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.
A SCHOOL WITH CLOSE TIES TO INDUSTRY
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.
CONTESTS AND PROJECTS SPONSORED BY COMPANIES
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).
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES
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:
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
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.
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
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.
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION
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.
RESEARCH &TREND VISION
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: www.polimoda.com/en/courses.html
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