Academic Master in Accessories Design


Program Description



The Master’s degree in Accessories Design counts on the participation of leading companies in the field and some of the most important manufacturing companies of Made in Italy leather goods, such as tanneries, heel factory, productions, and laboratories.

It is a highly-professional, theoretical-practical Master’s that combines technical, stylistic and product development teachings with the artistic-cultural aspects of research and experimentation of a collection of accessories. The course not only transfers experiences related to technological innovation in design, materials, and craftsmanship but also gives organizational and operational knowledge, useful to solve the common problems that arise working with laboratories and production companies. It is crucial that the professionals understand and know the limits and potentials between the “creative” and the “productive” process to enhance the high industrial handicrafts that characterize the Made in Italy, creating and shaping new and innovative products.

It’s a Master’s of intensive theoretical and practical studies, combining research and design, industrial and craftsmanship techniques, technological innovation, and product development as well as artistic and cultural growth. The Master’s will provide students with the conceptual knowledge base and tools necessary to understand new trends in fashion, developing new products, positioning them properly within the market of leather goods, footwear and eyewear and be able to capture the fashion atmosphere.

At the end of the training, students will be able to pursue a professional career in a creative studio, researching trends, designing and developing products and filling the various professional roles that exist in the fashion industry, from designers to product managers as well as being capable of designing one’s own accessories brand.


The course is taught both in Italian and English.

This Master’s Course simulates the industry path, essential research for materials and trends, the development of new trends, market understanding, designing, technical developments and experimentations to the communication of the specialized product.

Students at the end of the training will be able to pursue a professional career as part of a team in a creative fashion accessory design studio as a designer, researcher or involved in product development.

Students will be required to take part in external visits to these facilities in order to become familiar with and learn about the most technologically advanced knitwear manufacturing processes.


The course is accredited by the Italian Ministry Of Education, University and Research.

At the end of the course, students who meet the Entry Requirments will receive an Academic Master Diploma (60 ECTS).


In order to guarantee the quality of the course, admission is limited to a fixed number of students every year.

For this reason, we suggest interested students send their application within June. In case of delayed applications, we invite applicants to contact the Counseling Office of Accademia Costume e Moda.

To apply for the course, it is necessary to send curriculum, motivational letter, and portfolio which will be evaluated by our Director of Education and pass the admission interview.


The course duration is one academic year and attendance is mandatory however to be accepted at the final assessments students must have at least 80% proven attendance.

Entry Requirements

Course participants must be in possession of a relevant degree in Fashion Design from either an Italian institution (a 3-year degree minimum requirement) or an international University or College (Bachelor’s Degree). We also welcome applications from candidates who have relevant work experience in the Design and Creative Department of a Fashion House, or similar background, and those who are experienced in collection designing. Such candidates will not be awarded an Academic Master (60 ECTS) but will receive a certificate of participation in the Master’s course.

Students must also have a B1 level of Italian or 5.0 IELTS of English certification.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Accademia Costume & Moda offers courses legally recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research under the body that rules Artistic Higher Education. Culture, Design and ... Read More

Accademia Costume & Moda offers courses legally recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research under the body that rules Artistic Higher Education. Culture, Design and Craftmanship linked to a laboratorial approach are the key points of the School’s educational mission. The objective is to help the students start their careers, supporting them in the process of recognising and consolidating their creative identity. Read less