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Fashion Retail Management is a Master’s program aimed at forming a retail shopping experience professional and is operated in partnership with Gucci. This course integrates teaching about human behavior with all the necessary tools of management, including; finance, operations, distribution, buying, merchandising, floor management, product communication and commercial direction.
Completed online application
Digital portfolio (see Academic Info)
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
Interview with course leader
9 months; April intake
December 1, 2021
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Mid March 2021 – Late November 2021
Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5.6+ or equivalent.
Students must submit a digital portfolio as part of their completed application. The portfolio should accurately reflect the applicant’s current skill level and creative identity. In addition, the portfolio should be adapted to the specific program of interest.
Master’s Course Details
This Master’s program is taught by resident teachers from the industry with the direct intervention of professionals from Gucci. It gives access to international guest lectures and includes two field trips within the Florentine brand, including a flagship store. Throughout the 9 months of study, students work on two main projects, a Mid-term Project and a Final Project, which will form part of their portfolio that can then be used when applying for internship and job opportunities.
Lessons take place from April to December, and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Candidates will be selected after an enrolment questionnaire and an interview with the course’s leading teacher.
Based on individual character and the skills acquired, graduates from Fashion Retail Management can aim for a career as a Retail Manager, Store Manager, Sales Manager, Retail Buyer, Merchandising Manager or Distribution Manager.
Modules include: Craft to Business, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Operations, Product Communication, Retail Management, Fashion Buying & Merchandising, Elements of E-Commerce, Fashion Business Administration, Fashion Legal Affairs, Customer Relationship Management, Store Concepts & Trends, and Consumer Behavior.
|December 1 2020
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
|December 17 2020
||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|January 16 2021
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|Mid March 2021
||Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Florence independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in includes a brief program orientation.
||Final Projects End|
|Late November 2021
||Graduation & Program End|
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, Master’s diploma and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Florence
|Visa & Permit to Stay Fees
|Books, Course Fees & Supplies
||$50 / course||$100 / course|
SAI can provide recommendations.
|$1,200 / month||$2,500 / month|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$650 / month||$800 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$300 / month||$400 / month|
|Transportation within Florence
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$175 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 or more days are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.