BA in Fashion Design

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025

About this program

BA in Fashion Design

Let your creative flair unfold into fashion collections that combine tradition with innovation. Here's what you can do with our English-language Fashion Design degree programme at IED Milano

Turn your creativity into creations of garments and accessories that can tell original stories. Take inspiration from visual arts, design, digital media, marketing, new technologies, art direction, and product management, turning everything into new collections based on environmentally and economically sustainable lifestyles.

The three-year English-language Fashion Design Undergraduate Programme at IED Milano will give you the opportunity to build up technical skills and carry out all tasks and activities involved in working as a fashion designer. This will cover everything from material selection to full production, as you work with other professionals on every step of the process to make and promote your own fashion collections.

Admission requirements

If you decide to go for our three-year English-language degree programme in Fashion Design at IED Milano, you will soon come into contact with the cultural and traditional background of Italian design. With its 50 years of history, IED has been fully involved in this process, with the city of Milan as the ideal setting for its development. This is mainly explained by the vibrant cultural and social life of this area, with so many sources of inspiration for designing garments and accessories.

This three-year programme is based on a method where theory is combined with a lab-based approach, in such a way that you can gradually develop your own project design know-how and approach. Over the three years, you will be involved in projects of increasing complexity and challenge. You will design your first collections of womenswear, menswear, kidswear, accessories and knitwear. On your last year, as you work on your dissertation project, you will also learn how to combine tailoring and innovations through the making of prototypes.

Over the three years, you will have the opportunity to cover all the different activities and applications involved in the fashion design profession. These include technical and artistic drawing, digital graphics, pattern making and tailoring, knitwear and textile research, all of which will give you a thorough insight into the relevant subjects of your training. You will also have the opportunity to exchange views with both your classmates and faculty members. All your lecturers are selected among experienced professionals in the industry and will support you along the way to help you identify your own personal style.

Continuous interaction with fashion houses, firms and agencies will provide you with the opportunity to approach the industry and prepare the groundwork to build a career as a Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Product Manager, Knitwear Designer and Trend Researcher.

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Program content

First year

The first year is the time when you approach the subjects that will help you build basic theory background and methods. You will learn how to best focus your creative approach and work proficiently on all your projects.

  • Style and History of Art and Costume
  • Design Methods
  • Technical Drawing
  • History of Fashion
  • Pattern Making and Tailoring 1
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Textiles Culture 1
  • Fashion Design 1
  • Figurative Anatomy
  • Art Semiotics 1

Second year

Over the second year, you will go deeper into both practical and theory subjects, working on projects of increasing complexity.

  • History of Fashion 2
  • Drawing Techniques and Technologies
  • Pattern Making and Tailoring 2
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Textiles Culture 2
  • Fashion Design 2
  • Art Semiotics 2
  • History of Photography
  • Business Thinking and Management 1

Third year

The last year will focus on consolidating knowledge and skills previously acquired. You will show everybody how far you have come as you work on your final dissertation project, where all your skills and independent thinking will also stand out clearly.

  • Pattern Making and Tailoring 3
  • Fashion Design 3
  • Design Methods for Visual Communication
  • Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts
  • Business Thinking and Management 2
  • Theory and Analysis of Film and Audiovisual Presentations
  • Fashion Design 4

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the institute website for more information.



Career paths

If you feel you are fascinated by the world of fashion, if designing is your driving passion and anything that is trendy catches your attention, if you believe that fashion is the sector where you can best express your creative style, our three-year English-language degree programme in Fashion Design is definitely your best option. You will be inspired by different sources and influences as you make your own designs for clothes and accessories. You will also be able to accurately shape your creative identity as a fashion designer. You will complete your three-year programme with a full understanding of how to assess project consistency across every step, from concept development to implementation.

Upon completion, you will be able to check if the overall vision of each project is consistent, starting from concept all the way to project execution.

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About this institute

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

IED is the biggest international network of fashion, design, visual communication and management schools, with locations in Milan, Rome, Turin, Florence, Cagliari, Madrid, Barcelona, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Established in 1966, IED has 45 years of international expertise...

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Why study at IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Rather than just keeping in step with the times, IED courses are thriving trend forecasters working as a conceptual innovation hub. A number of professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to provide the input for a cross-fertilisation between areas and disciplines.


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Based on 4 reviews.

Sanna L

When I started IED I thought we were going to have more creative lectures, such as figure drawing. But we had a lot of fashion marketing, branding, textile technology and fashion sociology. Which I, in retrospect, can understand why was so important. I am a person who likes constant change, improvement and seeing the development at all levels, s...

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Juan P

When I decided to study abroad, my three choices were Milan, London and Paris. I chose Milan because of the interesting mix of industrial culture and design and because of the Italian culture. I love the Italian Classical Artists, and IED Milano offers a great and complete program. The only thing I regret is doing the course in English instead o...

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Isha L

The best part of studying at IED was that all the teachers/faculty came from the fashion industry hence they were all very experienced and could give you a real time feedback, dos and don'ts regarding the industry.

Contact info

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Via Amatore Sciesa, 4
20135 Milano

Phone no: +39 02 540141
Fax +39 02 55012613

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