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Master in Fashion Design

Designing Dreams

Overview

The master at a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English
Recognized Title Academic Master’s Degree

Dream. Express. Make.

The Master in Fashion Design program brings students into direct contact with the fashion design industry in Italy and abroad. You’ll have the rare and exciting opportunity to develop your own original, compelling fashion collection under the guidance of industry professionals.

Through both theoretical studies and project experiences, you will develop an individual mode of expression, explore the cultural factors that influence fashion trends, learn the ins and outs of production, and create innovative solutions.

Besides honing the “problem solving” skills that every fashion designer needs, you will also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each challenge. As you learn to follow your intuition and promote your aesthetic vision within those parameters, you will cultivate more awareness of the reasons behind your own fashion design choices, and those of others.

Audience

The program is designed for candidates with a first-level degree in fashion design, accessories design, or other related disciplines, who wish to develop their professional skills and make connections within the fashion industry.

Outcome

During this degree program, students will:
• Complete a self-driven research project on fashion design, using professional-level methods and communication techniques
• Develop innovative designs for garments and create a fashion collection, built on their knowledge of techniques and materials

Program

The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.

The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.

Structure

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Courses

Coursework focuses on:

  • Exploring the historical, contemporary, psychological, anthropological, and sociological aspects of the fashion phenomenon
  • Learning management and marketing strategies for fashion and luxury goods companies
  • Discovering new 3D tools for modeling garments
  • Investigating methods and tools for fashion research and design
  • Exploring the factors that determine the economic performance of a brand or company
  • Branding your own work and developing your professional identity

Workshops

Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to fashion design. Some possible workshop topics include the following:

  • Contribute to building an innovative, consistent fashion collection from research to realization.
  • Explore your own fashion design identity and define a language of expression and aesthetics.
  • Investigate new options in structure and materials as you generate ideas for a contemporary fashion collection for the international market.
  • Research and develop appropriate materials and create original structures for a bag and leather goods collection.
  • Produce either a real fashion editorial for a print or online magazine or a proposal for an advertising campaign.

Portfolio

The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation.

Internship

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career.

The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies.

Companies

Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Fashion Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies and organizations involved in this program include:

Trussardi, MUUSE, 7 For All Mankind, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Antonio Berardi, Costume National, Eastpak, Fay, Fiorucci Love Therapy, Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, Frankie Morello, Havaianas, Hogan, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman (Interware), Meltin’ Pot, Napapijri, Neil Barrett, Nike, SAOBC (South African Ostrich Business Chamber), Stefanel, Ter et Bantine, Versace, Veuve Clicquot, Ermenegildo Zegna.

Accreditation

Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team.

Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to your selected study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

*The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

To find out more about our programs, accreditation, and admission requirements, complete this  contact form. Our educational advisors will be happy to answer questions and help you choose the best program for your career goals.

Faculty

The Course Leader of the Master in Fashion Design is Sara Desimoni.

Sara DesimoniAfter earning her bachelor’s degree in international languages, Sara Desimoni joined the faculty of Domus Academy in 2001. As an assistant for the Master in Fashion Design program, she organized course activities, tutored students, and brought fashion experts, designers, and company representatives into the program.

In 2006, she helped to establish Domus Academy’s Fashion Design Department and to launch the Master in Accessories Design program. In 2013, Desimoni became Course Leader of the Master in Fashion Design.

Other visiting professors and collaborators in this program include:

Rita Airaghi (Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré), Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonella Antonelli (Marie Claire Italia), Matteo Augello, Stefania Benigni, Antonio Berardi, Michela Bonafoni (360 + OneQuarter), Laura Bonin, Giovanni Bonotto, Cav. Mario Boselli, Gianluca Cantaro (L’Officiel Italia and L’Officiel Hommes Italia), Ennio Capasa (Costume National), Alberto Cavalli (Fondazione Cologni), Class Eco Hub, Marco Colagrossi (Trussardi), Ildo Damiano, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Diego Dolcini, Paolo Ferrarini, Angelo Figus, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, Michela Gattermayer (Gioia!), Barbara Giannelli, Andrey Golub, Riccardo Grassi (Riccardo Grassi Showroom), Francesco Guerra, Gitte Jonsdatter (MUUSE), Piero Davide Leardi, Felice Limosani, the team from LP Fashion Studio, Sara Maino (Vogue Italia), Antonio Mancinelli (Marie Claire Italia), Alessandro Manzi, Maurizio Modica, and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti (Frankie Morello), Raffaello Napoleone, Carlos Osman, Damon Pittman, Federico Poletti, Daniela Puppa, Carlo Rivetti (Stone Island), Olimpia Sartorelli, Martino Scabbia Guerrini (VF International), Monica Tempesta, Massimo Trumbatore, Gaia Trussardi, Riccardo Vannetti (Lagente).

