Creative Direction

Mentorship by Kris Van Assche

Talent isn’t enough. But if you’ve got the grit and backbone to crush the design game, you’re the Creative Director we’ve been searching the streets for. 


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:28,000
  • Language: English
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Start:October 3rd 2022
End:June 17th 2023


The Master in Creative Direction is a wide and deep program created to shape the newest and highest evolution of the Fashion Designer. This is how you become a Creative Director. 

This individual leads a design studio, the identity of a fashion brand and special projects with the typical sensorial and conceptual approach required from art management.

With an eye on activewear and a hand on luxury athleisure, take your design to the next level.

The Master in Creative Direction is based on three main areas: Design, trend and cultural research resulting in a fully visualized concept; Brand, market analysis resulting in brand identity strategy and Communications, the creation of written, visual and motion content delivered by a team.

This intensive specialization program gives students access to shows, trade fairs, exhibitions and museums in Italy and Europe as well as internship opportunities. It is run by teachers and guests from the industry who are dedicated to reviewing one-to-one student progress. The final project is a concept book that will be featured in a design installation at Villa Favard in front of a jury.

Lessons take place from October to June and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. There is the possibility of completing the program with an internship at a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and experience in the field 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.


Kris Van Assche
Kris Van Assche
Artistic Director

Former creative director of Dior Homme, Belgian designer Kris Van Assche was known for his urban, minimalistic aesthetic, balancing heritage and innovation. Van Assche began his education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, moving to Paris when he graduated in 1998 for an internship at Yves Saint Laurent. Here, Van Assche worked for Hedi Slimane and followed the designer to Dior in 2000 to work on its menswear line. In 2004, he launched his own menswear label. When Hedi Slimane exited Dior Homme in 2007, Van Assche succeeded his former mentor in the top creative position and stayed for 11 years. He is widely credited with making Dior contemporary. From 2018 to 2021, Van Assche was the artistic director of Berluti.

Learning modules

  • Design
  • Fashion Business & Management
  • Brand Management
  • Fashion Culture


A career as a Creative Director is built through talent, tenacity and connections. The students with the best CVs, consistent progress and impressive final projects are offered contacts with companies, wide exposure in Polimoda’s official communications and Linda Loppa’s tutorship.


For more information on this course, our Orientation team has you covered. We're available from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm CET.

Contact us via the live chat or the request information form, call us at +39 055 2750628 or register for our next Open Day

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Polimoda will continue monitoring the Italian government’s safety advice and update its procedures as requirements change. Due to Covid 19, field trips and visits that cannot be done safely will be postponed and/or cancelled. If the conditions do not allow an experience on campus, we are prepared and committed to moving courses online until we are able to welcome our students at school.

Featured image: Claudia, Piazza della Signoria - Postcards from Florence.

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