Masters Programs in Florence

Fashion, Design, Communication, Multimedia, and more. Most post-graduate courses – like those at the Florence Design Academy or Polimoda – are organized by private schools. The education level is generally excellent.

The University of Florence organizes post-graduate courses in many fields. Usually, quality is high and prices are lower than that of the masters programs in other cities. Professors are, in most cases, from the university, but courses are also held by professionals from all over Italy and around the world.

Another great post graduate course is the: Master in Comunicazione Strategica, offered by the Facoltà di Scienze Politiche.

Master and Summer Courses in Fashion Design, Marketing & Merchandising by Polimoda Florence

Polimoda is a centre of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented education. Listed in the BoF (The Business of Fashion) Global Fashion School Rankings 2016 as one of the 10 best fashion schools in the world, and first in Italy, with yearly enrolments of over 1500 students, of which 70% international students, thanks to its professional training by means of highly-specialized working and research methodology.

Non only a training center, but a creative campus, a meeting place for “visionaries” and opinion leaders from the fashion world, culture and education, Polimoda is an internationally recognized authority.

With headquarters in Florence, the new capital of international fashion and heart of the Made in Italy production, it’s a centre with the gene for Italian excellence, as well as an international vocation.

Founded in 1986 as part of an initiative conceived and financed by the Cities of Florence and Prato and fashion-sector trade associations, Polimoda boast of 30 years of experience in education specialized in the Fashion and Luxury fieldsFerruccio Ferragamo, president of the same company,  was appointed President of Polimoda in March 2006, enlightened entrepreneur and a name that represents the best of “Made In Italy” fashion worldwide.

Polimoda offers a wide range of didactic programs and masters providing high-level training of the major professional profiles requested by the sector, from creative to managerial and strategic professionals, in the areas of Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Art Direction and Design Management. Networking and ongoing interaction with fashion companies, a team of teachers composed of professionals and experts, and flexible, high-quality training able to respond to the fast moving fashion needs, are some of the added values that guarantee the  most up-to-date training  to stay astride with the professional world. It is not by coincidence that 88% of Polimoda graduates find employed within 6 months after finishing their studies, and that an increasing number of ex-students hold prestigious positions in major international brands or are among the emerging new talents in the fashion field.

Events, meetings, collaboration and appointments with keynote international speakers integrate the didactic programs giving precious testimonials and stimulating debates on key subjects of the sector. Always attentive to the development of talent, Polimoda dedicates numerous initiatives and events to highlight its best students, among which the Polimoda Fashion Show, important annual appointment with final collections of the fashion designers, and Business Links to promote encounters between graduating students and companies.

Two are the locations of the Institute: the historic complex of Villa Favard, headquarters of Polimoda in the heart of Florence, ideal location to host visionaries, managers and creative talents, thanks to its historic prestige and beauty  as well as its strategic position and intrinsic meaning for the City. The new Polimoda Design Labs in Scandicci, inaugurated in January 2015, is the “creative” facility of Polimoda, hosting laboratories  for design, sewing, knitting, fashion technology, footwear & accessories courses.

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IED Istituto Europeo di Design

Via M. Bufalini 6/r – 50122 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 29821

IED offers four masters courses:

  • Fashion and Events and Public Relations (in English)
  • Graphic Design (in English)
  • Arts Management (in English)

Lighting Design (in Italian)For the last fifty years, IED has educated generations of successful professionals in the fields of Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Management. Aninternational network of higher education, IED has campuses in Italy, Spain, Brazil, and China.

The IED Florence 2,380 square-meter campus opened in 2008, with the overall goal of educating highly-specialized individuals capable of raising the creative bar in Tuscany. They offer three-year bachelors, Masters, evening, custom, year-long and summer courses – in Italian and English.

Their innovative Florence program attracts young people from more than 90 countries, and works in collaboration with well-known Tuscan and International companies, as well as regional artisans; offering students internship opportunities and ensuring innovative, high-quality stimuli that’s always up-to-date in the evolving worldwide market.

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Florence Institute of Design International

Borgo Ognissanti, 9 – 50123 Florence
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The Florence Institute is an international school of Italian design providing both masters and undergraduate design courses. The Institute specializes in a wide range of courses of Graphic Design, Interior Design and Architecture for students from across Europe and around the world. We focus on today’s international students with all classes taught in the English language.

Located within an elegant setting in the center of Florence, our design school is an ideal place to study abroad. As a private Italian institution, quality education is provided as a result of professional staff, excellent resources and personalized instruction. The Institute’s philosophy is to provide a quality facility offering the highest level of education, and resources.

The Florence Institute’s courses teach the foundation of Italian design by combining modern technologies with Italy’s imaginative culture. The latest software is instructed and applied to challenging assignments that encourage creative thinking. Lessons in the Italian language are part of each student’s education.

Florence Design Academy


Via Martelli n. 4 – 50100 Firenze
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Florence Design Academy is the international school of interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and 3D graphics located in the heart of Renaissance.

The F.D.A. is one of the best and most futuristic design schools in Europe for its international award winning teachers and designers with amazing talent.
The school offers high quality equipment and the use of powerful and modern tools. All classes are held in English. The school also offers a free Italian Language course.

Masters Course List – Universita’ di Firenze

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A complete list of all the Master programs organized by the University of Florence. You’ll be surprised by the big choice of post-graduate courses in town! Political Science, Psychology, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Science, Philosophy, Agriculture and much much more