Master in Knitwear Design
Aimed at candidates who have previous undergraduate study in fashion design, or undergraduate studies in the field of textiles or proven work experience. The programme of study is designed to establish the role of specialists in knitwear for fashion, giving students in-depth knowledge of the raw materials, yarn weights and construction techniques, so that they can propose innovative solutions to trends in the specific sector. The presentation of a portfolio demonstrating competence in design and fashion communication or knowledge of the textile world and development of designs, is an important requirement for access to the master’s course.
Starting with the study of fibers and moving on to the construction of yarns, participants will learn about the characteristics and ‘behaviour’ of yarns and fabrics, studying the current trends in the fashion industry and the use and historical development of knitting.
Through real-world understanding of the industry, the participant will acquire the technical knowledge aimed at creating a collection of knitwear, including knowledge of knitwear, jacquard, pattern stitches, weights and their composition. The subsequent in-depth technical and analytical training students will acquire facilitates the development of contemporary proposals of knitwear and becomes a useful starting-point for the development of a design project for a company in the industry. Towards the end of the course participants will design, with the choice of appropriate yarns, a complete knitwear collection for menswear or womenswear. In the final stage of the course, the experience gained with the companies involved and the research methodologies acquired at the school will allow the candidate to develop a complete portfolio, giving them an opening to apply for professional work as a knitwear designer.
The fashion knitwear designer can work as a freelancer or in one of the many companies that specialise in the production of knitwear, multi-brands or other high-end luxury goods, brands within the ‘Made in Italy’ system. The profession of fashion knitwear designer is highly specialised for the fashion industry and such a professional can easily be placed in fashion forecast studios that study textiles for fashion trends or new developments in yarns. The knowledge and ability to create contemporary and fashionable knitwear, along with the knowledge of the technical characteristics of the raw materials, give the participants an excellent preparation for entry into the world of fashion.
- acquire knowledge of innovative ways of working in the knitwear sector;
- autonomously manage the creative impulse, keeping its origins intact and channeling it into the development of knitwear design, in line with global trends in the fashion industry;
- understand the most innovative software to be able to work with ease in the international fashion system;
- evaluate and manage a knitwear brand;
- develop the ability to do specific research for the knitwear industry.
- properties of knitwear
- knit for fashion
- collection building
- research methods
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