Raffles Milano Istituto Moda e Design
Master RM Istituto Moda e Design


New stories, new visions
Ten amazing months, with internationally renowned lecturers. Once in a life time opportunity to learn directly from the protagonists. Raffles Milano Masters: finally someone has thought of it.
10 months
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Course leader

Denis Curti
Denis Curti has worked with international high profile photographers on exhibitions and on editorial market projects: David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Jean Henri Lartigue, Ferdinando Scianna, Olivo Barbieri, Francesco Jodice. He is the Art Director of Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice and the Director of the digital magazine Black Camera, in cooperation with Rolling Stone Italia. He is the Art Director of influential Festivals of Photography in Italy. In 2015 he founded his own agency Still in Milano, a space for exhibitions and photographic corporate productions.

Find out “Why Raffles Milano”
and learn more about the Master in

with the Course Leader Denis Curti.


Photography means providing a useful and interesting model of the world, one that helps us love reality by talking about it. To be a photographer is no longer a craftsman trade. Digital technology forces him to shrug off the obsession with the technique in favor of a mindset increasingly related to the ability to see, to interpret and to narrate.

Professional opportunites

Photographers have to be active, effective and conscious interpreters of the contemporary world. That is why the lectures are built around a lifelong education approach. Our lecturers are experienced, skilled and great at their work: this ensures that our students will receive high-profile training, culminating in the possibility of them finding professional placement in various areas of visual production, communication and image, both in Italy and internationally, from still & motion and storytelling to advertising and corporate fields.

Who should attend

This Masters is designed to suit the needs of everyone who wants to learn and develop the themes of contemporary photography, transforming a passion into a profession. In particular, it is designed for students aiming to (re)define and (re)position themselves professionally, to keep abreast of today’s developing contexts. Who are the photographers of the future (and of the present)? They are people with the skills, abilities and critical awareness it takes to tackle the enormous scene of contemporary production without any hang-ups and to launch an independent, continuing and successful business of their own.


Working side by side with the professionals who lead in today’s market, our students acquire a fully rounded appreciation of the new approaches to designing an identity, a reportage, advertising campaigns and corporate communications. This Masters focuses on tangible experience with real assignments proposed by firms and institutions. A vital part of the curriculum is devoted to how the market for collecting, publishing and fine art functions. It does this by putting together a personal portfolio, the first step towards establishing relations with international galleries and curators.


– Context of Italian and international photography
– Collecting and fine art
– Creativity and design process in photography
– Advertising and corporate communications
– Beauty and portraiture
– Landscape and architecture
– Focus on storytelling
– Organising and curating exhibitions and events
– Compiling a portfolio
– Digital technology for creativity

Student of the Year

At the end of each academic year, RM rewards the best talent of every course and every year. The award is given to the student who has distinguished him- or herself in terms of his/her academic career and portfolio, according to the assessment both of an internal committee of teachers and of an external committee of professionals who are invited to assess the portfolio (the student’s anonymity is protected).


For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Masters course has been endorsed by:

AFIP International
Associazione Fotografi Professionisti

Project Lecturers

Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.
Each professional spends a month with the students. 8 four-week months and 2 three-week months.
Each week you will have a 6 hour day and an 8 hour day lesson with the experts.
At the end of the month, the student receives an evaluation on the developed project.
Some professionals can be replaced during the Master, with other top-level studios, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.

