Raffles Milano Inauguration

SINGAPORE – Raffles Education Corporation Limited (RafflesEducation), as part of its international development plan, opened Raffles Milano Fashion and Design Institute in 2017, which was entrusted to the Head of School, Mr. Pasquale VOLPE, together with Scientific Director, Mr. Carlo FORCOLINI. The European headquarters of Raffles was officially inaugurated on 7th September 2017, with classes kicking- off in November, with three-year courses in Fashion Design, Product Design, and Visual Design, and eight master classes, in a completely refurbished building of more than 3,000 square metres over several levels in the heart of Milan, at Porta Venezia.


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In the three-year courses, students will learn through the means of continuous dialogue between theory and practice, and between idea and execution. They will be exposed to the tools of basic design, familiarise themselves with design labs, attend workshops and site visits to firms, and have plenty of practice analysing future trends, scenarios, and new opportunities for design.

In the Master of Advertising, Architecture, Fashion Menswear, Fashion Womenswear, Photography, Product Design, Visual Design, and Visual Merchandising, students will acquire a fully-rounded vision of the design industry, working side by side with the professionals who lead today’s luxury market. They will analyse consumer and macro business trends, discuss how aesthetics applies to fashion, create mood boards, and conduct targeted research under the guidance of industry experts.


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To explain the choice of the Lombard capital as the only landing place in the Old Continent, Mr. CHEW Han Wei, Assistant Vice President Europe Operations, RafflesEducation, shared that Milan is the centre of international design and is also an innovative and dynamic city for the entire design industry. In the same vein, the Mayor of Milan, Mr. Giuseppe SALA, stated that he was indeed pleased with how the design industry has drawn the international student community to Milan. “Once again, Milan proves to be an attractive reality, not only for businesses, but also for young people who hope to choose our city for studying and living purposes”.

The college aims to return to the Renaissance workshop’s format, in which students will be able to learn directly from their Creative Practitioners and gain practice with large, real-life projects. “We want to combine the humanistic tradition of Italian design with Raffles’ international vocation, so as to create a college where the walls between programmes will collapse, and a strong interdisciplinary environment will emerge,” explained Mr. FORCOLINI.

It has indeed been a pleasure and a proud moment to have RafflesEducation arrive in Milan as a new fashion and design school, with unconventional teaching methods, and a team of Creative Practitioners at the helms of their industries.

Learn from the Maestros of Raffles Milano, as they guide all Raffles students to be in the forefront of the Design community in the Global design community!


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