Innovative multidisciplinary activities characterize our Masters, thanks to the teachers of the most important universities in Milan and successful professionals of the Fashion System. These activities are divided into Introductory Courses, Pillars, Specialized Courses, Company Visits & Study Tours.
The training project is characterized by multidisciplinary activities conducted by the teachers of the sponsoring universities and by experts from qualified business and professional realities.
The project draws on innovative teaching methods including the following activities:
WARM UP • 40 hours
Educational activities aimed at providing an instrumental and basic training, through the learning of tools, techniques, methodologies and the use of specific software and applications. These activities enable participants to fill the eventual gaps with reference to the background studies they carried out previously.
QUANTITATIVE TOOLS & PROJECTS TOOLS • 20 hours
Lessons aimed at acquiring quantitative and design tools, through the use of Excel, Indesign and Photoshop softwares too. These instruments will be preparatory to the understanding of the processes that characterizes fashion companies as well as contents of specialized courses, according to the specific Master. Educational activities include basic lessons and advanced training in relation to the background of the student.
FASHION PILLARS • 140 hours
Didactical activities of introduction to the knowledge of the fashion industry, from its historical evolution and historical criticism, to the predominant organizational models, from the main products’ typologies and the instruments necessary to explore and know the fashion market, and finally up to the techniques of project management: carried out through theoretical lectures, seminars and exercises. Each module has a final assessment exam, through a written test or a presentation of a project.
FASHION PROCESSES • 180 hours
Educational activities aimed to the formation of specific competences in managing key processes identified by the three functional and professional areas of the master. They are carried out through lectures and direct testimony from professionals and each module has a final assessment exam through a written test or the presentation of a project by the students.
CURIOSITY • 30 hours
Hints about the cultural and social evolution of fashion, with in-depth and inter-disciplinary analysis over the most important Italian brands, the Italian fashion pipeline and with meetings with the most relevant professionals working in the industry.
FASHION PRACTICES • 790 hours
Teaching activities aimed at the practical application of the skills previously learned, inside business environments and real case studies. They consist of: field project, empowerment & career management, company visits, curricular internship.
FIELD PROJECTS • 278 hours
Educational activities aimed at field testing the competences and skills learned during the previous courses, through team-projects that involve groups of students working on real case studies agreed with companies, performed in the classroom with the supervision of teachers and tutors and companies are strongly involved in the initial brief and final evaluation.
EMPOWERMENT AND CAREER MANAGEMENT • 32 hours
The course aims to introduce students to the rules beyond internships in Italian companies. More specifically it aims to enhance student’s experience both in terms of orientation and first contact with the Italian labour market.
To this end, students will be supported in the analysis of their own competencies, writing CVs and motivation letters, understanding internships regulations and contracts, searching internship offers, preparing for an interview, and, finally, in choosing among different options.
INTERNSHIP • 480 hours
Curricular activity for the development of the skills acquired in class and for the preparation of students to their entry into the professional environment. Lasting a minimum of 3 months, it will take place in qualified partner companies.
Attendance of at least 80% of the lectures is mandatory. The teaching activity is full time, from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.15 pm.
Period: from January 2024 to December 2024
Lectures and field projects: from January 29, 2024, to October 18, 2024
Internship: from October 2024
Location: Milano Fashion Institute Campus, Via Durando, 38, 20158 Milan
The theoretical training in the classroom alternates wisely with practical activities and in the field, leading to the achievement of a fundamental objective: the acquisition of specific methods and techniques to face the world of work.
The contents of the Master integrate different interdisciplinary themes for better understanding and managing the processes of fashion product development and marketing through the whole pipeline.
The Master consists of 720 hours of classroom lectures and a final internship of at least 480 hours. The structure is composed of six learning blocs: warm up, quantitative & project tools, fashion pillars, fashion processes, curiosity, fashion practices, field projects, empowerment & internship. The objective is to accompany the student to the progressive knowledge of the industry and the key processes that characterize the professional profiles involved in the brand management.
Lectures are organized into modules based on the presence of teachers from different areas that can transmit a complete picture of the structure and functioning mechanism of the industry. They include a part of theoretical framework and a large space devoted to exercises, with the aim of transferring methods, techniques and concrete working tools.
