Fashion Styling Master’s Course
9 months

The Fashion Styling Master’s course is a breathtaking program to create the master of the image, who’s able to dictate visuals through understanding the language of today’s aesthetic paradigms and shape the collective imagination of tomorrow. This is an icon-maker, who works closely with designers, video-makers, photographers and artists.

Application Requirements
Completed online application
Personal statement
Curriculum vitae/resume
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

Degree Length
9 months

Application Deadline
December 1
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
March – November

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

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.

Digital Portfolio
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
Fashion Styling offers five in-depth modules: Styling a Collection, Still-life Styling, Digital Styling, Editorial Styling and Personal Styling. Each module is composed of dedicated classes and finishes with a project ready to present as a personal portfolio, thereby providing each student with a practical set of skills for the fashion industry.

This intensive specialization includes classes with resident teachers from the industry, international guest lecturers, a field trip to Paris or London, workshops, attendance to Milan/Florence fashion weeks, as well as the Venice Biennale and the regular use of a professional photography studio.

Lessons take place from April to December and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. English language proficiency and attendance are required.

Career Opportunities
A career as Fashion Stylist, whether within in a brand, a magazine, retail or freelance, requires organizational skills, research methodology, a sociological overview and understanding, taste for culture and subculture, with the propensity to perform a personal vision from the lucid dream that fuels creativity.

The Fashion Styling Master’s Course addresses the following subject areas:

Styling a Collection
Illustrate the inspiration, research and trends behind a collection; accessorize and package a collection by emphasizing its emotional value; create all the materials needed to present a collection to stakeholders.

Still-life Styling
Acquire the principles of camera settings and photo composition, the use of props, and learn to apply storytelling techniques in order to transform a simple fashion or luxury object into a must-have symbol.

Digital Styling
Create and manage the entire visual contents and look of a website; promote e-commerce websites through maximizing the visual impact; tell a story with differentiating messages across social platforms and blogs.

Editorial Styling
Design a photoshoot and coordinate the image development and selection; conceive and edit promotional images, advertising, advertorial and editorial; organize magazine content relating to the target audience.

Personal Styling
Create and provide consistency for an emerging or established designer’s image; curate a fashion, film, music or art celebrity through the management of their wardrobe and public appearances; create your own persona as successful stylist.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $140
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s diploma and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
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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
$950 $1,300
Visa & Permit to Stay Fees
$300 $300
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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Academic Master’s Diploma awarded by Polimoda
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

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.

Student Visas
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.