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Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design

Country: Poland

City: Cracow


Type of school: Private Universities


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Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) offers a two-and-half-year full time program. Our staff, all specialists within different areas of art and design, provide a program of study that enables a student release his full potential. After 20 years of experience the school has achieved a high standard and an exellent reputation. We have been able to place many students in Polish fashion companies, ranging from cutting-edge boutiques to the largest industry enterprises listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Some students have also found employment with international companies operating in a diverse range of countries. The school is approved by the Polish Ministry of Culture, and is listed in the Ministry’s Art School Directory. The school is opened for international students and tuition is held in English. Our intensive and comprehensive academic tuition in fashion allows students to prepare an excellent portfolio.


Since many years the School’s graduates have been taking part in Polish and international contests for fashion designers and they have won numerous prizes of high importance for their carriers:


  • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) is the only private school of fashion to have received the Honorary Golden Thread – a very prestigious award for distinguished individuals and institutions in Polish fashion, granted by the Lodz International Fair (MTL).
  • During The International Fashion Competition „Habitus Baltija” in Riga, Latvia – Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design was awarded a title „The Best School” in years 2009 and 2011. The event brings together 10 fashion universities from all over Europe.
  • Our graduates have won numerous awards in Polish as well as international competitions – most recently Anka Letycja Walicka won the international competition Fashion Culture in London, in which the second and third places were taken by graduates from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
  • The school is a partner of international competitions: Fashion Culture (London), Habitus Baltija (Riga), Russian Silhuette (Moscow), Mielnica Fashion (Minsk), Donetsk Fashion Days (Donetsk), Jeansation (Monte Carlo).
  • SAPU’s graduates hold prestigious internships abroad and work in the world’s top fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, John Galliano, Claude Bonucci,
  • In 1999 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design was awarded prestigious prize „The Silver Loop” for its contribution into the development of Polish fashion industry granted by Poznań International Fair.
  • Since 1994 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design has educated more than 1,500 designers who work in fashion companies in Poland and abroad, and many design under their own brand name and are currently recognized in the fashion industry.
  • Thanks to the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design diploma show and an intensive promotion of SAPU graduates, the City of Krakow was the 33rd in the ranking of the world’s fashion capitals in 2012 overtaking Moscow, Frankfurt, Vienna, Miami and San Francisco.
  • You can find articles about SAPU and its graduates in significant magazines both Polish and international – Vogue, Collezioni, WGSN, Dexigner and more.

The 2.5 year full-time program introduces students to the essential skills of fashion and textile design from sketch pad to catwalk. It includes design, textiles, fashion illustration, garment construction and garment styling. English and Polish classes are held for two years. The graduates receive diploma – Fashion Designer.


Throughout the first semester students are introduced to the basic skills necessary to develop their creativity. There are separate workshops for life drawing, colour study, composition, painting, fashion drawing, shoe design, jewellery design and apparel design. The second semester provides students with the opportunity for further development of their skills in fashion design. New workshops are introduced, i.e. patternmaking, shoe design and textile design. Different colour techniques, modes of expression and numerous presentation methods are offered to the students. At the end of each semester students present their work at a scheduled fashion show.


The second year employs the basic skills already learned to develop a personal style through design research and to study many different fashion products. Students practise sketching men, women and children, and they research fashion trends, fabric choices, colour cards, and current season’s publicity material. In this year we emphasize definition, development and creation of collections. New workshops are introduced, i.e.: accessories including millinery, textile technology, fashion photography and the history of fashion. Again, at the end of each semester, students’ works are presented at fashion shows. The fifth and final semester concludes with an opportunity to design and manufacture a diploma collection. The best collections are presented at fashion show (Cracow Fashion Awards) in late March, which is the highlight of the school’s academic year.

11 reasons to study in Krakow


Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland. It’s a historic city whose unique atmosphere is created by its numerous students!


Did you know…

  • everything here is within walking distance, so you’re always in the middle of things
  • it’s a city that never sleeps
  • Krakow is a place where dreams come true
  • only here you will find Kazimierz, a charming quarter with hundreds of magical and thought-provoking locations
  • the people in Krakow are truly kind-hearted and helpful
  • there’s always something happening here: you can attend cultural events, performances and festivals
  • the city’s renowned artistic circles will welcome you
  • Europe’s biggest main square is located in the heart of the city
  • Krakow is truly a place to fall in love with
  • it’s a city which constantly attracts and inspires
  • you can spend the best years of your life here – and you will not want to leave!


„Krakow best European city trip 2014″ – see more


Would you like to study in Krakow and develop your artistic intertests? Do you want to turn your passion into a profession? Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is your best choice! Find out more by phone at (+48) 122662111 or e-mail at



Admission is open to any applicant with a high school diploma. No former study in the field of art is required, however, it is advantageous. It has been proven, that students without former artistic experience may have the talent to benefit enormously from taking our course of study. All that is required is a true interest in fashion, creativity and commitment. We are dedicated to providing entry to people within age range and from diverse backgrounds. No portfolio is required. Although most of our students will one day work in the fashion industry or begin their own businesses, some complete the course simply for the satisfaction that achievement brings.


When to apply


Application and admission are possible throughout the year. International students are strongly encouraged to apply early to allow time to complete all admission requirements. The school year starts at the begining of October and lasts until around 20th of June. There are no extra entries in spring.


How to apply


The admission process is completed only when all components of the application reach the school and the registration fee reaches our bank account.




Documents required:

  • An international student application form DOWNLOAD
  • Original certified copy of high school or university diploma with official, notarised translation into English by a court approved translator (if not in English)
  • 4 photos
  • A photocopy of the passport page with photo and personal data
  • A medical certificate, confirming eligibility for study, translated into English by a court-approved translator (if not in English).
  • Confirmation of payment of entrance fee
  • Health insurance arranged with insurance agency before coming to Poland, translated into English


Reservation of addmission


The students should fill in application form (in the attachment), scan it and send the signed document to: Reservation for admission will be held for four weeks until all other documents reach the school by post and the registration fee reaches our bank account.


Completed application form with all other required documents should be posted to the following address:

Krakowskie Szkoły Artystyczne

ul. Zamoyskiego 52,

30-523 Kraków, Poland


Certificate of eligibility


After receiving all application documents and the registration fee, the school will issue by mail or post a Certificate of Eligibility, which may be necessary when applying for visa in Polish consulates. If a student needs a visa please let us know promptly about it.

Contact details

Address: ul. Zamoyskiego 52

30-523 Cracow

Country: Poland

Phone:+48122662111, +48126561726


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