3-Year Course in Fashion Design
- Duration: 3 years
- Attendance Mode: Full-time (compulsory)
- Language: This course is available in English or Italian
- Start Date: October 2021 (Applications are open)
- Limited class size
- Tuition fees:
- EU Citizens: €14,950 per year
- Non-EU Citizens: €16,900 per year
Do you want to see your creations on the catwalk? Would you like to work creatively for a major fashion brand? Do you dream of starting your own fashion label?
The 3-Year Course in Fashion Design at Accademia del Lusso will help you do all this and more, by equipping you with all of the technical skills and experience you need to succeed in the competitive fashion industry.
At Accademia del Lusso we believe in the unique creativity of each individual. Our teachers, all expert working professionals within the sector, will give you the correct technical skills needed to design and create successful fashion products from beginning to end, whilst nurturing your originality and encouraging you in your identity as a designer.
Here, right at the heart of Italy’s undisputed fashion capital Milan, you will be enabled to develop your personal expression within a setting that is an unending source of inspiration and influence, alongside students from Italy and across the globe.
The 3-Year Course in Fashion Design is an international programme that follows the entire process of creating fashion collections, from the first sketches to the final creation.
It begins by providing an overview of the evolution of fashion and design and the relationship between fashion and history, society, art, and culture. This provides a foundation upon which you will continue to build throughout your career, and which will inform your research and choices when developing your creations. Examining Italian and international case studies is also an important part of the course.
You will gain on- and offline trend research techniques, learning to anticipate future trends and to work in line with the concept and market demands. Practical workshops will teach you a range of essential skills such as fashion sketching and drawing, understanding fabrics, patternmaking and tailoring, how to use colour, sizing, using CAD for 2D and 3D patternmaking, and designing your own set of fashion prints. You will develop collections for womenswear, menswear, sportswear, knitwear, accessories, childrenswear, underwear, and swimwear.
During the course there is a focus on the importance of sustainable fashion. You will learn about eco-friendly materials and production processes, including the respect of human rights in the textile industry; aimed at learning to create fashion products in a responsible way.
You will learn how to successfully market your creations by using the correct sales and communication strategies, using social media efficiently, and creating a merchandising plan.
Finally, you will acquire vital business skills for an enduring career, such as gaining knowledge about the various business types, brand management, and how to set up your own business.
By the end of the course you will have created a professional profile which you will be able to present to companies, and you will have learnt online presentation skills which will be important for your future career.
Furthermore, all final year students have the chance to showcase their creations in our professional standard end-of-year student Fashion Show before an international audience including industry experts, media & influencers.
- Network with industry experts and leading names in fashion through seminars and events held at the school.
- Access the newest technologies and excellent facilities at Accademia del Lusso’s Luxury Lab, where the school’s design, textile, web design, and visual merchandising labs are.
- Gain insider knowledge from our expert teachers, who all work for prominent fashion brands or own their own businesses.
- Small class sizes allow for personalised training and plenty of opportunity for one-to-one time with teachers.
- Study at a unique location: we’re the only school located on Via Montenapoleone; the core of Milan’s fashion district.
- Hands on workshops allow you to practise what you learn, as well as field trips to important fashion locations.
- During training you have the chance to complete project work based on real company orders, providing valuable and authentic experience.
Fashion Designer, Fashion Graphic Designer or Illustrator, Fashion Coordinator, Assistant Designer, Product Manager, Trend Researcher, Fashion Consultant, Patternmaker, CAD Operator, Dressmaker, Tailor, Quality Control, Product Development.
Once you have gained the 180 ECTS and have completed the necessary language requirements, E.A.B.H.E.S. will validate your studies and issue you with a European Bachelor of Science in Design (EBScD) Major: Fashion Design.
The European Bachelor is accredited by E.A.B.H.E.S. (European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools). The European Bachelor’s Degree is recognised in affiliated and non-affiliated Universities and Higher Education Schools, and improves students’ geographical mobility, both in terms of either studies or their professional careers. These degrees are a genuine European passport to the working world.
Non-native English speakers are required to take a test of English as a Foreign Language in order to validate the European Bachelor. This test may be taken after completion of the course, but it is a strict requirement. We recommend that you complete this test during your studies, rather than at the end of your course. Native English speakers, or students who have never studied English as a Foreign Language before, are required to complete an international language certification at the same level in Italian or in one of the primary languages of the European Union. More information about language certificates can be found in the Student User’s Guide downloadable by clicking the link at the bottom of this page, or by contacting our Admissions Office through the online form.
- Upper secondary school qualification
- Suitable knowledge of English or Italian: demonstrated by a formal certificate or Skype language interview
The first year covers the core elements of the Fashion System, introducing students to a wide range of technical skills that will serve them over the following years and throughout their career.
History of Fashion and Design 1
Computer Graphics for Fashion 1
Textile and Colour Culture
English Language 1
Fashion Product Communication 1
Textile Design 1
Fashion Design 1
Patternmaking and Prototyping 1
Psychology of Consumption
The second year of the course allows students to deepen their understanding of the Fashion Design industry and further expand their skills. Students learn the techniques that will allow them to start work on their personal collections that forms part of the third year and will be their professional passport for the future.
History of Fashion and Design 2
Computer Graphics for Fashion 2
Eco Fashion and New Technology
Fashion Product Communication 2
Licensing, Copyright & Private Law
English Language 2
Patternmaking and Prototyping 2
Textile Design 2
Fashion Design 2
Psychology and Sociology of Colour
Patternmaking CAD 1
Fashion and Luxury Marketing
New Marketing Frontiers
Videomaking Techniques 1
The third and final year of the Bachelor’s in Fashion Design offers advanced training in the main skills needed to work as successful fashion designers. During this year, students hone their skills by developing their own personal collections under the supervision of experts and preparing their final portfolio. Once this year is completed, students are fully prepared to enter the industry with a unique style and identity. All final year students are invited to display their creations at the end-of-year Fashion Show at a luxury location in Milan in front of industry experts, media, and influencers from Italy and across the world.
Fashion Start-up Management
Patternmaking and Prototyping 3
Fashion Design 3
Patternmaking CAD 2
Textile Manipulation Techniques
Fashion Brand Management
English Language 3
Footwear Digital Design
Videomaking Techniques 2
Linguistic Skills for Editing
EXAMPLE LESSON TIMETABLE
Lessons are usually held between 10am – 1pm and between 2pm – 5pm. The course is full-time and attendance is compulsory.
HOW TO APPLY
Accademia del Lusso has a personalised and flexible approach to admissions and we accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications.
To apply for this course, please fill in the online enquiry form and you will be contacted by our Admissions Office.
Your place on the course will be confirmed once you have completed the registration procedure and payment. There is no deadline for applications. The course has a limited number of students, and we recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.
Through our Placement Office, students can easily enter into contact with businesses & brands in the fashion industry, and have access to the best work positions & internships available.