Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management

  • Jan 2021 Next Start
  • 12 Months Duration
  • English Language
  • Full-Time Format
  • 3 years Avg. working
  • Milano Where

Add More Value to Creativity.

The Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management (MAFED) is an intensive 1-year full-time experience that provides you with the most solid management skills to work in highly creative industries, where the value of unlimited imagination needs to be combined with enhanced methodologies and analytical capabilities, consistent strategies and carefully targeted marketing initiatives, new managerial tools and rigorous KPIs.

MAFED Perspectives
MAFED Perspectives

MAFED is the right master for you if:

  • You want a managerial role in a fashion, luxury, or design company.
  • You want to work in organizations that create unique customer experiences.
  • You want to launch your own venture into these symbolic-intensive industries.
  • You want to come into contact with the industrial world, where things happen.
  • You want to prepare for all this in Milan, an international and challenging environment, and the well-recognized symbol of Italian Style and Excellence worldwide.

Why choose us?

1. Build a Solid Career in a Fast-Moving Business World

The program’s structure is highly interdisciplinary. At the end of the program you will have a solid understanding of business planning, marketing, supply chain, finance, accounting, and control tools, and you will be able to apply advanced product, brand, sales and retail management techniques in a fast-moving and global business environment.

2. A Network of Relevant Partnerships

Our partners are companies that represent the excellence of Italian lifestyle, well-renewed at the worldwide level, and they share with our students their philosophy and business culture. Fondazione Altagamma supports the program financially, contribute with business testimonials and seminars on key issues that greatly enrich the overall MAFED experience. YNAP is MAFED technical partner, which supports the program on initiatives related to digital strategy and ecommerce.

3. World-Class Faculty

MAFED faculty is composed of top scholars into the field, who are well known at the worldwide level for their talks and top-notch research, developed in collaboration with the leading companies in these sectors.

4. Top Guest Speakers

You will enhance your skills through the opportunity to systematically interact with top managers participating in classes as guest speakers and delivering business cases to be jointly discussed.

5. We care about your professional future

MAFED supports you also in preparing your career development with the Career Management Program, a dynamic meeting point for cultures and opportunities that offers you advice and dedicated services.

6. Italian Excellence

Having long been the hub of fashion, creativity and design, Milano is the ideal campus to fully discover the Italian Excellence. This full immersion helps participants to understand how fashion brands have leveraged their cultural history, while at the same time being innovative and contemporary at a global level.

7. International environment in Milan, Italy

You will be exposed to a unique international environment that makes learning a process of exploring differences and celebrating diversity. You will be able to take part to globally recognized events that attract to Milan visitors from all over the world, like the Milan Fashion Weeks and the Design Week.

8. Direct Brand and In-Company Experience

Participants will have the unique chance to directly experience brands in stores, showrooms, events and trade fairs, by “seeing and touching” the product where it is originally made, through a broad array of different company visits.

9. Field Projects

You will have the opportunity to spend two months working on field projects directly delivered by top international Fashion and Design Companies in order to practically apply the tools learned in class and discuss them with your academic and professional advisors.


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3rd in European B-Schools Financial Times


found a new job 1 year after Graduation


Top Guest Speakers

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You can live amazing Study Tour: Paris, Madrid, NY (On a fee-paying basis)


57 people from 23 countries


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“My commitment is to build on the trusted heritage of the MAFED and keep maintaining its leadership position at international levels, to make a real difference for your next job position.

My promise is to make your experience through this journey unforgettable, not only thanks to the excellent program we are designing for you, but also thanks to the unrepeatable contributions of an impressive company, and an alumni network that is going to represent a major asset for the rest of your personal and professional life.”

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Emanuela Prandelli
MAFED Director

What they say about us

Although less affected by the crisis than other sectors, fashion has also recently had to adopt adaptive strategies. How has it changed, what are its peculiarities and what challenges must it face today?

My answer will consider this from the viewpoint of two different experiences: the first Italian, with a luxury company like Valentino, the second American, with Tory Burch, which is a company more orientated to affordable luxury. Despite their marked differences, in many respects their approach was the same. What both companies have done was focus on the product, that is paying more attention to quality, to what customers want, and to the structure of the offering. From the selection of suppliers and the search for new talent, to the care for all of the components (creative and materials), all of which are crucial for the success of a product. It is an effort that I have noticed in all segments of the offer. They have also developed an awareness that “specialization” is important: a company needs to focus on what they do best and enhance that aspect. This is not only to optimize the quality/price ratio, but also to give credibility to the products: the companies that have been able to keep this promise are those that have survived the crisis and come out stronger. I have in mind a number of examples of companies that succeeded and companies that did not.

The crisis has also prompted, inevitably, a radical review of cost structures; not so much the product costs, as the cost of doing business, of management: there were many inefficiencies to address, as well as a lack of skills, for example we needed managers who had both general and sector-specific or product-specific skills. Now there are many high-caliber managers with such skills, and this has brought many positive changes to the companies that recruited them.

