Product Management

Turning Ideas into Fashion Products

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Fashion is a complex system in which creativity, innovation, precision and problem solving are key values. Dynamics of creativity are strictly connected to the new perspectives in production and techniques. The market is requiring new professional figures who are dynamic, prepared and most of all flexible and capable of understanding creativity as well as research, so as to be able to plan and manage the entire life cycle of a product.

The Undergraduate in Product Management aims at providing a technical insight on the whole fashion pipeline, to create key professionals able to bridge the gap between creativity and industry. With a focus on raw materials down to the finished products in the areas of RTW, Accessories and Fashion Jewellery, the course includes topics related to marketing, merchandising, logistics, purchasing and quality.

The course creates a professional profile who is highly specialized and able to perform different roles in fashion organizations: from product research and development to production planning and collection development, from merchandising management to the organization of both logistics and supply chain. A key figure who is able to look at the future of the industry and is prepared for technological innovation, able to merge creativity and management.

Candidates with a secondary-school (high school) diploma or equivalent are eligible and selected after the admission process. English language proficiency is required. Lessons take place from October to June, and amount to a total of 600 contact hours. The course is completed with an internship in a fashion company at the end of the third year. Each academic year is worth 60 credits.

Study Plan

First year: Knowledge

Contents: Product Management 1; Fashion Culture, Fashion System, Logistics and Pipeline, Textile Science, Leather Technology; Product Development; Research and Merchandising.

Focus on: New Technologies.

Second year: Tools and Methodology

Contents: Product Management 2; Fashion Communication; Business Administration; Consumer behaviour; Marketing; Luxury in Fashion; Fashion Retail; Production Planning, Quality Control; Buying processes.

Focus on: Processes and Logistics.

Third Year: Applications

Contents: Product Management 3; Retail Management; Fashion Retail; Fashion Luxury Branding; International Supply Chain; Budgeting; Business Plan; Interviews Training (CV); Laboratories with Experts.

Focus on: Management and Strategy.

Applied projects, Project Work (Laboratories), Seminars, Workshop, and Company and museums’ visits are also included throughout the three years.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the pipelines in RTW, knitwear and accessories so as to determine or intervene in all phases of development and production.
  • Understand, plan and implement all activities needed to prototype and produce a set of garments / accessories / knitwear, including finishing, detailed technical specs and specific feats.
  • Understand and apply new methodologies related to design development, material selection and the manufacturing and distribution of fashion.
  • Demonstrate a full understanding of positioning, market and strategic decisions so as to inform the managerial choices related to methodology and production.
  • Relate to both design and development departments of a complex organization, understanding creative inputs and translating them into specs and activities aimed at prototyping and/or production.

Career Opportunities

Product Development, Product Management, Merchandising Management, Supply Chain, Purchasing Office.