Academic Year 2014/15

School of Design

Degree Programme of:

Design for the Fashion System
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)

Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Design
Code Reference Law1163
NameDesign for the Fashion System
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-12 - Design
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2010/2011
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 2
Official language(s) (¹) Italian/English
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis
Coordinator of the Study programme Alba Cappellieri
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme
(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.

Student Office (Study programme) - Milano Bovisa
Reference office
Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola del Design
Address Via Candiani 72, 20158 Milano
Phone 02 2399 7277

Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa

2. General presentation of the study programme

The Master Degree program in Design for the Fashion System’s aim is to train highly qualified designers able to manage the competitiveness of the Fashion System on an international scale, both in its product development systems and within the strategic processes of fashion companies. 
Specific courses are offered relatively to the fashion product –menswearwomenswear, accessories, sportswear, underwear- in parallel with others concerning materials characteristics, specific technologies of the field, market competition related issues, distribution and selling processes, communication, trend research, scenario building and cultural values analysis. 
Fashion in Politecnico is strongly committed to research and innovation, binding together high craft and high tech, the artisanal vision with the technological one, manual processes with the most advanced digital modeling softwares, in order to give the student the capability to work in any reality of the fashion system. Intense laboratory courses are the core part of the crafting investigation. These are combined with research and experimentation on technologies and materials, and result in the final “design research”, the Master Degree Thesis. 
Master students are required to fulfill an internship period within qualified companies or professional realities. 
The specialization paths addressed by the Master degree reflects in the possibility of attending specific courses that may positively  influence the development of the master degree thesis work and the choice of the internship itself.  
The Italian fashion system is witnessing the rise of specialized sectors that may become crucial competitive levers for the national economy. Not only garment design, but also sportswear, underwear, accessories, knitwear, jewelry, are all fundamental aspects of the national design and productive reality and demand new professional and innovative figures. 
The master degree student will acquire integrated competencies on product and services that will allow him/her to enter such professional world in a broad range of positions within the fashion system and its companies. 

For more information see the website of the degree course

3. Learning objectives

Fashion system is considered as an integrated system of products, processes and services that forms and defines the fashion market, and it affects products such as garments within pret-a-porter, casualwear and sportswear,  accessories, shoes and leatherwear, jewelry, knitwear, underwear, but also more recently developed merceologies such as home textiles.

The master degree aims to train an innovation-oriented designer, committed to research and experimentation, capable of using the design process as a tool for innovation within fashion firms.

The central goals of the Master degree are the acquisition of a cultural and aesthetical language, critique capability when it comes to evaluating the effects of design on the social, cultural and economic reality, strategic product management and planning.

The course and its structure are thus aimed at a “systemic” education that explores the various aspects of the system: product, process and service. In addition, it is another fundamental goal of the course to make the designer able to coherently transfer the values of the product into the various communication events/devices (from trade to advertising) and into the selling space/experience (visual and retail events).

The degree course is developed within the design culture area (ICAR/13).

This disciplinary area is focused on developing the student’s own language and autonomy as a designer, gaining maturity of expression and experimenting integrated design processes, from the identity of a brand until its development and declination into fashion products, communication and distribution systems.

Cultural systems evolution area (SSD L-ART/03; M-FIL/04; M-DEA/01).

This disciplinary area is focused on the acquisition by the student of the ability to analyse and interpret artistic expressions, especially the ones that play a role in the evolution of fashion products such as graphic and visual arts, contemporary art, cinema, photography and new media.

Social and consumes practice area (SSD SPS/07; SPS/08)

This disciplinary area aims at giving the student the ability to analyse and interpret social and consumes practice, and in particular to understand the dynamics of fashion products exploitment as fundamental components within the cultural and communicative processes.

Entrepreneurship culture and competitivity models (SSD SECS-P/08)

This disciplinary area aims at giving the student a view and knowledge on evolution dynamics and contemporary characteristics of fashion enterprises and their organization, comprehention of their various business models and acquisition of management and self-entrepreneurial skills.

Innovation and technology know-how transfer (SSD ING-IND/22; INF/01)

This disciplinary area aims at giving the students research skills and innovation transfer on a technologic level, with a focus on materials and finishings innovation, in order to integrate new aestethics and functionalities in the products. Logistics and systemic innovation is also explored through new digital management tools.


