Costume & Fashion

180 crediti ECTS

Start Date: 2 October 2017 | Duration: 3 Years | 180 Credits ECTS | Language: Italian | Where: ROME

The Accademia di Costume e di Moda has both a long tradition and experience in training and education within the Costume and Fashion fields, qualifying itself as an centre of excellence in learning thanks to its educational offer and approach to teaching and learning. Its alumni are successful and accomplished designers and fashion professionals working within a huge variety of areas within the Fashion System or working as Costume Designers for important productions both at both national and international levels.


It is a well-established fact that most great fashion designers have found inspiration in Historical Costume. It is essential as a fashion designer to have a good working knowledge of Costume History.

If a designer has the understanding of what has be worn historically and why garments were developed in that manner form a sociological and cultural perspective, this is a great reflective tool enabling designer to “see the future”.

Importantly as an inspirational source to creatively explore period costume structure and form, construction techniques, fit and body shape and experiment with the decorative arts of embellishments – print and embroidery.

The richness and diversity of historical costume and dress are an inexhaustible resource that inspires developments, experimentations and can be applied to all genres of collections and markets. The most important international designers of our time are famous for utilising costume influences within their collections.

Like wise it is fair to note that when working in Costume the knowledge and skills obtained form having a deep understanding of the Fashion Design process, trends and technologies enhances the design possibilities and proposed outcomes.

The structure of the educational path promotes continuous exciting interaction between specific techniques and skills in the fields of both Fashion and Costume, guaranteeing the student an adequate education in culture, style and design within the areas of Costume, Fashion and Accessory.

This Degree aims to train professional figures capable of meeting the current needs of companies in both in the fashion industry and costume design for theatre, TV and cinema productions: research, experimentation, design, planning and product.

The course provides students with a complete education program, which enables them to obtain a good standard of professional competence and technical knowledge.

To Whom

All those who have successfully completed a Secondary High School Diploma or of an equivalent, if achieved internationally.

Open Days

  • Saturday, March 11th 2017
  • Saturday, May 13th 2017
  • Wednesday, July 12th 2017
  • Saturday, September 9th 2017
  • Saturday, September 23rd 2017


The course duration is three academic years and attendance is mandatory from Monday to Friday however to be accepted at the final assessments students must have at least 80% proven attendance.

The educational path is organized and split into a variety of main subject areas and assessment will be held in three main sessions (June/July; September/October and February). The course ends with the discussion of a final dissertation at the end of the third and last Academic year.

Admission Procedure

Due to demand and a closed number of places available (to maintain the quality of tuition) to gain access to the course it is required the successful completion of our admission assessment, both in cultural and technical-artistic topics. Please refer to our Admission page for all of the details.

Admission Tests for 2017-2018 Academic Year are:

  • Sunday, March 20th 2017
  • Sunday, April 10th 2017
  • Sunday, May 22nd 2017
  • Tuesday, July 19th 2017
  • Tuesday, September 13rd 2017
  • Sunday, September 25rd 2017

Dates may vary due to organizational and didactic needs.

Teaching and learning methods

Theoretical lessons, seminars with experts in the field, practical workshops, Individual and guided tutorial support, self-directed study make the course vibrant and relevant. The Participation in events
and international contests and competitions
are encouraged and supported throughout the course. Visits to museums and galleries, fashion industry headquarters and design studios, costumiers, cinema, theatre and tv sets and locations.

At the culmination of the Three Year Degree course, following a rigid selection, supported by our industry partners final year’s students present their final work.

Fashion and / or Costume final work

The Fashion Final Work consists in a capsule collection created by each student, chosen by a commission of experts from the fashion industry. These capsule collections are presented during Rome’s Couture Fashion Week – ALTAMODALTAROMA.

The Costume Final Work consists in preparation and presentation of a real Theatre Performance thanks to the collaboration of external important professionals in the field, when actors wear the costumes designed by our students.


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