Fashion Design

Authorship, creation and show
The Undergraduate in Fashion Design is a wide art and design program, created to help students cultivate and express their creativity with a personal signature in style. Becoming Fashion Designers, Knitwear Designers, Accessories Designers and, ultimately, Creative Directors, means researching, analyzing, experimenting, discovering and creating with solid training in techniques including pattern design, knitwear, printing, drawing and draping. Play the role of an authentic author on the international scene.


  • 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.


There is visible vertical improvement among the students, teaching the basics in the first academic year and giving students the possibility to create a real collection in the third year. The final year offers master’s level learning; students select a specialization and present their dream collection on a real runway with a jury and international press, supported by a portfolio.

Classes are all run by teachers from the industry in the new open space Design Lab. Students receive a welcome kit with tools and materials to begin and have access to expert guest lectures, an immense library, the computer lab, as well as production machines. Field trips to companies, fashion shows and trade fairs in Italy and Europe, as well as applied projects with companies, are all organized throughout the four years.

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.


Massimiliano Giornetti
Massimiliano Giornetti
Head of Fashion Design Department

After graduating in Fashion Design at Polimoda in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, Massimiliano Giornetti began his career in Haute Couture in Rome alongside designer and Polimoda alumnus Anton Giulio Grande, starting in the Men’s division of Salvatore Ferragamo in July 2000 and subsequently taking over creative direction four years later. In 2010, he also took on the Women’s ready-to-wear collection, thus becoming the first Creative Director of Ferragamo and holding the role for sixteen years. Memorable moments include the first resort collection held at the residence of philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke and the 2013 fashion show at the Denon wing of the Louvre; the first time the French museum lent its space to a fashion show. In 2017, he also collaborated in the relaunch of iconic Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang. His arrival at Polimoda marks the inception of the important challenge of matching up with the new creatives of fashion.

Study plan

First Year: Foundation
Contemporary Fashion, Sociology of Imaginary, Drawing I, Graphic Design I, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Design I, Textile Science, Pattern Making I, Prototyping I, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Operations, Knit Design, Leather Materials, Leather Design & Technology.

Second Year: Creativity & Trends
Fashion Iconography, Drawing II, Graphic Design II, Fashion Design II, Knit Design II, Textile Design & Technology II, Pattern Making II, Draping I, Prototyping II (Tailoring Techniques & Menswear).

Third Year: Fashion Industry
Fashion Design III, Pattern Making III, Graphic Design III (3D Printing), Prototyping III (textile, knit, leather), Print & Embroidery Techniques I, Presentation Techniques I, Industry Project, Industry Portfolio.

Fourth Year: Personal Branding
Pattern Making IV, Prototyping IV, Print & Embroidery Techniques II, Collection Development, Design Management, Fashion Styling & Communications, Costume Design, Personal Collection and Portfolio.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Develop a research methodology, envision and produce content that informs their creative design.
  • Create all necessary materials through 2D and 3D development, integrating fashion vocabulary, textiles, materials, color, texture and patterns. * Develop an independent design style.
  • Build a collection lineup for potential show presentation.
  • Create a professional portfolio.

Career opportunities

Based on the student’s personal abilities and skills acquired, the course qualifies graduates to work as Fashion Designers and Creative Directors, specialized in gender (womenswear and menswear), reference material (textile, knit, leather) or category (eveningwear, streetwear, underwear) as well as Costume Designers, Accessories Designer and freelance Fashion Consultants in design research and development.

Supernature - Polimoda Fashion Show 2019

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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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