The degree program is finalized with a Master Degree Thesis, an individual work which must consist of an innovative and unique theme elaborated by the student and developed through both a written and a practical outcome.

The course aims at shaping a designer for the fashion system who is capable of understanding, managing and coordinating a complex production chain and system (which operates on components, materials, integrated production processes, services, etc.); the graduate needs to be able to interpret the product from a systemic point of view –consisting of a complete offer, made of a variety of product lines, merceologies, brands- and in relation with communication and distribution phases; finally, he/she needs to comprehend and put in action entrepreneural logics and strategies

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The School offering each first degree (bachelor) programme and the appropriate second level (Master of Science) programme in continuity (or thofor access toble without curricular integrations) are shown in the following table:          


Level I (Laurea) degree

Level II (Laurea Magistrale) degree progam in continuity

- Product design

Product and Furnishing specialisation (disabled in the a.a. 2014/'15)

Product Design for Innovation

- Communication design

Communication design

- Fashion Design

Design for the Fashion System

- Interior Design

Interior design

Product design 

Design & Engineering

Mechanical engineering

(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Engineering


Materials and nanotechnology engineering

(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Process Engineering


Product  Design

Comunication Design

Interior Design

Fashion Design

Product Service System Design

Interior Design

Industrial Design (Product)

Naval and Nautical Design - La Spezia campus


The Laurea Magistrale programmes offered by the DesignSchoolare organised in sections:


Laurea Magistrale in Product Design for Innovation

Teaching delivered in Italian

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Product section 1 - PR1

Product section 2 - PR2

NB In laboratories can activate modules in English taught by Visiting Professor

Laurea Magistrale  in Communication Design

Teaching delivered in Italian

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Communication section 1 - C_1

Communication section 2 - C_2

Communication section 3 - C_3

NB It 'possible activation of the Workshop in English taught by Visiting Professor

Laurea Magistrale in Design for the Fashion System

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st year

Fashion section 1 - M_1 section with a prevalence of courses in English

Fashion section 2 - M_2 courses in English

Offered in both the 2st year

Fashion section 1 - M_1 courses in English

Fashion section 2 - M_2 courses in English

Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design

Teaching delivered in Italian and English

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Interiors section 1 - I_1

Interiors section 2 - I_2

Interiors section 3 - I_3 courses in English

NB in sections I1 and I2 can activate Courses and Workshops in English

Laurea Magistrale in Design&Engineering

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st year

D&E  section 1 - DE1section with a prevalence of courses in English

D&E  section 2 -DE 1section with a prevalence of courses in English

D&E  section 3 -DE3 courses in English

Offered in both the 2st year

D&E  section 1 - DE1 section with a prevalence of courses in English

D&E  section 2 - DE2 section with a prevalence of courses in English

Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Product Service System section 1 - PS_1 courses in English

Product Service System section 2 - PS_2 courses in English


Laurea Magistrale in Naval and Nautical Design - La Spezia campus

No internal sections


4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Professionals graduating from the Laurea Magistrale in Design for the Fashion System will be capable of supervising the design activities of fashion companies, focusing on the integrated design of the system of products and services, coordinating the design teams and the functions involved in the development process.

They can also find placement into professional firms which deal with trend research and product development for fashion enterprises. They can also work creative directors for communication, event design or retail within fashion brands.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

LM graduates in Design for the Fashion System find employment within companies in the fashion and accessories sector in the creative direction area, as well as in trend research firms (Trend Institute, Research Agencies, etc.) and in communication and distribution agencies.

The main professional figures they can cover are Creative Director, Fashion Coordinator, Fashion Designer, Accessory Designer, Sporstwear designer, underwear designer, brand manager, product manager, visual merchandiser, fashion journalist, fashion curator.


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6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification

The Master of Science from 2014/15 will be progressively turned off. In its place will be activated on Master of Science in Fashion Design for the System.

6.2 Requested knowledge

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

For the deadlines related to the admission to the Laurea Magistrale, verify the academic rules and the academic calendar 2013/14..

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6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School has improved the information and guidance tools for future undergraduates aimed at informing them with regard to teaching and training activities of each Programme in order to clarify educational objectives and future professional opportunities.

For regular (in line with exams) students, the School has put in place activities aimed at:

- contributing to removal of obstacles preventing fruitful course attendance with initiatives relating to individual needs, aptitudes and requirements;

- rendering students more actively involved in the educational process.

