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Semester courses · postgraduate

The Semester in Fashion Knitwear Design encourage participants to innovate through experimental research and practice, in order to develop a forward-thinking and challenging approach for new directions, in the contemporary world of fashion knitwear. The course challenges the limits of fashion knitwear design, providing the unique opportunity to liaise with the Industry as well as luxury yarn and knitwear producers well known for their innovative and sustainable approach, with the overall objective of letting students experience the “backstage” of contemporary knitwear design and making.

The intersections between art, fashion and diverse traditional and digital knitting technologies support students in the creation of their personal project. Innovative samples and garments can be designed by developing hand, hand flat, machine and CAD/3D knitted fabrics in combination with creative fashion design and pattern cutting methods.


The role of a knitwear designer is to research and develop concepts for an expanding international market.

The programme curriculum has been designed to support the development of an individual project, applying creative and technical skills, guided by the professional expertise of Istituto Marangoni academic partners and staff, as well field researchers and visiting designers. During this semester course participants explore new concepts in knitwear industry while experimenting with hand flat, machine knitting and new technologies, all in the frame of a cohesive range of learning experiences, enabling these future designers to undertake and resolve advanced creative projects.

Participants have the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals and individual networking opportunities, as well as of being selected to exhibit at Pitti Filati, Firenze.

Workshops in CAD (dedicated knit programming and graphics software), creative pattern cutting, design development and communication, and portfolio development furher support participants to enhance their fashion knitwear, manufacturing and presentation skills.

11 Oct 2021 - 01 Apr 2022
Italian · English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
€ 4,000
School fee
€ 9,000

Programme Specification

First Class Welcome Pack
Istituto Marangoni Scholarship
Virtual Open Day Firenze
  • Trend and Colour Research
  • Knitwear Collection Design
  • Innovative Concepts
  • CAD Knit and InDesign Workshops
  • Creative Pattern Cutting and Knitting Techniques
  • Knitwear Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Buyer, Merchandiser
  • Production Manager
  • Trend Forecasting
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