Warm up: to acquire the basic knowledge
The unit includes 40 hours dedicated to create, an homogeneity of participants’ knowledge that is necessary for the later stages of the learning process. Lessons help to students, according to their origins, to fill some basic gaps in the fields of management, economics, quantitative methods, communication, design and sustainability. Given the different background education, the students have to follow the “Warm up” course related to the master chosen, plus one of their choice, in agreement with the Director of the Master. This unit does not have a final exam.
Quantitative Tools & Project Tools: to acquire quantitative skills and design
The unit is divided of 20 hours. Lessons aimed at the acquisition of quantitative tools and design, through the use of the programs Excel, Indesign and Photoshop. These instruments will be preparatory to the understanding of the processes that characterize firms in the industry and the contents of specialized courses, according to the Master of reference. The educational activities includes basic lessons and advanced training in relation to the background of the individual student. There are exercises and tests written by students.
Fashion Pillars: to know the structure of the fashion industry and the working tools
The unit is composed of 140 hours dedicated to the knowledge of the structure of the fashion industry, the companies that characterize is and the different business models, strategies, product categories and materials. It also aims to transfer technical and operational tools for planning and organizing activities, along with tools for investigating and processing qualitative and quantitative market data.
• Project Management
The Project Management for Fashion course aims to provide students with the basic methods of management of Activities and Processes (Planning, Timing, Objectives, Resources, Responsibility, Output, Cost / Benefits ratios) applicable to different types of project in the fashion industry (Brand and Product area, Retail and Commercial are, Research and Communication area). Contents on the methodologies and tools will be complemented with organizational contents (i.e.: characteristics of project managers, team motivation, project marketing) that allow a proper contextualization in the company context.
• Italian Fashion System
The course Italian Fashion System aims to provide a preliminary view of the fashion industries (fashion industry, important people of the fashion industry, seasonal cycles) and typical strategies of the fashion companies ( product strategies, marketing, communication strategies) with reference to the relationships between the creative and managerial processes. Moreover, will be studied the most important fashion industries in relation to the different market positioning of their products: programmed models and hybrid models. In order to acquire the specific knowledge of the fashion industry, particular attention will be given to the teaching of the most important terms and vocabulary of the fashion industries. As a matter of facts, to proceed with the correct understanding of the fashion industries terms, it is absolutely necessary obtain the correct skills.
• Fashion Business Models
The course has the aim to introduce a general picture on the different Business Models within the Fashion & Luxury industries, from a strategic perspective on Luxury Brands, Designer Brands, Industrial Brands and Retailers, to the management of the positioning in the fashion industry and the different approaches to the management of creativity, from the stylistic identity to the different product strategies. The course will focus on the levers companies can differently implement in terms of communication, image and retail identity.
• Fashion History
From the Modernism which celebrates the art and fashion, to the Third Millennium, the course aims to provide an historical overview through the history of fashion. Specifically: the "Roaring Twenties"; Art Deco and the aesthetics of the machine; the emergence of women "couturiers": Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel ; cinema and Hollywood fashion in 1930; 1950 and Existentialism; 1960: optimism, art "pop" and street fashion in London; 1970: the punk and the anti-fashion on the streets of London; 1980 and pluralism of fashion; 1990; postmodernism, and globalization in the Third Millennium
• Fashion Marketing & Brand Management
The Fashion Marketing & Brand Management course aims to introduce students the main fashion marketing techniques and to the framing of the process of formulating, implementing and monitoring the brand identity and brand positioning. This process identifies two different but related application areas: the first one has as its objective the knowledge of the framework and the guidelines from which to derive operational "brand sensitive" marketing processes; the second one has as its objective the direct management of brands as intangible strategic assets, which are connected to specific management processes. The course has been framed within three different but connected areas of application: the management and design of the brand as an immaterial asset; the framework and guidelines for the operational processes; the sociological perspective of branding.