Claudio Composti
Curator / Art director
Raised in the art world, he opened the Ca 'Di Fra' Gallery in Milan in 1997 with his father and sisters. In 2009 in Milan, with Vincenzo Maccarone, he founded the mc2gallery of which he is Art Director. Curator and private consultant for collectors, he is a talent scout for young photographers and organizes exhibitions of young Italian and foreign photographers of international renown - such as Antoine D'Agata, Jacob Aue Sobol, Michael Ackerman - in public spaces, photography festivals, italian galleries and international photography centers. He is Folio Reviewer in photography festivals such as the Vogue Photo Festival in Milan, the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca or Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, The European Photographic Festival in Busto Arsizio and Les Rencontres d'Arles in France. In 2016 he founded Periscope Photoscouting, an online consulting platform for emerging photographers or artists who use the photographic medium.
Silvia Camporesi
Graduated in Philosophy from the University of Bologna. Since 2000, through photography and video, her research has been moving on a fine line between imagination and reality, where the subject always establishes a relation with the natural elements and, at the same time, attempts to transcend the limits of the body and the mind. She often uses scale models to recreate real or imaginary places, which are then illuminated and photographed in her studio (as in the project The cities of thought). In recent years her research has focused on exploring the Italian landscape, with the publication of The third Venice and Atlas Italiae. Alongside the artistic career, she has dedicated her time also to the education activity and, for the past ten years, she has been leading the Conversation around photography, a series of talks with photographers and critics about contemporary photography.
Philippe Séclier
A former journalist, Philippe Séclier has a passion for photography in all its forms. Art director for the daily Le Parisien in 2000, he became a freelancer in 2001 and published four books: Hôtel Puerto (2001), a long analysis on worldwide harbours, La longue route de sable (2005), following in the footsteps of the author and director Pier Paolo Pasolini, El camino de Tulahuèn (2014), following in the footsteps of the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain and La jeune fille à la fleur (2017), a study on the famous photography of the French photographer Marc Riboud. He was director of two documentaries: one dedicated to Marc Riboud (2004), Instants d'année; the second, Un voyage américain (2009), inspired by Robert Frank’s book The Americans. He took part in the 60th anniversary of Magnum Photos in 2007 and has collaborated with the French photographer and director Raymond Depardon for fifteen years. He is also a curator: Autophoto was presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris in 2017 and Depardon USA at the Rencontres internationales de la Photographie d'Arles in Summer 2018.
Laurie Hurwitz
Curator / Writer
She is an American-born curator and writer based in Paris who has been working at at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris for the past fifteen years. There, she has curated or produced exhibitions on a wide ranger of artists and photographers including Bruce Davidson, Jacques Henri Lartigue, William Klein, Jim Dine, Bernard Plossu, David Lynch, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt, Irving Penn, Sarah Moon and Don McCullin; as well as conserving the museum’s collection of artists’ videos. She is also an art writer who has been the longtime Paris correspondent for ARTnews magazine and has also written on photography and contemporary art for catalogs and magazines such as Art & Auction, Arts, frieze, Metropolis, Connaissance des arts, artpress and Art in Print.
Erik Kessels
Communication expert
Class of 1966, Erik Kessels was born in the Dutch town of Roermond, near the Belgian border. He started his career working as an illustrator with Ogilvy & Mather Eindhoven and attending evening classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, then continued at the Kuipers & Schouten and the Chiat/Day agencies, the latter in London. In 1996, he and his creative partner John Kramer founded the agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam, which now has a successful international reputation. In addition to his advertising profession, Kessels is passionate about photography, as a collector, curator, book publisher and magazine editor. His installation at the FOAM in Amsterdam made an unforgettable mark: invited to imagine an exhibition about the future of photography, he came up with the idea of materialising the horrendous flood of images that washes over us every day, showing a million images of all kinds and origins loaded onto Flickr in the course of just one day.
Francesco Anselmi
Born 1984 in Milan, Francesco lives between Italy and the United States. He graduated at The International Center of Photography receiving the New York Times Foundation Scholarship in 2010. His work focuses on social issues and ongoing changes involving the western society, from Europe to the United States of America. In 2012 he started a long term documentation about the consequences of the Greek economical crisis, that led him to receive the Chris Hondros Fellowship Fund in 2013 and the Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project in 2016. A selection of his work was screened at Visa Pour L'image 2013/2015/2016 in Perpignan, at Image Singuliere 2014 in Sete, at les rencontre d'Arles 2014 and exhibited at 2014 and 2018 Lumix Festival for young photojournalism in Hannover and at 2015 Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi. Francesco is among the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack finalists. His work appeared on The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Liberation, Bloomberg businesweek, NEON, Courrier International, LFI, Internazionale, L'Espresso, Sette, Sportweek, Amica International, IoDonna among others. Since 2017 he’s focusing on changes investing contemporary American society, with particular attention to identity related issues in border areas. Since 2011 Francesco is represented by Contrasto.
Renata Ferri
Journalist, she is currently director of photography of iO Donna, women's weekly magazine of Il Corriere della Sera. Until 2018 she was also the chief picture editor of Amica, the monthly magazine of Rcs Mediagroup. From 1991 to 2005 she was the director of projects at Contrasto agency. She teaches in specialized schools and university courses and follows several authors' photographic projects on a regular basis. She has been a member of many juries and photographic awards including the editions of World Press Photo (2011 and 2012). From 2010 to 2015 she had a blog about photography on ilPost.it. She has edited several photographic books and numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Simona Ghizzoni
Simona Ghizzoni is a photographer, visual artist and activist. Her work is rooted in her personal experience, which Ghizzoni re- interprets through photography and video. Known for her award-winning work on eating disorders, Odd Days, and for her series of self-portraits Aftermath/Rayuela, which deals with the twisting and ambivalent relationship between humans and nature, for over ten years Ghizzoni has been working on projects that investigate the relationship with the contemporary world. Even in her documentary works, Ghizzoni tends to use a personal and participatory narrative, which arises from the intimate relationship she creates with her subjects. Her work has received several awards, such as The Aftermath Project, Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Sony World Photography Award and World Press Photo in the portraits category, among others. It has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, including at the Nobel Peace Centre, Paris Photo, Photo España, Athens Photo Museum, Ex Mattatoio and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, and appear in some prestigious collections such as the Donata Pizzi Collection. Ghizzoni is a TEDX speaker and holds regular lectures at various schools and universities in Italy and abroad.
Tommaso Parrillo
Tommaso Parrillo is publisher and founder of Witty books ( Witty Kiwi), a publishing house founded in 2012 with the aim to promote photography and visual arts. Since 2016 he is also co-founder of JEST, an independent space and library dedicated to enhance culture and photography in Turin. He works as editor, professor and curator.
Toni Thorimbert
Photographer / Art director