A further re-orientation that companies have been required to make – not specifically due to the crisis but because of a structural change in buying habits – was a new focus on the customer, another strategic change together with the focus on the product. With customers looking to create a rapport that is always more individual. Companies can now learn more about their customers and their shopping experiences through the development of the digital dimension, and from the increasing use of mobile devices. Before there were fewer customers and you needed to focus on those who were spending more and were closer to the brand. Now that we are out of the crisis – especially in America – and these digital platforms enable a direct and personalized relationship with a large number of people, companies must invest in these new approaches that, in the end, bring customers to the stores or to the e-commerce channels.

Earlier you mentioned to the need for new talent and new skills in this field: how important was your MAFED experience at SDA Bocconi?

When I decided to enroll on the MAFED course many years ago, I was coming from the world of finance and consulting, and I had no specific training in this field, only a great interest in it. The Master was a privileged entry point into the world of fashion: had I approached it as a graduate, I would have had to go through a long path, with few opportunities to learn about managerial best practices. Instead, a post-graduate course like MAFED allowed me to merge the financial and consulting competences that I had already acquired with those specific to the fashion and luxury goods industry. Moreover, it is increasingly important for those who approach this field to have a solid foundation in management: I remember that the program had a decidedly intense focus on general management, which provided a broader context for the industry-specific competences.

From this point of view, does the fact that MAFED is based in Italy, and in particular Milan, the city of fashion and design, have a particular value on the international labor market and for the students’ own professional development in this area?

It has great value for several reasons. The first is almost trivial, because it is difficult to find post-graduate training at the same level in other parts of the world. If we exclude Italy and France, the training available elsewhere in the world is of a much lower level. Another major plus is the proximity to the most important economic areas of the industry. Here in the U.S. there are about a dozen colleges that offer similar training programs, but they are all far from a chain of creation and development, such as Italy’s, and this is a serious drawback.

So contact with leading companies in design and fashion really helps the participants of MAFED to enter or re-launch their careers in this sector?

Definitely. Bocconi, with its historic integration with the business community, acts as a guarantor to the corporate world, assuring that their students – under-graduate and post-graduate – are trained up to the standards required by the industry. But Università Bocconi and SDA Bocconi are not just a bridge to enterprises: the close collaboration between managers, teachers and consultants has contributed to many businesses developing a culture that promotes innovation, an awareness of the value of management education and the need for young talent.

Let’s finish on a personal note: what has MAFED represented to you, on a personal level?

I must say straight away that I am a “recidivist” because I was already a Bocconi graduate. Just this morning I saw on facebook a photo of a friend with her baby, who was celebrating his first birthday. This friend of mine is a girl I met 12 years ago at MAFED. Like her, I am still in touch with a good half of the 40 other people I studied with. Some I will meet with from time to time, and not only for business purposes. With everyone, including those who I see less often, there is a deep bond of affection and esteem. Many have been successful in our industry and for many years, in spite of the diaspora that took us to different countries, there has been an ongoing dialogue and mutual sharing of professional advice that has been very helpful. In short, it was a unique experience from a professional point of view but also personally.

Paolo Riva - Italian
MAFED 2002
Founder at Paolo Riva Consulting - Former CEO, Diane von Furstenberg

Why is MAFED a unique learning model?

For me, MAFED was the perfect blend of theory and practice. The level of teachers, their expertise and their real-life experience with leading companies is the core of the program, supported by excellent field trips and carefully selected guest speakers.

What is the Milano advantage?

Being in Italy and particularly in Milan is definitely one of the most important added values of the program. Stepping out of the class and examining what we have learned between the walls right on the spot is a precious experience. Carefully designed field trips in and out of Milan are the face-to-face introduction to the issues discussed in class. The location is what makes this program unique.

What is the strenght of the MAFED network?

For me, listening to the problem of counterfeiting one day and having the global legislative director of Prada to talk about it the next day in class is priceless. MAFED gains its strength from its faculty supported by the credibility of SDA Bocconi. Every professor contributes to the topics covered, by inviting very important professionals excelling in that field. For the first time after 9 years of professional experience, I am glad to meet a faculty so generous to share their contacts even before graduation.

My MAFED in 3 words

Vision, Managerial Creativity, Structure

Yasemin Karani - Turkish
MAFED 2013


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Jul 2020 10:00 - 17:00
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Jul 2020 11:00 - 13:00
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Personalized Orientation

MAFED is a challenge to be taken on with a strong dedication. The Recruiting and Admissions team will be happy to arrange an individual orientation meeting at school to answer your questions and give you personalized advice. We can also do this by phone or Skype.

SDA Bocconi organizes events and meetings throughout the year, both online and offline, where you can interact with directors, faculty, alumni, and staff.


    The challenges imposed gobally by COVID-19 have turned our face-to-face event program into a multifaceted series of virtual meetings. We are here to assure you of our ongoing presence throughout this crisis and provide you with customized information and support.
    You will find details here for all our virtual meeting initiatives. Stay at home, we will reach out to you.

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Next Steps

Jan 2020
Applications Review Start

Go to admissions

5 Oct 2020
Nov 2020
Optional Online Pre-Courses Start
Jan 2021
Program Start
Dec 2021
Program End

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