Collection Design

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Collection Design is an effective program to develop the Fashion Designer by mastering all the technical skills to create a sure-fire collection that’s fully fashioned, well finished, and merchandisable. Create your own personal narrative and share your vision. The collection will be ready for industrialisation in the classic, casual, street or another category, and presented in an original way to show the ultimate expression of a brief.


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:28,000
  • Language: English
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Start:January 18th 2021
End:September 18th 2021


The Master in Collection Design is composed of four interlaced areas. Craft: the acquirement of cultural and technical skills. Design: the research and conception of the collection. Development: the creation, fashioning and finishing of the garments. Presentation: the exhibition of a personal portfolio and public performance of the collection.

This intensive specialisation course is run by resident teachers from the industry and international guests, featuring also field trips to production sites, workshops in tailoring techniques, draping, pattern making and printing, constant teamwork with master artisans and a special applied project with an external company, and internship opportunities.

Lessons take place from January to September and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. There is the possibility of completing the course with an internship in a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Candidates with work experience or relevant studies in fashion and related fields are eligible and selected after the admission process.

Upon completion of the Master students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent program.

Study plan

The four areas, Craft, Design, Development and Presentation, take concrete form in a study plan made of nine specialising modules:

  • Contemporary Fashion: Industry, players, calendars, key designers, iconic collections and products by concept, art & fashion, shows and performances.
  • Textile Science: Yarns, fabrics and treatments, the alphabet and grammar of a fashion item, theory and practice of raw materials, elements of knitwear.
  • Fashion Trend Lab: Colour theory and practice, trend design research and development, mood board creation, application of the trend to fashion design & technology.
  • Fashion Design: Fashion and academic drawing, illustration, figurine, body and space, collection design, an applied project with a company, personal collection.
  • Fashion Technology: Pattern design and making, draping, cutting and sewing, prototyping, print and embroidery techniques, menswear tailoring, open laboratory.
  • Fashion Development: Product development, materials procurement, elements of merchandising, fashion studio management, line planning, product industrialisation.
  • Graphic Design: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, iconic image creation, elements of typography, personal portfolio, CAD design, 3D design & printing, textile design.
  • Product Communication: Show, performance, installation, lookbook, presentation techniques, b2b and b2c presentation materials, elements of styling.
  • Fashion Accessories: Fetish research and iconography, material driven design, small jewellery and metal goods, luxury, small leather goods and bags.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the master course, students will be able to:

  • Formalize a personal research methodology, envision and produce creative content that informs their own creative design and expresses their design identity.
  • Develop merchandising plans and further explore the viability of their designs through different product categories.
  • Manage all strategic levers, including pricing, positioning, range, targeting and communication.
  • Work within a brand’s or brief’s framework.
  • Create a professional portfolio that fully represents the individual characteristics and identity of the designer.

Career opportunities

The career of a Collection Design Specialist grants a broad set of competences, not only the ones for translating contemporary culture and trend references into winning product lines, but also the ones for following every working stage of a design studio, from idea to delivery, with determination.

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