Academic Master in Alta Moda, Fashion Design


Program Description



The Master’s in Alta Moda, Fashion Design coordinated by Michela Leto, is aimed to graduates who want to complete or deepen their knowledge and cultural and professional training in this unique and exclusive sector of the fashion industry. from research to experimentation in decorative arts, to innovation in design, to the realization of a final project.

Alta Moda Italiana was born in Rome, where the contamination between Couturiers and high craftsmanship, historical architecture, ancient and contemporary art melt in a unique place where it is possible to “redefine beauty“, live in inspiration and thus nourish the creative and experimental thinking of students.

The Master’s is divided according to the process of creating a collection of Haute Couture and prêt-à-couture, to provide the cognitive tools and research to support the couture project. Fundamentally to this is materials research and technical fabrics development, the study of new trends and analysis of the needs of the target market, design, technical development, the balance of toils / prototypes and experiments, all aimed at the creation and communication of a collection of a high level, that expresses the stylistic codes of a brand.

At the end of the Master’s, students will be ready to pursue a career within the fashion system, able to play a variety of roles professionally and creatively: designers, product managers, fabric researchers, designers/artisans and/or entrepreneurs themselves


The course is taught both in Italian and English.

The course consists of theoretical lessons, seminars, with experts in the field, practical workshops, guided tutorial support one to one and self-directed study. Visits to ateliers and workshops to study embroidery, accessories and finishes and construction techniques typical of couture also to textile companies and fairs, museums galleries and exhibitions make the course vibrant and relevant to the subject.

Industry Projects, in partnership with important companies of the field, characterize the entire study path culminating in a personal and experimental collection.


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.


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.

Entry Requirements

After having completed the information request on our website, the candidates will be contacted by the Information, Marketing and Orientation Office that will invite them for an interview. The interview can be taken on campus or via video conference and will be with the Coordinator of the MASTER.

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