ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Awards: partnering schools



Introducing the partnering schools for the fourth edition
 of ISKO I-SKOOL™, Academic Year 2016/2017.



Polimoda is known worldwide for its independence in thinking and action by combining business and design across all departments. Considered by the Business of Fashion as the best fashion institute in Italy, and amongst the top ten in the world, Polimoda balances the know-how of Italian design and production with an international vision.


NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, is the largest private Academy in Italy and the first one to be recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education back in 1980. NABA offers undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, scenography, and visual arts. In 2009 NABA joined the Laureate International Universities, an international network offering university degrees to 1.000.000 students around the world. NABA was selected by Frame and included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design, Architecture and Fashion Schools, as well as by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design.


From 2005, the Fashion Design courses of IUAV University of Venice are concentrated on the education and research, and serve as a experimental ground where to reflect around the idea of the identity of the Italian fashion school. Excellence is the goal of the BA and MA courses, where are formed designers capable of dealing with the challenges of the fashion system. The students, at the end of the course, are able not only to create and design a capsule collection, but also to critically engage with the heterogeneous languages and products of the discipline of fashion, considering it as an integral part of culture.


Chelsea College of Arts is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. An international renown art and design institution, where students have unique opportunities to learn, create, research and innovate across a whole range of disciplines, exploring their own creativity in order to break new artistic ground and change the world they live in. Moving seamlessly between the rigour of academia and the dynamism of the creative industries, the Chelsea College of Arts launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders.


Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was founded as the Craft School in 1871 and has since become the largest in its field in the Nordic countries, and one of the most respected design schools in the world. The BA and MA degree programs encourage an individual and multidisciplinary crossover approach in fashion and material design and development. Aalto alumni can be found working at numerous international fashion houses, brands and institutions and the university works in tight collaboration with the different sections of the fashion and textile industry.


Bunka Fashion College has played a guiding role in specialized fashion education in Japan, since 1923. Over the years, the college has nurtured and graduated many highly-qualified people, including internationally recognized designers. The college offers an original curriculum that is divided into four departments: the Fashion Creation Department, Fashion Technology Department, Fashion Marketing and Distribution Department, and Fashion Accessories and Textiles Department. Moreover, it not only promotes practical and specialized education but also pursues a broad range of collaborations with industry, government, and academia. This effort includes joint research with private enterprises.


For over 40 years, FIDM has been educating students for professional careers in Fashion, Entertainment and Digital Media. The talented faculty, dedicated staff and renowned industry partners work together to create an academically rigorous, career-focused curriculum. FIDM's Career Center has exceptional connections within our industries and offers targeted career planning and placement services.


AMD Akademie Mode & Design is a higher institute offering internationally certified training programs in fashion, design, communication and management. Founded in 1989 the Academy has now campuses in significant German creative hubs Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich. It teaches 1,700 students and ensures highest academical standards. AMD stands for innovation, interdisciplinary approach, quality in teaching and research, practical relevance and international network.



Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is China’s primary educational facility associated with fashion, specializing in the integration of art and technology. BIFT is an institution where art, technology, economics, management, and other convergent disciplines can successfully interact.
The Institute’s motto is “innovation paves the way for realistic and creative applications in education”. This philosophy gives the Institute its special academic flavor – BIFT combines art education and engineering education with sound business administration; integrates ethnic fashion culture with contemporary design philosophy; and realizes theory in practice.


The Central Academy of Arts & Design (CAAD) (the predecessor of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University) was established in 1956. CAAD had the country’s best fine art educators, outstanding researchers, artists and designers who had returned to China after receiving their education overseas. In the nearly 40 years since then, CAAD remained the only independent academy of art and design in China. In 1999 CAAD merged with Tsinghua University, opening up a new chapter in the development of the art and design discipline.

Already for 50 years, it provides the best teaching and research conditions in art and design in China, being well ahead of its competitors. There are 18 special areas of study under the general Art and Design Discipline, which was twice (in 2002 and 2007) recognized as the only national level key discipline in this field. The Academy’s Art Study program, focused chiefly on design and art, took first place in the national first-level discipline contest both in 2004 and 2009.


AMFI is the largest institute in the Netherlands, characterized by more than 100 lecturers and more than 1,100 students studying all aspects of the fashion world. It covers the entire fashion chain from developing a raw idea to a product and an image, to ensure students a broad perspective of the fashion industry.