• Research Methods & Trends
The course aims to provide a broad view, on one hand, of the different methods and research tools useful to investigate fashion markets and consumers and, on the other hand, on the main contemporary trends influencing fashion and fashion-related industries. Project-research and trend research will be introduced; processes, tools and artifacts that characterize the research in fashion design: blue sky research, visual research, product research. Tools and stages of the research process: from brainstorming to the concept of the collection. Socio-cultural and scenery research through the cool hunting. Tools and stages of the investigation, from the brief to the final report. Main actors of the trend analysis: fashion companies, research agencies, freelancers. Marketing Research, both qualitative and quantitative: desk analysis and field analysis. The difference between using primary and secondary data. The difference between exploratory and confirmative marketing research. Subsequently an overview and explanation on the main trends, their diffusion processes, contents and forecasting, will be introduced, focusing both on fashion related and not-related industries.
Courses include lectures, exercise sessions and final exams.
Fashion Processes: to be able to manage the processes of creation and product development
The unit is composed of 180 hours devoted to the main processes in order to enhance and promote the identity of the brand, implementation and management of development processes of the fashion product
• Brand Design & Product Design
The educational setting of the Brand Design unit is innovative and interactive. It tackles the covered topics with synergy and cross-reference, correlating them in a sort of direction enabling the student to check through the educational path the combined learning of the different subjects, directly putting into practice with the partnering companies, different stages of creativity. Traditional classes are integrated with case studies, interview with well known entrepreneurs, group sessions and exercises. The subjects included in Brand Design will be developed crossing application classes into different research fields such as: the brand value chain, the brand communication values, the brand extension (vertical and horizontal), from third partying to partnership, creativity and licensing, product personalization, retailing identity, the brand as an asset.
The unit of Product Design discusses the various phases of the development process of a fashion collection and identifies all the activities related both to the organization and management of the creative processes and to the collections’ architecture and planning, depending on company and market’s constraints. Starting from the definition of the stylistic elements that characterize the identity of the company and the corporate DNA, there will be a focus on the different processes, actors involved and products typologies that are developed, depending on the different business models of the industry. Finally the development processes of the fashion collection are analyzed: from the development of research activities and the definition of the collection’s structure, to the development and engineering of the collection.
• Fabrics, Materials & Technologies
The unit aims to provide an overview of the knowledge of materials and their uses. Technological developments and innovation in recent years have implemented a range of fabrics commonly used in apparel. The course aims to provide knowledge that will be useful to orient students as "commodity trader" in the fashion pipeline that goes from fiber to yarn to fabric and thread; it also aims to offer a knowledge in the leather goods and accessories’ materials. Students become aware of the various stages of textile processing, preparing an own minimum stock of textiles, in which the most common definitions are put. The objective of this course is the creation of a first personal and searchable archive, that will be a useful tool for the professional profiles that operate in the functions of product development.
• Merchandising & Pricing
The unit will introduce students to brand management process. Specifically it will analyze the interaction between brand values management and their translation into product strategy. The course will address some specific issues such as: where does product innovation takes place? How product strategies are generated? How do companies plan and manage different product portfolios? How brand values are translated into product codes? How do product iconic codes interact with seasonal/trend codes? The course will also propose a short exercise as an example of planning a strategy of brand extension.
• Communication Design
The unit combines the themes fashion and communication: these two areas have always worked in pair to convey a style, a brand or a single product. The course is aimed at providing students with a clear perspective about the fashion industry peculiarities, with reference to trade communication management. It is made up of two parts. A first part aims at exploring, together with the students and through the study of case histories and their topics, the reasons and the effects of the communication strategies used in today fashion system, with specific reference to trade communication tools and strategies. A second part aimed to explore typical visual tools and artifacts used to communicate collections and products to trades and buyers.
• Brand & Product Management Processes
Through careful study of the new user scenarios, the project of the course will be a breeding ground for creativity, with which the complex work of research and development of the data collected gives rise to a real product. Following the principle of the polytechnical methodology the course will be organized in form of a short workshop, involving practical activities and helping the students in the development of design concepts of their own. The students shall form small teams learning how to work in groups, to cooperate with each other and to divide complex goals assigning smaller tasks according to each other's skills and background.
In strict connection with the courses dedicated to Fabrics and Materials and to Product design research this course will be divided into three subsequent modules, each dedicated to the development of a Fashion design product according to the following three areas of application in fashion:
- Accessory Design;
- Fashion Design;
Each lecture will therefore provide a series of activities from group reviews and practical tools instructions to lectures dedicated to specific examples and case studies.