The reference tutor is identified for each Programme and is the institutional reference for guidance within the School. The service is organised within the scope of the Programme and, in particular, takes care of:

- student support in case of need of help in problem solving or concept clarification;

- approval and possible drafting of texts regarding presentation of the Degree Programme which he/she represents;

- identification of projects of students of his/her Degree Programme to be used as guidance tools during Open Days and in institutional School communication.


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

To be eligible for the final examination of Laurea Magistrale, students must:
- To have accomplished 120 credits required in Level II of the Master including the credits related to the Internship and the credits of the final examination.
- To have developed an individual thesis under the guidance of a tutor, which can be either a projectable work, a theoretical-methodological deepening, or a historical/critical analysis.
The final examination of the Laurea Magistrale consists in the discussion of the individual thesis which must be written under the direction of the official teacher, thesis supervisor.

For more information on this subject refer to Regolamento Esame di Laurea Magsitrale published on the School website.

7.2 Mode of study

The Laurea Magistrale course is full time activity. It is characterized by many different didactical activities: Monodisciplinary Courses are characterized by theoretic contents communicated by means of ex cathedra lessons and verified throughout the year with tests and interviews.
Integrative Courses cover more than one discipline or specific context, and are taught by two teachers who supplement one another.
Experimental Workshops are taught in the workshops, where the students are given an opportunity to experiment and use the tools used in design professions.
Design Studios involve both a number of internal teachers employed by the Faculty and several external professionals and feature design activities where the students work under the guidance of a team of teachers, each contributing with his or her expertise as related to the subject of the design.
Design Seminars (workshop) are of a duration of one week during which the students develop a project under the guidance of an established and well-known professional or a company.
Erasmus Program and the other international mobility projects enable the students to spend six months studying abroad, at qualified European and non-European design universities.
Professional Apprenticeship enable the student to works with a company or design studio that collaborates with the Polytechnic, under the guidance of a tutor of the Faculty and a tutor appointed by the company.
Conclusive Design Studio represents a complete design experience, linking numerous disciplinary contributions and guiding the students in the choice and development of their Dissertation.

In compliance with the above, the Laurea Magistrale teaching programme is organized in various teaching modes:


-         Single discipline courses are prevalently theoretical in content, taught in lectures and assessed during the year through written and oral exams;

-         Integrated courses involve more than one discipline or field of specialization. They are sometimes conducted by two lecturers who integrate their contributions;

-         Experimental Laboratories offer the opportunity of experimenting and using the tools, technology and machinery of Design. Students will take part in design activities under the guidance of a teaching team, each member of which will apply his/her own disciplinary content to the design theme;

-         Workshops constitute full-time courses lasting one week, in which students develop a project under the guidance of a well-known professional or company;

-         The Erasmus program and other international mobility programs enable students to spend one semester studying abroad in qualified European and non-European universities of design.

-         Professional internships or job placements constitute a period of activity within a company or design studio affiliated with the Politecnico, under the guidance of a tutor from the School and a tutor appointed by the company.


In the following paragraphs we will illustrate the main characteristics of these activities.


Optional Courses

12 credits are assigned to courses selected by the students themselves (equivalent to one teaching unit per year).

Each student must select one of the optional courses when presenting his/her study plan for the first year. Similarly he/she must opt for another course when presenting his/her study plan for the second year.


Optional courses are collocated in both the 1st and 2nd semester


Laurea Magistrale internship/job placement –

Students will be placed with companies, professional firms, study centers, corporations etc. affiliated with the Politecnico di Milano in compliance with current legislation, which states that a certificate will be issued on completion of a period agreed with the body with whom the internship is successfully carried out (minimum 250 hours, maximum 1 year).

Internships can be fitted into the study plan in the 1st or 2nd year of the LM . compatibly with the student’s other study commitments.

Such placements are formative experiences integrating with the world of production: the host company must be aware of and accept the legal and formative requirements of the relationship, while the student must in all cases accept and keep to the rules and customs of the company.

For further information about how to draw up a study plan, teaching priorities, norms governing attendance and exam obligations, etc. students are advised to consult the document “Norme attuative del Regolamento didattico” Norms governing teaching regulations published on the School’s website. 

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The possibility to choose courses and corresponding credits to be inserted in the Study Track is subject to a series of rules passed by the School which each year tracks a teaching offer of 60 credits per Programme year "nominal offer").