Method Lecturers

There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.
For this reason, the students have 200 hours of lessons with the Method Lecturers which are spread over the 10 months of the Master.
Some lecturers can be replaced during the Master, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.

Giancarlo Vaiarelli
He entered a darkroom for the first time when he was 13. After a period as an assistant photographer, he started his professional activity as a freelance photoreporter. Driven by his interest in high-quality black and white printing he moved to London to gain a deeper experience collaborating with three labs, after which he decided to move to the U.S. to his master and mentor Dick Arentz and to Print Zone in New York. After ten years spent abroad to continue his studies and experience on old photographic techniques he returned to Milan, where he first worked for some laboratories and later founded his own studios-labs (Studio Vaiarelli-Zone Five and Silverprint) before joining a professional and highly qualified team to create photography projects for Fine Art. He keeps travelling between the UK and the U.S. for work to keep up to date.
Cristina Manasse
Qualified lawyer in Milan, more than 20 years of experience in the law of cultural goods and copyright, with specific focus on art and photography law, also for digital world. Represents artists, galleries, museums, art fairs, collectors, cultural institutions, start ups, digital cultural platforms, content creators. Former Chairman of “Art, Cultural Institution & Heritage Law” Committee of IBA. Member of: a) ASK Centre, Bocconi University; b) Commission “Law, Literature and Art”, Milan Bar; c) Icom Italia research group “ Digital Cultural Heritage”. Author of various publications, organizer/speaker at international/national conferences on art and photography law and ip. Lecturer in university courses/masters, in Italy and abroad, on art/photography law and IP.
Gianluca Catzeddu
After the Master in Professional Photography in 2001, he began his career as a photographer, realizing various advertising campaigns and catalogs. Since 2005 he becomes Adobe Certified Expert for Photoshop and he is part of AdobeGuru, the group of official experts in the field of Digital Imaging, performing throughout Italy software demonstration activities, seminars and various launches of Adobe products. He works as a digital photography teacher collaborating with some national associations and with various schools in Italy. As post-production he worked for three international advertising campaigns commissioned by the Contrasto agency for the brand "Jacob Cohen", working on the photos of Elliot Erwitt. He collaborates for the post production with the photographer Monica Silva, for works exhibited in September 2014 in Sao Paulo and for the EICMA 2016 advertising campaign. He edited the post-production of some images in the Red Bull Content Pool, shot by the photographer Mauro Puccini. With the same photographer he also collaborated in 2017 on the creation of a social campaign for ADIDAS.
Lorenzo Maccotta
After graduating in Philosophy in 2005 with a thesis in Aesthetics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", he attended a course at the Roman School of Photography and began his work as a documentary photographer. The first projects focus on the issue of immigration in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières - Italy; later he directed his work towards a personal research, remaining always adherent to contemporary topics, and in 2015 he started a long-term project aimed at exploring the impact of new technologies on global society titled How far_stories from the Internet. Represented since 2013 by the Contrasto agency, his works have been exhibited in museums and published in major national and international magazines and websites. In 2017, an excerpt from the work How far_stories from the Internet has been awarded at the Sony World Photography Awards in the Contemporary Issue category.
Mattia Zoppellaro
