The Undergraduate in Atelier Design is a deep craft program designed to create a 360° garment professional. Students sharpen their skills and conceive dresses, tailored garments, streetwear and knitwear.
Mastering techniques such as pattern making, draping, cutting & sewing, print design and embroidery (including a deep knowledge of raw materials and product development processes) is essential for every quality-driven brand, further demonstrating why this role is very sought-after in the job market today.
This program encourages students to make things exactly as they would in an atelier. As each student’s technical ability rises from the first to the second year, a specialization is chosen among the many categories of fashion products (including men’s suiting and women’s underwear) so participants can develop their portfolios and execute their final project.
Students receive a welcome kit with tools and materials to begin learning while also having access to expert guest lectures, an immense library, the computer labs and production machines. This course has an intense program of reviews, workshops, field trips and collaborations with companies organized throughout the two-year program and classes are held by teachers from the industry.
Lessons amount to a total of 700 contact hours and the overall obtainment of 70 credits per year.
The course is completed with an internship in a fashion company at the end of the second year.
Partners share tools, guidance, insight and resources with students throughout their program. They play an important role in the professional lives of young students.
Pattern Spa is a leading company in prototyping, engineering and production of fashion show collections for the most important international luxury fashion brands.
The company, founded in 2000 by Franco Martorella and Fulvio Botto, began in 2017 a structured growth process, which ended in 2022 with the creation of the Italian Hub of Luxury Fashion Engineering.
Following the listing on the Euronext Growth Milan Market of Borsa Italiana in 2019, Pattern continued its strong growth by external lines with the acquisition of 10 companies, each leader in the prototyping and production of different luxury product categories.
Pattern Group is therefore present today with 12 companies in 7 regions of the Italian territory (Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Umbria and Puglia), it is positioned on the main luxury product categories (men’s and womenswear, clothing and accessories, still fabric, knitwear and leather goods) starting from the Research and Engineering phase up to Production.
Pattern Spa is also the first Italian company in the sector to have obtained the SA8000 / Social Accountability Certification in 2013 and an ESG Rating from 2019, confirming the company’s strategic choice to invest in sustainability, technology and human resources.
The curriculum of the course includes a range of subjects that will help students develop their skills and knowledge in the field. Some of the key topics covered include:
- Visual Thinking and Technology
- Fashion Culture
In order to be eligible for this course, you will need to be selected after the admission process.
Basic requirements are:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with motivation letter
- English language proficiency
- Secondary school (high school) diploma or equivalent
Based on abilities, experience and acquired skills, Atelier Design graduates qualify for jobs as Pattern Makers, Textile Specialists, Materials Purchasers, Quality Controllers, CAD Designers, Garment Technologists and Product Testers. Their careers can then lead them to becoming Cutting Room Managers, Product Development Managers, Buyers, Product Trend Forecasters, Heads of Innovation, or pursuing independent careers as Bespoke Tailors.