fashion design

ba (hons) degree* ** · three year course***

Develop individual style to build a solid future in fashion

The course

Today’s fashion designers are catalysts of creativity, forming new trends, responding to consumer demands, industry developments and new technology, from initial design
right through to the finished garment. Nurturing original style, this three year full time course trains highly skilled designers for the engaging fashion industry. Participants learn how to create collections from an accurate analysis of the market, the trends, materials and fabrics, as well as translating ideas and inspiration derived from any form, concept, or art, or simply from their own experiences, successfully combining a personal vision with industry needs, or brand design strategies. The Fashion Design course moves through key aspects of illustration and graphic design techniques including the study of form, colour, pattern drafting and draping, and an accurate analysis of clothing manufacturing through deconstruction.

With a solid base in the fashion system participants are introduced to many aspects of the industry, not only in the principles of fashion business, brand identity, positioning and marketing, but also interpreting art and craft in fashion, production, retail, consumer habits, and trends. Research approaches to creative and original product development are key throughout. Participants of the Fashion Design course are encouraged to experiment with new approaches in the industry that are evolving today, including renewable and sustainable resources, innovative materials and new technologies, building an individual style and nurturing creative and professional abilities. Studies heritage design and fashion culture provide the necessary skills to make a critical assessment of a brand’s or client’s lifestyle and legacy, while communication skills provide a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of ideas to companies and new clients, accompanied by a professional portfolio of work. By the third year participants work as independent practitioners,
and with the constant support of a faculty team of industry experts, are encouraged to participate in international fashion talent competitions during in the course.
A professionally produced fashion show and graduation showcase event introduces collections or portfolios to a selected audience of leading fashion experts, journalists, bloggers, designers and head-hunters – a unique experience opening up industry networking and career opportunities.

This fashion course forms the base of all three year fashion design study pathways. With fashion design as the core subject, participants select from different pathways to specialise
in a chosen area of interest, responding to individual creative flair and passion.

This course is also available as a BA (Hons) four year course (including placement sandwich year)*  **.


  • Fashion drawing & illustration (2D, 3D)
  • Cutting & construction
  • Visual communication & professional presentation skills
  • Digital design techniques
  • Fabrics and materials analysis
  • Professional design portfolio & final collection
  • Marketing & fashion business practices
  • Analysis and strategies of contemporary fashion
  • History of luxury & brand heritage
  • Design research methodology


• Fashion designer
• Fashion illustrator
• Pattern maker
• Trend forecaster/coolhunter
• Costume designer

Course themes


  • architecture of design
  • fabric exploration and design
  • portfolio and collection creation
  • history of art and dress


  • brand revival
  • art and fashion interface
  • personal style
  • fashion and culture contemporary perspectives


  • pre-collection
  • collection design
  • collection development or industry portfolio preparation
  • researching theory and practice

find out more about the ba (hons) degree (sandwich)

cross school experience

Istituto Marangoni Milano is giving students in the three-year Fashion Design course the opportunity to enjoy an international experience by attending the 1st year in Milano or Florence and then completing the cycle of studies (2nd or 3rd year) at the Schools in London or Paris.

Students who successfully complete the programmes in Paris and London will be awarded with a BA (Hons) Degree validated by the Manchester Metropolitan University.
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talent projects

Discover the creativity of Istituto Marangoni fashion students from the undergraduate courses.

Milano School of Fashion

• Francesco Monteverde

• Emanuela Giroldi

Andriana Perelli

Domenico Puglisi

• Alessandra Maffei

Paris School of Fashion

• Robert Liptak


*Subject to revalidation.

**Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris and London will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by Manchester Met (Manchester Metropolitan University-UK); 120 credit points must be earned for each year of study in order for an honours degree to be awarded, so students will obtain 360 credits upon successful completion of the three-year 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.

***Participants who successfully complete the three year course Fashion Design ‘RNCP’ course taught in Paris receive the title of “Fashion Designer (Styliste-Crèateur/trice)”, acknowledged by the CNCP Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle (National Commission for Vocational Certification) and registered as a Professional Certificate published in the JORF (Official Journal of the French Republic). As recognised vocational training, level II RNCP is equivalent to a three year program of higher education. For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at The Paris School.