AmfiX: Visual Textiles Development

PeriodKwartiel 3-4
Max participants10
ContactEvelyn Lebis | | 06 – 1089 6764
Type of minorC: Toegankelijk voor één hbo-opleiding (Fashion Textiles Technology)

The module is divided into two parts, the first approach students are exposed to concepts, methods and trends relevant for design ideation of creative textile technologies. The second approach includes a technical part in which students are exposed to tests, theories and techniques relevant for developing ideas into real and effective solutions to our society. 

Both aspects share a common set of issues, but the possibility of offering two approaches will make you more competitive, because you can go much deeper in setting design criteria’s and solving social/environmental issues through creative textile technologies. And requires a proactive student who wants to analyze and tackle the design assignment, in a cohesive manner supported by justified experiments in shape, material, colour, and technique. 

You will learn the latest design trends as well as familiarize yourself with the tools needed to conceptualize ideas related to the field of fashion, which exploits textiles technologies to enable users to engage in experiences with their environment and/or society. You will also learn to take advantage of in-depth analysis on trends and concepts to improve the capacities of materials, as well as the qualities, opportunities and applications of technical elements.

Fashion Textiles Technology students (Saxion Enschede)

  • You will be provided with tools, knowledge and skills to train design thinking.
  • You will experience mono-disciplinary settings and learn fashion methodologies.
  • You will learn how to incorporate design criteria in order to develop knowledge about how to generate new concepts and innovation.
  • You will learn about the tools needed to design and create innovative textile prototypes.
  • You will learn about the tests needed to justify technical statements in order to distinguish material qualities, production and textile related processes.
  • You will be expected to do artistic research and discuss how this meets new needs for the environment and/or society.
  • You will be encouraged and guided to experiment and explore a subject in-depth to illustrate your ability to research and illustrate your artistic handwriting
  • You will be able to critically discuss and clearly visualize your ideas supported by a justified vision on creative and innovative textile technologies

The AmfiX minor has a total of 30ECTS and is structured in one block of courses at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in Amsterdam. And another block of courses at the Saxion Fashion Textiles Technologies Department in Enschede to provide specialized training which offers solutions related to the development of areas in fashion textiles design. Quartile 3 and Quartile 4 are scheduled for the AmfiX minor with a starting date of February 2020.

Artistic research and project development methodology are a key tool for innovation in the creation of fashion textiles technologies. This program allows students to specialize in two different aspects of design: the creative part and the technical part. This module includes a large component of lab work. Based on knowledge exchange, students will undertake individual exercises and group work.

The courses that are currently under revision for the AmfiX minor are combined with the international exchange students. Saxion Enschede facilitates knowledge exchange in the form of lectures, classes from the basic textiles line, free working hours at the knitting, weaving, embroidery chemical and mechanical lab. The students will also have access tot he facilities of the Fablab Enschede.


Students undertake individual exercises and group work to complete a final concept in which they must analyze, develop and create a prototype of a creative and innovative textile technology suitable to social and/or environmental impact.

  • Formulate learning goals based on design criteria to frame the project.
  • Create a process book that includes inspiration, mood boards, trends, shape, color, material, testing, technical packs, documents, references, sources, findings and spit models
  • Present the result through fashion methods (Performance, photoshoot, collection lineup, video, etc…)
  • Showcase and justify the workload through a logbook.  
  • Analyze the process, result and future steps by reflecting on what has been learned in the institution (AMFI and SAXION) and how this has helped them grow as designers through a roadmap and/or flowchart.

Evelyn Lebis
06 – 1089 6764