Master in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
Program overview
11 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
January 2024

January 2025

January 2026

About this program

Master in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability

Learn how to create fabrics for sustainable collections with the Master's Degree in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability at Accademia Galli in Como

The Master's Degree in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability at Accademia Galli in Como has been developed as a result of new requirements emerging in the textile industry. This program seeks to train up new professionals who will provide eased interaction between creative, strategic, technical and production departments of textile manufacturing companies.

Anyone involved in textile design should be able to combine a deep understanding of the fashion system with the ability to move ahead of market trends. Indeed, this will allow you to learn how to process an extremely fascinating and sophisticated material such as fabric. This is because each fabric has different properties and keeps changing over time. Silk, a boast of the Como district, has been produced for thousands of years and is still being researched and transformed today.

Admission requirements

The Master's Degree in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability at Accademia Galli is intended for students with undergraduate education in Fashion Design or also for Designers who are already working in the industry and wish to develop their know-how bringing new approaches to textile research and design.

Students who choose to take this training are familiar with the fashion industry, have a strong motivation and sensitivity, an ability to interpret different cultures and use all these skills when creating projects.

Upon completion of your Master's Degree you will have acquired the skills you need to succeed in the marketplace as a qualified textile product design and supervision professional, covering everything from project design activities and production operations all the way to applied research, interpretation and analysis of market trends and sustainability.

You will be able to move into a career as a Manager, Raw Materials/Textile Purchasing and Account Manager, Textile Sourcing Manager, Textile Operations Manager, Textile Designer and Fabric Researcher, working for specialist companies in the textile industry.

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Program content

Over the year of your Master's Degree, we will be covering different disciplines that can be grouped into 4 subject areas, i.e. cultural, technological, strategic, and design area.

Cultural subjects will enable you to understand Textile Design from a cultural, historical and aesthetic point of view. You will explore the structure of the Italian textile industry and related production districts, going over the history, power and contribution of Italian craftsmanship. We will be mapping the different districts and supply chains as you gain first-hand knowledge of the main types of textile materials.

The use of technology will bring you closer to the concept of fabrics as products. We will be studying the whole production process, covering everything from fibre to finished fabric, with a focus on the main features, resources, tools, targets and skills needed at each stage as you go along. Digital printing as the latest developing technology will be explored in detail.

As part of the subjects under the strategic area, you will also be studying the textile enterprise system. We will be covering two key areas specifically: production and supply chain on the one hand (with a special focus on track & trace, ethical responsibility and certification system) and production process control (product management) on the other. You will also be approaching such subjects as marketing, communication and legislation in the textile industry.

Your training path will conclude with a special focus on design-related subjects that will provide an insight into what a textile collection is and how it is designed. Project Work will enable you to design fabric collections for fashion and interior design based on your own personal inspiration or a company brief.

Scholarships & funding

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


Tuition Fee: 14.100 €

Career paths

Italian textile industry is recognised worldwide for its extraordinary ability to combine innovation, fashion, creativity and style with production technologies. In particular, Como is well-known for its long-established tradition of silk production, with the factories in this area being a worldwide reference point for the silk industry as a whole. For these reasons, the Master's Degree in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability at Accademia Galli in Como is the best place where you can develop all the skills required by the job market.

The Master's Degree in Textile Design - Product Research Sustainability relies on strong cooperation with businesses in the Como textile district. Many of the lecturers in this Master's Degree have prominent roles working with different companies in the local area. Throughout the program, these companies can submit briefs and projects to our students. This will be a great opportunity for you to be part of a process of change, as you come up with new ideas and methods that will provide the industry with new, fresh energy to better compete in the global marketplace.

This training has been developed to train up Textile Design professionals who can experiment while respecting the values of traditional Italian craftsmanship, as well as sustainability and traceability standards. They will be able to explore their own project design potential, achieving skills to supervise the whole production process, from fibre to fabric. Hence, this will be a great opportunity for students to show everybody their ability to blend creativity and knowledge as a way to manage complexity (based on market, strategy, and brand value).

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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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