Fashion Design

Credits: 60 | Start date: January 2016 | Duration: 12 months - Full time | Language: English
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The world of fashion can be considered a reflection of the rapid and continuous evolution of contemporary reality, of its economic, cultural and social changes.
Even the related manufacturing sector, with the development of new commercial formulas, has been subject to profound changes and further accelerations. In order to fulfil the needs of the market, as far as the creative process is concerned, new-generation designers must be able to express aesthetics by exploring new trends and social features trying to balance unmistakable individual creativity while remaining true to the fashion concept surrounding them, and, equally important, with a solid mastery of what’s behind the curtain of the fashion scene in terms of production process.
The aim of the Master is to create explorers of fashion tendencies, creative professionals able to bring together theoretical notions, innovative insight and both organizational ability and capacity to liaise with the world of production.

Professional Opportunities:

Postgraduates of this course are qualified to work as Fashion Designers, specialists in the creative process of designing all sort of apparel collections, and Fashion Product Manager whose task is managing the manufacturing and production processes of the fashion product.

  • Target:

    The master is aimed at graduates in Fashion Design or similar fields, and professionals with at least two years experience in the fashion sphere.

    Methodology and structure:

    Through a pathway consisting of modular studies, the students of the Fashion Design Master Course will have to approach a series of subjects that test and point out their skills in the drawing and in the use of manual techniques linked to the world of the knitwear and to the design, printing and reprocessing of fabrics without ignoring the important technological support of the most well-known IT programs.

    Beyond the technological-instrumental courses, the Fashion Design Master Course includes cultural subjects that underline historical and sociological aspects necessary to design and develop a fashion project.

    In order to allow each student to face a collection plan with the proper tools and knowledge, each project (menswear, womenswear and knitwear) has been divided into essential segments and complementary segments: from the knowledge of the materials and the modeling and tailoring techniques up to the analytic study of the trends that - once identified and selected - will be useful to create original collections in terms of image that are able to communicate the stylistic identity of the designer.

    By starting from a deep analysis of the most relevant pieces of clothes, a commercial feasibility will be considered by studying both the possible production at industrial level and a costs and pricing evaluation.

    The Master in Fashion Design will form a professional able to create and support women’s and men’s collections as well as those of knitwear, with particular attention to the project design and realization of textiles collections, combining an unmistakable individual creativity with solid industrial- technical knowledge. His or her main strength will be the ability to develop drawings and research into trends, while remaining true to the fashion concept, guaranteeing quality from the research stage to the finished product, with awareness of and competency in production costs as well. In order to carry out this role, the Fashion Designer must be able to work in a team, collaborating closely with the diverse sectors of the textile and clothes manufacturing industries. Thus the training pathway will cover all parts of the creative process: the vision, the research, the sketches, colours, textiles, cost evaluation, prototypes and the collections.


  • Teachings
    • Fashion Culture
      • Objective of the course is to analyze fashion as a historic and cultural phenomenon, from the growth of the stylistic codes of the end of 20th century to the development of the so called style avant-gardes of the 21st century, emerging figures and rising fashion weeks, the editorial and web scenario, as part of the new representation of the Fashion World.

    • Fashion & The Movie
      • How movies inspire the designers’ and brands style and how fashion influences the big screen.

    • Computer Tools (photoshop/illustrator)
      • Objective of the course is to provide students with the software tools necessary for the design and communication of a fashion collection. The integration between the Adobe programs will enable students to create artistical compositions and personali- zed books, and learn how to create, modify and edit their own graphical and technical documents.

    • Textiles
      • The aim of this course is to give students a general introduction to the main categories and characteristics of textiles: fibres, yarns and fabrics. The knowledge of the textiles will help the future professional in his/her understanding of the fashion product as well as a better tool in order to interact more efficiently with producers and designers.

    • T.r. Lab Man / Woman
      • TR Technique Course (propaedeutic in pattern making and tailoring) is based on the TR Technique (Transformation and Recomposition) and it proposes training students about essential knowledge to construct both menswear and womenswear garment bases, changing shapes and volumes with new cuts.

    • Knit Lab
      • This course will enable students to explore the various knitting techniques, to experiment with yarn and colour directly on the machines in order to acquire an important know-how. A means to develop and express creativity making samples, this wor- kshop is an integral part and propaedeutic to future Knitwear Collection Project that the students will design along the year.

    • Womenswear
      • Students will be asked to explore womenswear universe by realizing and producing two garments belonging to two typologies: classic and sportswear, in order to explore totally different styles and understand their deeply diverse spirit.

    • Menswear
      • Design exercise and realization of menswear garments, fol- lowing two different styles of design: classic and sportswear, in which different materials and colours must be experimen- ted to build shapes, volumes and lines in order to create a different effect.

    • Knitwear Collection
      • This course offers the opportunity to explore the knitwear design process from concept to finished product. A prepa- ratory workshop on machine knitting techniques will anti- cipate the designing phase in order to equip students with the visual interpretive and basic technical skills required to design knitwear.

    • Personal Design
      • The course aims to develop the creativity and technical skills of the students, together with aspects, both practical and aesthetic, which the student will need to master as a fashion designer: use of colour, 3D sense and silhouette, sensitivity to fabric and material, attitude on fashion drawing as ability to develop ideas in visual forms and illustration, presentation.

    • Thesis Project
      • The thesis project represents the apogee in didactic terms of this educational stance,due to the implication of a real client in the process and the possibility of realization,giving the student a ‘cutting-edge’ in the jobs market upon graduation. While theproject is developed in response to a real brief, the student is nonetheless encouraged to undertake the conceptualization and development process with liberty, not necessarily being bound by the mundane restrictions of the client, looking to a solution that solves tomorrow’s problems, not just today’s.

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  • Carlo Contrada - Coordinator

    A texture, either precious or high-quality, must receive personality and intensity from the hand of its interpreter. Carlo Contrada. Since he was selected among the emerging designers of the New-Generation competition, organized by Alta Moda, he's never missed Milan and Rome catwalks. He was art director for Nathu and he designed a capsule collection for Annie srl.

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  • Computer Labs

    Activities in the Computer Labs allow the students to acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the completion of each course. The Computer are equipped with OSX and Windows operating system, projector, printer, scanner and graphic pens. All the necessary software needed to develop projects and prepare for exams are already installed. Common areas located within the premises are equipped with WIFI connection.

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