- Level: Undergraduate
- Duration: 4 years
- Cost: € 18,000 per year
- Language: English
The Undergraduate in Fashion Design is a wide art and design program, created to help students express their creativity with a personal signature in style. Becoming Fashion 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 and challenge yourself with your first fashion show. The only rule is this: be yourself if you want to become who you are.
There is visible vertical improvement among the students, starting with the basics in the first academic year and followed by 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 held by teachers from the industry in the open space Design Lab and in the new design headquarters located in Manifattura Tabacchi. Students receive a welcome kit packed with tools and materials and have access to expert guest lectures, an immense library, the computer labs and 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-year program.
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.
Mentor for the 4th Year
Montreal native Caroline Issa is CEO and fashion director of London-based quarterly title Tank and editor of online magazine Becauselondon.com. In 2015, she launched a line of ready-to-wear essentials with Nordstrom as well as a capsule collection for Label/Mix and a jewelry collaboration collection with Monica Vinader in 2019. She has landed brand collaborations with the likes of Prada, LK Bennett, Hugo Boss, La Mer and Cartier. In 2004, Issa founded Tank Form within TANK, a creative agency that has devised advertising campaigns for brands such as Mulberry, Silhouette, Debeers and Monica Vinader. In 2007, she launched Becauselondon.com — a digital magazine — and a print edition featuring Fashion Scan. She worked as an external examiner for Central Saint Martin's MA journalism and fashion promotion courses and can be found on numerous juries for fashion awards such as Hyères Festival and the Arles Photography Festival.
- Fashion Culture
- Fashion Design
- Visual Thinking
- Fashion Industry and Product
Based on abilities and acquired skills, Fashion Design graduates qualify for jobs as Fashion Designers and Creative Directors who are specialized in womenswear and menswear, reference materials (textile, knit, leather) or category (eveningwear, streetwear, underwear) as well as Costume Designers, Accessories Designers and Freelance Fashion Consultants in design research and development.
Discover our scholarship opportunities for the upcoming academic year here.
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.
Featured image: Farid, San Miniato al Monte - Postcards from Florence.
During Milano Fashion Week Women's Collection and for the first time ever, Polimoda presented Human Poetics, a short movie featuring 20 collections by Undergraduate in Fashion Design students. Shot in unconventional Florentine locations, the garments created by our young designers are breathing life into a city ready for a brand new Renaissance.