Zoppellaro studied Photography in Milan from 1997 to 2000, and in 2003, after collaborating with the Department of Photography of Fabrica, he moved to England where he started shooting for various magazines and music labels. At the same time he carried out several personal projects, from social reportage (Irish Travellers, Kosovan Refugees, African Witch Hunters, Homeless People in Hackney, High-Security Prisons in North-Eastern Italy), to projects on local customs (Religious Ceremonies in Southern Italy, Sex Fair in Milan) and youth movements (European Rave Parties, Mexican Punk, Hip Hop Scene in Dakar). In October 2015 he inaugurated his solo exhibition Heroes? at the Outdoor Festival in Rome. In March 2016 he launched Scratches at the Traffic Gallery in Bergamo. In September 2017 he published his first book, Appleby, on Irish travellers, published by Contrasto. This project was showcased in Cortona On The Move in 2016 at Spazio Forma (2017), at the Portrait(s) Festival in Vichy (2018) and at the Traffic Gallery in Bergamo (2018). He has published his work on Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Sunday Times Magazine, Financial Times Weekend, El Pais Semanal, L’Espresso, D La Repubblica, Io Donna, GQ, Les Inrockuptibles, Mojo, NME, Sportweek, and Vanity Fair.
Valeria Moreschi
Curator and writer
After studying philosophy in Pavia and in Strasbourg and some experiences in publishing, she became passionate about photography. She began his professional career in FNAC where she held the position of Manager of the Photographic Galleries in Italy, from 2000 to 2014. She organized, in particular, the great exhibition of the FNAC Collection in Italy and the launch of the "Attention Talent Photographic Fnac" Award. Since 2015 she works for Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in the prestigious headquarters in Milano as Manager of activities. Here she follows the organization of all projects aimed at the public of Forma: important photographic exhibitions (such as Vivian Maier, Robert Frank, Sebastião Salgado), meetings with authors, teaching, projections and special projects. She collaborates also with Contrasto, one of the most important publishers of books and publishing projects dedicated to photography. She has been a member of the jury in many photographic awards and portfolio review. Specialties: photography, management, logistics, customer relations, editing, marketing, production, public speaking, seminars, supervisory skills, writing.
Alessia Paladini
Curator and writer
After the degree in History of the English Theatre at Università degli Studi di Milano, she works in the Contemporary Art Department of Sotheby’s auction house. From 1998 until 2005 she is gallery director of Photology, in 2005 she starts collaborating with Contrasto Group, where she created the printroom dedicated to photography collecting, Contrasto Galleria, of which she is director as of today. She curated many photographic exhibitions, both of established and emerging artists, such as Mario Giacomelli, Sebastião Salgado, Irene Kung, Massimo Siragusa, Alessandro Imbriaco, Kenro Izu, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Piergiorgio Branzi, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb, Bill Armstrong, Janet Sternburg. With Contrasto Galleria she participates in the most important art fairs like Paris Photo, Photo London, Arte Fiera Bologna. She collaborates to the exhibiting program of Leica Galerie Milan and is a regular lecturer of portfolio at Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia and Photolux Lucca festivals. Her approach to photography is focused on the collecting area, which has specific and peculiar parameters and criteria.
Roberto Koch
At a very young age, he started to focus on professional photography carrying out several reportage projects on social and international issues working with some of the world’s most important magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Life, Stern, Panorama, Sette, Espresso and others. In 1981 he published his first book, Augusto e gli altri (Mazzotta) dedicated to children with disabilities. Since 1984 and until the coup of 1991, he monitored the development of events in the Soviet Union, from Gorbachev’s rise to power to the collapse of the Communist regime. His work won the Kodak award in 1988 and was included in the book Istanti di Russia (Peliti, 1990) accompanied by a travelling exhibition. In 1991, with Gianni Berengo Gardin and Ferdinando Scianna he published In treno attraverso l'Italia (Peliti), in 1992 he co-wrote Exit with Enrico Bossan (Peliti). A work of some years on the Giro d'Italia was published by the Italian and international press and included in the book In Giro, (Contrasto, 1996), in 1998 he published Album. Fotografie dall'Italia (Contrasto). His photos were published in a portfolio on the top international magazines and were exhibited in several individual and collective exhibitions in various Italian and foreign museums. Many times member of the international panel of the World Press Photo and of the board of the Henri Cartier-Bresson award. In 1994 he founded the publishing house Contrasto and over the years, both in Italy and abroad, he has produced many important exhibitions on authors such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Richard Avedon, James Nachtwey, Gianni Berengo Gardin, William Klein, Josef Koudelka, David Goldblatt, Ferdinando Scianna, Mimmo Jodice and many more. He edited the book Fotobox, which reached international success with over 100,000 copies sold worldwide, and the huge volume I of the series Grandi Fotografi, with monographs about twenty of the most important world photographers, published in five languages. Currently he is president of Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in Milan, the most prestigious institution for communicating Photography in our country, with over 100 exhibitions set up in Italy and abroad.