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master in Fashion Design program may launch their career as a fashion designer, art director, textile designer, product manager, trend researcher, cool hunter, or fashion editor. They could also take on a role in marketing/communication or distribution. They may work for fashion brands, design agencies, or magazines, or they may choose to be self-employed.

Admissions

Spaces in this program are limited. Participants will be selected based on their applications.

We have a dedicated team of educational advisors who will be happy to help you with completing your application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Check Entry Requirements

When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the applicant’s entire profile, including their academic records, work experience (if any), extracurricular activities, test scores, and recommendations.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to the selected study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

IELTS and Equivalent Certificates

Proficiency with the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission.

Our English language requirement is an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or a recognized equivalent certificate, to be submitted by the beginning of the master’s program. The certificate should not be more than two years old.

The following are the main equivalents:

Certificate Level
Cambridge English: FIRST (FCE) C or 154
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) Distinction or 160
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC V C or 154
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary / BEC P Distinction or 160
TOEFL paper 494 – 510
TOEFL computer 173 – 180
TOEFL internet 59 – 64
PTE Academic 36 – 42
TEEP 5
BULATS 40 – 59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking, writing)
TOEIC (provided that student passes all parts) Listening and reading: score 600; Speaking score 140; Writing: score 140

The following cases are exempted from the language requirement:

  • Mother tongue students
  • English Speaking Countries (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degrees (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degree in non-mother tongue countries (prior check with the admissions office)

Prepare Supporting Documents

  • Curriculum vitae/résumé
  • Artistic and/or professional portfolio of projects
  • Letter of motivation
  • An English translation of the academic transcript, listing courses and exams, noting the number of hours per credit and giving a brief description of each course
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree/academic diploma translated into English
  • Documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • Copy of passport
  • Receipt for payment of the €100 application fee

Submit Your Application

  1. Download the application form and either:
    a. Print it, fill it out by hand, and sign it.
    b. Fill it out on your computer, save it, print it, and sign it.
  2. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  3. Pay the application fee of €100.
  4. Make a copy of all documents (including the record of the bank transfer) for your own records.
  5. Send the originals by post or courier to:
    Domus Academy International Admissions Office
    Via C. Darwin, 20
    20143, Milano Italy

  1. Download the application form and fill it out on your computer.
  2. Save it, print it, sign it and scan it.
  3. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  4. Pay the application fee of 100 €.
  5. Scan the application form and all other documents.
  6. Attach the application form and other documents to an email that you send to:
    admissions@domusacademy.it

  1. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  2. Click Apply Online
  3. Create your username.
  4. Check your email for a message with login information.
  5. Start your online application.
  6. Submit all the required documents.
  7. Pay the application fee online.

Upon receiving your application and required documents, each course leader and the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application to determine whether your degree and experience correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They also identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

If you are accepted to Domus Academy, you will receive an admissions letter and package.

Enrollment

Our sister school, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), which shares our campus, awards the Academic Master’s Degrees. In order to receive this degree, the qualification recognized by the Ministry of Italian Education (MIUR), you must enroll at NABA.

When your admission to Domus Academy is confirmed, you must secure your place by filling out and returning your enrollment form, along with your receipt for payment of the pre-enrollment fee, within 30 days of the date on your admission letter.

Upon receiving these items, Domus Academy will provide non-EU applicants with all necessary assistance in order to apply for the student visa.

After you are formally enrolled, you are requested to pay the total tuition fee by the starting date of the course.

Payment Methods

  1. Pay by bank transfer.
    Account holder: NUOVA ACCADEMIA SRL, Via C. Darwin 20, 20143 Milano, Italy
    Bank name and agency: Gruppo Banco BPM – Milano Ag 10 – Via Ariosto 1/A, 20145 Milano
    International bank details: SWIFT code: BAPPIT22. IBAN code: IT36U503401610000000000251.
    Reason for payment: Important: Clearly specify the name of the student and the master’s program chosen.
  2. Pay by credit card using our online application.
  3. Note that you can use this method only to pay the application fee and pre-enrollment fee—not to pay the tuition fee.
  4. Pay by peerTransfer.
    Domus Academy partners with peerTransfer to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency. If you choose to make your payment with peerTransfer, you can:
    -Track your payments from start to finish.
    -Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
    -Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night.
    To get started, go to: domusacademy.peertransfer.com to begin the payment process.
  5. In person by credit card.
    You can make payments by Visa and MasterCard directly at the Domus Academy Accounting Office.

Please note that all bank, credit card, and third-party transfer fees must be covered by the applicant. Also note that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the one-year Academic Master’s program is:

For students from EU countries and Switzerland, €16,990 (full fee, including pre-enrolment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€13,990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

EU Countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

For non-EU students, €28,600 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€ 25,600 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

Matriculation Fee

For each student: € 520.

Students who meet the relevant entry requirements and are interested in pursuing the Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS), which is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA, must pay the matriculation fee by the first day of the course.

 

 

Lectures

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