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Master of Arts

Costume Design & Alta Moda – Couture Design

  • Intake


  • Duration

    2 years

  • Credits

    120 ECTS

  • Language

    Italian | English

  • Location



The Master of Arts in Costume & Alta Moda – Couture Design is aimed at graduates, professionals who intend to complete or deepen their cultural and professional preparation in the fashion sector with respect to Costume and Alta Moda or Couture Design. The innovative combination of these two approaches to the project, which are contiguous and consequential, aims to shape professionals who can choose whether to dedicate themselves to a single area or both. Research, at the basis of this path, permeates the entire educational program in a cultural consequentiality to build a complete and multidisciplinary but at the same time integrated professional competence.

The objectives of the course are aimed at leading to the development of an increasingly contemporary logic, designed to develop a multiplicity of skills in a constant in-depth study, integrating, with advanced technical competences, the research, interdisciplinarity and design culture necessary to be able to offer the system professionals capable of creating innovative worlds that are consistent with the challenges of the future.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Costume & Alta Moda – Couture Design, students will be able to pursue a professional career in theatre or cinema productions, creative studios, product or design studios, and cover the various professional roles in the Fashion System, from Research and Material Development, to Design and Product Management, starting their own business or working for companies, productions and ateliers in Italy and abroad. The main employment sectors being fashion Maisons, fashion brands- design studios, productions related to the world of entertainment / preforming arts (cinema, TV, theater, opera, ballet, etc.). They will also be able to continue their study at a higher level undertaking a PhD.


  • Fashion Designer
  • Product Office Manager
  • Embroidery Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Merchandiser
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Assistant Costume Designer
  • Costume Design Consultant

The Master of Arts in Costume & Alta Moda – Couture Design, is addressed to graduates holding a Bachelor Degree or other equivalent study title recognized according to the current regulations related to the course and who would like to begin a study path and a career in Costume Design or Alta Moda.

To be eligible for the course, students must have:

  • Bachelor Degree or Bachelor of Arts related to the course of study of the Master
  • Bachelor Degree or Bachelor of Arts different from  the above mentioned and not related to the study path of the Master, upon evaluation of the Academic Directorship on the eligibility of the application

In order to maintain the high quality of the learning experience, the Master of Arts in Costume & Alta Moda – Couture Design observes a limited-enrolment policy. To be admitted in the course, applicants are required to submit their resume, motivational letter and portfolio for evaluation and to pass an admission interview with the Academic Directorship.


The 1st Academic Year involves the study of History of Costume, the development of the ability to interpret characters in a historical and contemporary context and the sartorial competence necessary to express the project in various fields (theatre, ballet, opera, cinema, television). Theoretical and cultural skills, technical workshops, understanding of the economic development of the project are the pillars of the educational path in order to build the student’s analytic approach and a complete methodology of the design process. The student has the opportunity to express, through projects in collaboration with real productions and professional teachers, a personal interpretation of the character, the scenic construction of the costumes in a realistic framework.


The 2nd Academic Year ideally combines a vision aimed at the future of Alta Moda through intensive workshops in which students’ design method is nourished by theoretical courses and enriched through the implementation of research projects and garment making. History of Fashion and Haute Couture, the latest trends in the visual arts and expertise in contemporary research help to build real research and creativity workshops in synergy with the theoretical-practical courses and designed to generate a wide-ranging design methodology, often in collaboration with the most important names in this sector.

The second year also implements skills in the application of graphic and logical software and business logics and organization for the fashion industry. The entire course of study stimulates the student towards the interpretation, construction of the character either related to the scenic interpretation or connected to a niche market such as Haute Couture, in an extremely relevant dualism that relates to methodological processes at the roots of the design discipline. At the end of the second year the students develop a Final Work (or Thesis).

Every Master of Arts Programme involves Industry Projects in order to make the study experience concrete. To learn more about the projects made in the Master of Arts in Costume Design & Alta Moda – Couture Design fill the form to request more information.

At the end of the first year, a Research internship will be held in the field undertaken, students will also be able to work on an industry project, participate in extra-curricular projects and prepare their own project portfolio.

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