Istituto Marangoni, Milan
Summer 3 weeks I 2021
5 credits

Istituto Marangoni's (IM) summer intensive programs invite students from all over the world to experience the thrill of studying fashion in Milan, the capital of “Made in Italy”. Participants explore various aspects of the fashion industry while honing specific professional skills in one of the world’s most dynamic fashion capitals. Students enroll in one course for a total of 5 US credits. Courses are offered in Fashion Design, Fashion Styling, Fashion Business, Interior Design, Product Design, and Graphic Design.

Application: closed
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form


  • Due to COVID-19 outbreak, SAI has will not reopen Milan programs this Summer. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss your options.
  • Study in one of the world’s great design capitals.
  • Enjoy access to Marangoni’s globally-recognized faculty of instructors and fashion professionals.

Program Dates
June 18, 2021 – July 10, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore or above (at least 2 completed semesters at application).

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (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

Fashion Business
Fashion Design
Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Product Design

Fashion Business

5.0 Credits
Communication & Media | Course #: FB FB 310 | Open
This course provides an opportunity to understand the exciting role of the Fashion Buyer and the fashion buying process. Participants gain an overview of its management and key procedures through a broad agenda covering supply chain, sourcing, retail merchandising, trend analysis, sales analysis, stock planning and forecasting. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the world the fashion buying, and understand exactly how fashion buyers work, and ‘buy’, for different customers and targets.

Week 1
The aim of the first week is to understand the retail buying process and the responsibilities, skills and personality traits needed to become a successful buyer. Participants will be introduced to topics including: line staff organization, department / independent store organizational models, centralized buying and merchandising schemes, consumer research and market segmentation techniques. Participants will also be introduced to trend analysis and its impact on merchandise planning (forecasting), and defining customer needs.

Week 2
The second week focuses more on trends, the potential of branding, and influence of communication in the buying arena. Participants will be introduced subjects such as a successful merchandise mix, planning the selection of brands and designers, exclusive merchandise, as well as assortment planning including quality, price ranges, style, color, material, size and fit, and stock and inventory control systems. In addition participants will evaluate the impact of buying decisions on visual merchandising and in store communication, and vice-versa the impact of communication on sales.

Week 3
The final week of the course looks at key aspects of analysis and control, fundamental to the fashion buyer’s decision making. Participants are shown timelines and sales cycles and learn key notions related to; planning within a retail organizational structure, managing the merchandise planning process, developing sales projections and an analysis of past sales reports to make future decisions. They will also gain an insight into planning prices including mark up and mark down, sales objectives and goals, and how to manage sales in store via store layout and visual merchandising.
Contact Hours: 80
5.0 Credits
Communication & Media | Course #: FB MK 300 | Open
Learn some of the key marketing and communication strategies for international ‘high-end’ consumers in the luxury fashion and design industries. On this course participants discover how companies determine the best marketing strategies of luxury brands and products by understanding the power of communication, the seduction of the brand, and the creation of ‘aspirational desire’ necessary to successfully market to consumers of luxury.

Week 1
Participants begin by looking at the role and responsibilities of the Marketing Manager of top luxury companies, learning how they optimize economic, distribution, and production aspects of luxury products through successful communication and digital marketing methods. The course looks at how luxury companies communicate to the target audience, as well as communicate brand awareness above and beyond their target group.

Week 2
The course moves quickly onto fashion advertising, public relations and visual display in both traditional and online media, giving participants key tools to communicate an authentic, aspirational and emotional message, aimed at sustaining and consolidating a luxury brand image. The impact of social media has changed the face of communication and participants will also evaluate the impact of new media and viral platforms – key to the success of luxury brands today.

Week 3
Further research into the history of luxury in fashion and design, the influence of the contemporary fashion panorama on style concepts, and current issues in sustainability are also crucial to maintaining and promoting luxury to consumers; a unique target audience, fully in tune with economic and sustainable issues, influences from the latest fashion trends, as well as cultural and social trends. At the end of the course participants will be able to evaluate and propose action in marketing plans in order to turn luxury services and goods into new iconic objects of prestige and desire.
Contact Hours: 80
5.0 Credits
Communication & Media | Course #: FB SM 300 | Open
Connect to the exciting world of fashion online. This course looks at the influence and impact of social media and the phenomenon of fashion blogging within the fashion and luxury industries. Participants discover how fashion companies are integrating bloggers, influencers, and social media experts into their organizations, to promote brand visibility, and use social media's interactive user's potential as a powerful means of communication. They will learn about the role of social media marketing, its influence on the relationship between brands and their customers and how communication has changed over time through social networks, online magazines, webinars, weblogs, social blogs, forums and wikis, to name just a few. The course provides an international overview of activity, traits and trends of a successful fashion blog.

