Location: Rome, Italy
Undergraduate: Costume & Fashion; Fashion Editor — Styling & Communication
Graduate: Fashion Design; Creative Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Fashion Jewelry; Costume Design for Opera and Ballet
Undergraduate: €10,000 ($11,185 at the current exchange rate) for European citizens; €13,000 ($14,541 at the current exchange rate) for non-citizens
Graduate: €12,000 ($13,423 at the current exchange rate) for European citizens; €17,200 ($19,239 at the current exchange rate) for non-citizens
Famous Alumni: Alessandro Michele, Frida Giannini, Marco Mastroianni, Giuseppe De Gennaro, Roberta Andreetti
Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara, Cavalli, Balmain
New programs and partnerships of note:
- Continuation of Wool Lab projects in partnership with Woolmark, including a menswear project with Woolmark, Valentino and Dyloan
- Salvatore Ferragamo Young Talents for Sustainable Thinking project, in which students follow a brief by Paul Andrew using scrap materials
- Lectures and workshops with top fabric directors, designers and scouts from companies like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Tod's, Prada and more
Growth in enrollment since 2018: 20%
Undergraduate: Costume & Fashion: 91%; Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication: 88%
Acceptance rate: 39%
Undergraduate: Costume & Fashion: 53; Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication: 22
Classes are taught in: Italian, with some English postgraduate courses
Percentage of international students: 25%
Job placement rate: Undergraduate: 84%; Postgraduate: 95%
What the Students Say:
"There is a lot of work to do and a lot of competition to overcome."
"The workload is sometimes tough but there is a big feeling of family which makes everything easier. Academia is really a place where teachers and staff will do everything to help you succeed at everything you want to do. It simulates the real work environment, so it gives you a better sense of how it's going to be after school."
"This school is very tough but you will achieve a lot of of satisfaction. It is also good to know that is really expensive. You'll need to provide everything by yourself from the material for projects to the train and bus tickets for different factories all over Italy."
"It is an amazing experience because of the many industry collaborations available to the students."
"Everything is very unorganised [sic]. There is a lot of favouritism and bias towards Italian students. Very less diversity or openness to look at other ideas. Be prepared to fight for yourself if you come here. Also, not much hands-on work here. Mostly sit in classroom and draw clothes."
"Being completely in Italian, the course can be difficult to follow for foreign students (especially theoretical subjects). The workload can, time to time, be overwhelming, but the environment is very relaxed and cosy, and the professors are mostly very helpful and friendly."
"They prepare students to be really good designers and they motivate them with lots of techniques such as fabric creations, but without forgetting the fashion history (very important to know the past to develop new and fresh ideas)."
The Bottom Line: This is a top Italian fashion school with growing renown and prestige. It produced the two most recent Gucci creative directors as well as a number of behind-the-scenes luxury talents. It has built up an impressive list of partnerships with major Italian luxury houses (Gucci, Valentino, Max Mara... The list goes on) and seems encouraging of internships and has a high job placement rate. Three of its alumni have won the special LVMH Graduate Prize. It's also a family-founded nonprofit. Speaking at least some Italian appears to be crucial.
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Last updated December 2019.