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    Polimoda International Institute of Design and Marketingholds high-qualityspecialized courses in the fashiondesign, production, salesand marketing sectors. Polimoda's aim is to create anew close collaborationbetween the worlds of academics and industry, as wellas to provide a constantperspective of the international scene.
    Established in 1986, it was createdand financed by theComune of Florence and Prato and trade associations incollaboration withFashion of Technology of theNew York State University.Polimoda providesstudents with a high-quality professional training in tunewith the needs ofindustry.
    Polimoda is a member of IFFTI(International Foundationof Fashion TechnologyInstitutes) and carries outprofessional training coursesin collaboration withthe Region of Tuscany, theProvinces of Florence and Pratoand with subsidiesfrom the European Union.

    Fashion - one of Italy's mostimportant export items - iscontinuously drawing upon emerging talent andrenewing its creative energies. Tohelp this process along, Polimoda maintainsclose ties to the world of industrythrough the organization of seminars,guided tours of companies, meetings withentrepreneurs and representatives fromvarious sectors of industry, conferenceswith specialists and leading figureswithin the world of fashion.

    Some of the stylists collaboratingwith Polimoda havebeen:

    Patrick Robinson fromGiorgio Armani, Rebecca Moses, MariucciaMandelli forKrizia, Rosita and TaiMissoni, Paul Mocherie for Iceberg, GiovannaFerragamofor Ferragamo, Laura Biagiotti,Stephan Janson, Ennio Capasa forCostumeNational, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, RebeccaMoses, Scott Crolla forCallaghan,Roberto Cavalli, Stefano Guerriero, MauroTaliani for Hugo Boss, TomFord fromGucci, Antonio Marras, Chiara Boni, MicolFontana, Massimo Rebecchi.

    Leading fashion houses that sponsorPolimoda:

    Ecafil Best,Salvatore Ferragamo, Gerber Technology Italia,Gaetano Marzotto& F. Spa,Lanificio Pecci Enrico & C., Ratti Spa, YvesSaint Laurent,Mila Schn GroupSpa, Gianni Versace Spa, Ermenegildo Zegna.

    A sister organization to Polimodais being launched toprovide in-company training to fashion enterprises whichwill increase industryties even more.

    Polimoda's strong industry tieshave fostered thedevelopment of team projectsand special initiatives, such asthe design researchcarried out for Ecafil,Meryll, for firms in Prato, and forBe.Mi.Va. Polimoda'sparticipation infashion fairs has been on the increase(Pitti Uomo, PittiFilati, Prato Expo,Micam). Polimoda also participates innumerous career fairs(Univercity, JobFair, Salone dello studente, etc).

    Fashion Institute of TechnologyProgram:
    This program has grown in recentyears. Most coursecredits earned at Polimoda are valid toward your Bachelor'sdegree.

    Partnership with the London Collegeof Fashion
    This partnership has been developedin recent years andis yielding excellent results by increasing opportunitiesto work onindustry-sponsored projects.

    The collaboration with Osaka BunkaFashion College isdesigned to provide a continuous and fruitful professionaland culturalexchange. Every year Polimodawill hold a course on "FashionDesign in Italy,"geared to Japanese students intending on gainingin-depth knowledge of thetechniques andtraditions for the realization of acollection made in Italy.

    Fashion Design inItaly(giugno 2002)

    Polimoda's membership in IFFTI(International Foundationof Fashion TechnologyInstitutes) . This membershiphas allowed for extensivestudent exchangewith various countries such asEngland, France, Germany, China,India and Australia.

    New International Exchange Programs:

    Hong Kong Polytechnic, China-NIFT; New Delhi, India;Univesidade AnhembiMorumbi, San Paolo Brazil - Belo Horizonte and Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil; ;Paris,France - Istitut Franais de la Mode

  • The fashion system has been changing radically in recent years: companies are demanding ever more highly-qualified andhighly-specialized professionals possessing great versatility and skills, in step with the latest on the new media front. Polimoda seeks to offer a common language between design and management in the fashion sector and its wide range of classes reflect the large variety of needs.

    There are introductory courses for those first learning about the world of fashion to undergraduate and summer courses to postgraduate studies, taught in Italian or English. All of the undergraduate and Master degree courses require an admission test. The programs taught in Italian require an intermediate knowledge of the language. Polimoda constantly creates new programs in English to meet the needs of the international market.There are also intensive summer courses in fashion design, marketing and trends.

    Time is an indispensable commodity for completing and perfecting ones training; for this reason, Polimoda has broadened its offer and extended course duration to guarantee the best available training and profitable specialization in the various skill areas.

