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Istituto Marangoni's semester-long programs are designed to expose visiting students to the excitement of the fashion world, while helping them develop the practical, creative, and business management skills necessary to flourish in this fast-changing global industry. Students choose from one of the following intensive tracks: Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Fashion Styling & Merchandising, Interior Design, Product Design, and Visual Design. All programs encourage participants to develop their own signature style or ‘visual language’, as well as broadening horizons for personal growth and future career development. Each block-style program yields a total of 15 credits per semester.
Application: now open
Closes: November 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Portfolio (see Academics)
Italian privacy consent form
January 11, 2021 – June 19, 2021
Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above.
Subject Experience: Students must have completed at least one year of a fashion-related program.
Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
English Language:* Non-native English speakers must prove a minimum B2 level proficiency (ELTS:6, TOFEL 80).
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Visiting semester students at Marangoni Milan select one of the following tracks:
This program covers skills in fashion illustration and garment construction, as well as investigating the engaging fashion industry through effective research, the basis to any fashion collection.
Fashion Design & Womenswear
This program focuses on femininity and the changing female silhouette, in order to inject creative flair in the competitive world of womenswear apparel. Classes in fashion illustration design, pattern making, and garment construction guide participants through various stages in the research, design, and style process.
Fashion Design & Accessories
This program teaches design techniques and production methods covering shoes, bags, and fashion collection design, improving skills in areas including illustration, and 2D / 3D design, and production processes and techniques.
This program covers skills in business strategy, digital luxury, and vision planning, as well as investigating the engaging fashion industry through effective creative research.
Fashion Business & Buying
This program covers skills in trends, branding and product lifecycle, as well as investigating contemporary product placement and management control, all within the fast paced fashion industry.
Fashion Business Communication & Media
Communicate, connect and create a ‘buzz’ with consumers through different media techniques and channels. This program looks at key issues in contemporary communication channels, including online and offline tools, video, and printed media using images and successful copy.
Fashion Styling & Creative Direction
This program further develops skills in styling and direction including graphic design, photography, production and set design, as well as broadening horizons for personal growth and future career development. This inspiring program encourages participants to develop new narratives to ensure that what goes in the fashion magazines, appears online or on the catwalk, communicates the right messages, at the right time, and to the right target audience.
Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising
Learn the ‘art’ of presenting products to ‘attract, captivate, & engage’, and ultimately sell to the fashion consumer. This semester course looks at the dynamics of communication including styling a product, in store display and layout, the use of POS, and successful product presentation.
Interpreting space for the way we live. This program takes a contemporary approach to design covering the main areas of contemporary lifestyle interiors: residential, commercial, retail, public spaces, and exhibition design. Participants investigate the ‘identity’ of the given space, taking on-board demands of physical wellbeing, as well performance needs of the space in question. This inspiring program aims to strengthen skills in interior design, combining technical aspects in construction with contemporary design elements, fundamental for the successful management and development of design proposals.
Designing luxury furniture, bespoke one-off items, or products for industrial design and commercialization. Courses in product design combine a mix of applied manual, technical and digital design skills in order to improve and develop creative talent in design processes, methods, and final product realization. Courses cover key subjects in design, trends, materials, and 3D modeling, as well as contemporary insights in the design process for example, the sociology of design, communicating design, and design anthropology; researching and developing innovative ideas that match the needs and requirements of a client brief, or for the final product user in contemporary design proposals.
Students are asked to include the following portfolio with their applications:
Courses & Schedule
Students choose one of several tracks (see Details & Program Overview) upon applying to the SAI program. Each track is made up of specific courses for a total of 15 credits. Course meeting times vary each week. Students receive a timetable of classes at orientation.
|November 15 2020
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|November 1 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.
|November 15 2020
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|December 1 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|January 11 2021
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Milan Linate Airport (LIN). SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
|January 18 2021
||Academic Orientation & Classes Begin|
|April 2 – 9 2021
||Spring Break (no class)|
|June 18 2021
|June 19 2021
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
|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
Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Milan
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$100 / course||$200 / course|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$600 / month||$1,000 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$250 / month||$350 / month|
|Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$250 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.
SAI welcomes students to Milan with aperitivi at one of the hidden and local trendy spots in the Navigli district.
Virtual Finding Your Feet Workshop
Meet with a local counselor who will shares tips for adjusting to life in a new culture.
Virtual Survival Italian Language
Get a head start on overcoming the language barrier! SAI offers Survival Italian lessons that cover basic conversation and useful phrases to start navigating your new home. Learn to ask for directions, shop with local fruit vendors or order a cappuccino at the local cafe. The lessons provide a practical and hands-on approach to learning Italian.
Duomo Rooftop and Milan Walking Tour
Students admire the architecture of the spire-laden Duomo up close as they walk among the buttresses and statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the rooftop. Following the tour, the group discovers the fashion district including the Galleria, Montenapoleone and La Scala.
Day Trip to Pavia
The group will explore the enchanting city of Pavia, full of history and monuments. The group will discover this beautiful city by foot admiring the Strada Nuova and Vittoria Square and then passing by the Visconteo Castle and the Covered Bridge. After a typical local lunch the students will head to explore one of the wonders of Italy: the Certosa di Pavia, the Carthusian Monastery and Complex.
Students will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine while creating their own antipasto, primo and dessert!
Wine Tasting in Franciacorta and Lake Iseo excursion
Students will learn about Italian sparkling wines in the Franciacorta region by visiting a local producer. After a guided tour of the wine cellars, the group will enjoy a light lunch accompanied by gorgeous award-winning wines. The day ends at Lake Iseo, the Pearl of Italy’s Lake District.
Visit to La Scala Opera House
SAI students get an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the most famous opera houses in the world, the Teatro della Scala. The group explores some of the history of this marvelous building, the famous people who have graced its stage and see the set design of the current show.
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.
Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.
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.