The College of Fashion and Design | Colombo, Sri Lanka


College of Fashion and Design (CFD) is a joint venture between fashion industry leader CFW and SLIITINTERNATIONAL, the education expert; to offer the most relevant design courses that equip the next generation of empowered design entrepreneurs, creative leaders and chief executives. The unique programs offered at CFD are built on the platforms of Sustainability, Circularity and Responsible Design; lead with the belief that ‘design is a solution to an existing problem’.  Read More


With over 160 years of creative excellence in education and research, acclaimed for their top teaching quality, and highly respected by creative sector employers; ranked as one of the top design universities in the world.


Accademia della Moda, headquartered in Milan and Naples, is also the only higher education institute in the South of Italy that is acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Education; placed among the best in Italy with access to over 50 colleges in the EU.

A WASC- and NASAD-accredited, specialized, private college located in Los Angeles, California; ranked as one of the top design institutes in the US.



A not-for-profit Commonwealth-organization occupying a unique space for inclusive global fashion development, linking the 56 fashion industries of the Commonwealth. Based in London, its vision is to empower through design – Planet, People, Hope; within which education is a very important focus; with various educational symposiums hosted in London.


A premium, boutique architectural firm founded in 1999 by internationally renowned Sri Lankan Architects Murad Ismail and Channa Daswatte, stemming from the practice of Geoffrey Bawa Associates have created a modern Sri Lankan identity. They also manage the Geoffery Bawa Trust. Here in partnership with CFD, MICD is a patron and mentor for the Interior Design & Architecture department of CFD.


The courses made available to you at CFD are an expertly curated selection of the most vital epicentres in the creative and design world; tailor-made to create an empowered generation of professionals that contribute positively to the society and economy; built on the platforms of Sustainability, Circularity and Responsible Design.





A 3- year course that aims to educate you on how to both create and operate a fashion line by means of a comprehensive study plan curated to train highly qualified professionals with creative and technical skills, styling and pattern making, photoshoots, launching & managing a business, understanding the fashion market, managing fashion events and how to handle clients.


A 3-year course that aims to build your ability to understand your client’s needs and behaviours, and how to blend them with social and ergonomic factors in order to design spaces that can be effectively lived in and used. You will also learn how to detect and improve the relationship between interior design and the nature of the services supplied in specific spaces.


A 3-year course that aims to train creative designers with the necessary theoretical and practical background knowledge to design visual communication projects in the fields of multimedia, interactive communication and hypermedia; with a sound command of leading tools and methods of application benchmarked against top tier industry professionals across the world.

A 5-month certificate course endorsed by the Commonwealth Fashion Council in London; equipped with in-depth international knowledge on the environment of NFTs, the Metaverse and New Tech Media. This short course for professionals and new-tech enthusiasts is created to enhance their working knowledge and equip them with the processes made by the global digital landscape.



Tailor-made professional short courses stemming from new found technologies to innovative design practices, set to enhance and accentuate key areas of interest and basic industry requirements of the design spectrum in today’s world.

Foundation Course 

An expert-curated program, tailored to fast-track the path for high-school graduates (post-O/Ls) to commence their higher educational journey towards a design-led degree; meeting all university criteria and academic requirements.

Fundamentals of Fashion Design

A program created to initiate the processes of creativity on a level that is relatable to creative design enthusiasts who have a passion for fashion. From the basics of drawing through to collection development, pattern-making and garment creation, this program sets the tone for a future in this exciting and evolving design arena.

Fundamentals of Interior Design

A program that enables aspiring interior designers to begin the creative journey into this multi-faceted industry that enables designers to visualize, create and deliver on targeted projects within their individual areas of interest.

Fundamentals of Filmmaking

This 3-month short course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Filmmaking and aims to instill the skills necessary to create a piece of media/film/content from conceptualization to final product.

Fundamentals of Visual Communication & Graphic Design

A program that hones the creative skills of aspiring designers, guiding them to understand and realize their creative potential. While creating industry-standard visual designs from sketching to digital graphics creation, and revamping a brand identity, students also absorb the scope of this creative discipline.


CFD has engaged individuals who are high achievers within their individualized spheres, which also includes high calibre growth. They participate in scheduled lectures and knowledge sharing of their experiences, enhancing the transfer of ideas to students at CFD.



CFD is supported by the Design Board, comprising of International and Sri Lankan professional leaders of relevant design industries. They provide mentorship, guidance and progressively evolve the overall vision of CFD, to make it competitive and provide cutting-edge thought processes for students to succeed locally and internationally.



CFD has a professionally driven board that specializes in leading fabric innovation with knowledge and industry expertise. Sustainable fabrics are a global need and this board aligns students to this thought process while encouraging individually motivated innovation, led by regional & global fabric experts.


Valentines Day 2023 Giveaway

Congratulations to the “Valentine’s Giveaway Winner” about to enjoy a special scrumptious meal for two at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.  

Interactive session with UNFPA at CFD

  It was a pleasure having UNFPA Sri Lanka at our CFD: College of Fashion & Design campus for an enlightening knowledge sharing interactive session...

CFD-AIS Workshop 2

  The College of Fashion & Design had the pleasure of conducting a creative knowledge sharing session in the ‘Graphic design and visual communication’ disciplines...