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Entry requirements

Enrolling at Istituto Secoli and becoming part of our “MAKING FASHION” world is a straightforward process. Before doing so, make sure you check our admission requirements. Our training program is very wide-ranging and highly-distinguished, and there are specific skills and entry requirements for different courses, which must be substantiated by the level of education achieved by the candidate and/or his or her work experience.

The admission requirements for our courses are the following:

1 - A qualification

In order to access our training program a Diploma in secondary school education is required. A high school diploma is a certificate obtained upon completing secondary school education (in Italy, high school consists of 5 years of study, for international students the duration of a mandatory training course is 12 or 13 years). It provides a final mark, which is essential to apply for universities or professional institutes.

In addition to a high school diploma, for specific courses (such as intensive yearly academic courses), upon entry, Istituto Secoli requires specific technical skills in relation to the subjects taught during the course.

The following are the basic requirements needed in order to apply for Istituto Secoli’s Master's course: a three-year diploma in Fashion Design and a personal fashion portfolio (a graphic collection of the candidate's best fashion projects) which illustrates a small set of his or her key skills in fashion (for instance, the ability to design a capsule collection).

As for our specialised courses, (dedicated to professionals and young tailors) the qualification can be replaced with a professional qualification or specific professional skills.

Other courses require no prerequists, such as our introductory courses, which are aimed primarily at undergraduates and new graduates who want to enter the world of fashion. In this case, the only entry requirement is being at least 17 years of age.

2 - Knowledge of Italian and English (level B1 – CEFR)

Courses are held in Italian and Istituto Secoli can offer you an English translation service for some of them (this is an additional service you can request upon registering). In order to enroll on our training program, international students must have, at the very least, a CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1 level for both languages, Italian and English. As proof of the required level of knowledge in both languages, during individual meetings (which you can book here) or at a separate time, the candidate must provide the School with a relevant language certificate, issued by an authorized institution, or have a language interview.

Knowledge of Italian is a paramount entry requirement in order to enroll on Istituto Secoli's courses, as well as to apply to, upon receiving a diploma from Istituto Secoli, work placements in our partner fashion companies.
As for CEFR, B1 represents an INTERMEDIATE language level, which certifies that the student is skilled in the following:

  • - Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • - Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • - Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • - Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Language skills conversion table
Language A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
English IELTS 2.5-3.0
TrackTest English Test A1
Trinity College GESE 2
Pearson JETSET Level 2
LCCI EfB Preliminary
AIM-ANGLIA Preliminary
KET IELTS 3.5-4.0
TrackTest English Test A2
Trinity College ISE Foundation, GESE 3, GESE 4
Pearson JETSET Level 3
LCCI EfB Level 1
AIM-ANGLIA Elementary
BEC Preliminary
IELTS 4.5-5.0
TrackTest English Test B1
PET
TOEFL iBT 42-71
Trinity College ISE I, GESE 5, GESE 6
Pearson JETSET Level 4
LCCI EfB Level 2
AIM AWARDS-ANGLIA Intermediate
BEC Vantage
FCE
IELTS 5.5-6.5
TrackTest English Test B2
ILEC Pass
TOEFL iBT 72-94
Trinity College ISE II, GESE 7, GESE 8, GESE 9
Pearson JETSET Level 5
LCCI EfB Level 3
AIM AWARDS-ANGLIA Advanced
BEC Higher
FCE grade A
CAE
IELTS 7.0-7.5
TrackTest English Test C1
TOEFL iBT 95 e oltre
ILEC Pass with Merit
Trinity College ISE III, GESE 10, GESE 11
Pearson JETSET Level 6
LCCI EfB Level 4
AIM AWARDS-ANGLIA Proficiency
CPE
CAE grade A
IELTS 8.0-9.0
TrackTest English Test C2
Trinity College ISE IV, GESE 12
Pearson JETSET Level 7
AIM AWARDS-ANGLIA Masters
Italian CELI – Impatto
CILS A1
PLIDA A1
CELI 1
CILS A2
DELI A2
PLIDA A2
CELI 2
CILS 1
DILI B1
PLIDA B1
CELI 3
CILS 2
DILI B2
PLIDA B2
CELI 4
CILS 3
DALI C1
PLIDA C1
CELI 5
CILS 4
PLIDA C2
3 - Initial Interviews

An initial interview is a fundamental element of the enrollment process on one of our courses, during which the candidate is given the opportunity to meet an Istituto Secoli advisor and gather information about the particular training program, receiving, at the same time, useful advice based on personal skills. During the meeting the advisor will also evaluate the correlation between the candidate’s goals, entry requirements, aspirations, motivations and their CV. This interview is also an opportunity to test international students' language level.

You can book an initial interview in one of the following ways:

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