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Luxury Accessories Design & Management MA

Luxury Accessories Design & Management MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fashion Accessories Making (Craft) Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The luxury accessories industry has evolved from humble beginnings in producing functional add-ons, to the elevated status it has today: turning bags, shoes, belts and small leather goods into new iconic objects of desire. Accessories embellish fashion, and the fashion business recognises the embellishment, beauty and fame of accessories ‘Made in Italy’. Bridging creativity and business worlds, this course prepares specialised ‘sought after’ design and product management profiles. This 9 months course in Milan or Florence School or 15 months course in London school is for participants that have previous undergraduate level study in the fields of fashion, design or similar, or proven work experience, wishing to extend their knowledge in accessories collection design, planning and management, with a focus on Italian craftsmanship and style admired and celebrated globally.

Italian luxury brands and generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen work incessantly to uphold and support the ‘Made in Italy’ trademark, recognised worldwide for quality top-class manufacturing techniques. Participants explore how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and manufacturing techniques, and learn how to successfully balance design and functionality with sophisticated aesthetics; organised visits to Italian companies also provide first-hand experience of design and accessories manufacturing.

Participants learn how to design and put together collections tied to the concept of ‘decorative’ luxury. The research into the history of luxury accessories and the influence of the contemporary fashion panorama on style concepts and production techniques, as well as current issues in sustainability and the use of new materials. Industry projects in collaboration with companies explores real business heritage values and manufacturing techniques, and the inter-seasonal nature of accessory products, putting together a coordinated collection and diverse range of accessories that may include: bags, purses, shoes and small accessory items.

Throughout the project they receive professional feedback and guidance from academics and industry professionals. Putting together a successful dissertation, work-experience and a personal accessories collection requires in fact a strategic mix of research, creativity, advanced design, and business project planning, this course provides the skills and knowledge to produce forward thinking design proposals for the high-end luxury market.

Students will also achieve PGCert and PGDip awards.


  • Accessories/handbags designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Product manager
  • Collection manager.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date



Dissertation (40 Credits) - Core
Experimental Research and Crafting Techniques (30 Credits) - Core
Accessory Design Evolution (20 Credits) - Core
Industry Placement (20 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Contextual and Cultural Studies (20 Credits) - Core
Design Concepts and Development (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Undergraduate qualification of normally 2.1 or above.