Parsons School of Fashion has educated generations of illustrious designers and today leads the global industry through innovative, rigorous programs and projects, engaging the spectrum of fashion design and marketing practice, competitively situating graduates academically and professionally.
In studios and seminars, it offers specialized techniques and innovative approaches to fashion-related work ranging from concept development and marketing to responsible manufacturing and global distribution.


Donghua University (DHU), formerly China Textile University, was founded in 1951. Located in the downtown area in Shanghai and adjacent to Hongqiao Economic Development Zone, DHU is one of the state-key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China. Its feature disciplines, such as Fashion Design, Textile Engineering, International Trade, Material Science, and Information Technology have received high reputation both domestically and abroad.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a government-funded university in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.  We are the largest publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. We boast over 31,000 students with around 1,300 research postgraduate (mostly PhD) students. Our international community comprises over 1,000 international students on campus from over 40 countries and over 1,200 academic staff, many who are recruited globally.


The University of Technology offers a bachelor degree in fashion and textiles over three years with a fourth year honours option. Focussing on materials innovation, new technology, conceptual exploration students are encouraged to examine the challenges and scope of future fashion. Tuition has a strong practical emphasis with focus on hands on design integrated with theoretical, historical, textile and technology strands. The program builds on contemporary industry practice with a focus on international markets. Projects are developed through individual and group structures often with the integration of industry and cultural partnerships.

Colegiatura is the only University committed to the conscious transformation of the world through creativity, happiness and communication from Being Human - Being Origin. The fashion design program allows to understand and reinterpret the modes of dressing as part of the worldwide fashion system, allowing to go beyond design and production, towards a manifestation of individual communication from Being Human - Being Origin.


Rome - Italy



Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world. It played an important role in Italian history and was directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. Today, Sapienza’s main objectives are research, teaching and education: the University carries out outstanding scientific research in most disciplines, achieving impressive results both on a national and international level. Faculty, students, technical and administrative staff are part of this community and they all contribute to its reputation and growth.


Polimoda is known worldwide for its independence in thinking and action by combining business and design across all departments. Considered by the Business of Fashion as the best fashion institute in Italy, and amongst the top ten in the world, Polimoda balances the know-how of Italian design and production with an international vision.

The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) of Politecnico di Milano was established in 1990 as the Department of Economy and Production (DEP). The Department’s main mission is research, which is pursued through collaborations with leading Italian and international schools and institutions. Alongside research, the Department organizes also education in the fields of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, with a dedicated degree course (Bsc. and Msc.) and a PhD program. The Department is part of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, established in 2003 together with MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business which focuses on post-experience education.



Bocconi University is a private, non-profit organization. Established in 1902 by the entrepreneur Ferdinando Bocconi, Bocconi today is the leading University for business and economics in Italy, and among the top institutions worldwide.Bocconi grants Bachelor, Master of Science, and PhD degrees in Management, Economics, Law and other disciplines. It also offers a number of post-experience programs, and administers hundreds of advanced courses to managers and professionals in all realms of private and public management.
In keeping with the ideals of its founders, Bocconi seeks to address the research and education needs of the European and global economy, by favoring cultural progress, international exchange, and economic integration. Bocconi conceives higher education as a continuous process that spans the entire professional life of an individual. The University promotes both economic advancement and civic values, by instilling in Bocconians solid analytical skills and a strong emphasis on ethics, so that they can contribute to the innovation and development of European business and society.

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Milano Fashion Institute (MFI) is an interuniversity consortium for the higher education in the fashion industry founded in 2007 by three Milan universities: Bocconi UniversityCatholic University and Polytechnic of Milan, whose goal is the creation of a multi-disciplinary training center of excellence at international level. These three universities have a primary role in the international university scene, drawing on consolidated experience in the research and training activities for businesses in the fashion industry in the fields of management, communication and design. With its three masters in fashion direction (Brand & Retail Management, Brand & Communication Management, Brand & Product Management) MFI trains new professionals developing the interdisciplinary skills they need to manage effectively the entire design, production, retail and communication process of fashion products.

Attending a master of MFI provides a unique cultural, personal and professional opportunity to spend a whole year in Milan, one of the major world fashion capitals.