Frequent Asked Questions

  1. OVER 50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE – For over 50 years (the Academy was founded in 1951) KOEFIA has been teaching the methodology to create High Fashion. The prestige of the school and the skills developed enable KOEFIA students to enter, in large numbers, into the working world within a year of graduation.
  2. ACCREDITATION – Recognized as a training company by the Province of Rome. Accredited for its academic courses according to the European guidelines “Bologna Compliance”, the three-year courses created by KOEFIA are equivalent to the Italian Bachelor’s Degree. The two-year postgraduate courses are equivalent to the Italian Master’s Degree.
  3. REPUTATION – Studying at KOEFIA means graduating from one of the best schools of Italian Fashion, certainly among the most prestigious of Haute Couture.
  4. CURRICULUM STUDIES – Training programs of KOEFIA hold international standards and this allows students to be able to decide to study in other schools around the world with the certainty of having their achievements acknowledged.
  5. STUDENT ENTERING THE WORLD OF HIGH FASHION – Students come first. The events, competitions and fashion shows, to which the Academy and its students participate in during the course, place them in direct contact with the professional world of fashion designers and fashion houses. Students participate in initiatives, fashion shows and competitions in Italy and throughout the world, thanks to the relationships that KOEFIA has consolidated with other schools and institutions.
  6. MULTICULTURALISM -There are many students in KOEFIA from other European countries and beyond. Studying at KOEFIA means learning about and encountering other cultures, enriching their experience in the certainty that Rome and Italy will remain the capital of Haute Couture in the world.
  7. ROME – KOEFIA is in Rome, where Haute Couture was born. Studying in Rome is a dream come true! The KOEFIA Academy is located a short walk from St. Peter’s Basilica – The Vatican City, in the district of “Prati”, in Via Cola di Rienzo, one of the main shopping streets of the city. It is also easily reach by subway (line A), Ottaviano and Lepanto stations.
  8. STUDENT SERVICES – In KOEFIA each student is unique. From  inscription to the degree the student is taken care of in all his needs – both practical and educational – in order that he may better express his talents and fulfil his dreams of entering professionally into the world of fashion.

The history and the didactic method. KOEFIA adopts an interdisciplinary teaching methodology that focuses on the students. The foundation of the teaching is the ” KOEFIA method “, which has made the school famous throughout the world. Design, couture pattern making on mannequins and the tailoring of garments are the foundations of the teaching, in touch with the evolution of fashion.

We have an extensive network of connections with the artistic and professional world. Didactic teaching ensures that the students are immersed into a study of individual and group work, in lectures-seminars, conceptual research and, in particular, practical workshops through a set of different experiences: individual work and group work, lectures and tutoring, experiments and workshops with companies based on real briefs, conceptual research and practical laboratories.

All the  teaching staff at KOEFIA are professionals from various sectors,
with a coherent background in the field of teaching. Many of them have worked in major fashion houses, agencies and artistic and cultural organizations. Others are art curators, critics, authors of publications or regular contributors to fashion magazines. The teaching staff is permanent. Many of the academic staff have worked with KOEFIA for more than twenty years.

As of the next academic year 2014-2015 the KOEFIA Academy will be offering three-year courses equivalent to an Italian Bachelor’s Degree.

It is essential be in possession of a High School Diploma. Foreign students require a certificate equivalent to level +2 High School (having studied up to 18 years) = Junior / Associate Degree.

These are post-graduate European Bachelor courses, equivalent to the Italian Bachelor’s Degree. The equivalence is established at European level and verified during accreditation by an external body that controls the structure and quality of the courses.

The certification issued at the beginning, during and at the end of the three-year courses allows the validation of the studies carried out in Italy and abroad. At the end of the studies a Bachelor Degree is awarded to the student, after having passed the thesis and the English language exam.

In all countries of the world. In fact, training is expressed in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) or European university credits. These credits are automatically translated into U.S. credits (Units), Canadian credits and  credits of the university system in all countries of the former Commonwealth, which adopt the Anglo-Saxon system. The same is true for China, where both the European and the American credit systems are recognized.

Yes. The European Bachelor’s Degree (three years) or the Master’s Degree (3 +2) are included in the system of European mobility of teaching,  learning and careers, which is part of the “Bologna process” of the European Parliament ( The annual certification (or even every six months) of ECTS allows the student to present his/her university credits to another private or public European academic institution in order to obtain recognition (and therefore enrolment in the program of studies required).

However, it is important that education facilities, for which mobility is requested, have comparable and coherent study programs; i.e. validate student’s credits given that they are coherent with the curriculum of the school of destination. Furthermore, KOEFIA will verify, in advance, the compatibility between the programs of various schools.

If the university credits are already expressed in ECTS, recognition is automatic. In the case where matured credits need to be converted, or in the event that the student wishes to transform previous studies or professional experience into ECTS, the school will need to verify them and their certification through the  Academic Advising service. This certification is subject to a fee.

Yes, in general. However, admission is verified by the KOEFIA direction, and subject to the possession of the knowledge and competencies necessary to ensure acceptable frequency and a beneficial education.

The accomplishment of a greater number of 180 ECTS for the Bachelor’s Degree and 120 ECTS for the Master’s Degree entitles the student, in the opinion of the Degree Commission, to “graduation with Honours” (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude).

The student acquires an “educational debt”. Each year, for example, 60 ECTS are required of the Bachelor’s Degree. If a student fails  (or is unable to take) the exam or the assessment for a subject (Course Unit) of the first year, which, for example, is worth 6 ECTS, they will carry an educational debt equal to 6 ECTS into the second year and will have to take that exam in the second year.

Two. There will be two examination sessions per year. The first in early January (for the 1st “autumn” semester), the second in early July (for the 2nd “spring” semester). During each session, the student may enrol in any examination of his year for which he has attended and  believes able to sustain.

No. The project can be arranged with the KOEFIA direction after enrolling on the course.