The Accessory Design module will focus on fashion accessories, defining a specific theme and helping the students deliver a new product of their own according to the latest techniques and trends.
The Fashion Design module will be dedicated to the definition of a capsule collection for the fashion industry following the example of national and international case studies. The students' teamworks will be given a brief of the capsule collection with specific contents.
Starting from a fabric of assigned size, the different teams will be asked - following the theme and the trend assigned - to print on it with a rapid printing technique (sublimation, laser, etc.).
Then each team will deliver the drawings of their capsule collection and a prototype necessary for the final shooting and a presentation catalogue.
• Entrepreneurship & Start Up
This course is aimed at introducing Students to the issues related to the process of starting a new venture, and to the understanding of the main “building blocks” that are needed in order to create a startup and a realistic business planning process: from the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities, to the analysis tools, strategy and positioning formulation, business model definition, financing definition and economic projections, up to the final “elevator’s pitch”. Overall, the course is focused on the “lean” principles, and its outcomes in terms of maximizing value creation.
Courses include lectures, exercise sessions and final exams.
Fashion practices: field testing the competences
The module will consist of a series of seminars in order to provide a broad vision of social and cultural evolution of fashion, with several important interdisciplinary studies on the major Italian brands. Particular attention will also be devoted to some significant contemporary phenomena such as the spread of global trends, the hybridization of styles, the emergence of new forms of production and sustainable consumption patterns, the success of new communication methods related to new media .
These courses are based on the creation of two projects, each lasting five full-time weeks, and it is coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of teachers. Each module consists in the preparation of a project on a real case study provided by leading companies directly involved by the Faculty in the educational activity. From the project brief provided by the company, students’ teams will be set up in order to finalize a viable proposal that offers solutions to the objectives set by the company together with the teachers. The objective is to obtain projects that integrate brand strategy, product strategy, retail strategy and communication strategy, innovation and that is consistent with the reality of the company, simulating work processes as close as possible to the reality of professional contexts. The evaluation of this phase occurs at the end of the course, through the presentation of the projects. The projects will be discussed by a committee composed of professors of the module and assessed in the presence of representatives of the companies involved. Companies will have the early opportunity to select potential students for the internships that will take place in the final phase of the master.
Empowerment & Career Management
The module is aimed at providing the necessary skills to deal with selection processes carried out by companies both in the context of internship, and placement in the job market. During the module, students will be put in contact with both Head Hunter specializing in the fashion field and design area, and with companies’ representatives in charge of the selection, coming from the most important and significant companies operating in the fashion industry, in order to understand the dynamics of the selection and to enhance their own professional profile.
The internship is one of the most significant experiences of the master; coordinated by the Director of the Master, consists in the trial, in a business context, of the skills learned during the courses. It is based on a training project collegially agreed by Milano Fashion Institute and by the host company.
The module is aimed at the introduction to the Italian language for international students. The didactical objective is the understanding of the most common ways of interaction and communication, both in everyday life and in the professional contest. The Students will be divided into two parallel courses, after having attended a preliminary assessment test, for evaluating the starting level of the knowledge of the language:
Intermediate Italian B1 level, designed to provide students with the skills needed to sustain a job interview in the Italian language and to introduce the basic vocabulary of the fashion industry for being able to work properly into an Italian job environment.
At the end of the courses, students will attend a final exam. After passing the exam, students will have the opportunity to get the internationally recognized PLIDA certificate (A2 for beginners, B1 for advanced), confirming competence in Italian as a foreign language in accordance with the six levels of the Common European Framework.
Our Calendar is available in this section, inclusive of all the details necessary to understand the expected teaching commitment.
The important Empowerment activity aims to train professionals in the sector ready to enter the world of work in the best way. Milano Fashion Institute, with its targeted courses, makes possible and concrete the personal and professional growth.
The master course includes a full calendar of activities, besides lectures and laboratories activities, that represent an effective tool aimed to establish links between students and the job market, promoting the employment of professional trainees by leading companies.
