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Program FAQ List

  • Can I apply for my Diploma program when filling out my first application?

    Yes, If you have already made the decision to study at the Academy of Fashion Design for our Diploma Program you can select that option with the understanding that your first 8 months of study will be the Certificate Program and the second 8 months of study will be the Diploma Program. 

  • Can I have a job while I am attending school?

    Yes! It is also something we encourage to all of our students.  Our school hours allow our students to take on a job in our industry after school and on weekends. 

  • Do I have to send original documents to the school?

    Students can scan their documents and email them to us to start their application.  We must see the original documents before you start classes.  You can bring them with you on you first day, or send them ahead of the first day of classes. 

  • Do I need to now how to draw, sew etc...when I start?

    Although any skills you have previous to enrollment are an asset, it does not mean that having no skills in the beginning will be a detriment to your education. 

  • Does the school have an attendance policy?

    Students must be in attendance at least 90% of every month.  After 2 months of failing to attend at that rate, disciplinary action will commence.  If your attendance does not improve you will be asked to withdraw from the school.

  • Is the Fashion Industry right for me?

    Success in our Industry is dependent on people who are highly motivated, self starting, and hard working individuals that make decisions quickly and with purpose. 

  • Must I move away to become a successful Fashion Entrepreneur?

    Saskatchewan's home grown attitude is very supportive of local talent in our own growing fashion industry.  With the guidance of the Academy's instructors anyone can have a successful career in many different areas of the industry here in Saskatchewan.  If students choose to relocate during their career as some have, they find that their education from the Academy of fashion Design has prepared them for what is ahead. 

  • Must I take my Certificate Program before my Diploma?

    Yes, all of our long term programs start with the certification program.  However, any students transferring from other Fashion Design programs may be eligible for a prior learning assessment (This does not include at home training) that can be set up with the school in advance to their application submission. 

  • What are the Academy of Fashion Designs Prerequisites?

    All of the students must have an intense passion of the Fashion Industry in addition to their High School Diploma / Equivalency, or be eligible to apply as a mature student. 

  • What can I do to prepare myself for a fashion education?

    Potential students can prepare themselves for the exciting world of fashion by keeping an eye on industry trends, fashion business news, and the global market.  Students should also be fine tuning existing skills that relate to our program such as Illustration, Garment Construction, and Design. 

  • Where can I find work after my 16 months of Study is over?

    The Academy of Fashion Design works closely with our diploma students to secure an appropriate job in the fashion and apparel industry.  Students who wish to specialize in specific areas of study will have the opportunity to work in their elected field as an intern. 

  • Where do I purchase Supplies for my course?

    Supplies for all of our programs can be purchased at Academy of Fashion Designs onsite fabric store HJ Fabrics.  Before you first day of classes any outside supplies should be discussed with the school as not all tools are created equal.

  • Where is the Entrance to the school?

    The entrance to the Academy is inside our onsite fabric store.  Our design and cutting room is on the main level, while our production room is in the second story loft. 



International FAQ List

  • Can I apply for my Diploma program when filling out my first application?

    Yes, If you have already made the decision to study at the Academy of Fashion Design for our Diploma Program you can select that option with the understanding that your first 8 months of study will be the Certificate Program and the second 8 months of study will be the Diploma Program. 

  • Can I work while attending school?

    International Students are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during full time study and as much as they like during school breaks.  

  • Do I have to send original documents to the school?

    Students can scan their documents and email them to us to start their application.  We must see the original documents before you start classes.  You can bring them with you on you first day, or send them ahead of the first day of classes. 

  • Do I need to now how to draw, sew etc...when I start?

    Although any skills you have previous to enrollment are an asset, it does not mean that having no skills in the beginning will be a detriment to your education. 

  • Do my Transcripts have to be translated to English?

    Academy of Fashion Design requires that International Students have their transcripts translated to English as does the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).  We ask that you submit both the Notarized translation and the original document at the time of your application.  

  • Does the school have an attendance policy?

    Students must be in attendance at least 90% of every month.  After 2 months of failing to attend at that rate, disciplinary action will commence.  If your attendance does not improve you will be asked to withdraw from the school.

  • How long does it take to process an international application?

    The Academy of Fashion Design makes every effort to process your applications as soon as we can.  We acknowledge your application upon receiving it and it can take approximately 7-10 days to process your application after your completed application, all documentation and application fees have been received. 

  • I have emailed the school and did not receive a response?

    The Academy of Fashion Design respond as quickly as possible to all emails.  Some emails can end up being flagged as spam when coming from distant locations, please resend your email if you have not been acknowledged. 

  • Is the Fashion Industry right for me?

    Success in our Industry is dependent on people who are highly motivated, self starting, and hard working individuals that make decisions quickly and with purpose. 

  • Must I move away to become a successful Fashion Entrepreneur?

    Saskatchewan's home grown attitude is very supportive of local talent in our own growing fashion industry.  With the guidance of the Academy's instructors anyone can have a successful career in many different areas of the industry here in Saskatchewan.  If students choose to relocate during their career as some have, they find that their education from the Academy of fashion Design has prepared them for what is ahead. 

  • What are the Academy of Fashion Designs Prerequisites?

    All of the students must have an intense passion of the Fashion Industry in addition to their High School Diploma / Equivalency, or be eligible to apply as a mature student. 

  • What can I do to prepare myself for a fashion education?

    Potential students can prepare themselves for the exciting world of fashion by keeping an eye on industry trends, fashion business news, and the global market.  Students should also be fine tuning existing skills that relate to our program such as Illustration, Garment Construction, and Design. 

  • When are my tuition and other costs due?

    All fees must be paid in full on or before the first day of classes. 

  • Where do I purchase Supplies for my course?

    Supplies for all of our programs can be purchased at Academy of Fashion Designs onsite fabric store HJ Fabrics.  Before you first day of classes any outside supplies should be discussed with the school as not all tools are created equal.

  • Where is the Entrance to the school?

    The entrance to the Academy is inside our onsite fabric store.  Our design and cutting room is on the main level, while our production room is in the second story loft. 

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