About Milano Fashion Institute

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, whose goal is the creation of a multi-disciplinary training center of excellence at an international level. 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. The creation of the Milano Fashion Institute promotes professionals that are formed on the basis of transversality and interdisciplinary of the Universities’ competences.

Milano Fashion Institute is therefore a unique initiative in Europe. The training programme involves academics and researchers in Economics and Management disciplines from Bocconi University, in Social Sciences and Communication from the Cattolica University, and in Technology and Design from Politecnico of Milan. 

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 creative, production and communication processes involved in fashion businesses

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.

In 2011 Milan Fashion Institute starts the internationalization process ofall the post graduate Masters. 
In 2012, the educational and didactic model of Milano Fashion Institute becomes a case studyand it is presented during the event "Designed Asia 2012", Hong Kong, a key international event for teachers, researchers, trend analysts and designers, organized by the Hong Kong Politecnico University School of Design. 

Attending a master of MFI provides a unique cultural, personal and professional opportunity to spend a whole year in Milan, one of the major world fashion capitals.

Education

The education provided by Milano Fashion Institute is based on the competence and experience of three of the most important Italian universities, which are also recognized as international centres of excellence, proposing an unprecedented integration of skills in the framework of Design, Management and Communication.

Programs proposed have been set up through a process of interaction and dialogue with the companies of the fashion system, and focusing on those professional profiles which have proved to be of great interest for companies represented by the leading trade associations involved in the project.

The goal of training is to enhance relations with the professional and entrepreneurial systems, which each of the three universities has consolidated in its own particular area. Specialization is the tool that lets new graduates dialogue with the job market in an immediately practical way, leading to the employment  in the best companies and encouraging an understanding of typical processes and operations in the sector.

The multidisciplinary approach and the level of specialization represent a source of competitive advantage for sector companies. Milano Fashion Institute Masters are also address to young professionals that are already employed in the sector. The specialized education makes it possible to understand operations down through the supply chain and increase the capacity of dialogue and competences in many corporate departments.

Find out more about our scholarships here: Milanofashioninstitute.com/scolarship

Milano

The strong ties between Milan and fashion, set up since the second half of the last century, are not represented exclusively by the boutiques and stores that are typical of the most cosmopolitan cities throughout the world. In fact, in Milan there are more than 600 showrooms and 3,000 fashion companies. Milan is also home to some of the most active and important public relations and advertising agencies internationally. And that's not all. In Milan and the surrounding province there are all the business that compose the fashion pipeline: photographers' studios, scouting agencies, production companies, the publishing system and some of the best known, most advanced and innovative distribution formats at global scale. Milan is also the city in which the most important industry associations have been set up, such as the National Chamber for Italian Fashion (CNMI) and the Italian Fashion System (SMI). 

More than a production and professional system, Milan is a global fashion stage: the fashion system's leading events, including Milano Collezioni, MIPEL (International Leather Goods Market), MIDO (International Eyewear Fair), MICAM ShoeEvent (International Footwear Fair), and Milano Unica (Italian Textiles Fair), act as a catalyst, drawing fashion sector operators from around the world throughout the year. 

Culturally-speaking, Milan is the city in which the Italian history is strongly present and, moreover, in which the Art is strongly linked to the cultural phenomena that characterize the contemporaneity, such as fashion and design themselves.The Scala Theatre, the Duomo, the Royal Palace, the Sforzesco Castle, the Arcimboldi Theatre, the Triennale Design Museum, the Brera Pinacoteca, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, the twentieth century Museum and the Fashion Museum of Morando Palace are the main symbols of an extensive system of cultural sites that host events and exhibitions throughout the year. 

At personal level, Milan offers many different leisure opportunities too: the restaurants and venues in Brera and along the Navigli canals, the boutiques in the fashion ‘Golden Quadrilateral' (the luxury retail district in the centre of Milan) and the mega-stores in corso Vittorio Emanuele, the showrooms of top contemporary design brands, the numerous events, like the International Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile) and Fuorisalone events, along with a a widespread network of small boutique that animate the life of many neighborhourds outside of the well known city center. Milan has also a sporting tradition rooted in the distant past, with teams that have won most titles at European and world level, in both major and minor sports. Finally, as well as being centrally located in Europe, Milan is Northern Italy's most important railway hub, with more than 80 km of metropolitan networks (and two more lines under construction) and 280 km of tram lines.

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What students think about Milano Fashion Institute

    Corinne Biasizzo, Alumna 2016 (Brand & Business Management) - Marketing & Communication Assistant, Moncler

    Milano Fashion Institute has contributed to my personal training giving me the opportunity to stay in an international environment and learning how to relate with people from all over the world.

    I understand how this international context is essential in order to learn how to relate with people with different thoughts and cultures, in fact the teaching method is very practical and focused on what we will find into the working world. This method allowed me to get prepared for the new and complex environment of the world of fashion: thanks to the valuable advices of the teachers, stress and difficulties are faced with a mature and correct approach.

    Moreover, I was lucky to start my internship very soon, before the end of the lectures’ period: my role is to follow the Marketing and Communication Director, coordinate the various departments (Press, Events, Digital, Corporate Image) and collaborate in various projects of different areas. At the beginning was six-months internship, subsequently they have interrupted the internship in order to hire me. Now my role is more defined and with more responsibilities that allow me to learn and grow both professionally and personally especially because I am still at the beginning of my career

    Viviana Sofia Duque, Alumna 2016 (Brand & Communication Management) - Press & Pr Assistant, Sergio Rossi

    Getting to know people from all over the world and working with them towards a common goal, was definitely the best part of MFI’S master. I think that sharing and brain storming with people that you’ve just met and that have different backgrounds not only cultural but professional is a challenge. Definitely is the most difficult part, but was also the one that taught me the most.

    About the internship experience, it was very different from what I expected,I had the opportunity and if I may say the privilege to make part of the PR office at Sergio Rossi, an Italian Company that produces first quality handmade shoes. It was a full immersion experience right from the beginning. I am working with 5 fantastic tutors that had taught me a lot and help me anytime with any question I have. Team work here flows with lots of harmony thanks to a great organization.

    So far so good, right now I am really looking forward to Milan’s fashion week and every experience that comes with it!

    Flavia Calisti, Alumna 2016 (Brand & Product Management) - Accessories Product Assistant, Jil Sander

    My experience at the MFI absolutely has helped the growth of my professional role. I could deepen known topics such as: Brand Management, Licensing, Fashion Marketing, Brand Communication, Brand Design, Merchandising & Pricing that I haven’t studied during my undergraduate. 

    I think it is important to have an overview of the fashion system: from the collection structure and product development up to the brand communication and product itself. In fact, to acquire the global knowledge of the dynamics and processes within a fashion company makes easier the dialogue between the various departments.

    My work experience was definitely the perfect end of my MFI course. I was lucky to find a challenging environment, where I was able to apply the knowledge gained during the months of lessons and acquire other competences. Generally speaking, 

    I am very satisfied about my MFI Master Program.

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