The Master in Fashion Design program combines fashion studies with intensive studio practice. You will refine your own creative vision as you meet the challenge of designing new clothing and accessories for existing fashion brands.
Your projects will combine conceptualization with textile manipulation, garment prototyping, branding, and image-based storytelling. You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the fashion industry and prepare for an exciting career within it.
Who Should Apply
The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in fashion design.
It is also open to candidates with a background in other disciplines, if they are motivated by a sound interest in the program’s topics and a strong portfolio.
All courses are taught in English, so a knowledge of the English language is essential. Click “Requirements” for details.
Careers in the fashion design field are numerous and varied. Many of our alumni have worked for top brands or launched their own labels and collections.
Job titles include:
- Fashion designer
- Accessory designer
- Textile designer
- Branding consultant
- Fashion entrepreneur
- Fashion journalist
- Trend researcher
- Product developer
Explore the Program
The Master in Fashion Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program leader, and project leaders will guide you via individual coaching and mentorship.
The program consists of four customizable course/workshop modules, followed by a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation.
Coursework focuses on examining the history of fashion design, learning management and marketing strategies for fashion and luxury goods companies, exploring new 3D tools for modeling garments, branding your own work, and developing your professional identity.
Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work with leading companies on practical projects such as creating a proposal for an advertising campaign or helping to develop an innovative, consistent fashion collection from research to realization.
To gain real experience working in your field, you will choose from an internship at a company site, a work project on campus in collaboration with a company, or an entrepreneurship module. In each case, you will benefit from mentorship, an inside perspective on your field, and valuable career connections.
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.
Check out some projects that our students have completed with top brands.
Meet your faculty
Your Program Leader
Anna Lottersberger has two Master in Fashion Design degrees, a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management, and a Ph.D. in Design. She began her career in luxury fashion wholesale with Ter et Bantine and Onward Luxury Group. In 2009, she co-founded the fashion brand Il Sistema Degli Oggetti.
She has lectured on textiles, marketing, and branding at universities in Italy, Lebanon, and China. At Management Development Institute of Singapore, she served as Head of the School of Fashion and Design. Anna joined Domus Academy in 2016 as Head of the Fashion Cluster. In 2018, she became course leader of the Master in Fashion Design.
Other visiting professors and collaborators include fashion designers, fashion journalists, and merchandisers such as:
Rita Airaghi (Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré), Matteo Augello, Andrea Banfi, Michela Bonafoni, Max Brun, Enea Burattoni, Gianluca Cantaro (L’Officiel Italia and L’Officiel Hommes Italia), Anna Maria Stillo Castro, Alberto Cavalli (Fondazione Cologni), Class Eco Hub, Marco Colagrossi (Trussardi), Valentina Colombari (Lagente), Ildo Damiano, Antonio Di Domenico, Katie Dominy, Paolo Ferrarini, Francesco Fistarol, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, Andrey Golub, Riccardo Grassi (Riccardo Grassi Showroom), LP Fashion Studio, Martino Scabbia Guerrini (VF International), Maria Jaber, Sara Maino (Vogue Italia), Antonio Mancinelli (Marie Claire Italia), Alessandro Manzi, Sarah Mazzetti, Cecilia Melli, Jessica Michault, Maurizio Modica and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti (MG4 Coulture), Raffaello Napoleone, Carlos Osman, Damon Pittman, Fausto Puglisi, Daniela Puppa, Carlo Rivetti (Stone Island), Michele Romano, Serena Sala, Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist), Marina Spadafora, Ars Sutoria, Anna Maria Tartaglia, Monica Tempesta, Massimo Trumbatore, Gaia Trussardi, Riccardo Vannetti, Jenny Walton, Elena Xausa.
Fees and Scholarships
Each one-year Academic Master’s program (60 ECTS) at Domus Academy involves the following costs, in addition to a € 520 diploma fee, which must be paid at least one week before the course start date. The Academic Master’s diploma is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA.
Matriculation Fee: € 520
See the Tuition Fees page for more information.
EU & Switzerland Students
Non - EU students
Your Talent, on Your Terms
Candidates are asked to develop a capsule fashion collection that expresses their views on fashion, taking into consideration contemporary cultural trends. The project must be supported by visual research about target customers, colors, and materials, as well as keywords and references related to the inspiration of the collection.
In collaboration with VOGUE ITALIA
Deadline: 05 Oct 2018
Number of scholarships: 5
Prizes: One scholarship covering 60%, one covering 50%, one covering 40%, and two honorable mentions covering 20% of the total tuition fee of the master’s program.
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