Polimoda

Edgardo Osorio, right. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Edgardo Osorio, right. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Location: Florence, Italy

Programs: Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Footwear and Accessories Design, Fashion Technology, Business Of Fashion Fashion, Product Management, Fashion Communication, Mastering Craft For Fashion. Graduate: Collection Design, Shoe and Bag Collection Design, Fashion Brand Management, Fashion Buying and Product Management, Fashion Enterprise, Fashion Merchandising and Buying, International Fashion Business, Luxury Business Luxury & Lifestyle Management, Fashion Communication, Fashion Styling, Fashion Trend Forecasting, Fashion Writing, Art Directing For Fashion.

Tuition: Undergraduate: €11.500 ($13,050 at the current exchange rate). Graduate: €26,000 (or $29,506 at the current exchange rate).

Misc: Founded in 1986, it has ties with FIT in New York.

Notable Alumni: Edgardo Osorio (Aquazurra)

What the Students Say: 

“It is said on the school's website that the classes are going to be in both English and Italian. But turned out a lot of teachers don't speak English or not having a satisfied English proficiency. School system is confusing, not well organized. Instructions are not clear. Most of the time you don't know what the school really wants from you and you have to be on your own. Feels like not having enough help from the teachers. A few of the teachers are mean and racist. Local student are so cohesive for international students to blend in, especially when you don't speak Italian. Very disappointed."

"It's too conceptual. We don't learn how to apply [our skills] in the real world."

"All the teachers are from the fashion industry, so it is very interesting and helpful to hear their own experiences!"

The Bottom Line: It’s got a lot of high-tech equipment and an 87% placement rate after graduation. More well-known for fostering careers outside of design.

More Info: www.polimoda.com

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