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
Accademia d'Arte AD'A was founded by Art Academy of Florence's graduates. Courses include art and culture from foreign and Italian students. Located in Florence, the school is open at any given time during the year. Surrounded by historic museums, students have the advantage to be near master pieces from which they can learn a great deal of abilities.
Courses last as long as the students has time to stay in the country. Not only will students come and study, but they will also have the opportunity to get to live a new culture.
Ancient painting techniques
The course introduces to the students the painting techniques practised between 1300 and 1500; also the study of the major works of the period from Giotto to Leonardo and Michelangelo. The knowledge gained will be put into practice by the copying of two paintings in order that the student may learn the fundamental techniques used; such as egg tempera, gold leaf, up to an including oil colours. The entire process for the realization of complete paintings will be put into practice, from the preparation of the supports to the final glazing.
The theoretical part of this course envisages the introduction to the painting techniques from 1300 to 1500 by the reading of the "Libro dell'arte" (Book of Art) of Cennino Cennini, 14th painter and theoretician and also lessons in base material, preparation of gesso, the composition of colours and paints.
The practical part starts with the preparation of the base material and finishes with the completion of a copy. A series of conferences and guided visits to museums will round off the course.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of new art languages by the study of new materials and contemporary art techniques.
In the theoretical part, besides dealing with the historical and aesthetic aspects of visual perception, through works of critics, philosophers (Gombrich and Arnheim) and artists (Klee, Kandinsky) we introduce students to the artistic avant garde from the early 20th century until the latest trends, until the point is reached where the student can analyze the newest materials available and the new technologies for base materials, the composition of artistic colours and industrial colours.
In the practical part of the course, from the study and use of base materials ( canvas, wood, metals, plastic materials) , traditional and industrial colours, the student is introduced to the use of mixed techniques, such as sponging, printing,natural and industrial materials, with the aim of encouraging the development of a personal language.
The aim of this course is to transmit the techniques necessary to solve the problems of the image by studying the main specialities of photography, such as "photoreportage" , still life, landscape, the portrait, the reproduction of works of art, fashion and artistic photography, thereby enabling the student to develop a personal style and an individuality., thus preparing him for the profession.
The course caters for two levels, basic and advanced.
Amongst the themes which will be developed in the Basic Course are:- the initial use of the camera (diaphragm, timing, depth), framing ( composition and perspective), use of natural light, interiors and exteriors , and the different types of film.
Amongst the themes developed in the advanced course are:- depth of field, the controls and the effects of natural light, the techniques of artificial illumination, flash, use of a set of lenses, the dark room, and colour. Both these courses are reinforced by history lectures and analysis of photography.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of various materials such as charcoal and "sanguigna" in order to enable him to recognize form and graphite ( pencil) in order to deepen his work by the technique of chiaroscuro.
These techniques will be put into practice by studying the forms of still life and of live models. During the course, pen and ink will be utilized and the use of colour will be introduced by the addition of pencils, chalks and pastels.
The course includes theory and a series of interesting visits to museums and collections of drawings and graphics.
The course consist in a route through the artistic movements from Middle Age to Nineteen century.
A particular reference will be done at the artists of the florentine school, from Giotto to Masaccio, from Leonardo to Michelangelo and Raffaello, until Fattori and Signorini, contemporaries of French impressionists.
The course will be integrated by visits in museums, where will be possible to admire the masterpieces
During the course the teacher will furnish the basis of the most known etching techniques and the printmaking.
The printing is the result of an impression.
This is what distinguish an etching from a drawing or a painting. It's also the reason you can reproduce the printing in more exemplary.
There are various materials for etching and various are the techniques: from dry point on zinc to acquaforte on copper until xylograph on wood (xylem=wood).
This course allows the student to choose between a wide variety of techniques and media, including clay modelling, marble sculpture and wood cut.
According to the student’s level of study and course selection, the student may choose to concentrate on a specific technique or may choose to diversify techniques and materials.
At the beginning of the course there will be an introduction to functional drawing for sculpture used in connection with the various techniques.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of fashion. Following an initial project in which they research visual materials, the students will design their own personal collection.
Close attention will be given to the sketches for designs of accessories, purses, backpacks and shoes, as well as to the overall presentation of collection plans.
The students must realize a prototype, they will be introduced to various techniques of artisan and industrial production of myriad items of clothing and accessories. In addition, the students will study the different typologies of materials used in production.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of the fundamental techniques of the ceramic manufacturing, such as the bas-relief and the three-dimensional techniques; to the study and execution of the different painting and decoration techniques of the ceramic, besides to the analysis of the composition with the different kinds of the ceramic mixing.
With the knowledge acquired during the course, the student shall have the basis to create autonomous pieces that stimulate their own creativity and the personal style, combining together different techniques.
The theoretical and practical development of the lessons will be held with by bibliographic texts, photographies, visits to the main museums of Florence and with the possible visits to some ceramic factories to observe the production process.
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