Fashion Art Direction

Research, curation and publication
The Undergraduate in Fashion Art Direction is a leading creative program, translating a concept into all possible languages – from textual to audiovisual – and shaping Art Directors ready to tackle international multimedia, advertising agencies and creative studios, Fashion Editors and Fashion Curators. From the architecture of an image to a whole editorial issue and from the emotion created around a single object to the multidimensional curation of an entire exhibition space, this creative mind coordinates imaginative projects and artistic teams by feeling the spirit of the time and moving beyond aesthetic conventions.


  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Cost:18,000 per year
  • Language: English
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Start:September 28th 2020
End:June 12th 2021

The upcoming edition of this program will begin in October 2020. 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 Polimoda.


This program offers vertical progress, starting with the basic skills in all areas during the first academic year to practical skills in the third year. The final year offers master’s level learning, once students’ soft skills and sense of leadership are developed. Horizontal progress is guaranteed with two projects per year and includes a personal portfolio.

Courses are all held by teachers from the industry with hands-on materials. Fashion Art Direction students also have access to expert guest lectures from visionaries each month, an immense library and computer labs. Field trips to magazine headquarters, agencies, fashion shows, trade fairs, exhibitions are also included in the curriculum.

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 fourth year. Each academic year is worth 60 credits.

Study plan

First Year: Foundation
Fashion System, Contemporary Fashion, Sociology of Imaginary, Graphic Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Operations, Fashion Communications, History of Costume & Iconography, Textile Science, Art & Fashion, Consumer Behavior.

Second Year: Trends & Arts
Trend Forecasting, Color Science & Materials, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Strategy & Development, Typography, Web Content Management, Video Making, Brand Storytelling, Cinema & Fashion.

Third Year: Styling & Industry
Fashion Styling, Fashion Advertising, Photo-Shooting, Copywriting & Planning, Fashion Magazine Content, Event Management, Visual Merchandising, Packaging, Sound Design, Industry Project.

Fourth Year: Personal Branding
Brand Architecture, Brand Management, Design Management, Fashion Futures, Art & Fashion Curation, Personal Branding, Fashion Leadership and Public Speaking, Project Management, Fashion Portfolio.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Create written and visual communications for fashion brands via multi-disciplinary practices.
  • Develop personal taste and style by feeling the spirit of the times, moving beyond aesthetic conventions.
  • Examine the theory behind visual communication, art, language, architecture, sociology, anthropology, semiotics and advertising.
  • Develop original formats and creative outcomes that provide engaging experiences for multiple audiences from art exhibitions to fashion shows.
  • Critique and evaluate creative solutions in terms of their suitability to the original brief, advertising message, environment, ethical context and target audience.

Career opportunities

Based on the student’s personal abilities and the skills acquired, the course qualifies graduates for jobs in creative agencies, museums, magazines, brands, and design studios, working as Creative Directors, Art Directors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Fashion Developers, Photographers, Stylists, Fashion Trend Forecasters, Editor, Curators, Visual Merchandisers, Strategic Planners, Bloggers, Communications Managers, and Brand Managers.

Mentor for the 4th year

Elise By Olsen
Elise By Olsen
Editor, publisher and curator

Elise By Olsen is an editor, publisher and curator. With an expansive list of art and fashion projects, she has collaborated with institutions such as British Fashion Council, 89plus (Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets), Business of Fashion, Thaddaeus Ropac, Central Saint Martins, TEDx, and brands such as Galeries Lafayette, SSENSE and Gucci. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Wallet, a new publication dedicated to critical dialogue within the fashion industry: the business, the money, the politics. In Wallet’s past issues, she has examined topics such as authority, publishing and education, speaking to the major financial and political clout of an increasingly global industry. Prior to founding Wallet, Elise was internationally recognized as “the world’s youngest editor-in-chief” at age 13 in international press. Her first publication, Recens Paper, is a renowned youth culture magazine, from which she has now resigned.

Mentor for the 4th year

Morteza Vaseghi
Morteza Vaseghi
Designer & Art Director

Morteza Vaseghi is a multi-disciplinary designer & art director with an interest in image-making and video. Born in Tehran, with studies in graphic design and illustration at the University of The Arts, London College of Communication, Vaseghi has worked on global projects within the fashion, art and music industries since 2005. Through research-based design and systematic approach, he works independently and with clients, ranging from individuals to institutions, creating concept-based distinctive results. He is the former art director of Recens Paper, the current art director and designer of Wallet.

Discover more

Watch Elise By Olsen, Editor, Publisher and Curator, share her secrets about being a successful Fashion Editor in the 5th 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 Publishing with Elise By Olsen | Best Jobs in the World #5

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