Week 1
During the first week participants become familiar with various social media platforms and digital communication strategies of the most significant and influential fashion and luxury brands. They move onto discover trends in the digital marketing field and the methods applied to increase brand awareness, brand image and brand loyalty. National social media channels in countries such as China, Japan and Russia are also covered, key markets for the fashion and luxury. During the first week participants will also be introduced to the key notions of fashion blogging in order to understand its interaction in fashion communication, and its influence in the fashion business.

Week 2
During the second week the course focuses on the concept of omnimarketing, looking further into the main principles of direct marketing, e-commerce, link building techniques and SEO. The role of Google and other Search Engines is also evaluated, together with web listening techniques and online storytelling. Participants look at how campaigns maximize engagement and increase customer loyalty, and determine the matrix for analyzing the efficiency of the social media strategy.

Week 3
The third week will be dedicated to building a professional, up-to-date fashion blogging toolkit including copy techniques and digital visual skills. Participants will receive a formal introduction to content and work actively on case histories and applications with a focus on platforms, devices and techniques used in fashion blogging to craft a positive message. Likewise, copy techniques employed in the fashion blogging process from fashion writing, to hashtags and SEO copy are evaluated. In order to measure progress in fashion blogging participants also take a look at coverage, engagement, KPI and applications, creating a full glossary of fashion blogging today.
Contact Hours: 80
5.0 Credits
Fashion Business | Course #: FB FB 300 | Open
Fashion brand and collection positioning, management skills for a fashion business plan, competitor analysis, luxury brand structure and sales capacity; these are just some of the important business practices introduced in this short course.

Week 1
Participants begin with an analysis of economic and social trends: understanding economic and social evolution and how this influences fashion consumption. The week also includes new markets and how fashion can evolve in them through expansion strategies: new brands, luxury brands and distribution chain stores, as well as style comparison.

Week 2
This week covers an overview of fashion: textiles, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, eyewear and jewelry. Participants will look at critical factors defining the success of some leading Italian brands such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, including commercial international distribution chain stores such as Zara and H&M, and sportswear chain stores for example Nike. Product placement via competitor analysis is also explored.

Week 3
The objective of week 3 is to understand and identify the different distribution channels, together with a focus on e-commerce in fashion. Participants look at key marketing practices including product life cycle, function and definition of price points. Integrated communication investigates key notions in brand identity, brand image and brand equity, licensing and the importance of branding. Participants use their knowledge gained in the previous weeks, via a vocational learning approach, to work on an individual marketing plan for a chosen designer or collection.
Contact Hours: 80

Fashion Design

5.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FD FD 300 | Open
This short course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design, how to formulate ideas and translate them into a visual representation. Participants will be introduced to key notions in the fashion design process, to basic drawing and illustration techniques, and the study of trends. The course also explores the role of the fashion designer with participants working on creative research for an individual design collection via a vocational learning approach.

Week 1
The start of the course introduces fashion drawing and design techniques followed by an analysis of the founding principles of developing a fashion collection including: silhouette, colour charts, fabrics and accessories, right through to the design and creation of outfits. Participants are then introduced to the silhouette, colour palettes, the appropriate use of fabrics, and the principle financial considerations of designing for fashion.

Week 2
Starting from creative research to foster personal inspiration, participants are guided to develop basic silhouettes and coordinate outfits with fabric and colour selection. The focus on trend research looks into its origins together with market relevance, and a brief analysis on how trends influence a contemporary collection.

Week 3
Based on inspiration linked to a selected theme, participants put together a basic fashion design collection supported by appropriate technical information, including colour charts, inspirational materials or mood board. Participants put into practice the acquired knowledge from the previous weeks and prepare a presentation of their work as a basic collection portfolio, to receive a final holistic critique.
Contact Hours: 80

Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising

5.0 Credits
Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising | Course #: FS FB 300 | Open
This dynamic short course focuses on image and the development of style in fashion together with key business practices that work hand in hand to drive the success luxury brands. By understanding both the role and influence of the fashion stylist within a business environment, participants gain a unique insight into the real influence and ‘power’ of image within the fashion industry.

Participants learn how to evaluate, enhance and complement physical characteristics to develop an individual style and put together of a ‘total look’. Taking forward their own styling ideas they are introduced to the business of ‘style’; fashion brand identity, brand image and collection positioning, competitor analysis, and merchandising are just some of the issues addressed.

