Master of Arts – 120 ECTS

Costume Design & Alta Moda – Couture Design




2 years


Italian / English




The Master of Arts in Costume Design & Alta Moda – Couture Design is aimed at training professionals and academics by reproducing two of the aspects that are at the basis of the story of Accademia: Costume Design and Alta Moda (Haute Couture), the pillars on which, both for geographical and cultural reasons, the Italian Fashion System was born.

The development of this study path follows a contemporary logic, with the purpose to develop a multiplicity of competences in a constant analysis, combining an advanced technical preparation to research, interdisciplinarity and project methodology needed to prepare young professionals able to create innovative representative worlds coherent with the challenges of the future.

The knowledge of History of Costume, the ability to interpret characters in an historical and contemporary frame, the sartorial competence needed to develop the project in different settings (theatre, ballet, opera, cinema, television) represent essential pillars for those who wish to investigate and analyse the contemporary language of fashion.

The first year is focused on theory and techniques typical of this area. Theoretical and cultural competences, technical laboratories, understanding of the budget implications in the project development compose the study path in order to train the student to the analysis and complete methodology of the design process. The student will have the possibility to express, through projects in partnership with real productions and in collaboration with professional teachers, their personal interpretation of the characters and the scenic construction of the costumes in a realistic frame.

The second year combines ideally a future-oriented vision of this discipline through intensive laboratories in which the project methodology of the students is nourished by theoretical notions and put into practice by the creation of research projects and dress making. History of Fashion and of Haute Couture, latest trends in visual arts, competences in the research for the contemporary, all contribute to build a synergy with theoretical-practical courses in the shape of real research and creativity laboratories aimed at creating a project methodology of large-scale, often in collaboration with the most important brands of this field at an international level.

During the second year, students will also improve their competences in the application of graphic softwares and of business logic and organization oriented to the Fashion Industry.

At the end of the second year, students will develop a final work in which all the competences acquired will be put into place according to a personal interpretation.


The course has the aim to convey a wide range of competences with the purpose to train professionals and academics able to face and manage the latest innovations in the field with success.

The course combines cultural and technical elements with an individual approach by supporting the student in the definition of his own cultural and design identity. The educational project emulate the creative and technical process of Costume and Haute Couture based on the knowledge of the culture, the materials, the design, the supply chain, the analysis of the cultural contemporary phenomena in a overall project until its communication.

With the completion of the educational path, students will be able to begin a career as costume designers for entertainment, designers for Haute Couture and Prét à Porter, by launching their own business or working for companies, productions and ateliers in Italy and abroad. Moreover, they will also work in the market as product managers and art directors. The main work destinations will be: Maisons, Fashion companies, creative offices, productions linked to the entertainment world (cinema, tv, theatre, opera, ballet).

To Whom

The Master of Arts is intended for those who have obtained a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor of Arts or other study title issued in Italy or abroad recognized according to what established by the current law and in any case pertinent to the course of study.

Duration and Attendance

The Master of Arts will start every year in November for a total duration of 3000 hours divided into classes and laboratories, individual study, complementary activities and of work/Industry Projects. The course requires a compulsory attendance for at least the 4/5 of the didactic activities needed. Classes will take place from Monday to Friday 9.00 am -1.00 pm 2 pm-6 pm (8 hours).


Applicants will need to submit the following material:

  • resume
  • artistic/professional portfolio
  • motivational statement,
  • transcript of the previous study title
  • diploma or certificate of the Bachelor Degree/Bachelor of Arts if already obtained at the moment of the application or autocertification of the study title obtained together with a valid identity card/passport

The admission process will be based on the evaluation of the above material and of an interview with the Academic Commission either in person, via Skype or by phone according to the deadlines and times fixed every year by the Academy.

Open Days
  • Saturday February, 15th 2020
  • Saturday March, 07th 2020 Cancelled
  • Saturday April, 18th 2020 - Online Day
  • Saturday May, 16th 2020 - Online Day
  • Tuesday July, 14th 2020
  • Saturday September, 12th 2020

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