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Fashion & Creative Surface Design

Explore modern creativity and traditional craftmanship techniques
Postgraduate Courses

India’s fashion industry is rooted in its craftsmanship traditions such as embroidery and a wide variety of surface embellishments. These crafts have become an essential element in the development and production techniques of the most renowned ready-to-wear and haute-couture brands. Not only will any Indian fashion designer implement embroideries and other embellishments in their designs, but these are also becoming increasingly employable and attractive for designer opportunities abroad. International fashion houses are seeking creative professionals with the specific technical knowledge of these antique crafts, applied to contemporary creative thinking and aesthetics.


The postgraduate programme Fashion & Creative Surface Design equips participants with the creative skills and professionalism demanded by the global fashion system, with outstanding links to industry. This dynamic 9 months course cultivates the design creativity, individual style and personal vision of participants while they respond to the rapidly evolving landscape of fashion through a series of project-based activities, that reflect different aspects of the industry.

Students gain access to design and making methodologies within the fame of traditional and digital textile design. Embedded in the course is a consistent practice with workshop experience, along with the professional expertise brough on by academic staff, researchers and visiting designers, coming from both local and international craftsmanship excellence.

Programme Specification


Participants are challenged to develop their own thinking about fashion – what it is and what it can become – to realise their full potential, while gaining advanced fashion design skills. They are given the chance to investigate their own unique identity as designers and their position within the fashion industry, also based on market intelligence. At postgraduate level, participants will already have experience in fashion design, pattern cutting, garment making and portfolio creation in order to successfully meet the challenges of this course in conceptual research, design development and experimentation, collection realisation,  marketing and personal branding. They are encouraged to work experimentally with the shape and construction of garments, with the use of renewable and sustainable resources, and to devise imaginative ways of working with materials and techniques – all while keeping an eye on the true Indian creative artisanship in fashion combined with the excellence that is “Italianness”; internationally acclaimed craftsmanship, design and style.

  • Surface Design identity and philosophy
  • Technical practices in craftsmanship
  • Innovative design and prototyping
  • Professional portfolio development and communication skills
  • Design responsibility through social and ethical awareness
  • Fashion Designer
  • Embroidery Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Product Manager
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Trend Researcher/ Forecaster
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