(womenswear pathway & menswear pathway)

Three Year Course

12 Oct 2020 - 30 Jul 2021
it · en
enrolment fee € 4.000
tuition fee EU € 19.200
tuition fee non-EU € 22.600

1 Feb 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
it · en
enrolment fee € 4.000
tuition fee EU € 19.700
tuition fee non-EU € 23.100

Programme Specification


Three Year Course

12 Oct 2020 - 30 Jul 2021
it · en
enrolment fee € 4.000
tuition fee EU € 17.800
tuition fee non-EU € 20.900

1 Feb 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
it · en
enrolment fee € 4.000
tuition fee EU € 18.300
tuition fee non-EU € 21.400

Programme Specification

Broaden your fashion career horizons

Become fully qualified in the latest fashion and accessories design techniques and expand your career options. Covering clothing and accessories design, these three-year full-time courses encourage individual style and creativity, while also offering the chance to become multi-skilled fashion designers. Participants begin by studying the language of ready to wear, progressing through all stages of the design process including hand sketching, fashion illustration and digital design, pattern making, pattern cutting and construction, right through to the finished garment or product. Focusing on the womenswear and menswear industries, each course also investigates the intrinsic added values and characteristics of an accessories garment or product, understanding how to design products that create desire. During the course participants are encouraged to experiment with new materials and technologies, negotiating for example the use of a flamboyant pairing of fabrics, renewable and sustainable resources, 3D printing or experimental cutting techniques, as well as evaluating fabric embellishment and details that make the ‘difference’ to a winning collection.

Research into fashion history and culture and historic references in art and dress further enhance creative thinking, meanwhile communication skills provide a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of final design ideas to companies and new clients. At the end of the course selected participants will attend a final graduation event or a fashion show that introduces collections or portfolios to an industry audience – a unique experience opening up industry networking career opportunities.

By selecting a preferred area of study participants have the opportunity to focus in more depth in Womenswear or Menswear during their programme:

Fashion Design & Accessories (Womenswear)

This programme provides a focus on femininity and the changing female silhouette by researching and questioning the impact of ‘shape-shifting’ design through masculinity vs. femininity, challenging tradition, looking at female empowerment and self-awareness and encouraging a real touch of creative flair in womenswear apparel and the competitive womenswear market.

Fashion Design & Accessories (Menswear)

While the division between men and women’s brands is crossing barriers with gender neutral brands, menswear is still a different fashion animal altogether. Not only considering fit, line and attention to detail, menswear designers need to have the creativity and flair to be able to connect with this distinct target audience. This programme also provides key notions in menswear patternmaking and tailoring skills essential to designing high-quality collections.

Participants who successfully complete the three-year courses ‘Fashion Design & Accessories*’, ‘Interior Design*’, ‘Product Design’, and ‘Visual Design’ in Milano and Firenze, will be awarded the AFAM First Level Academic Diploma. Recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education as an academic diploma equivalent to a university undergraduate level degree, participants will obtain 180 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. *The pathways held in Milano and Firenze ‘Fashion Design & Accessories with Womenswear Pathway’, ‘Fashion Design & Accessories with Menswear Pathway’ are a specialisation of the recognised AFAM main courses ‘Fashion Design & Accessories’ (Pathway final diplomas will state the main course title).

Learning focus

  • Fashion drawing & illustration (2D, 3D)
  • Prototyping (lab & workshop) pattern cutting, maquette
  • Visual communication & professional presentation skills
  • Digital design & 3d printing
  • The study of fabrics and materials
  • Professional design portfolio & collection
  • Marketing & fashion business
  • Analysis and strategies of contemporary fashion
  • History of luxury & brand heritage

Possible career paths

  • Fashion designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Product manager
  • Trend forecaster/coolhunter

Study Courses

Year one

  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Fashion History and Culture
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Basic Design
  • Fashion Design I
  • Techniques of Visual Communication
  • Physics for Design
  • Image Digital Processing
  • History of Applied Arts
  • Representation Methods and Tools
  • Graphic Design
  • Free Study Activities
  • Foreign Language

Year two

  • History and Criticism of Contemporary Fashion
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
  • Production Processes
  • Experimental Prototype Creation
  • Design Methods
  • Fashion Design II
  • History and Criticism of Contemporary Design
  • Fashion Product Technologies
  • Fashion Design Realization: Patterns
  • Integrated Product Design
  • Fashion Trend Forecasting
  • Perception Studies
  • Fashion Design Realization: Mannequins
  • Free Study Activities

Year three

  • Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
  • Fashion Collection Design
  • Product Design I
  • Modelling
  • Economics and Fashion Marketing
  • Prototype Design Patterns
  • Product Design II
  • Realization of Experimental Prototypes
  • Economics and Business Management
  • Fashion Project Communication
  • Internship
  • Dissertation

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