    The specialization programs center on four sections:


    At Polimoda students can cultivate and express both the creative and technically-oriented aspects of their chosen professions. Full immersion in fashion; with courses in essential subjects such as Research,Drawing, Fashion Illustration,Graphics, Patternmaking, Sewing, Drapery, and the History of Fashion. Polimoda boasts concerted expertise in the footwear and accessories sector, where through coursework and workshop experience students acquire afirm grounding in all aspects of this specialization. Following studentsprogress is a teaching team made up of leading fashion system experts and professionals.



    The professionals most closely involved in creation and design are flanked by experts in communication, marketing, and management for the fashion and luxury goods sector companies.

    In the fashion sector, communication is king and is continually evolvingas the Internet, social media, and the blogger universe become all-pervasive.Polimoda provides training in the principal reference figures in communication and branding, exploring all the strategic, creative, graphic, and digital components of this expanding field.


    Art, architecture, design, film, and photography are all essential expressions leading to understanding of the ongoing changes in fashion, the processes of innovation, the metamorphosis of identities in a sector that is increasingly multi-disciplinary. Study programs are offered for students interested in foreseeing and understanding the social and cultural changes going on all around us and the evolutionary paths taken by fashion andlifestyle trends.

    For current course offerings, check Out: 



    The main campus

    Via Curtatone, 1

    50100 Firenze




    Modeling,printing and design labs

    Via Pisana, 77
    50143 Firenze


    Via Alesso Baldovinetti, 3
    50143 Firenze

  • Florencehas a lot to offer, the school offers many activities organized with the city,including fashion shows, presentations and more.


    In 1994 Polimoda inaugurated a technology training center to meet the training needs of field specialists, instructors and students participating in professional training courses. It is a point of reference for companies and fashion professionals who want to learn how to use CAD-CAM. The Tech Lab is the most advanced training structure in the field of state-of-the-art fashion technology in Italy. It has 50 graphic workstations in three different laboratories in which it is possible to follow the development of the fashion product from conception to management of the data relative to the whole cycle of production. The entire structure has a 24-hour-a-day Internet connection, so it is possible to do research and receive and write e-mails at any given moment. In each room, as well as at all of the Infopoint stations with free and round-the-clock Internet access, you can also consult for updates on schedules, projects, field trips and various announcements.
    Courses currently underway are:

    Fractal Painter
    Microsoft Office Professional ( Word, Excel, Access, Power Point)
    Microsoft Project
    Artworks (design program - Gerber)
    PDM (product data management - Gerber)
    Micromark (patternmaking program - Gerber)
    Shoemaster (pattermaking program for shoes -Torielli)

    The tech lab was founded in cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, which granted a number of user licenses of Gerber products:
    · PDM (Product Data Management)
    · Micromark (Creation and Development of Patterns)
    · Artworks (a program for going through the entire design process).
    · PDM (Product Data Management)
    · Micromark (Creation and Development of Patterns)
    · Artworks
    (a program for going through the entire design process).

    Polimoda's strong working relationship with Gerber allows for the continuous updating of software at advantageous prices.

    · WGSN (World Global Style Network)
    An important working relationship has been established with the English site WGSN. The site is completely free of charge and is dedicated to all fashion, design and textile majors. The World Global Style Network was designed to be a business-to-business instrument whose 250,000 pages are proof of its huge industry success. Polimoda is currently working with WGSN on the inclusion of student-produced projects in the new directory "Generation Now," which each year will give schools the opportunity to introduce their best students to future employers. Seminars and other meetings are planned for the immediate future at the Villa Strozzi campus.


    The Document Supply Center/Library at Polimoda holds the most significant international collection of documentation on the fashion sector in Italy. It is a primary source of information, research and inspiration.

    The Center/Library contains:
    · Collections of monographs (15,000 volumes). The collection adds about 1,200 works every year in its pursuit of fashion trends and styles. The topics dealt with span from the history of costume to the design of clothing and textiles, from industrial design to photography, from marketing to information on the fashion economy.
    · 150 running subscriptions to periodicals: a selection of the most significant mastheads in the world of fashion and design and the avant-garde in the creation of style; periodicals of economics and fashion marketing.
    · 13.000 slides and video images, including the most recent fashions put on in the major capitals of the world
    · Documentation on exhibits, shows and sector businesses. Press releases. Publications of trade associations. Materials on fashion trends.
    · Rare, antique or precious materials: both the collection of mongraphs and periodicals from the previous century.
    · Internet, CD ROMS and data bases are yet another benefit on offer at the Center.
    · All of the personnel have experience in the fashion, costume and marketing sectors and at the complete disposal of clients and students who need information or help with their research.


