The College of Fashion and Design | Colombo, Sri Lanka

college of fashion & design

One of the finest Design Schools in South Asia opens its doors in Colombo


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’.

CFD is a collaboration of top institutes and universities across the globe, encompassing the distinct design sense and culture of cities such as Milan, London and Los Angeles; drawing inspiration to create a unique design identity in world of design and in international markets. This makes it a progressive educational platform giving students access to high quality design-based education at over 50 Universities & Colleges in the EU and also in the UK and US.

The shifting environment of the world after the pandemic has created a need for a system of education that equips students for effective and meaningful careers. This need has been taken into account while creating the curriculums at CFD, collaborations and courses include Pre-Degree/Foundation (straight after the O/Ls), Undergraduate, Postgraduate and also shorter Professional Courses.


University for the Creative Arts

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.


Institute of Universal Art & Design

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 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.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

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


Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) one of the most important fashion week events in South Asia, with the participation of celebrity designers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, along with Europe and Australia, was founded as a developmental organization in 2003, in the middle of the civil war, to revive the fashion and design industry. CFW is now the backbone of the fashion design industry and the most covered Sri Lankan event after Cricket.


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.


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.