Students can supplement in-classroom activities with a programme of field seminars, involving visits to companies and important industry trade shows. The goal is twofold: to offer the opportunity to develop their knowledge about companies with different organisation systems and that work in various product categories, as well as the understanding of the timescales, product development models and marketing methods. These activities are optional and travel expenses are paid by students themselves.
Empowerment and career management
Empowerment activities provide support to the process of personal and professional growth of the student. In particular, the course is aimed at developing interpersonal skills, the management capabilities of group dynamics, the ability to positive comparison with the various organizational and professional contexts. The module also includes a section devoted to career management, which has the goal of helping students in the selection processes through, for example, the preparation of CV and portfolio.
In particular, the course is composed of the following modules:
a. Introduction to the internships' regulations
Module dedicated to the knowledge of the Italian Labor law on internships, the statutory requirements for both host companies and interns, and the regulatory framework for granting the curricular nature of activity .
b. Introduction to the Job Market
The module aims to increase the knowledge of the professions of the fashion system, which are the best practices and job offers from fashion companies.
Module dedicated to the support of the student and the addressing to the professionalism of the job market more in line with the professional aspirations, skills and knowledge possessed by the student.
d. Self Assessment & empowerment
Module dedicated to the enhancement of the student's profile and its ways of interaction with companies, through the conduct of workshops and dedicated support for the preparation of the resume and cover letter in order to better prepare the candidature.
e. Company links
Activities aimed at ensuring the student the required visibility of their professional profile to the companies in the sector, through a direct contact between Milan Fashion Institute and the most representative actors that compose the fashion industry, in order to promote interviews with companies.
f. Internship Mentoring
Activities aimed at mentoring and supporting the student during the internship experience through the composite evaluation of this experience, and the monitoring of the internship in progress.
Thanks to the great network of Companies, consolidated over the time, Milano Fashion Institute offers its students numerous opportunities for professional internships, offering them the best Placement service.
Internships are one of the most salient experiences offered by the master course and are supported by a network of leading firms in the fashion sector, thanks also to the cooperation with the National Chamber for Italian Fashion and by a rich network of relationships established over the years by the most important Milanese universities with the Italian and international fashion business system.
Internships last a minimum of 3 months, allowing students to apply the skills acquired during the course to real working situations, with guidance and advice provided by experts with extensive experience and a range of different professional backgrounds.
The internship module is activated by Milano Fashion Institute through a series of activities that constitute the activities of empowerment and career management: Introduction to the internships' regulations, Introduction to the Job Market, Orientation, Self Assessment & empowerment, Company links, Internship Mentoring.
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Internships therefore represent unique placement opportunities for course students and an effective tool to help the companies involved select excellent people.
Milano Fashion Institute actively promotes the communication of internships’ offers through constant contact with the industry's leading companies. The search and finalization of internship must be carried out by the student. In order to find an internship, Milano Fashion Institute provides many opportunities and tools, through the programs of identification, reporting and collaboration with the most important companies in the sector, as well as the active signaling of students’ profiles.
