MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods

Bologna Business School / University of Bologna

Application deadline: EU students: July 17th 2014; non-EU students: June 30th 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 27,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 27,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 66 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Managing business in the ever-evolving markets of design, fashion, and the luxury goods is a challenging task. Managers of the sector have to handle creativity, corporate image, and volatility while pursuing long term profitability through sound marketing strategies, efficient distribution plans, quality sourcing, etc.

The Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods concentration offers a unique opportunity to blend theory with experience thanks to the exclusive expertise of the most successful Italian companies in these sectors. The University of Bologna has a long tradition in training talented mangers to steer these leading companies.

The MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is an intensive 12-month international program taught entirely in English. Participants will be able to experience first-hand the specific knowledge that Italy has developed in these fields joining creativity, style and unique managerial practices.

Internship & Career
Creating employability is one of the primary goals of the MBA Design, Fashion & Luxury Goods program. Therefore, interaction between theory and practice is an essential part of the curriculum: master lectures, testimonials, analysis of business cases, and incompany visits will take place throughout the year and will go side by side the core academic courses.

The program also includes a 500-hour internship scheduled in the last period of the program (June - September 2015). Internships will take place at some of the leading companies of the design, fashion, and luxury goods sector of the region. The internship represents an opportunity for MBA participants to analyze real company problems, develop strategies, and elaborate action plans together with upper level managers.

BBS's partners have been involved in our academic activities over the years in many different ways: participating in project works, master lectures, and testimonials, offering scholarships, hosting our student internships, or employing our alumni.

Alberta Ferretti Group - Allianz - Banca Findomestic - Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena - Banca Popolare - Emilia Romagna - Basf - Bonfiglioli Riduttori - Borbonese - Bosch - Brevini Fluid Power - BST - Banking Solutions & Technologies - Bvm Les Copains - Bulgari USA - Burberry - Candy - Chloride - Cir Food - Conserve Italia - Coop Italia - Coop Ceramica Imola - Credito Emiliano - Crif - Dallara - Datalogic Group - Ducati Motor Holding - Eataly - Electrolux - Enel - Eni - Ernst & Young - Ferragamo - Ferrarelle - Ferrari - Fiat - Furla - GE-Nuovo Pignone - General Motors - Granarolo - Gruppo COIN Oviesse - Gruppo Ima - Gruppo Maccaferri - Gruppo Max Mara - Gruppo Sacmi - Gruppo UBI Banca - Guala Closures - Gucci - Indesit - Iveco - Kpmg - La Perla - Lamborghini - Limoni - Liu Jo - Lombardini - Magneti Marelli - Mandarina Duck - Maserati - Nike - Otis Group - Piaggio & C - Piquadro - Pirelli - Powertrain Europe - PricewaterhouseCoopers - Regenesi - Saeco - Safilo - Scm Group - Sergio Rossi - Sigma - Technogym - Telecom - Tetra Pak - Toyota - Trevi Group - Unicredit Group - Valsoia - Vicini Zanotti - Yoox

Our Career Development Department will help participants pursue their own career goals, and will support them in the job seeking process.


Angelo Manaresi, Professor of Marketing and Program Director, University of Bologna Massimo Bergami, Dean, Alma Graduate SchoolAlessandro Bonfiglioli, General Manager, AlessiAlessandro Chiesa, Recruiting Manager, FerrariFranco Collini, Human Resources Manager, Max Mara Fashion Group Fabio D'Angelantonio, Executive Vice President Sun and Luxury Retail, Luxottica Group Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO, Ducati Motor Holding Alberto Festa, Managing Director, Bulgari Italia Paolo Fontanelli, CEO, Furla Nicola Giorgi, Managing Director, Hogan - Tod's


Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is a concentration of the Master of Business Administration of Bologna Business School, the business school of the University of Bologna. The program is a challenging, intensive 12-month full-time international program taught entirely in English.

The curriculum of the MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is divided in two main parts: General Management (core courses) and a Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods concentration, designed to provide an opportunity for specialization and in-depth focus on both traditional and cutting-edge issues in the design, fashion, and luxury goods world.

General Management courses:

* Corporate Finance
* Corporate Strategy
* Cross-cultural Management
* Financial and Managerial Accounting
* International Finance
* Leading People and Organizations
* Marketing Management

Specialized courses:

* Business Development Laboratory Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods
* Fashion Tradition and Products: Clothing and Leather Goods
* Gemology and Watches
* Industrial Design and Branding
* International Production and Logistics
* Luxury Goods: Boats, Cars and Motorbikes
* Parfumes & Eyewear
* Brand Communication and Reputation Management

This post-experience MBA also includes: managerial training, team-based project works, workshops with managers and entrepreneurs and in-company visits. The program also features a Business English course; intensive Italian classes are offered free of charge to international participants who wish to improve their language skills during their stay in Italy. Italian classes are scheduled in September 2014, prior to the beginning of the MBA courses.


Admissions requirements are:

* Undergraduate degree;
* 2+ years of qualified work experience;
* English proficiency.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all candidates whose native language is not English. The IELTS is acceptable as an alternative. Waivers may apply. There is no minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required.

IMPORTANT. Students possessing a degree obtained abroad must submit a recognition of their qualification for the purposes of admission to the program issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation.

The admissions process is divided into two rounds of application:

Round I: February 5, 2014 May 5, 2014

Round II:May 6, 2014 June 30, 2014

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of the candidates' individual interview and qualifications (e.g. curriculum vitae, GMAT/GRE, reference letters, etc.).

The Admission Board, made up of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admissions team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.

In line with the number of available places, admission the program is granted according to the applicants' position in the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admission process.

Students who achieve positions of merit in the final list of qualified candidates may benefit from full or partial scholarships. All students are eligible to apply for a special long-term and low-interest honor loan (no collateral required).

!! Complete instructions on the admission requirements are available in the official MBA call.

Please, download the MBA Call and the application form at the School's website.


At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in helping you achieve your educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be very costly but we also truly believe that investing in one's future pays back in the long run.

SCHOLARSHIPS. Bologna Business School offers numerous full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. Scholarships range from 10,000 euro to 27,000 euro. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only.

AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Bologna Business School and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant the Africa Scholarship Program for the Acadmic Year 2014-2015. This Program aims to facilitate the participation of 10 young bright talents from Africa wishing to pursue an MBA and contribute to the social and economic development of their Continent.

HONOR LOAN. Thanks to an agreement between Bologna Business School and UniCredit, MBA participants are also eligible to apply for a long-term (up to twelve years) and low-interest honor loan. The loan will cover the full amount of the tuition fee or the portion of it that is not covered by the scholarship. In addition, all students can benefit from an extra 10,000 euro loan, designed to help them cover their living expenses in Bologna during the academic year.

ON CAMPUS JOB. The BOlogna Business School On Campus Job gives a limited number of selected students the possibility of receiving extra financial aid in exchange for their collaboration on various school projects, examples of which may include research, consulting, and development activities. Projects are assigned based on a careful analysis of each student's background, characteristics, and experience.

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