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Foundation Art & Fashion

The first step towards a career in art and fashion.
Preparatory · Foundation

Istituto Marangoni one-year foundation courses prepare participants for entry into any of the three-year undergraduate degree programmes in the fashion or art fields. Over the course of the year participants are offered exciting new challenges that will improve their creative thinking, develop their broader fashion, design & art skills, and help them to identify where their true passion lies.


This foundation year programme provides an overview of key areas of the fashion and art industries, introducing participants to basic notions fashion design, primary concepts of fashion business, fashion styling, art history, and art practice.
Additionally, participants will develop a solid introduction into Istituto Marangoni teaching and learning methods and experience the intensive learning approach that is required in order to successfully progress onto one of the full-time fashion or art undergraduate programmes.

23 Sep 2024
Italian · English  - Fee
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Learning focus

The course covers principle methods and techniques for exploration and research in fashion and art contexts, presentation skills, an analysis of fashion, art and other creative industries, as well as investigating the materials, tools, ways of working and techniques used in each area. Attention is given to developing an individual approach to creative expression and to conceptual thinking, which participants are able to develop further in their chosen undergraduate programme. Academic discipline is at the heart of the syllabus and is supported with English or Italian language study skills (as required), focusing on the communication of ideas in both verbal and written formats. Concluding with a portfolio of work, participants have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to make an informed choice on the undergraduate course that best suits their interests, passions and abilities.

  • Communicating fashion & art concepts
  • Representation of fashion design & business ideas
  • Trend & style creative research
  • Style development
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Techniques and fashion product cycle
  • The Fashion & Art systems
  • Fashion & Art portfolio building
  • Presentation & Visual Communication
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