Among the companies that collaborate with the Milan Fashion Institute:
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana • Accenture • Aeffe Group • Al Tayer Group • Alessandra Ianzito • Alexander McQueen • Alter • Alvear • APM Monaco • Aptos • Arcoretail • Armando Testa • AwLab • Bacon Clothing • Balenciaga • Ballantyne • Bally • Benetton • Blumarine • Bottega Veneta • Bresciani • Brooks Brothers • Brioni • Brunello Cucinelli • Burberry • Bvlgari • Calzedonia Group • Canali • Canclini Tessile • Chanel • Chitè Lingerie • Chicca Lualdi • Class Editori • Class Showroom • Coccinelle • Coin Excelsior • Conbipel • Conceria Nuvolari • Condé Nast • CP Company • Corneliani • Cup Studio • Diadora • Diesel • Dior • DLYNR • Dolce & Gabbana • Dondup • Emilio Pucci • Eurojersey • Ermanno Scervino • Ermenegildo Zegna • Etro • Exponential District • Farfetch • Figmenta Digital Communication • Ferragamo • Franzi 1864 • Fratelli Rossetti • Frau • Frette • Furla • Geox • Giorgio Armani • GMPR • Greenmedialab • Gruppo C14 • Gucci • Guess • Guffanti • Hearst Magazine • Here Connecting • Herno • Hermès • Horton International • Hugo Boss • ICast • Inditex Group • Instyle Distribution • Intercos • Jakala • Jil Sander • Jimmy Choo • Karl Lagerfeld • Kering • Kering Eyewear • Kontoor Brands • Lanvin • La Perla • Levi’s • Liu Jo • Logan • L’Oreal Italia • Lorena Antoniazzi • Loro Piana • Loewe • Louis Vuitton • Lubiam • Luciano Padovan • Luxottica • LVMH • Maliparmi • Mantero • Marni • Max Mara Group • Medavita • Michael Kors • Milor • Miroglio Fashion Group • Missoni • Moleskine • Molotof • Moncler • Monnalisa • Montini • Moreschi • Moschino • MPlus Cosmetics • Neil Barrett • Neinver Italia • New Guards Group • New Media Agency • Off-White • OTB Group • OVS • Penelope • Pierre Mantoux • Pietro Brunelli • Pinko • Piquadro • Pollini • Pomellato • Ports1961 • Prada • Privalia • PVH • Quid • Ralph Lauren • Ratti • Reda • Renè Caovilla • Richemont • Rinascente • Roberto Cavalli • Scalapay • Sedapta • Sense Immaterial Reality • Sergio Rossi • Shiseido • Slam • Smith Petersen • Spinzi • Staff International • Staiy • Stefanel • Stella McCartney • Stone Island • Studio Fanfani • Swatch Group • Swide Digital • Swinger • Switch Magazine • Tally Weijl • Tiffany & Co. • Tod’s Group • Tom Ford • Tommy Hilfiger • Trussardi • Tucano Urbano • Twin Set • Uniqlo • Valentino • Valextra • Value Retail • Versace • Vivienne Westwood • Wait! Magazine • Wemanage • WHITEshow • Wrad • X Channel • Yamamay • Yoox • Zerobarracento
THE PROFESSIONAL FIGURES
Transversality and multidisciplinarity are the keywords for the Professional Figures formed by our Masters, declinable according to the chosen specialization. Lifestyle, Product, Communication, Business or Sustainability?
The professional figures formed by the Master are the ideal connection between the conception of creative products and their integration into managerial processes, at different levels: corporate, brand and business unit.
The professional figures that are formed are junior profiles able to support in a qualified way the processes of product management & buying, merchandising and pricing, line building, brand management, fashion coordination, licensing management, trade marketing & communication.
Because this is an highly innovative area, the potential of the profile will be developed through a selection process that favors participants coming from different educational background (mostly from degrees in communication, design, management, but not only these), in order to create within the classroom all the skills and competences that are typical of cross-functional company teams. The different backgrounds of the participants make possible the development of interdisciplinary skills and competences of "creative project management, " able to communicate with all the areas and professionals figures of the fashion companies, both creative and managerial oriented.
The "hybrid" nature of the figures formed by Milan Fashion Institute Masters is an added value. At the end of the training course, you also acquire the fundamental ability to be "intermediaries" between the various professional figures that compose the company organization chart.
Milano Fashion Institute Masters are born from a specific training need for new professional profiles capable of grasping the transformations in the fashion and lifestyle sector to trigger innovation in companies in terms of the organization of creative, managerial, commercial and communication processes. The profiles coming out of the five Masters are the result of an elaboration that follows years of research and training in the field of fashion of the most important Milanese universities of excellence, each oriented to different and crucial aspects: management, design, communication, lifestyle and sustainability.
Within the training offer, there are two areas of higher education, aimed at different professional paths:
_ Masters in Fashion Direction: these Masters form junior managerial profiles, of a 'hybrid' character, with multidisciplinary training, able to act proactively as 'intermediaries' between purely creative and purely managerial profiles. These broader-spectrum skills, which are often acquired in companies after years of experience, have resulted in five strategic areas within fashion companies, especially in the current revision and reorganization phase:
_The management and planning of the creative processes and of collection development: from the coding and understanding of the values and stylistic codes of the brand, to the ability of declination of these codes within the various product categories and product lines; to the planning of collections through merchandising planning, selecting and managing suppliers, and finally the organization and management of the processes of trade marketing and communication (Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Product Management).
