fashion design intensive

course for predicting trends in fashion/fabric/accessories collections

The course

On completion of the intensive one-year course in fashion design, the candidate will be able to design fashion/fabrics/accessories collections by melding research, creativity and marketing. Starting with design techniques, students progress to the analysis of fabrics and clothing manufacture, as well as to production. In the final stage of the course, they will use analyses of trends to create a collection, the fruit of a personal language, that will equip them to respond to future requests placed upon them by the brand and market needs.

The fashion designer is the most influential figure in the panorama of fashion and he or she is the source of inspiration for creative ideas, new trends and brand development, continually making informed analyses of materials and fabrics, reflecting culture, art and fashion. The designer understands time management, costs and budgets in relation to manufacture. He understands the history of fashion and market needs, and can design garments that satisfy and even anticipate the expectations of a determined target. He or she works with fabrics and accessories as well as garment construction.

The course in fashion design trains experts who have the gift of anticipating trends. The fashion designer can work for private agencies, in collaboration with different companies, design studios, consulting agencies and researchers. They will be able to design collections for women, men and children as well as clothing lines that are dedicated to accessories, eyewear and swimwear, always with a handle on new evolutions in fashion. They can also carry out teaching in the sector.

Learning outcomes

  • develop a variety of techniques and processes to communicate fashion ideas in a professional manner.
  • master the applications of the design process necessary during the development of a fashion collection.
  • understand well the sartorial techniques of cutting and sewing garments.
  • distinguish and evaluate fabrics, fibres and their composition in the light of their performance in fashion products.
  • successfully carry out, in an independent manner, substantial research.
  • demonstrate an ability to design and develop an entire collection.

Course themes

  • fashion illustration and the design of a collection
  • analysis of cut and construction
  • design and communication
  • collection and brand analysis
  • design vision
  • personal research and final collection

combined programmes*

one year courses + master’s degrees (ma)** · master courses*** · cycles de spécialisation**

For students who choose combined programmes, €5.000 will be deducted from the tuition fee of the master’s programme selected from the 2017-18 didactic offer and subsequent pricing scale. This is on the condition that the student pays the enrolment fee no later than:

  • 30 April 2017 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in October 2016;

  • 15 June 2017 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in February 2017.

If enrolment takes place after these periods, no deduction from the tuition fee will be applicable.

For further information please contact the admission office at the Milano School of Fashion,  the Firenze School of Fashion, Art & Design or at the Paris School of Fashion


*Access to the combined programmes is subject to the possession of a university degree and to obtaining a certificate on the one-year course, according to the academic year and after approval by the admissions committee at the end of the one-year course.

**Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris and London will be awarded a master's degree by Manchester Met (Manchester Metropolitan University-UK). Master's degrees include a 12-week work placement. 180 credit points must be earned in order for a master's degree to be awarded upon completion of the course.. All candidates should meet specific requirements (please check the website indicating your nationality and study level). For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school.

*** Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in Milano and Firenze will be awarded with an Istituto Marangoni certificate.