Week 1
The first week begins with an overview of economic and social trends. Understanding economic and social evolution and how this influences fashion consumption is an important part of this course. Participants study and explore key periods in history that represent past, present styles, future fashion trends and the elements that characterize and influence them. Furthermore, in order to understand the role of the stylist participants will be guided in sourcing and collating information from research tools such as books and fashion magazines and through specific virtual domains relevant to fashion and luxury.

Week 2
This week begins with an overview of the fashion & luxury industries including for example: textiles, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, eyewear and jewellery. Participants take a look at critical factors defining the success of some leading Italian and international brands as well as brand image. At this point in the course participants also begin to bring together their research from the previous week to define a particular individual style as well as conducting iconographic research, and understanding key notions in photo shoot planning and narrative.

Week 3
In the last week participants look at key practices in the marketing and communication of image and style, as well as key components in distribution, product lifecycle, and price points. They evaluate the impact of style on consumer activity, merchandising and sales, both offline and online, and apply their knowledge to develop a basic illustrated marketing plan. Participants are also able to bring together their style research (the importance of colour, silhouette, accessories and their combination) and present an individual style concept linked to their marketing proposal, collating their work for presentation in an individual stylebook.
Contact Hours: 80
5.0 Credits
Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising | Course #: FS FM 300 | Open
Discover the creative techniques of visual merchandising and visual display used to maximise the profitability of a window display or of a retail store. This short course teaches the fundamentals of fashion visual merchandising from displaying and styling a fashion product, to designing a store window and in-store installation. The course also explores the fundamental aspects of consumer behavior, key to creating a unique buying experience for every customer, and to building a loyal customer base.

Week 1
Participants will be introduced to visual merchandising by exploring its role within the current fashion retail market, as well key visual communication strategies employed to attract the customer and promote a sale. External store communication will identify some of the key design methods used in facades, access, and windows. In the first week focus is on researching successful and alluring displays, and the distinctions between presenting for commercial retail stores and luxury markets or boutiques.

Week 2
This week looks in more detail at image, layout, and the window display. Internal visual merchandising communication strategies will be introduced investigating key methods of store layout and in-store design in terms of props, fixtures and materials. Display methods utilising styling, space assignment according to sales objectives, and the importance of product grouping will also be introduced. Throughout the course participants will also gain a broad overview into the importance of branding to further understand consumer engagement.

Week 3
The final week focuses on the product including levels of display and sales, and further investigates the retail experience from a consumer perspective. Participants will expand their understanding of visual merchandising by exploring retail concepts and strategies that embrace both digital and physical mediums to promote the ‘brand experience’. The final week also covers the importance of customer loyalty, after sales techniques and the overall ‘customer experience’. During the course participants will have the opportunity to develop a basic visual research folder with design boards, and understand the rationale behind key visual merchandising concepts.
Contact Hours: 80

Graphic Design

5.0 Credits
Digital Graphic Design | Course #: GD GD 300 | Open
This course provides essential knowledge of digital graphic techniques, demonstrating the processes needed to develop graphic contents at a professional level, from the idea to the final layout. Through the learning and applications of basic functions of the Adobe Creative suite CC software participants will carry out a series of digital graphics contents. The course explores the world of digital communication through the analysis of the new ways of using graphic content and the evolution of publishing in the digital age. In the communication sector, where digital contents dominate, graphic design is increasingly important. Graphic design skills are also essential for the new online communication professions and job opportunities.

Week 1
The first week of the course provides participants with digital graphics basics in order to develop and present their ideas. Using the software Adobe Photoshop CC, participants will learn key skills to represent their projects. Adobe Photoshop CC will be presented as a tool for processing images, from composition to selection, export and printing. In addition to practical lessons on image editing techniques, theoretical photography lessons will also be held, where the impact of technologies and new media in the production of digital images will be explored. Workshop: participants will choose a theme on which they will create a basic mood board using specific tools.

Week 2
In the second week, the course basic theoretical and practical tools for the application of vector graphics used in different contexts of visual communication will be presented. During the practical lessons, the participants will create a series of pictograms/ideograms to be applied in different visual contexts. As part of the design approach, several case studies will be analysed, allowing participants to understand the interrelation between design techniques, synthesis, graphic style and visual coherence. The tools used are Adobe Creative Suite CC software in particular Illustrator, specific software for vector graphics and illustration. Workshop: participants will choose a theme and will represent it through a project of fundamental vector graphics.