Ferdinando Scianna
Born in Bagheria, in Sicily, in 1943, Ferdinando Scianna enrolled in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo, but did not complete his studies there. In 1963, he met Leonardo Sciascia, with whom, at the age of 21, he published the first of numerous books that they then wrote together, Feste religiose in Sicilia (Religious Festivals in Sicily), which won the Nadar Prize. He then moved to Milan, where in 1967 he started worked for the weekly magazine L’Europeo as a photoreporter, special correspondent and then regular correspondent in Paris, where he lived for ten years. Introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he joined the Magnum agency in 1982. Since 1987, he has been alternating reportage with fashion and advertising photography, areas where he has gained international success. His most important books include I Siciliani (Paris, 1977), Kami (Milan, 1988), Le forme del Caos (Udine, 1988), Leonardo Sciascia (Milan, 1989), Marpessa (Milan, 1993), Altrove, reportage di moda (Milan, 1995), Viaggio a Lourdes (Milan, 1996) and Dormire, forse sognare (Udine, 1997).
Giovanni Gastel
Born in Milan in 1955 to Giuseppe Gastel and his wife Ida Visconti di Modrone, Giovanni Gastel is the youngest of seven children. In the seventies, he started a long period of apprenticeship, taking wedding photos, portraits and still life shots. His first important break came in 1975, when he started working with the auction house Christie’s, but the real change came in 1981, when his future agent Carla Ghiglieri introduced him to the fashion scene and he started working with Vogue Italia, Mondo Uomo and Donna magazines. Since then, he has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious fashion publications, both in Italy and abroad, especially in Paris. From 1996 to 1998, he was President of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers, which he now serves at as Honorary President. It was in 1997 that he achieved the pinnacle of artistic recognition, when the Milan Triennale organised a one-man show of his works curated by Germano Celant, featuring around 200 photographs, evidence of a long and prolific career. In 2002, in the framework of the event La Kore Oscar della Moda (Fashion Oscars), he was awarded the Oscar for Photography.

Companies & Brands

In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.

Adidas, Aigner, B&O – Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.

Monday talk

Every Monday evening at 6.30 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.


Applications can be sent by the “Admission Form” below or made by phone by calling the Secretariat directly. When we receive the required documentation and a motivational letter written by the Candidate, the Management will set the date for an introductory interview with the Course Leader or with the College Director if necessary. If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive official notice regarding the acceptance of their application, which in any case is non-binding for the Candidate.


Application documents:
– curriculum vitae
– artistic and/or professional portfolio
– motivation letter
– copy of Bachelor’s Degree/Graduation certificate
– passport or identity card for Italian or EU-EFTA citizens

Candidates can also send the application documents to the e-mail address: master@rm-modaedesign.it

For further information, please fill in the “Information Form”.


Following the Management’s official notice concerning the Candidate’s admissibility, the latter may proceed to the enrolment stage. All students who fulfil the requirements must pay the enrolment fee when they formalize their enrolment, which must then be integrated by the yearly
tuition fee before the beginning of the course.


European Union and EFTA students
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Tuition fee: 18.000 euros

Non-European Union and Non-EFTA students
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Tuition fee: 23.000 euros


Information request
Admission form