Fashion Design and Technology Undergraduate Program | İstanbul Moda Akademisi



Fashion Design and Technology Undergraduate Program

(in collaboration with London College of Fashion)

Combining creative and visual skills with technology, this program includes all fashion design processes from inspiration to collection.

3 years İMA (2220 hours)
or 2 years IMA + 1 year LCF

Days and Hours:
Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 9:30 – 16:30

Start Date:
24 October 2022

Turkish, English

For more detailed information:

0212 219 41 41 (1215)

The three-year program includes the opportunity to study at the London College of Fashion and graduate with a diploma. If they wish, students who have shown qualified success during their first two years of education at İMA and have an IELTS 6 score in English proficiency can go to London in their 3rd year to study for an undergraduate diploma from the London College of Fashion, after studying for one more year.

Starting with fashion history, you will acquire knowledge on all processes of fashion design and discover your abilities. You will have an experimental point of view on research methodology and design process, and learn real-life practices with field visits, seminars, and professional lecturers in the field of fashion. You will conduct projects with famous fashion designers, and get a chance to know them better. Having an opportunity to work with the leading brands of the industry, you will prepare your own mini collection in line with their brief.

Having prepared your final project, which is your first collection, at the end of the program, you will have a professional portfolio and you will present your collection at a fashion show in Istanbul Fashion Week.

  • Acquire the skills to understand and practice the content, principles and methodology of women’s clothing design and production techniques,
  • Have technical skills and a creative and professional perspective to solving problems arising in the design and production processes,
  • Gain experience in gathering fashion information on the basis of product, work, industry and culture of women’s clothing,
  • Have knowledge about design development and production principles in the field of womenswear, and improve your decision-making and interdisciplinary working capacity,
  • Become skillful at preparing themes combining fabrics, colors and silhouettes in the design interpretation process,
  • Carry out studies on other areas of fashion and follow developments in these areas,
  • Improve your personal collection preparation and presentation skills.
  • High school graduates or persons with a higher degree who are interested in fashion and wish to specialize in the field of women's wear design in preparation for a professional career in fashion design can apply for the program.
  • Fashion Designer

Applicants will attend an interview and a entrance  exam for admission. The entrance  exam is set to identify the skills and abilities of the applicants. During the interviews, applicants should bring their previous work samples and portfolios to help them express and introduce themselves visually in a more comfortable and efficient manner.
It is not necessary to have a university exam certificate for the three-year education at İMA. All applicants have to have at least a high school degree.


First year students attend all technical skills and practices courses, which develop their fashion culture, lay a fashion foundation, and support the creative process. Programs are supported with Istanbul Fashion Week fashion shows, guest lecturers from the industry, and field and museum tours.

First Semester

Introduction to Design Process and Realisation

  • Drawing Techniques 1: Fashion Silhouette Creation
  • Introduction to Design: Visual Diary Creation and Design Idea Development
  • Computer-aided Design 1: Photoshop
  • Pattern Cutting Techniques 1
  • Sewing  Techniques 1
  • Draping Techniques 1
  • Fabrics and Fibers
  • Fashion History and Cultural Studies 1 1
  • Historical and Cultural Studies on Fashion
  • History of the Costume


Second Semester
  • Design Research and Realisation
  • Design Research and Development
  • Drawing Techniques 2: Color, Painting Techniques, Fashion Illustration
  • Computer-aided Design 2: Illustrator
  • Pattern Cutting Techniques 2
  • Sewing  Techniques 2
  • Draping Techniques 2
  • Fashion History and Cultural Studies 2
  • Historical and Cultural Studies on Fashion
  • History of Contemporary Fashion


Third Semester
  • Fashion Design Concept Development
  • Design Research and Development
  • Drawing Techniques 3: Technical Drawing and
  • Technical File Preparation
  • Computer-aided Design 3: Illustrator:
  • Technical Drawing
  • Pattern Cutting Techniques 3
  • Sewing Techniques 3
  • Draping Techniques 3
  • Fashion Styles and Trends
  • Trend Creation and Trend Forecasting
  • Style in Fashion


In the second year, students create design projects where they can practice the technical skills they have acquired in the first year. With these projects, they develop high-level practice techniques and learn how to interpret a brief from an industry. They carry out their project in line with a brief of a company from the industry.
At the end of the project, students that the company approves will have an internship opportunity.

First Semester
  • Collection Planning 1
  • Tailoring Project
  • Advanced  Pattern Cutting Techniques 1
  • Advanced  Sewing  Techniques 1
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion Marketing 1
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Market Analysis


Second Semester
  • Collection Planning 2
  • Industry Project
  • Design Portfolio Preparation: Creating Industry Projects Designs in the Illustrator Program in Accordance with Industry Standards
  • Computer-aided Design: Computurized Pattern Cutting
  • Advanced  Pattern Cutting Techniques 2
  • Advanced Sewing  Techniques 2
  • Fashion Marketing 2
  • Target Market  and Consumer Behavior
  • Competition Research


Third Semester
  • Collection Planning 3
  • Capsule Collection
  • Design Portfolio Preparation: Portfolio Creation and Lookbook Preparation for Capsule Collections
  • Advanced   Pattern Cutting Techniques 3
  • Advanced Sewing Techniques 3
  • Fashion Communication


In the third year, students complete their first personal collection with a "Final Project". Having prepared a portfolio which presents all of their works over three years, students get ready for the industry with these projects and their portfolio. As students’ final collections are displayed at the İMA Graduation Exhibition that takes place at the end of the year, a number of final collections are selected by a jury composed of industry professionals, to be exhibited in the İMA Graduation Fashion Show during Istanbul Fashion Week.

First Semester
  • Introduction to Fashion Industry
  • Market Research
  • Cost Analysis
  • Creating a Design  Proposal
  • Entrepreneurship Skills
  • Final Collection
  • Research
  • Design Development
  • Presentation of Final Collection Proposal
Second Semester
  • Final Collection Design
  • Final Collection Production
Third Semester
  • Final Collection Realization
  • Final Portfolio Preparation and Presentation Techniques