Week 3
The third week of the course presents the basic theoretical and practical tools to understand the fundamentals of layout design and type usage. Furthermore, participants will learn how to design a multipage layout, the use of grid systems and visual hierarchies through the realization of a simple editorial project. In parallel to the practical activities, theoretical introductory lectures will be held on web design, with a focus on aspects of UX design and UI design. Participants will be introduced to and explore how to develop work with Adobe InDesign, a professional software used in the graphic industry.

Workshop: participants will develop a simple ebook editorial project fo new digital media.

Contact Hours: 80

Interior Design

5.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: ID ID 310 | Open
This short course will guide participants through the latest fashionable trends in contemporary interior design. It encompasses the definition of a style through an interior design scenario, helping participants to improve their aesthetic sense and skills in décor. This course will challenge participants’ ability to interpret the world of interiors and home collection, their use of complementary styles, colours and lighting effects via a vocational approach to learning.

Week 1: Participants are introduced to the planning of an interior design space through an analysis of contemporary trends in the industry, and to the use of innovative project planning and presentation techniques. They gain an understanding of which styles and aesthetic languages are more appropriate for high-end residential interiors, and how the use of creatively researched elements and images can contribute to elaborating a concept.

Week 2: Participants work on the creation of a project for an interior space with an analysis of the materials to be used, highlighting appropriate colour schemes to create harmony for a contemporary ambiance. They will gain an overview of the latest design
products, together with an understanding of the evolution in contemporary home design. Analysis of furnishing and lighting further assists in understanding the importance of aesthetic perception and style applied to the interior design space.

Week 3: In the final week, participants further explore lighting design solutions used to create spaces with a unique atmosphere. They will aim to create a final design proposal that defines each aspect of the project process based on an understanding of the concept of global luxury lifestyle. The proposal will be the culmination of the first two weeks of activity and will be supported with the presentation of a final interior project layout.
Contact Hours: 80

Product Design

5.0 Credits
Product Design | Course #: PD PD 300 | Open
This exciting short course explores the contemporary design field. The lifestyle and client demands of today’s market signify a greater need for products that serve a specific function but which are, at the same time, aesthetically seductive and contemporary in feel. This course gives participants insight into and experience of what product design is today, offering an overview of the stages and activities involved. They will have the opportunity to understand the main processes of a new product from concept design through to manufacturing, prototyping and marketing. This course will allow the participants to gain ability and knowledge of how to transform an idea into a product.

Week 1
Milano is an international centre of design and each year the world gravitates towards the anticipated events of the Salone del Mobile and Fuori Salone. An examination of the latest products presented in the past Milan Design Week will be the starting point for the participants to gain a familiarity with the importance of Made in Italy, its language and context. The culture of design is, however, a global phenomenon, and the course also aims to inform participants of other aesthetic design languages that inform and influence the contemporary landscape of design. The course introduces participants to an approach of critical analysis of international design, in order to support professional activities in the design field or simply to satisfy the curiosity about the way we live and how designers work today.

Week 2
The participants will be introduced to the beginning stages of the design process through the techniques and practical methods commonly used in design research. Participants will learn how to structure and analyse a design brief, identify the needs of end-users, and create a product proposal. Participants will begin the creative design process by analyizing existing conditions and products that will form the foundation of their concepts and then will proceed to understanding the development phase.

Week 3
The final week looks at the development and definition of the concept design of the product. Analysis of the main stages of the design process as well as production criteria and considerations will be addressed. This deepens understanding of the activities necessary to define a number of different viable conceptual schemes that meet the needs of the product. Participants will also be able to identify appropriate manufacturing processes and materials to their own designs.
Contact Hours: 80

Courses & Schedule & Registration
Students select one course during the application process. Course times will be announced at orientation in Milan.

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 15 2021
Application Closes
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)
April 4 2021
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.
April 19 2021
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.
May 4 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
June 18 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.
Coming soon
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 21 2021
IM Orientation & Courses Begin
July 9 2021
Courses End
July 10 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
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
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

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,800
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

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.

Welcome Event
SAI welcomes students to Milan with aperitivi at one of the hidden and local trendy spots in the Naviglio district.

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.

Lake Como Day Trip
Students take a break from the bustling city of Milan and head to nearby Lake Como, which has been a popular retreat for the wealthy since Roman times. The group takes in the beautiful scenery on a boat ride backdropped by the snow-capped Alps, and then takes the funicular for a beautiful view of the lake and Bergamo Alps.

Farewell Event
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, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom 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. 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.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

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.