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Foundation year


Online or Blended


1 Academic year





Start date



Open enrolment

Class size

Max 15 students

Tuition fees


Objectives of the Foundation year

The Foundation year at IJAPP Milan has been specially designed to support your growth and development onto undergraduate studies in fashion, design and beyond. It also helps international students adjust to life in another country.

Students of this course usually continue their studies at degree level. The course is a perfect bridge towards further fashion studies as it introduces you to a range of essential knowledge, skills, and methods, preparing you for specialist degrees in fashion, art and design.

The extensive curriculum of the course ill widen your understanding of the fashion sector and provide many opportunities for putting your knowledge into practice through interactive practical workshops and guided trips to key fashion locations. You’ll also get to know Milan and discover what a stimulating, inspirational, and important place it is for studying fashion.

Your teachers will all be skilled professional with a wide range of experience within the fashion and luxury sector, and you’ll have full access to our student support and careers services.

Our Foundation year is dynamic, exciting, and varied. Areas covered on the course range from the history of art and design to drawing techniques, graphic design workshops to Italian language classes.


Certificate awarded by IJAPP upon successful completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary school (high school) diploma or equivalent
  • Suitable level of English

Please see How to apply for information on admissions procedures

Who is the Foundation Course for?

The Foundation Year is ideal for you if:

  • You don’t currently meet the entry requirements for studying a degree. In Italy you need to have completed at least 12 years of formal education in order to access bachelor's degrees. If you have studied for less than 12 years and need to complete an additional year of study, this course is for you.
  • You want to learn more about fashion and develop skills in this area, as well as learn Italian, either for personal/professional growth (for example as part of a gap year), or to be ready to embark on a longer-term fashion course.

Upon successful completion of this foundation year, students will be able to apply for bachelor’s degrees at IJAPP and other institutions.

This foundation year is accepted for degree-level study at IJAPP Milan and Rome as well as other institutions such as Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie in Rome, the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Sanremo, Link Campus University in Rome, and others. We recommend verifying with receiving institutions to ensure this foundation course can be recognised according to their individual admission criteria.

Teaching Method

At IJAPP you will be taught by working professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Our exclusive teaching method is dynamic and interdisciplinary. Lectures are combined with practical workshops and field trips to important industry locations.


Italian culture & history
Duration: 80 hours
Essential background knowledge of key moments in contemporary history and a special focus on Italian culture. The module will enhance your understanding and analytical skills as well as develop critical awareness and research ability.
Design history
Duration: 50 hours
A study of past and contemporary design techniques. You’ll also gain an understanding of the historical, social, artistic, and cultural evolution of design, including analysing relevant case studies.
History of ancient and modern art
Duration: 50 hours
This module provides an overview of the main ancient and modern artists beginning with the first recognised work of art up until the 18th century. You will also look at the relationship between art and design, which is an essential part of the course.
Drawing techniques
Duration: 50 hours
During this module, you’ll take a look at the main visual representation tools and methods for communicating themes and messages, and gain essential skills.
Italian language course
Duration: 200 hours
Opportunity to learn the Italian language within a fashion-focused environment. The course will bring you up to a B1/2 level (CEFR) of Italian, opening up further opportunities for work and internships within Italy.
Graphic design basic
Duration: 50 hours
This workshop covers the main software used for image manipulation and vector design.
Interactive visits
Duration: 20 hours
Guided visits to important fashion and design locations.

Careers and further study

This course will set you up for a variety of careers in the fashion and design industry and beyond.
The pre-degree course is designed as an entry route towards further undergraduate study in fashion and design in Italy and elsewhere.

Make your passion a profession


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