The new professions of fashion design

The fashion system is, especially today, one of the most characteristic of the international economy, and is also the area in which are integrated in varying shape the art and technique, creativity and specialization. Fashion and design continue to stand representing the Italian identity in the world, and their continuing evolution, as well as the relentless pursuit that is at the origin of their avant-garde nature, requires professionals always new, able to understand and interpret the changes of learn the techniques and process them in aesthetic and cultural models and innovative alternative. Thanks to partnerships with prestigious AD Education, the leader among private universities in France related to the teaching of Fashion Design, IAAD has over twenty years of experience in the industry, creating the first European pole of Design.

Objectives of the course of Textile and Fashion Design

The Academic Diploma Level 1 in Fabric Design and fashion responds to demand from the international market of professionals who can represent the Italian fashion design in the world, exporting culture, style and sensibility. The course aims, firstly, to train professionals in terms of complete knowledge of the perceptual and cognitive phenomena in the fashion industry, able to understand how trends are formed and what factors are involved in the perception and evolution of taste, able to interpret signs and languages ​​of fashion and design and are ready to interact with the areas of design and creative direction and communication style. At the same time, the objective is to provide technical expertise on methods of design and performance (both in traditional foundations, both with respect to new technologies) in order to contribute to a proper understanding of the relationship between images and graphic representations and their potential communication. The course puts students in comparison with different cultures and values​​, giving them the tools to understand and interpret the peculiarities of Italian design.

  Department President: Romeo Gigli Strategic Director: Andrea Bruno Coordinator of the First Level Academic Diploma: Giuseppina Di Paola


The level Academic Diploma in Design (DIPL02) Specialization in Textile and fashion design

Study Plan

Seat: Turin/Bologna Language: Italian  

The Bachelor in “Textile and fashion design” is a three-year course.

In the first year, it provides tools and basic knowledge, contextualized in the fields of fashion and design, capable of training a critical skill and knowledge complete and articulated.

In the second and third year, the course will develop in specific courses, aimed at a progressively increasing refinement of skills and then specialized to the application side.

There are additional activities and case studies aimed at making students aware of some of the most innovative experiences in the field of fashion and design, through the testimony of industry professionals, designers and entrepreneurs in the fashion and textiles, with goal of creating a fertile contact between learning and the professional world. The curriculum also provides for the participation of workshops to 3 weeks (1 week for each year of the course) at Ecoles de Condé Paris, at which students will be able to deal with the French fashion system.

Professional output The course is aimed at training professionals in the creation, production and communication within the fashion industry. The professionals trained through the course are distinguished by comprehensive and multidisciplinary nature of their preparation, which gives students flexibility and ability to interact with the various sectors of the fashion system. The output profiles are: fashion designer (both in fashion and in that of textile); trend researcher; stylistic director; stylist; fashion manager (process management and project fashion); head of design and communication designer (graphics and direction fashion communication); fashion curator and fashion editor (cultural communication in fashion).

scientific-academic area

learning environment



Body representation techniques

– Drawing and morphology of body

– Drawing and color 

History and culture of design

History of arts and techniques

History of costume and fashion

History of costume and fashion

Representation methods and tools

Representation methods and tools

Sociology, anthropology and psychology of design

Cultural anthropology






Fashion design

– Fashion design

– Trends research

Fashion product technologies

– Fashion product technologies

– Paper pattern

– Needlework and tailor lab

– Innovative processes

Design methodology

Design elements

Basic Design

Basic design

Product design / Fashion design

Characterizing subjects annually activated by Academic Board






Analysis and representation of shape and project

representation techniques and languages


Image graphics elaboration

Project representation and communication techniques

Project representation and communication techniques

Communication of fashion project

– Fashion design semiotics

– Communication of fashion project

Fashion economy and marketing

– Fashion brand management

– Fashion marketing

Sciences and languages of perception

– Theory of perception

– Visual research

Systems design

Product system design

Communication design

Communication design



English language

















total CREDITS 180

Textile and fashion design, schedule for the current academic year

The opening of the academic year is expected in the first week of October, with the usual ceremony.

The ordinary lessons begin 1 week after, according to the time-schedule, and take place from Monday to Friday, while activities on Saturday can occasionally be inserted. Any extraordinary lectures and seminars are provided with due notice.

Lessons ordinarily follow the schedule published on the Notice Board before the beginning of each semester.

It’s a good idea to check the daily schedule posted on the Notice Board to check for any changes and classrooms in which lessons take place.


Academic Year Opening

  • 2nd and 3rd years: October
  • 1st years: October

I Semester

  • 2nd and 3rd years: October / January
  • 1st years: October / January

Design Workshop – only 2nd and 3rd years

  • February

II Semester

  • February / May

Exams and thesis:

  • I ordinary session: February
  • II ordinary session: June (1st and 2nd years)
  • II ordinary session: June (3rd years)
  • I extraordinary session: June
  • II extraordinary session: September
  • Thesis Ordinary Session: June / July  

Weeks off ordinary lessons:

  • February (1st years)
  • January / February (2nd and 3rd years)
  • June

During these weeks, students are required to ensure the availability to participate in any additional classes or catch lessons. The schedule is subject to changes which will be duly communicated.

Textile and fashion design, informations about the exam sessions for the current academic year

Students are admitted to the examination sessions (2 per academic year) only if they are up to date with payments, are not over the minimum attendance required and – if any – have successfully passed the midterm checks for each subject.

In case of failure of one or more examinations in the ordinary session, students will have access to the call of the extraordinary exam sessions (2 per academic year).

The procedures to access the exam sessions are contained in the Institute Regulation, given annually to students and available at the Didactic Office.

Exams and thesis:

– 1st ordinary session: February  – 2nd ordinary session: June (1st and 2nd years) – 2nd ordinary session: June (3rd years) – 1st extraordinary session: June  – 2nd extraordinary session: September  – Thesis Ordinary Session: from June to July 

Textile & Fashion design, thesis

To achieve the qualification at the end of the third year of the course, IAAD students must submit two theses: a Specialization thesis and an Individual thesis, in addition to the Personal Portfolio.

The Specialization thesis different for each specialization, to be carried out in working groups, is the realization of a project specified by the Institute, consistent with the various issues of the syllabus.

The Specialization thesis is held under the supervision of the Department Coordinator and the 3rd year professors, with the support of external interventions – partner companies and their referents.

The Individual Thesis consists of an individual project that the student will perform in total autonomy, identifying a theme, a partner with its referent (External Mentor) and a supervisor in the faculty IAAD (Academic Mentor).

The ordinary session of the thesis is planned for each year in July.