Accademia Costume & Moda

Accademia Costume & Moda campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Accademia Costume & Moda

Accademia Costume & Moda campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Accademia Costume & Moda

Location: Rome, Italy

Programs:

Undergraduate: Costume & Fashion; Fashion Editor — Styling & Communication

Graduate: Fashion Design; Creative Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Fashion Jewelry; Costume Design for Opera and Ballet

Annual Tuition: 

Undergraduate: €9,500 ($10,744 at the current exchange rate) for European citizens; €12,500 ($14,136 at the current exchange rate) for non-citizens

Graduate: €15,000 ($16,964 at the current exchange rate) for European citizens; €21,500 ($24,315 at the current exchange rate) for non-citizens

Famous Alumni: Alessandro Michele, Frida Giannini

Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara, Pucci, Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Dolce & Gabbana

New programs and partnerships of note: 

  • Wool lab, a project with The Woolmark Company where students study wool textile and created a trend book.
  • "Exploring Italian Leather Sustainability" in partnership con UNIC (the Italian Tannery Association) and Gucci, where students study Italian tanneries that have adhered to the Sustainability Board of UNIC.
  • Costume design partnership with the prestigious Costume Shop Farani for a play that debuted at Quirino Theatre in Rome.

Enrollment: 291

Growth in enrollment since 2017: 15-20%

Graduation rate: 90%

Acceptance rate: 39%

Class size: 38

Student/Teacher ratio:  35:1

Classes are taught in: Italian

Percentage of international students: 20%

What the Students Say:

"The school is a fantastic place to meet international students from around the world which can help inspire you and support you. As an international student myself, I have struggled with the language barrier immensely and found there to be a lack of support from teachers and other staff in this respect. I would recommend despite the school being advertised as English speaking it would benefit the student to be [able to understand] a certain level of Italian."

"The Accademia is very centered on training students in order to be excellent pros both as fashion and costume designers. Sometime students' creativity can be put in the background to help them create good, quality and practical products (which is what 'Made in Italy' is all about). Students are also given great work opportunities, since the Accademia often partners up with great fashion houses (as Gucci, Valentino and Ferragamo). 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)."

Look by BA designer Alessandra Caponera. Photo: Courtesy of Accademia Costume & Moda

Look by BA designer Alessandra Caponera. Photo: Courtesy of Accademia Costume & Moda

The Bottom Line: This is a top Italian fashion school with growing renown and prestige. It produced the two most recent Gucci creative directors (though not too many other internationally-known names) and has built up an impressive list of partnerships with major Italian luxury houses (Gucci, Valentino, Max Mara... The list goes on). Two of its alumni have won the special LVMH Graduate Prize and it has a job placement rate of around 88 percent.

More Info: https://www.accademiacostumeemoda.it/en/

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Last updated December 2018.