About Milano Fashion Institute

A qualified and unique learning experience, at an international level. Founded by the most important institutions of the city of Milan in 2007, Milano Fashion Institute is the University Institute for Higher Education in fashion, with a specific goal: the development of an interdisciplinary training centre of excellence.

Since its foundation, Milano Fashion Institute has been characterized by multidisciplinary didactic programs and by the unique faculty at an international scale: university professors of the Founding and Supporting Partners, managers of successful companies, together to integrate management, design and communication. Economics and management disciplines, social and communication sciences, technological and design disciplines, to lead junior professional among the most qualified in the field and appreciated by the Fashion and Luxury System. Attending Milano Fashion Institute represents a unique opportunity: on a professional level, thanks to the faculty, the Career Service, and the ministerial recognition of all the Masters, and on a personal level, living a whole year in Milan, the European capital of Fashion and Luxury, as well as the country's financial and entrepreneurial capital.

Milano Fashion Institute is therefore a unique initiative in Europe. 
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


Milano Fashion Institute is a non-profit inter-university institute for the realization of educational programs and scientific activities for the Fashion System. This has been possible through the creation of a reference centre for the entire sector on an international level.  Founded as an inter-university institute in 2007 by the most important Milanese Universities (Politecnico di Milano, Università Bocconi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) and Institutions (Municipality of Milan, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana), Milano Fashion Institute launched its first Master in 2009.

This first milestone has been followed by a series of initiatives in the next years, with a common goal: training innovative junior professional profiles. All of them have been immediately received with extraordinary favour by companies of the fashion and luxury systems. 

In 2011, the internationalization process of all post-graduate Masters began: the campus becomes a destination for international students from all over the world. 

In 2012, the educational and didactic model of Milano Fashion Institute becomes the object of study and is presented in Hong Kong in the occasion of "DesignEd Asia 2012", a key international event for teachers, researchers, trend analysts and designers, organized by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design. 

In 2015 the “Short Courses” and “Executive Programs” division was founded to respond to the business world on key and highly innovative issues: the integration with the entrepreneurial system consolidates even more. 

In 2020 the planning and training partnership with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana was born, after years of joint work with the Sustainability Committee, and the first university master in Product Sustainability Management is launched, a unique initiative on a global level. 

In the same year, the new Campus was opened, designed as a training and experiential place for an increasingly international student community.

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

MFI carries out excellent interdisciplinary training as it is supported by a Faculty belonging to three disciplines of fundamental importance in the fashion sector: Management, Communication and Design.

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

Milan, the most international city in Italy, is home to over 600 showrooms and 3,000 companies in the fashion system. Here you can find P.R. studios, and communication offices among the most active at the international level. And not only. All the componenets of the fashion supply chain are present in Milan and its province: photographic studios, scouting agencies, companies, publishing companies, all of them among the most advanced and innovative on a global scale. This is where the main industry associations are based, such as Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the Italian Fashion Chamber) and Confindustria Moda (Fashion Companies’ Federation).

A system that has become a pole of excellence all over the world.But not just professions and production. Milan is also the global show-case of fashion: the most important events, such as fashion weeks, and fairs, like MIPEL (International Leather Goods Market), MIDO (International Optics Exhibition), MICAM Shoes Event (International Footwear Exhibition), Milano Unica (Italian Textile Fair), catalyse the presence of operators abroad to the city.

Milan, called the "City of Fashion", which integrates fashion, design, art and culture, has been recognized as "the Capital of the Fashion Capitals". The city where history is present and rooted, where art is alive and closely connected to the cultural phenomena that characterize contemporaneity such as design. Teatro alla Scala, Duomo Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Sforzesco Castle, Cenacolo of Leonardo da Vinci, Arcimboldi Theater, Triennale Museum, Brera Art Gallery, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Museo del Novecento and the Fashion Museum of Palazzo Morando, are the main symbols of an extensive system of places and inspirations unique in the world. Together with contemporaneity: from the Prada Foundation, to Armani / Silos, to MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures.Milan is also the metropolis, among the safest in Europe, which offers opportunities for entertainment: restaurants and clubs of Brera and Navigli district, boutiques of the Quadrilatero della Moda district, the department stores of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the most important showrooms, and the events of the Open City, such as the Salone del Mobile and the Fuorisalone.

In the centre of Europe, 5th largest city in the European Union, 6th for the number of visitors, with the most important railway hub in Italy, over 97 km of underground networks, 10 lines (and two new lines under construction), and 280 km of tram lines, is the first city in Italy for university studies, the first publishing and journalistic city. On a professional level, not only does it boast the highest employment rate in Italy and among the highest in Europe, but it is the first city in terms of commercial activity, average per capita income, and registered patents, and third in terms of attracting talent.


Milan, the epicentre of opportunities and innovation.

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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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