Fashion Design

Follow your dreams
Mentorship by Elisa Palomino
Fashion Design is a star course that fulfills the dream to enter the world of fashion, wielding the keys of its main language. It is the personal expression of an expert creator who can conceive an idea and transform it into a wearable cult piece, desired by many who are looking for change.


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:28,000
  • Language: English
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Start:30th March 2020
End:28th November 2020
Start:5th October 2020
End:12th June 2021


This master course perfectly integrates the two words contained in its title, Fashion and Design, into the teaching areas. The first area is based on research; a full immersion to acquire cultural and technical skills, while the second is practice-driven and aims to realize and present an impressive capsule collection.

Fashion Design is run by teachers from the industry and special guests, grants unlimited access to the Design Lab, Computer Labs, and the immense library, and includes a starting toolkit, a field trip to Milan Fashion Week, and internship opportunities. The two main projects of the course are of a quality to present as a personal portfolio, where the first develops from research to figurines, and the second from figurines to a capsule collection.

Lessons take place from October to June 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 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 two areas, Fashion and Design take concrete form in the following modules:

Contemporary Fashion; Fashion Sociology & Trend Research; Colours & Materials; Graphic Design & 3D Printing; Fashion Drawing & Illustration; Fashion Design (including pattern making and draping techniques); Fashion Development; Fashion Communications; Personal Capsule Collection and Portfolio.

Fashion Design is dedicated to textile-based womenswear and menswear but also includes workshops where the acquired drawing and illustration techniques can be applied to knitwear, streetwear, kids-wear, leather accessories, shoes, millinery and sunglasses, following to the specific requirements of each sector.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Develop a research methodology, envision and produce content that informs their creative design.
  • Create all necessary and basic materials for their designs through 2D and 3D development, integrating fashion vocabulary, textiles, materials, color, texture and patterns.
  • Experiment with manipulating fabrics and other materials through different techniques.
  • Work within a brand’s or brief’s framework.
  • Create a professional portfolio.

Career opportunities

According to the level of responsibility, a fashion designer may need to follow a given brief or could have complete freedom to create. In both cases, the designer must cultivate curiosity and keep up to date with trends, materials and techniques. There are no working hours because for a real Fashion Designer, life and work coincide.


Elisa Palomino
Elisa Palomino
Fashion Designer & Educator

Elisa Palomino is a recognized fashion designer with over 25 years’ experience working in the luxury fashion industry, academia, museums and galleries.Her training includes working at luxury brands such as John Galliano, Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010, she launched her own label, showing at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion week. Currently an educator at Central Saint Martins and international fashion lecturer at several universities, Palomino supports and promotes fashion design students engaged in sustainability and has pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices in fashion education. Her research focus is interdisciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies. Her research aims to activate new models for sustainable textiles encouraging indigenous artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills onto others, particularly within their own communities, creating socially engaging and participative art projects. She has run successful network projects and is a Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center.

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