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About AMFI

The largest fashion institute in the Netherlands

AMFI is a future driven fashion institute, with our team of 100 expert fashion lecturers, we coach over 1250 students each year on all aspects of fashion. Students are taught to understand the entire fashion chain and their specific discipline in a wider perspective. We train students to become the shapers of a future proof fashion industry; high-end professionals within a changing industry. We cherish our nature of educating branding, design & business and development skills, next to embracing a future of coaching visionary fashion developers.

AMFI offers all its programmes in Dutch as well as in English, welcoming a group of international students from all over the world. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion & Textile Technologies.

AMFI Manifesto

Why

We believe that fashion is a force for good

Who

We cultivate an environment of mutual respect and shared knowledge

Through creativity

We meet in an interdisciplinary space with curiosity, compassion and creativity

How

We learn by doing, embracing failure and achievement

What

We are a fashion community of change makers

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Our education embraces the entire creative process of design, production, distribution, branding and communication to prepare our students for their future in fashion.

Set within an industry that needs innovation, we combine creativity, research, craftsmanship and technology to encourage circular thinking and demand a responsible mind-set and vision.

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Social Engagement

We are at the center of society and cultural changes. As an educational institute we follow global developments and respond to the current ‘zeitgeist’. We anticipate to the climate crisis through adaptation and innovation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a guideline for our developments. From a need for active stewardship we ask our students to realize products and processes that contribute positively to the environment in which they work and live.

We embrace diversity and inclusiveness. We provide a respectful environment for all our students; this lies within our ambition and vision to educate a diverse community of game changers.

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Reality School

We mix theory with practice by working together with (international) organizations, business partners and other educational institutions. We believe in collaboration and cross-disciplinary power; through these collaborations, more and more expertise will be acquired and exchanged. Mutual knowledge exchange and innovation are leading.

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History

AMFI was established in 1992 as a result of the merger between Meester Koetsier and Charles Montaigne, two institutes that had thrived since the early 1950’s. HTS Meester Koetsier was founded 60 years ago as a technical and commercial school. Academy Charles Montaigne, founded in 1951, was initially a private school for couture, but also grew into a styling and design school. Both institutes were founded to ensure highly educated, qualified professionals for the textile and apparel industry and to safeguard the future of the industry in the Netherlands.

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Open Days

At the open days, you can learn all about studying at AMFI, meet the teachers and students, have a look into their work and get familiar with our building and facilities.

Please Note: We expect to welcome many guests on the open days. We therefore kindly request you to bring along only one parent, family member or friend.

Click here for all information regarding the next open day

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Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AMFI is part of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. With 45,000 students it is the largest university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Being based in Amsterdam offers great advantages and these are well known among students. Also the closeness of the fashion industry makes the city centre the perfect base for AMFI. Many fashion companies have their (international) headquarters in Amsterdam, offering interesting work-placements for students.

AMFI Team

Dirk Reynders

Director

Marianne Wammes

Head of Fashion & Business and Development

Rosalie Deen

Head of Education & Head of the educational office AMFI

Peter Leferink

Head of Fashion & Design / Principal Design Lecturer

Nicolette Bakhuisen

Head of Fashion & Branding ad interim

Dagmar Amels

Branding Lecturer

Gwen Cunningham

Sustainability Coordinator & Lecturer

Charlotte Lokin

Lecturer Fashion and Branding/ Coördinator iNDiViDUALS

Pyhai Jin

Lecturer year 2

Minouk Balster

Bachelor Graduation Coach

Daniel Arosemena

Lecturer year 3

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Partners

AMFI maintains close contact with the fashion industry. These relationships are valuable to us and provide continuous feedback and knowledge. AMFI cooperates with companies on internships, graduation assignments, guest lectures and study projects. Current partners are for example Lectra, Woolmark, FashionWeek Amsterdam, Hotel The Exchange, Orta Blue and WRAP.

You can collaborate in different ways with us and our students; in return they can provide you with valuable knowledge, inspiration and new insights. Click here for several ways to get involved and to learn more about our partnerships.

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