Politecnico di Milano School of DESIGN

mission statement

Academic programs in Industrial Design provide the theoretical, scientific and professional knowledge necessary for a designer, or in other words a person who is expert and skilled in planning, producing and improving industrial products. The latter term, industrial product, is not just understood by the Design Faculty as a physical item such as a car, a furniture element, an object, a garment or accessory, but also all the elements that serve to communicate a product and give it a “sense”, such as the aspects of graphic design and the creation of brands, web sites or fashion shows. This area of learning serves to meet the educational requirements asked by the industry of consumer products, public administrations and firms specialized in the design of communication, interiors, exhibitions and fashion, as well as the sectors responsible for selling and distributing these products. The suggested academic courses are arranged in two degree levels, the so-called 3+2 system, with a three-year Degree Course and a Master Degree that requires another two years. The three-year Degree Course produces graduates who are Design technicians or, in other words, professionals capable of collaborating in all the technical duties and design activities of the process that begins with the ideation and terminates with the production and distribution of the product in the market, and features different subjects in each Degree Course that has been created. Master Degree graduates are professionals capable of overseeing and defining the strategic aims of the design activities. These graduates are able to coordinate complex design activities, aimed at the creation of extensive and multifaceted product systems on the basis of the brand identity and the marketing strategies. Finally, those who have completed the Master Course may participate in the PhD program, a highly qualified academic itinerary for those who want to focus on design research. AR

international role

Relé – is a key office organizing the relationships and links between the academic and research bodies of the Design system at Politecnico and the academic and research partners of the world. The collaborations with partners might consider all levels of the University world as well as the communication and organization of event to promote design as an factor of innovation.

national role

The Scuola del Design collaborates with the other schools of the Politecnico di Milano (Engineering, Architecture), with the Bocconi University of Economics. For national research programs in Design the Indaco department leads a Network of Italian Universities through the SDI research unit (Italian Design System): Palermo, Napoli, Genova, Chieti, Firenze, Roma, Torino, Reggio Calabria (http://www.sistemadesignitalia.it).

main focus

The School of Design is 7th in the 2017 World QS ranking for art and design. It hosts many Italian and international visiting professors from academic and professional backgrounds making the link with the real demand of the global society in which the school is rooted. All our courses offer a methodological and multidisciplinary approach of Design where technologies, research and innovation are constantly enriched by the Polimi ongoing researches. They respond to the needs of people as well as of industries, institutions and the market.

bachelor level programs

There are currently 4 first level degree programs (3 years):

Industrial product design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Communication design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Fashion Design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Interior design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

master level programs


There are currently 7 Laurea Magistrale programs (2 years):

Integrated product design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Communication design (Milan)

Design for the fashion system (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Interior and spatial design (Milan and New Delhi - Gurgaon, India)

Design and Engineering (Milan)

Product Service Systems Design Italian member of the MEDes Network (Master of European Design) (Milan)

Interaction and Digital Design

Naval and Nautical Design (La Spezia, Genoa, Milan)

research activity and main areas


The Department of Design, former INDACO Department (Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion) has the mission to promote innovation, development and integration of design culture and methodologies in the socio-economic system. The research objectives To act as a place of theoretical, critical, scientific, and cultural debate about the relationship between design & industry and between design & society; to create a system of multidisciplinary connections with the whole range of scientific and technical skills.

The Department deals with three main fields of interest, in which the research is organized:

1. Design&Culture

2. Products, Services and Strategies

3. Environmental, Landscape and Mobility.

A few data 19 full professors - 39 associate professors - 42 researchers - 68 PhD candidates - 47 Research fellows – around 20 visiting professors for teaching - 43 Administrative and technical staff - About 250 people working every day in the Department.

The educational goals To support the School of Design and other national and international Schools in the development of their educational programs; to collaborate (at International and National level) with other Schools and other public and private subjects in order to develop educational initiatives. The Department has created a cluster of laboratories suitable both for didactic experimentation and for specialised research. They are the greatest world center supporting research and didactics in design processes, in an area of around 4,000 square metres inside the Politecnico Bovisa campus in Milan: 4 laboratories devoted to didactic activities, 12 for research, 11 interdepartmental laboratories.


doctorate level programs

 The PhD program in Design, Dottorato in Design, of Politecnico di Milano, was started in 2008. It is run by the Department of Design toghether with the Department of Mechanics and the Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering.
The program aims at training researcher-designers who will contribute original knowledge to the field of design by tackling the problems and identifying the potential of contemporary society. Their contribution may be brought to bear in: creating designs, visions, and proposals (research through design); developing tools and methods to put these into practice (research for design); critical analysis of design and its application domain (research on design). The PhD program in Design is internationally acknowledged as a center of higher education in design. It is the only
curriculum in Italy entirely focused on the disciplinary aspects of design and it carries on the legacy of the former doctoral program in industrial design, which, at its inception in 1991, was the first program about design in the Country.

subject areas for exchange students

Every course at Bachelor level Every course at Master level except Nautical Design

application deadlines

June 15th  - November 15th  - to be checked with the  exchange office 


teaching languages

All courses are taught in Italian  at the Bachelor level - most Masters offer program in English.

Italian for foreigners courses are organised for exchange students for around 40 hours in both semesters. Some professors help students with English bibliographies.

semester dates

1st semester: mid -Spetember  to end of December: exams in January _February   

2nd semester:  end of February  - end of May exams in June-July

cost of living per month (studying and living)

The minimum can be:

400 € the room -   200 € for life  - 30 € for travel  - 20 €  material but it depends on the courses

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