The Academic Master in Fabrics Innovation Design is addressed to graduates willing to enrich their curriculum with a study path focused on culture, creativity research innovation, and fabrics development, one of the most challenging and fast-growing fields of the entire fashion industry. The creative exploration in textile requires a complex mix of knowledge and abilities accompanied by a deep cultural background, both in that specific field, in fashion, and in art in general. The Master's course centers the entire study path on the theme of innovation with particular attention to sustainability.
The course is structured in modules that include classes and workshops. The classes are focused on the history of fashion (especially of materials), new technologies, typology of materials, computer graphics, and management abilities. The workshops, instead, involve the participation of the most important companies in the field. Every workshop has the aim of unifying technical competencies, conceptual research, experimentation, and development of the final product. An essential part of the course consists of visits to museums of fashion/textiles and to national and international fairs. Visiting teachers and the study of specific Case Histories contribute to tickle the critical thought and the debate on the present state of the field and the challenges that characterize it.
At the end of this articulate study path the student, besides his creative growth will acquire cultural knowledge and practical competencies on the fibers (naturals, artificials, and synthetic), yarns, textiles and their embellishments, embroideries, dyeing processes, silk-screen printing, digital printing, thermoforming, thermo-sealing, high-frequency fusion, ultrasounds, etc.
The final project consists of the presentation of a complete collection of fabrics made with different techniques characterized by conceptual and explorative research, primary and secondary visual research, and by the description of all the processes of making.
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.
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 applications 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 a curriculum, motivational letter, and portfolio which will be evaluated by our Director of Education, and pass the admission interview
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.