Preside: prof.ssa Luisa Collina

Vice-Preside: prof. Francesco Zurlo

Delegate for educational projects with North America: Paola Bertola

Delegate for double degrees, innovative international teaching and research projects (with a particular focus on China): Davide Fassi

Delegate for the mobility of students and teachers: both European and extra EU; both annual / semi-annual and intensive workshops: Silvia Ferraris

Delegate for the entrance test to the degree courses of the School: Luca Guerrini

Milan has a long tradition of professional design practice, which grew out of the material culture of craftsmanship and industry in Lombardy at the beginning of the last century and boomed after the war and in the fifties with an original, authoritative voice. Industrial Design oversees the designing and enhancement of industrial products, integrating design disciplines (rooted in art and architecture) with technological (engineering and information technology based) and management (economics linked) disciplines. For over fifty years industrial design has been part of Universities and Scientific/Technological Institutions throughout the world: first in the industrialized European countries, in North America and in Japan; later in emerging and recently developed countries such as India, China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Taiwan.

In 1993 Milan, with its Politecnico, became the elective birthplace of the Degree Course in Industrial Design, the first of its kind in Italy. The Politecnico is a place of avant-garde training, a meeting point of different cultures.

It links architectural and artistic studies, with their creativity and focus on form, to technical, scientific and engineering studies. In addition, this university is noteworthy for its longstanding dialogue with the great entrepreneurial management tradition of small and medium enterprises which enrich the territory of Lombardy and of Italy in general.

The history of the Degree Course in Industrial Design – Design Faculty since June 2000 and now the School of Design – is characterized by its constant desire to experiment innovative, experimental development lines that respond to the real market needs of contemporary society.

The School of Design in the Politecnico di Milano is today the largest international university for the training of product, communication, interior and fashion designers, both by number of students and of teaching staff.

It is active in the recently built Milan campus. The following figures give some idea of its extent: approx. 5000 students, over 450 teaching staff and a further 400 or so research and teaching assistants working in various capacities.

Degree programs are organized at two levels: 3 year first level degree (Bachelor or B.Sc) and a further 2 year second level degree “Laurea Magistrale” (Master or M.Sc).

According to “QS Rankin by Subject” the School of Design is 1st in Italy, 2nd in Europe and 5th in the world. 

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

Industrial product design

Communication design

Fashion Design

Interior design


There are currently 7 Laurea Magistrale programs in Campus Milano Bovisa and 1 in La Spezia (Genova):


Integrated product design

Communication design

Design for the fashion system

Interior and spatial design

Design and Engineering

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

Digital and interaction design

La Spezia (Genova)

Naval and Nautical Design (La Spezia, Genoa)

The training course includes the contribution of theoretical and critical disciplines with the aim of providing a solid methodological basis, advanced scientific knowledge and developing individual research skills, continuous learning, planning and strategic finalization of the project.

The skills expressed by the outgoing profiles concern:


  • integrated design capacity of the aesthetic, formal and functional qualities of nautical products;
  • ability to design control of series and one off production processes;
  • strategic project management skills thanks to the anticipated evolution of market scenarios integrated with the ability to communicate project and product content;
  • ability to operate on a wide scale of intervention starting from accessories for the nautical sector, up to the interior design according to the purposes of use of the different products.


At the end of the course, a joint qualification will be issued between the University of Genova and the Politecnico of Milan



In addition to these two levels of degree program the university also offers a wide range of first level university Master diplomas, admission after the three year Bachelor degree, and second level Master diplomas, admission after the M.Sc. Finally, M.Sc graduates may be admitted to a research doctorate (PhD - ) in the INDACO department, a top qualification in the field of design research.