_The integrated management of creative and managerial processes related to distribution, in the different business models (brand designer or industrial groups integrated downstream in the direct retail; retail channels in partnership with brands and indipendent retailer, as franchising, shop in shop, corner, etc; retail chains, asdepartment stores, fast fashion retailers, mass retailers; small independent retailers, as individual shops or small local chains (Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Business Management).
_The management and design of research strategies, communication strategies and the enhancement of cultural company heritage: from the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the consumption to the identification and interpretation of trends; from the linguistic innovation in corporate communications and media channels to the governance of the new digital communication formats and channels; from the enhancement of the cultural, material and relational heritage, to the management and design of social responsibility programs (Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Communication Management).
_The management of the characteristic processes of companies operating in the Design, Cosmetics & Wellness and Events sectors: from the management of creative processes and portfolio development, to the planning of brand management activities, and marketing management, to the management of design projects, organization and execution of the realization and creative processes related to the events (Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Lifestyle Management).
_The management of the product / service system and the production process with a view to sustainability in luxury fashion companies: from reporting and the block chain to the circular economy envisaged in the management area, to materials, finishes and innovative materials for a careful product that is not only to the environmental aspect but also social and economic. Regulations, laws and environmental impact assessment processes up to green commercial spaces and social communication processes (Master in Fashion Direction: Product Sustainability Management).
_ Master in Fashion Creation: for junior Designer profiles, of a 'hybrid' character, which differ from those formed by the Masters in Fashion Direction, with their ability to combine specific design skills on particular product categories of the fashion supply chain (from accessories, to footwear, sportswear, up to eyewear and jewelry), together with a knowledge of production processes. The strong product specialization is typically acquired after several years of work experience, and traditionally not trained within university courses. The Masters in Fashion Creation represent an "accelerator" of specialized skills, able to make profiles immediately operational in a business context.
International classes and the importance of the interaction between the various nationalities and cultures, for a better ability to manage the professional processes of the future.
Milano Fashion Institute is committed to mentor international students, and in particular extra-E.U. citizens, in order to fully understand which is the procedure to follow for remaining in Italy and attending MFI Masters. The information provided below are alternatively for non E.U. citizens and for E.U. citizens.
Non E.U. citizens
Before the arrival in Italy
1. Student VISA
A visa is a permit issued to citizens of another country that is not part of the European Union, in order to enter the territory of the Italian Republic.
In order to attend a Milano Fashion Institute Master, perspective students that are not E.U. citizens must have the student VISA. This visa is specifically dedicated to students who will attend a course and remain in Italy for more than 90 days.
The student visa must be requested at the Italian Embassy or at the Italian Consulate in your home country of origin, or in the country in which the student permanently resides, before the departure to Italy.
To find out which are the documents required to apply for a visa and find the closest place to you to request it, you can click the following link: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
2. MFI Enrollment Certificate
During the process of requesting the visa, students are required to present their enrollment certificate to the local Italian Embassy or Consulate.
Milano Fashion Institute provide the enrollment certificate to the eligible perspective students by 5 working days.
After the arrival in Italy
3. Residence Permit (permesso di soggiorno)
The Italian law on immigration provides that extra-EU citizens, planning to stay in Italy for more than 3 months, have to apply for the residence permit within 8 days from their arrival in Italy.
Extra E.U. citizens have to submit the residence permit application at any post office where there is a Sportello Amico counter available. In order to do that students can obtain the kit directly at the post office and follow the instructions. They are requested also to present the following documents: passport, MFI enrollment certificate, photocopy of the receipt of the Health insurance, a € 16,00 duty stamp (you can buy it at the Tobacconist’s, i.e. Tabacchi shop). However, Milano Fashion Institute recommends to carefully read and comply with the instructions available in the kit.
The cost of this application that must be paid to the post office is 30,00 €. From the post office you will be given an appointment (day and time) for going to the Questura Immigration Office in order to be fingerprinted. On this appointment you will be required to bring 4 identical passport photos and the original documents, whose copies were enclosed in the application kit, including any document that could be missing in your application.
