Fashion 4.0 Course


Program Description

Digital Manufacturing for Fashion

Innovation for the fashion system, one of the key sectors of the Italian economy, doesn’t depend only on product innovations, but the role that new digital technologies have applied to design and production processes is increasingly crucial. Industry 4.0, or smart manufacturing, is called the fourth industrial revolution because it can substantially redefine the way in which designers and companies work and respond to the changing needs of the market and consumers.

Thanks to the participation of professors and professionals of the field, the "Fashion 4.0" course faces up to the themes dedicated to new digital technologies applied to the fashion industry processes aimed at supporting all phases of the creative and production process, from design to 3D printing.

Industry 4.0, the trend that will most influence the future of the fashion economy, is configured as the tool to revise the traditional production processes, renewing them and helping to increase the competitiveness of Italian fashion companies.

In particular, the course is dedicated to the following topics:

  • the fashion system today, between innovation and tradition
  • fashion and digital technologies
  • application of the main software programs in the field of fashion: virtual prototyping, three-dimensional scanning, CAD, 3D modeling, additive printing technologies

The course will be carried out through theoretical lessons, a workshop for the digital design of a fashion accessory and a workshop for 3D printing.

Key facts

  • Director: Alba Cappellieri
  • End of registration: 23 December, 2019
  • Lectures’ start: 3 February, 2020
  • Lectures’ end: 28 February, 2020
  • Duration: 4 weeks, 120 hours
  • Frequency: 80% of overall classes is the minimum required to get the certificate
  • Location: Milan, Campus Bovisa Politecnico
  • Value of the course: €2.400 (VAT 22% included)

A reduction of the economic value equal to the 20% for Students and Alumni MFI is provided, while seats last.

The Course is in Italian.

During the whole course, an Italian - English bilingual Teaching Assistant is available for foreign students during the project and print workshops.

Course Description

Students will learn design methodologies that involve the use of the latest generation of innovative digital technologies. The course includes theoretical lessons, exercises, practical experiments and design workshops aimed at deepening the different phases of designing fashion products, from the conception phase to the 3D printing phase.

Students will explore 3D scanning methods, will learn the limits and advantages of the different devices. Part of the course will then be dedicated to experimentation with software for digital modeling, CAD drawing and 3D modeling. Students will be able to physically prototype products using additive printing and laser cutting technologies.

Once the theoretical and technical bases for the use of digital technologies have been learned, students will be encouraged to develop original projects in the fashion product field, implementing the knowledge acquired through the design and 3D printing workshops.


The “Fashion 4.0” course is carried out by the Milano Fashion Institute Faculty, composed of academics and practitioners with different backgrounds: fashion design, mechanical engineering and business management of the fashion system, and is carried out in collaboration with leading professionals and companies of the sector. A multidisciplinary team guarantees the most complete understanding of the topics covered

Educational goals

The course aims to prepare students for the world of work through the development of projects whose briefs are set and formulated similarly to those at the forefront of the industry.

The course aims to train professionals able to manage the different phases of the design process in the fashion product in an innovative way.

The preliminary objective of the course is to provide students with useful knowledge to use virtual scanning tools, 3D design software and production technologies through additive printing applied to the sector. The ultimate goal is to be able to digitally design fashion products and manage modeling and production processes.

Why take this course

Today digital technologies are increasingly used in many production sectors and are profoundly changing the entire supply chain. Their application to the field of fashion is a reality. The new designers must adapt to the change taking place: today designing means not only having creativity but also knowing how to use the right tools. This course allows you to develop useful skills for working in the fashion industry 4.0.

Teaching Model

The educational model is composed as follows:

  • Theoretical lessons in the classroom
  • Exercises
  • Project and Prototyping Workshops

Traditional in classroom lectures are alternated with case discussions, meetings with professionals of the sector, classroom exercise activities and design workshops.

At the end of the course, an MFI certificate is delivered to each student.


The course is structured in 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Fashion System in the Digital Era
  • Module 2: Digital Tools for Fashion
  • Module 3: Project Workshop
  • Module 4: Digital Prototyping Workshop

Selection process

The selection process will be based on the evaluation of the CV and the application form.


To apply for admission, the candidate must:

  1. Fill the online application form, available on
  2. Attach the CV in European format in the online application form, available on

After receiving the documents, Milano Fashion Institute will inform the applicant on the selection final result (admission or non-admission).

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the admission to the course, the candidate must have a good knowledge of Illustrator software, Photoshop, and the Adobe package and digital modeling software.

Financial commitment

The participants are required to have a significant commitment both personally and financially.

The total cost amounts to €2.400, payable as follows:

  • 1st installment > €1.200 on the acceptance of the application;
  • 2nd installment > €1.200 by 13 June 2019;

Costs include a part of the study material and the use of facilities of the Institute.

Financial aid is provided for Masters students Milano Fashion Institute and Alumni Milano Fashion Institute.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Milano Fashion Institute is a consortium set up to provide higher education in the fashion sector by three Milan universities: Bocconi University, Cattolica University and Politecnico of Milan. These ... Read More

Milano Fashion Institute is a consortium set up to provide higher education in the fashion sector by three Milan universities: Bocconi University, Cattolica University and Politecnico of Milan. These three universities represent an international centre of excellence, drawing on consolidated experience in the research and training activities for businesses in the fashion sector in the fields of management, communication and design. Read less