International network


CUMULUS is the International Association of the University of Art, Design and Media founded in 1990, which has been operating as an association since 2001. It had 176 members in 44 countries in 2011. The secretarial office of Cumulus is in Helsinki, Finland.

The Design School of the Politecnico di Milano has been a member of the Cumulus network since its foundation in 2001. Since 2008 the School has been an active member of the Association Board.

Cumulus is the only worldwide network working for art and training in design. It is a forum for collaboration and the transfer of knowledge and good practices useful for international partnership building. The aim common to all partners is to improve the quality of instruction through co-operation, and student and teacher exchange including their response to the EU Erasmus Program.

Cumulus has been a pioneer in developing joint programs, intensive workshops, projects and biennial conventions. Through summer courses and exhibitions Cumulus boosts the promotion of young talent and increases the visibility of their work.

To stimulate design actions, projects and research for a more sustainable society, Cumulus representatives signed the Kyoto Design Declaration in March 2008.



The Group for International Design Education is an international consortium of Further Education design schools that work together to promote international exchanges and offer the possibility of comparing the skills and abilities, contents and quality of study programs and enrich the experience of students in the interior design sector. The group consists of five main partner institutions in Italy (Politecnico di Milano), the United Kingdom (Leeds College of Art and Design), Switzerland (SUPSI) and Belgium (Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen).

Politecnico di Milano – Scuola del Design, Milano, Italia
Coordinator: Davide Fassi, lecturer, INDACO department

Leeds College of Art, Leeds, United Kingdom
Coordinator: c/o Stephen Smith, Director of External Development

Lessius Mechelen University College, design & technology  department, Mechelen, Belgio
Coordinator: Nansi Van Geetsom, international coordinator interior design, Mechelen University College

Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Institutfür Industrial Design, Magdeburgo, Germania
Coordinator: Prof. Marion Meyer in charge of international cooperation at the Institutfür Industrial Design

SUPSI Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana – DACD, Dipartimento Ambiente Costruzioni e design, Lugano – Svizzera.
Coordinator: PietroVitali, Interior Architecture Course Coordinator

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design– Interior Environmental Design, Design and Craft, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scozia
Coordinator: Andrew Milligan, Programme Director, Interior Environmental Design

VSD (Academy of Design), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Coordinator: Lenka Kavcic, Vice Dean.


Through the LLLP – Erasmus program it is possible to draw up agreements for the exchange of teaching staff, didactics and workshops.

Teaching staff exchange is intended for university teachers who encourage exchange and are active in welcoming, tutoring and building relationships with partner universities. The staff exchange is funded by the European LLP/Erasmus program and is managed by the International Exchange Office of the University and coordinated by the International Relations office of the Design School.


Through the ERASMUS program the Design School organizes workshops on the Bovisa campus with professors from international schools, and organizes student and teacher mobility towards our partner schools. For further information teaching staff should contact the International Relations office


The Design School is linked, directly or through INDACO and, with the following world design associations:

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