Did you know that Milano Fashion Institute is an interuniversity consortium for the higher education in the fashion industry founded in 2007 by three Milan universities: Bocconi University, Cattolica University and Politecnico of Milan? Yes, that’s right! These three universities have a primary role in the international university scene, drawing on consolidated experience in the research and training activities for businesses in the fashion sector in the fields of management, communication and design. Milano Fashion Institute promotes professionals that are formed on the basis of transversality and interdisciplinary of these Universities’ competences.
Let’s go more to deep, how are these Universities?
Politecnico of Milan
Politecnico of Milan provides education in the fashion sector through its Design Faculty, Europe’s largest design school by number of students and teachers, as well as in terms of educational and research resources. It offers Bachelors and Masters of Science in Fashion Design, with a faculty that embraces not only competences in the field of garment design, but also accessories, packaging, communication and retail.
Interdisciplinary departments draw on the services of lecturers and researchers working in the fields of science and technology, economics and management, and historical. In 2007 Politecnico launched a joint project with the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, involving numerous shared activities for teachers and students of both the Universities, confirming the institution’s strong international orientation, which it has already consolidated through relations with leading fashion design schools around the world. In addition to teaching, extensive research activity is performed in the fields of textiles, apparel, accessories, communication and retail, with contributions from major public institutions and private companies.
From several years the Bocconi University has been building up an extensive programme of research and management training in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle industry, through an inter-disciplinary faculty in which internal academic teachers are supplemented by external personnel with professional backgrounds.
One important qualifying aspect of this work is the intensity of relations with businesses and institutions in the sector, which alongside educational activities, makes it possible to organize internships, field projects, thesis projects, testimonials, research and job placements. Taken together, these constantly feed a knowledge base without equal at Italian and international levels.
Cattolica University works in the fashion industry through scientific and educational activities of its Centre for the Study of Fashion and Cultural Production (Modacult). The Centre, which was established in 1996, has an international reputation for sociological studies addressed to fashion, which is analysed in terms of the communication practices that take place throughout the entire pipeline, from design and production, to distribution, promotion and consumption phases. The center organizes a Master course in “Communication for the culture industry”, in which fashion plays a key role. For the research and educational activities, the Centre has established stable relationships with companies and other organizations working in the fashion industry, at various stages in the supply chain, broad-based international fashion studies network.
...and the cool thing? Where is it?
The cool thing is the double degree.
Yes, because MFI issues, in addition to the MFI diploma, the first level University Master, recognised worldwide, by the Politecnico of Milan.
The diploma by Politecnico of Milan has the value of 60 training credits, useful for each course of study. The double degree is one of the many added values that Milano Fashion Institute offers to its students. The additional diploma has no additional costs, and students are also supported step by step during the enrollment. Usually, programs in the fashion industry involve only one or two of these disciplines and therefore have difficulty introducing students to the huge range of issues raised by the entire design, production, creative, marketing and communication process of fashion and lifestyle products.
The didactical activity of Milano Fashion Institute, on the other hand, sets out to provide students with the specialist interdisciplinary skills they need to manage effectively the entire design, production and communication process of fashion products.
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