Calling all Preview girls! You can now turn your passion into your career. Fashion is no doubt a bustling industry that goes beyond your OOTDs and IG feed, and getting a head start is easier than you think. There are a lot of schools located right here in the metro that could hone your talents and essentially help you pursue your fashion dreams. Now, you may think that you are the most sartorially-knowledgeable crayon in the box, but it doesn't hurt to sharpen those skills. Whether you're interested in design, merchandising, or even styling, there's a fashion school that’s a perfect fit for you.
Established in 2007, SoFA Design Institute has formed movers and shakers of fashion. Centered on design and business acumen, it offers varied degree and non-degree programs. To further develop your talents, they even have workshops (4-8 session modules) and master classes, too. Also, they're the official affiliate of Istituto Marangoni in the country, so there’s your chance to study abroad.
Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing
Certificate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Clothing Technology, Fashion Styling, Fashion Media
Location: Ground Floor, Enzo Bldg. 399 Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City
FIP has been educating fashion students since 2003. They offer courses that are comprehensive, making sure that you truly get a taste of what it's like to work in the tough fashion industry. Elevate your craft throughout the year with their beginner or advanced courses such as Basic Pattern Making or Haute Couture Techniques. Not yet ready to go all-out? You can start off with just one to three courses.
Beginner Courses: Basic Fashion Design, Basic Patternmaking, Basic Sewing, Basic Menswear
Advanced Courses: Advanced Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Advance Patternmaking
Location: Ortigas; Makati
This Singapore-based institution has been flourishing since 1990 and is present in over 28 cities across the globe. It offers an in-depth and integrated perspective of fashion with an international edge. You can take the comprehensive Fashion Design program, which brings together both the creative and business sides of the trade. Plus, the program gives you an opportunity to study abroad for 12 months!
Courses: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing & Management
Location: #1009 Metropol Bldg., Metropolitan Ave., Makati City
4. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Aimed at bringing out your boldness and individuality, CSB's fashion program (Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising) will definitely get you to think outside the box. Traditional and modern techniques are taught to aid in creating an exceptional brand. The campus for the School of Design and Arts is a 14-storey complex, so you'll have no trouble letting your ideas run wild.
Course: Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising (AB-FDM)
Location: 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila
The only fashion program at the University of the Philippines would be Clothing Technology. Although it stands alone, it is no less innovative than other programs out there. Get ready for some real fashion experience as you tackle clothing design, production, merchandising, and research. It also integrates industrial technology and management so you could run your future business like a boss.
Course: Bachelor of Science in Clothing Technology
Location: Diliman, Quezon City
Planning to be a couturier who works in a stylish atelier? Well, if it's craftsmanship and clothing construction you're looking for, enroll in Slim's. Founded by Philippine couture designer Salvacion Lim Higgins and sister Purificacion, their well-created technical lessons are packed with all the necessary skills you need. The programs are centered on aesthetics (they're all for great fashion sketching) and proper garment creation—so be prepared to roll up your sleeves.
Courses: Fashion Design; Dressmaking/Patternmaking
Location: Slim’s Fashion and Arts School 2nd Floor, 2310 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Photos from Jason Patricio, Karlo Torio, slimsfashion.com, Raffles Design Facebook, upd.edu.ph, fashioninstitutephilippines.com, and sofa.edu.ph