4. Tax identification code (i.e. Codice fiscale)
Once the student has arrived in Italy, it is necessary to obtain the codice fiscale, that is a unique tax identification code used in all the interactions with government agencies and public administration in Italy, as well as for other purposes (such as opening a bank account, signing a contract for renting an apartment or a room, signing a mobile phone contract, etc).
Application is easy and must be made at the local office of the Agenzie delle Entrate by showing a valid passport or stay permit.
The Agenzia delle Entrate offices available in Milan, and to which students can refer to, are at the following locations:
Via dei Missaglia, 97. Tel: 02.893075;
Via Abetone, 10. Tel: 02.540011 or 02.54100729;
Via della Moscova, 2. Tel: 02.636791;
Via Ugo Bassi, 4°. Tel: 02.697161;
Via Leonardo Bistolfi, 5. Tel: 02.210491;
Piazzale Carlo Stuparich, 2. Tel: 02.330251;
E.U. citizens, along with Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland
European Union’s citizens, along with citizens from Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland, who will remain in Italy for more than 90 months are mandatory required to register at the Ufficio Anagrafe (Registry Office) of the municipality in the city of Milan.
In order to be registered to the Ufficio Anagrafe the following documents are required:
- Passport or equivalent document
- Italian Tax Identification Code (Codice fiscale)
- The apartment rent contract or a declaration from the owner of the apartment, where the student is staying, stating that the student is a guest
The registration is completed after the Polizia Municipale (Local Police) has carried out a visit to the address in order to confirm the facts.
Additional useful information
If you are a foreign student, it is possible to open a current account at any bank or post office. In order to open a current account in Italy, the following documents are required:
- Tax identification Number (Codice Fiscale)
- Valid Passport or equivalent document
- Residence Permit (this document is not needed for citizens of E.U., Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland)
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The national and international Junior profiles that compose our Masters come from many different countries. This favors the learning process and leads to the development of the skills necessary to enter the world of work.
Milano Fashion Institute Masters are aimed at Junior, Italian and foreign profiles with a solid knowledge of the English language.
Work experience within the industry is not a mandatory requirement, even if it will be considered positively during the selection process.
The multidisciplinary background of the students plays and promotes the learning processes of the typical business environments.
* All the data are referred to the 2023 Masters in Fashion Direction and Fashion Cration
MFI gave me the right tools for entering into the corporate world, thanks to a deep knowledge of the Italian fashion system and the fashion product. It also allowed me to test my creativity applied to projects related to the branding and image.
I was very happy of my internship experience because now it became a job: Product Training Specialist at Valentino S.p.A. This job allows me to be always in contact with the product and all the collections of the brand, know and interact with all departments of the company, to travel and to share my passion for fashion.
Thanks to MFI I came into contact with this historic luxury company, an international fashion leader.
Studying the master in MFI, gave me the opportunity to discover fashion by living in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. There, I attended to meetings, conferences, workshops and other events, of which I could participate and be involved in.
Also, in MFI, I have been surrounded by professors, professionals of the fashion industry, colleagues and friends from different countries and backgrunds but with the same passion: fashion. So, there was an international environment from which I grow professionally but especially, from a personal point of view.
I am currently working in Bershka, INDITEX, in the Product Distribution Department. I am in charge of doing the Distribution of the Denim collection to all the Bershka stores.
In Bershka, I fulfilled my professional dream: to get a job in a fashion company and work in a creative and international environment. I am working hard and loving my job, and I am trying to learn and improve every day.
My experience at the MFI absolutely has helped the growth of my professional role. I could deepen known topics such as: Brand Management, Licensing, Fashion Marketing, Brand Communication, Brand Design, Merchandising & Pricing that I haven’t studied during my undergraduate.
I think it is important to have an overview of the fashion system: from the collection structure and product development up to the brand communication and product itself. In fact, to acquire the global knowledge of the dynamics and processes within a fashion company makes easier the dialogue between the various departments.
My work experience was definitely the perfect end of my MFI course. I was lucky to find a challenging environment, where I was able to apply the knowledge gained during the months of lessons and acquire other competences.
Generally speaking, I am very satisfied about my MFI Master Program.