Each year, students may choose study programmes with a different number of credits compared to the nominal offer (60 CFU credits/year) to graduate progression of studies according to their requirements.

The minimum number of credits the student may enrol in is 30, unless the number of credits for completion of the Programme is less.

The maximum number of credits the student may enrol in, subject to exam priority, is equal to 80 CFU/ECT.

In formulating the annual Study Track the priority of courses according to the progression of Programme years indicated in the Regulation below must be respected:

- courses of the subsequent Programme year ("anticipations") cannot be inserted in the Study Track unless all those of the previous year and of the current year have been inserted.

Moreover, the School has decided a series of exam priorities based on which it is necessary to have passed certain subjects considered useful in order to be admitted to others. This may give rise to the nominal number of credits a student may enrol in being reduced due to this rule.

The current System foresees a series of educational activities (basic, specialised, similar or supplementary) which are present in the study programme as single subject Courses, integrated Courses and Laboratories constituting the three-year teaching activity of the Bachelor of Science.

As well as this type of teaching activity, the System foresees that a defined number of credits are attributed to activities which may be grouped under the following items:

- educational activity freely chosen by the student (optional courses);

- educational activity concerning the preparation of the final graduation exam and verification of the foreign language (Final exam and Language);

- activity aimed at acquiring further linguistic knowledge or IT, communication or relational skills or skills useful in accessing the employment world, as well as educational activities aimed at facilitating professional choices by direct knowledge of an employment sector relevant to the qualification, including Internships in particular.

2 Year courses - Track: M_1 - Moda 1

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group

2 Year courses - Track: M_2 - Moda 2

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group

2 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
(Grp. Opz.)
093855BICAR/13CAD - 3D16,0
095200--IUS/04DIRITTO D'AUTORE16,0
096460---- [METAINS] FASHION DESIGN STUDIO--118,018,0
096197---- FASHION IN THE ARTS--26,06,0
091978BICAR/13INTERNSHIP - 1 SEMESTER--114,014,0
(Grp. Opz.)

7.4 Foreign language

Assessment of knowledge of foreign languages is carried out in the manner prescribed by the University published on the web page "Student Services/Guides and Regulations/Guide to the English language" on the website.

Students are invited to read this document carefully and must comply with the regulations.

In particular, it is to be noted that: "Pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/04, the Politecnico has adopted the English language as the EU language that must be known in addition to Italian".

Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

Under Decree 270/04 art. 11 paragraph 5, the final test of the LM in Design for the Fashion System is the submission of a thesis prepared by the student under the guidance of a supervisor.

The paper has the character of experimentation and originality and can lead to both project outcomes and to theoretical and historical-critical aspects. In both cases the paper must contain an introduction outlining the methodological foundations, the reasons and purposes within is built on the search path and which aspects are original contributions of the student.
The thesis is written in Italian and preceded by an abstract in English.  
The thesis should be an important training opportunity to complete the didactic career. This is an individual work that can be developed within a more structured activity conducted in collaboration with other students. In the final results, however, must be clearly recognized the contribution of the individual candidate.

To verify the methodology for the final Examination of Master's thesis  please refer to the " Regolamento Esame di Laurea Magistrale " published on the School website.

Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at

8. Academic calendar

The Degree Programme calendar is organised bearing in mind the verification of learning procedures which, for the School of Design, foresee "on-going" tests during the whole semester. The academic year consists of two semesters, each comprising a teaching session with on-going tests and an exam sessions for verification of learning). The teaching session of each comprises two periods dedicated to lectures, exercises and laboratory activities, each followed by a week of interruption of teaching activities to allow professors an overall verification of on-going tests, followed by two weeks dedicated to exam sessions at the end of the semester.

Academic calendar

9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

For more information see the website of the degree course

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Implementation of large laboratories in support of design teaching is part of the experimental tradition of the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano, which adopts an inductive teaching model in which "knowledge" and "know-how" go hand in hand.

Laboratories are dedicated to practical activities which allow the student to verify his project hypotheses and to learn how to use the technical instrumentation necessary for project experimentation, representation and communication.

The laboratories - managed by the Design Department  - occupy a space of approx.10,000 m2 on the Milano Bovisa campus and are, together with the vast system of engineering laboratories, the largest centre in the world in support of research in the design field, in terms of dimensions, available equipment and skills system.

