International networks and partner schools

For further details on each location, the student can view the Map of the Partner locations on the Politecnico website. 

The MEDes is a program of interdisciplinary excellence available only to students enrolled in the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Product, Interior and Communication.   

The pathway offered by 6 European Design Schools and 1 in the UK, includes two exchange years, the first in the 3rd year of the Bachelor's degree and the second in the 1st year of the Master's degree in two of these Schools:    

Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal   

 Köln International School of Design, Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany   

The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UK   

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden   

École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), Paris, France   

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland  

GIDE, "Group for International Design Education," is an international consortium of design universities working together to promote international exchanges and enrich students' experience in the early years of their education. How? By providing an opportunity to compare the skills, themes, and design culture of international courses of study.   

The group's activities take place during the first semester of the second or third year of the bachelor's program at the partner sites and include:   

-The sharing of study topics in project workshops.   

-A workshop and exhibition of the final projects at one of the sites in turn, with the participation of students and faculty.  

The group consists of seven partner institutions in Europe with whom you may also have exchange experiences:   

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design - lnterior & Environmental Design, Social Digital [Academic Group], Dundee, UK   

Universidade da Madeira, Faculdade de Artes e Humanidades - Departamento de Arte e Design, Funchal, Portugal   

FD (Faculty of Design), Ljubljana, Slovenia   

SUPSI University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Manno, Switzerland   

Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, lnstitut fiir Industriai Design, Magdeburg, Germany University of Applied Sciences, Design and lnterior, Architecture department. Mechelen, Belgium   

Politecnico di Milano, School of Design. Milan, ltaly 

CUMULUS is the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media founded in 1990, operating as an association since 2001. It has 340 members from 61 countries in 2021. The Cumulus Secretariat is based in Helsinki, Finland.   

The Scuola del Design of Politecnico di Milano has been a member of the Cumulus network since its foundation in 2001 and since 2008, the Scuola del Design is an active member of the Board of the Association: Prof. Collina has been President of the association for 6 years and maintains an active role as International advisor to the Board.   

Cumulus is the only worldwide association serving art and design education. It is a forum for collaboration and transfer of knowledge and best practices useful for building international partnerships.   

The common goal of all partners is the improvement of the quality of education through cooperation, exchange of students and teachers also through the response to the European Union Erasmus Program.   


Cumulus has been a pioneer in the development of joint programs, intensive workshops, projects and biennial conferences. Through summer schools competitions and exhibitions,   

Cumulus increases the promotion of young people's talent and increases the visibility of their works, organizes conferences and thematic meetings with CALL available on the site.   

Through competitions and various activities, Cumulus pursues the objectives of the Kyoto Declaration: to stimulate planning, design and research actions towards a more sustainable society.   

Thanks to the Cumulus association, the School of Design is also in contact with other associations in the world such as the World Design Organization, the Interaction Design Association and the Design Research Society. 


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