    In the Textile and Colors Archive, students have the chance to consult over 15,000 cloth samples - as well as color and yarn boards - to help them learn about fabrics and come up with their own original designs. All of the material labels season, composition, brand name so that students may appreciate and compare the quality and range of products to be found in the market. There are also journals for research in design, fabric, trends, etc. The Textile and Colors Archive keeps a card catalogue of companies and fabrics that provides a database of information mostly on current regional textiles, but also greater detail on the national territory and foreign countries.

    DESIGN LABORATORY (Styling, Patternmaking, Shoe and Accessory Labs)

    The Design Lab - just a stone's throw away from Villa Strozzi - houses the patternmaking, styling, shoe and accessory labs. These labs are equipped with state-of-the-art industrial machinery that give students the chance to study in real-life educational environment.


    Between 1996-2001 Polimoda placed 570 students in company internships.Company demand is so high that Polimoda has established a permanent office for selecting students for the internships currently being offered and organizes interviews with companies. Polimoda's hands-on/theoretical educational model and intense involvement in the fashion industry thus give students the chance to tackle the world of fashion with an excellent training and professional background. There are numerous Polimoda graduates working at such famous fashion houses as Valentino, Gucci, Krizia, Kenzo, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Costume National, Benetton, Champion and other prestigious industrial and commercial concerns.


    In 1999 research was carried out on the occupational outcomes of Polimoda alumni. The main goal of the survey was to evaluate the Polimoda product from different points of view and to see whether or not it was in line with the demands of the labor market. It found that the employment rate is very high (83% of graduates are employed), but even more importantly that 84% of Polimoda graduates work in the fashion field. Polimoda offers internships in Italy and abroad (in particular in the US) in high-profile companies and fashion houses.

    Alberta Ferretti 
    Conte of Florence
    Ag.Pubb.La Tonic 
    Donna Karan
    Ag. Tema 
    Emilio Cavallini
    Alba Confezioni
    Ermanno Daelli
    Albert Nippon 
    Alessandro Dell'Acqua
    Enrico Coveri
    Ermenegildo Zegna
    Annabel Tricot 
    Gianfranco Ferrč
    La Perla
    Brioni Uomo 
    Patrizia Pepe




    Fashion Institute of Technology Program (F.i.t. NewYork, N.Y. Usa):
    Thisprogram has grown in recent years. Most course credits earned at Polimoda arevalid toward your Bachelor's degree.

    Partnership with the London College of Fashion
    This partnership has been developed in recent years and isyielding excellent results by increasing opportunities to work onindustry-sponsored projects.

    The collaboration with Osaka Bunka Fashion College 
    is designed to provide a continuous andfruitful professional and cultural exchange. Every year Polimoda will hold acourse on "Fashion Design in Italy," geared to Japanese studentsintending on gaining in-depth knowledge of the techniques and traditions forthe realization of a collection made in Italy.

    Polimoda'smembership in IFFTI (International Foundation of FashionTechnology Institutes) . This membershiphas allowed for extensive student exchange with various countries such asEngland, France, Germany, China, India and Australia. 

    New International Exchange Programs:
    HongKong Polytechnic, China-NIFT; New Delhi, India; Univesidade Anhembi Morumbi,San Paolo Brazil - Belo Horizonte and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; ; Paris, France -Istitut Franais de la Mode

  • Polimodais a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion TechnologyInstitutes) and carries out professional training courses in collaboration withthe Region of Tuscany, the Provinces of Florence and Prato and with subsidiesfrom the European Union.




    MAYTuesday 14

    JUNEWednesday 26

    JULYTuesday 16

    SEPTEMBERWednesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 ; Thursday 5, 12 and 19



    JUNEThursday 27 and Friday 28

    JULYThursday 11 and 18 and Friday 12 and 19

    SEPTEMBERThursday 5 and 12; Friday 6 and 13



    Forinfo and to book your admission exam, please contact our

    Informazioni e Orientamento Office at:

    Address:VillaFavard, via Curtatone, 1 - Florence

    Phone:+39 0552750628



    POLIMODA TUITION FEES - June 2013 –October 2014



    from4-6,500 euro – from 10 weeks to 1 year



    from8,500-10,000 euro – 3-4 years



    from17,000-27,000 euro – 6-14 months



    3,000euro – 80 hours



    1,540euro – 60 hours

  • Differentscholarships are offered every year, check the website for the currentscholarships available.


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