The laboratories are supplemented by the Politeca, an integrated documentation system for research in the design field.

For information:

11. International context

Building an international dimension of theSchoolofDesignhas been considered a priority objective since its inception in 2000.

The reasons behind this are many: from the characteristics of the subject matter of design, which by its very nature is multicultural and multilocal, close to both the world of production, which has now taken on a global dimension, and the sphere of consumption, whose dynamics and trends make themselves visible in the various specific local realities; to the DNA of the design community which has always been international; from the recognition of Milan as the capital of design, crossroads for designers from all over the world who have come here to study or to open a studio, to the desire to make training programmes ever more permeable to impulses from this stimulating context, just as from other foreign dynamics.

Internationalising theSchoolofDesignhas a dual significance: to support external student (as well as researchers, professors and technicians) mobility and, conversely, attract students, researchers and professors and visiting professors from abroad.

Concerning these two internationalisation directions (treated separately, the first in this chapter and the second in that which follows), the School of Design has committed itself in recent years to widen its international relationships and currently cooperates with design universities throughout the world in Erasmus exchange programmes (with 150 European universities), in bilateral exchanges (with 53 universities outside Europe), in joint workshops with other schools, in international internships, etc.

To this must be added those more structured activities aimed at consolidating cooperation relationships with selected universities in teaching and research fields: this is the case of the MEDes_Master of European Design excellence programme (with 6 partner universities), of the international Designing Designers conference and of the many international research projects in progress.

TheSchoolofDesignis a member of Cumulus, a network of European design schools as it is also of the main international design associations. s.

Just as the host city, Milan, a true international design laboratory, the School of Design  of the Politecnico aims to be a meeting point for different cultures, for teaching, industry and professions in which professors, industrialists and famous designers from all over the world actively participate in the students' educational process.

12. Internationalization

International Exchange

TheSchoolofDesigntakes part in international student exchange programs offering students the opportunity of undertaking a period of their studies with a partner university abroad. The list of the School’s partner universities can be found at Studesk 3 and6, inthe Politecnico website nad in the International Area of theSchoolofDesignwebiste.

Erasmus program

The European Community started up the Erasmus program in 1987 enabling European university students to undertake a period of study, legally acknowledged by their own university, of up to two semesters at a university in another country within theUnion.

Students participating in the program could be entitled to an economic grant (depending on the yearly Call for Mobility) and free enrolment at the host university. In this way students can attend courses and take exams in the partner universities and have the exams acknowledged by the university in their own country.

Bilateral exchanges

TheSchoolof Design has also activated bilateral agreements with universities outside the EU. These are mainly for Laurea Magistrale students and can also be requested by those who have already spent a period abroad under the Erasmus program during their three year first level degree course.

The participation format in these exchanges is the same as for the Erasmus program except that there is no economic grant envisaged in these cases.

Bilateral agreements enable students to undertake a period of study abroad at a partner university without paying an enrolment fee, however a contribution to the expense of administrating exchange students is due in some cases(e.g. Orientation fee)

Double degrees

TheSchoolofDesignstarted two double degree programmes:

-POLITONG with theTongjiUniversityinShanghai(China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design

-POLITSINGHUA with theTsinghuaUniversityinBeijing(China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design.

These programmes allow students to get a double degree after a mobility of two semester.

Thesis abroad

Students in the 2nd year of Laurea Magistrale program may request to develop a part of their thesis abroad. This can be done in the following ways:

 through the Erasmus program and/or Bilateral exchange outside Europe including specific courses in the Study Plan, agreed on with your supervisor, that are  useful to the development of your  thesis or  with a co-supervisor from the partner university depending on availability, who co-ordinates with your supervisor at theSchoolofDesign;

-with co-supervision from the other university, organised autonomously and without joining an exchange program. In this case the student must communicate his/her  intentions in advance to the Relé office of theSchoolof Design, which will formalise the procedure.

In-course Internship/job placement

The in-course internship envisaged for the 2nd year of the Laurea Magistrale may be carried out abroad by:

- applying to the R.A.P service (Company and Professions relations for Industrial Design

- joining the Erasmus/extra UE programmes, if available in the partner schools, or by activating a collaboration with professional practices, or through attending courses (design studio based) or workshop as per the same amount of hours.

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.

14. Further information

For more information see the website of the degree course
Only the original in Italian is valid.

15. Errata corrige