparation classes?

ESMOD Berlin offers summer courses in Fashion Illustration as well as Pattern Making and Draping. The course description, dates and prices can be found on our website.



When should I send in my application?

The deadline is the first Friday in March each year. Applications sent in after the deadline will be considered when capacity allows.



To whom should I send my application?

Please indicate that you apply for the Masters Program and send your complete application to info@esmod.de.



What should I include in my portfolio?


Your portfolio should be an edited document of your best work to date consisting of five work samples, which show the diversity and excellence of your skills and experience. Please supply this as a PDF in A4 format with a maximum of 20 pages. If the file is heavy please send it to us over Wetransfer or Dropbox.


What English language level is required to follow the course?


For your application you require a proof of applicant’s English language ability by mean of a TOFEL or IELTS test. The English Niveau should be B2 or higher according to European Standards. For more information please visit the website of your test institution.

Course Content

How is the course structured?

The first semester of the Master Program is highly transdisciplinary and consists of lectures in Sustainable Design Strategies, Sustainable Marketing and Business, Sustainable Production and Textiles, Critical Studies and Material Culture. The education format is a combination of theory based and practical tasks and contents, as well as in class and off campus learning with discipline specific expert talks and lectures.


In the second and third semester students focus on their Master Project and work independently with the support of academic staff. For more information about the study content click here.

Master Project

What were the recent graduation projects like?

All master projects are presented in our online M.A.’GAZINE. The focus of each master project varies between Design, Marketing and Production.


How does ESMOD help graduates to find a job or an entry placement?


ESMOD Berlin has an extensive international network in the fashion industry, providing students with up to date information and networking opportunities during and after studies. During the program students have access to professionals through studio visits, conferences, fashion trade fairs and excursions in order to develop their professional network and gain an insight into the industry climate.


At the end of the program, an international jury assesses the Master Projects. Each jury member provides a prize of some description, which could include a mentorship, consultancy or any professional opportunity suitable to the capacity or needs of the student of their choice, in order to help the students make the next step post-studies.


Following graduation ESMOD retains the Master Projects for six month for exhibition purposes during events such as Berlin Fashion Week and internationally. If we have the opportunity to exhibit your project we invite you to be apart of the opportunity in order to promote yourself and your project. These opportunities have proven to be incredibly beneficial for graduates.


We also receive requests from industry professionals and companies that are seeking employees and we try to place graduates as much as possible. We are also collecting and distributing information about funding opportunities, awards, competitions, and any kind of professional opportunities we think will be suitable for our graduates.



Is the degree state accredited?


Since 2011 ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion is officially recognized by the Senate Administration for Education, Science and Research as a University of Art according to § 123 I and II of the Berlin Higher Education Act.

Visit ESMOD Berlin

Can I come visit ESMOD Berlin?


We are very happy to welcome you at ESMOD Berlin. Either you can join one of our Open Days or Open Showroom Events or make a personal consultation appointment. Therefore just send us an email to info@esmod.de.


Does ESMOD Berlin have an Open Day?

ESMOD Berlin organises two to three Open Days within the academic year. Subscribers of our newsletter will get informed via email, additionally, we will announce the dates on our webpage and social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Finances and Funding

What are the tuition fees for the Master Program?

For information about the fees of the master program click here.



Is it possible to get a discount on the tuition fees or to be released from paying the tuition fee?


The tutiton fee is fixed and cannot be adjusted.



What study financing options are available?



The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is a key funding body for education and can provide living expenses, grants and/or scholarships to foreign students. There are many other funding bodies however candidates are required to do their own research. It is also recommended that you check our own countries funding opportunities for international study.


Any scholarship application is strengthened if you are already accepted into the program, so we recommend you apply in advance as much as possible. Most scholarship programs run approximately one year in advance, so it is important to be prepared.



Applicants, who are currently employed, might receive financial support from their company.



Does ESMOD provide student housing?

ESMOD Berlin does not offer residential accommodation for students but we can recommend you some platforms for housing.

Student Life

How is the student life in Berlin?

Certainly great! Get more insights here.


How to get to ESMOD Berlin?

Click here for directions.


Whom to contact for further information and application enquiries?

For applications and more information please send an email to info@esmod.de
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