Fashion Design

Follow your Dreams
Mentorship by Elisa Palomino

Turn your wildest dreams into something real. The change you were chasing starts here. 


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:28,000
  • Language: English
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Start:April 12th 2021
End:December 11th 2021
Start:October 4th 2021
End:June 11th 2022


The Master in Fashion Design is a star program, fulfilling the dream of entering the world of fashion and handing out the keys of its main language. 
It is the personal expression of an expert creator who can think up an idea and transform it into a wearable cult piece wanted by those desiring change. If you are looking for a shortcut that will allow you to enter the behind-the-scenes world of the fashion panorama, this could be your first step.
This program perfectly integrates the words contained in its title, Fashion and Design, into two main 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.
This intensive specialization program is run by teachers from the industry and special guests, granting unlimited access to the Design Lab, computer labs and the immense library. It also includes a starting toolkit, a field trip to Milan Fashion Week and internship opportunities. The two main projects —the first involving the research of figurines and the second transforming those figurines into capsule collection— can be presented as a high-quality personal portfolio.
Lessons take place from October to June or April to December 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 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.


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.

Learning modules

  • Fashion Design
  • Creativity & Fashion Trends
  • Fashion Industry

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 with trends, materials and techniques. There are no working hours because life and work coincide with a real Fashion Designer. 


Discover our scholarship opportunities for the upcoming academic year. Download the regulations here.

The upcoming edition of this program will begin in April 2021. 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.

Discover more

Watch Massimiliano Giornetti, Polimoda's Head of Fashion Design Department, share his secrets about being a successful Fashion Designer in the 1st episode of Best Jobs in the World – Stories from the Fashion Industry, a series of open-access video lessons taught by leading fashion industry experts.

Fashion Design with Massimiliano Giornetti | Best Jobs in the World #1

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