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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This school offers programs in:
Cost & Fees
- EU countries and Switzerland €16,990
- non-EU students €28,600
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.
Last updated March 2, 2017