Fashion Design

Major in Fashion Design

Three-year Courses - Rome

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Today, the Fashion Designer is in every sense a designer who knows how to listen to his own creativity to create garments or accessories. He starts by structuring a personal story and follows each step of the process from the technical production to the product communication. Then, the designer chooses the most efficient tools, and constructively interacts with other professionals who all check the coherence of the overall view. 
Therefore, the stylistic and creative competences are combined with the ability to create innovative products, to foster quality, to place the products on the market, and to create their stories. Consequently, today's Fashion Designer understands and uses languages and influences that come not only from the field of fashion and adds them to traditional fashion codes in order to trace a complex path in line with contemporary trends.

JOB PROFILES: Fashion Designer, Accessories Designer, Fashion graphic designer, Textile Designer, Product developer, product manager assistant, Shoes Designer, trendsetter, label owner.

The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I (180CF)

This Course is held also in: Milan - 
  • Credits
  • Start date
    October 2018
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
  • Language

The entire course in Fashion Design is structured so as to supply students with the tools, the cultural background and correct methodology to effectively face the design of an apparel and accessory collection that, in addition to respecting the values of originality and innovation, can meet the market needs and satisfy the trend requirements of contemporary fashion design. The course also has the aim of promoting personal talent, experimentation, and research, by enhancing the expressive and stylistic uniqueness of each student. 

This process is centred on the project and design methods, elements that remain present, with increasing complexity, from the first year to the final thesis. The different collections (womenswear, menswear, textiles, accessories) and the production of prototypes are the areas of expertise that the students will acquire knowledge and develop skills in throughout the three years of study. In this respect, special attention will be paid to acquiring pattern making and sewing skills, to textile and leather technology and processing, design techniques and fashion illustration and the production process of garments and accessories. Complementary to the technical and methodological disciplines is the particular focus on cultural studies that identify the language of fashion as a historical, artistic and social phenomenon; as a flow of trends and codes, as a creative and visual narrative and, lastly, as an economic system characterized by a production chain and by specific marketing and communication strategies.

The Curriculum of the second or third year is rich in specializations, thanks to the choice of optional subjects (see Individual Curriculum) and the topic of the Thesis Project.

The students can chose a specific curriculum and IED will confirm whether the Specializations have been activated.

Shoes and Accessories Design after a first preparatory year, the following years will be structured to deepen the specific know-how required in the project development for an accessory (bags, shoes, small leather goods, hats, belts, etc.) 

The accessory Fashion designer must know how to manage the project in all its phases, from the idea to the creation of prototypes. Students will be supported by professionals from the industry who can grasp the changes taking place in national and international contexts.

The accessory has evolved in time, gradually becoming complementary to the outfit, an iconic object with an unquestioned aesthetic and stylistic value. Its design and production requires specialized training that considers the peculiarity of the product: in addition to designing the collections dedicated to the different types of accessories (women and men), intense workshops will be held to ensure a correct use of the tools and machines, for the acquisition of pattern making techniques and bag and shoe manufacturing, of specific technical drawings, the processes of production and use of different leathers and skins, as well as metal hardware design for accessories.

  • 1st Year

    • Style And History Of Art And Customs

    • Design Methods

    • Technical Drawing

    • Drawing for Design

    • History of Applied Arts

    • Model Building

    • Graphic Design

    • Fashion Design

      We will learn the methodology to achieve the right development of a project of fashion design,using the personal research, creativity and the technical supports. We will train the realization of a sketchbook which includes: a research, illustrations, technical drawings and examples of textiles and furnishings.

    • Artistic Anatomy

    • Analysis of Communication Process

  • 2nd Year

    • History Of Fashion 2

    • Drawing Techniques And Technologies

    • Pattern Making and Tailoring 2

    • Graphic Design 2

      Fundamentals of page layout software such as InDesign and Illustrator.

    • Textile Culture 2

    • Fashion Design 2

      The aim of this curriculum is to monitor the entire design process, from researching and selecting a product right through to developing a collection. The concept of collections for men and for women must also be approached from a communications standpoint, so that students can experience interactions with other disciplines and develop their own creativity. Minor studies Shoes and Accessories Design: Accessories collection: designing and developing a collection for men or women comprising all the specific product sectors: shoes, bags, belts and small leatherwork, including a focus on technological accessories.

    • Arts Semiotics 2

    • History of Photography

    • Business Thinking and Management

  • 3rd Year

    • Pattern Making and Tailoring 3

      This course enables students to develop their skills and abilities in building models and mock-ups, augmenting their background of acquired knowledge, paying more attention to details and experimenting with innovative techniques. Students are expected to create a fashion product, with all the trimmings necessary to complete it.

    • Fashion Design 3

      This course aims to develop on the methods and processes of design and communication, by introducing further specifics of product types and areas. Minor studies Shoes and Accessories Design: Clothing accessories: the purpose of the course is to explore the design of collections of hats, gloves and eyewear.

    • Design methods for Visual Communication

      This course studies the design methods and the leading styling tools used in the fashion industry. A basic grounding in the history of styling, as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen, is functional to understanding the role of professionals and the techniques they use. Students experiment with the process of coming up with creative ideas and of understanding the different professions that impact here. The result is to develop on the bonds between styling and brand image/communication.

    • Phenomenology Of Contemporary Arts

    • Business thinking and management 2

      The strategic principles of marketing, which aim at identifying and developing the product, are adapted here to the specific field of the creative industries, for the purpose of understanding and anticipating the expectations and need of consumers and users.The curriculum develops on both the tools related to the fashion system used to study the product (the phases and methods of execution, time frames, costs and benefits) and the mechanisms that drive the markets and consumption, the social context and the targets who are the ultimate recipients of the designers’ work. The course outlines the abilities necessary for managing the successive phases of the creative process and the teams at work in an industrial concern, administering different skills and directing the work on the basis of the market’s expectations.

    • Theory And Analysis Of Film And Audiovisual Presentations

    • Fashion Design 4

      This workshop tackles the phases preparatory to the final thesis project, laying the foundations for the metadesign phase, i.e. the project’s strategic definition, the approach to be adopted to conducting the research into the topics to be studied and the planning of the subsequent operational stages.