Master's Degrees in Design in Italy

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Studying Design

Design can fulfil functional as well as aesthetical purposes while also considering economical and social aspects. Design studies can have a very different focus and scale. Whereas industrial design is focused on designing products, urban design is considering the arrangement, appearance and functionality towns and cities.

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Studying in Italy

Italy is a highly-developed country with the 7th-highest GDP and the 17th-highest Human Development Index rating in the world. It is a member of the G8 and a founding member of what is now the European Union (having signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957), of the Council of Europe and of the Western European Union.

Applying to a Master's in Italy

Applying to a Master's degree in Italy goes a bit differently: you have to ask for an eligibility feedback from the university, telling you the chances of getting admitted or not. If you get a positive answer, you will have to submit a pre-application request to an Italian embassy or consulate closer to you. Then, the embassy or consulate will deal with your application.

Documents you will need to provide include:

  • Your ID or passport;
  • Your academic transcripts;
  • The university application form;
  • A detailed description of what you studied;
  • Your CV;
  • A letter of recommendation;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A language proficiency test (English or Italian, depending on what you study);
  • Your SAT or ACT scores.

Master's degrees in Italy can be found both in English and Italian, so, depending on what you choose, you will have 2 different types of proficiency diplomas you will have to provide. For Italian, you should present a CILS or a CELI. For English, you should present TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge. The application deadlines for Italy applications are usually in April – May.

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58 Design Master's degrees in Italy

Master Eco-Social Design

The 2-year practice-oriented and transdisciplinary Eco-Social Design study course at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is an educational framework for designers that aim to contribute to more sustainable, resilient and fair futures — both locally and trans-locally.

Faculty of Design and Art
Master Yacht Design

The Politecnico di Milano Design School offers this Yacht Design programme jointly with POLI.design - Milan (Italy). The program was founded to meet the strong demand for training in the pleasure-cratf segment.

Master Service Design

The Specializing Master in Service Design at POLI.design - Milan (Italy) was especially created in response to the growing demand for professionals specifically able to handle the complexity of designing a service.

Master Transportation and Automobile Design

The Specializing Master in Transportation and Automobile Design offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy) is a Master in Car Design of the Politecnico di Milano held jointly with Volkswagen Group and it is a pathway to excellence for those who seek scientifically rigorous training to meet the professional challenges that automakers’ design departments are offering in this era.

Master Accessory Design

Today, accessories make fashion. Shoes, jewerly, handbags and hats are the icons of style and taste, symbols of distinction and identity but also witnesses of the made in Italy quality. For this reason the major fashion brands always give more importance to accessories requiring dedicated  professionals. The Accessory Design programme is offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy).

Master Color Design and Technology

The Specializing Master in Color Design and Technology offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy) aims to provide advanced training to professionals, so as to enable them to understand and manage the many technological and design issues, often across many disciplinary areas, typical of all those professional and research sectors in which the use and management of color are essential. 

Master Fiber Design and Textile Processes

The Made in Italy brand covers a vast field of products which describes the Italian excellence, the "beautiful and well made", often however, the brand is associated with a dress, an accessory or a piece of furniture but not referring to the material used to create such products. The Fiber Design and Textile Processes programme is offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy).

Master Fashion Tech

The athletic gesture comes out of the stadiums and inspires everyday life, while new interactive technologies and materials are changing lifestyles and consumption patterns. Fashion is permeated by sport and sport is inspired by fashion for garments that combine performance and style. The Specializing Master in Fashion Tech programme is offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy).

Master Lighting Design and Led Technology

The Lighting Design and Led Technology programme offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy) aims at forming professionals able to follow the productive process of lighting in interiors, urban exteriors, temporary and museum environments, residential and show, paying attention to the analysis of methods, organizating a realization of lighting.

Master Furniture Design

The furniture industry is undergoing profound transformation and therefore companies are reconsidering their product ranges, presence in international market, distribution channels, and product and brand communication. The Furniture Design programme is offered at POLI.design - Milan (Italy).

Master Premium Design Management

The Premium Design Management Specializing Master offered by POLI.design - Milan (Italy) involves the deepening of issues related to the design of a new kind of marketing and management in the luxury sector, with the involvement of transversal disciplines and according to themes and strategies belonging to the two fields of Design and Economic Management.

Master Strategic Design

The Specializing Master in Strategic Design at POLI.design - Milan (Italy) is a 1st Level Specializing Master of Politecnico di Milano, designed and run by POLI.design, founded by Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with MIP, the Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business.

M.P.D. Product Design - Making things with ideas

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Product Design - Making things with ideas programme is offered at Domus Academy.

Design Department
Master Design - Innovation, Strategy and Product - 1st Level Master Degree - IED Milan

The Design - Innovation, Strategy and Product - 1st Level Master Degree - IED Milan programme from Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) aims to prepare a new generation of designers ready to consider any variable as a design problem, either through an analysis of the market and the needs of contemporary users, either imagining future scenarios, in favor of innovative solutions. 

Milan, School of Design
Master Jewelry Design - IED Rome

The goal of the Master in Jewelry Design - IED Rome from Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) trains professionals to enter and succeed in the complex world of jewelry, a sector constantly changing over the past two decades and that requires a thorough understanding of all its aspects. 

Rome, School of Fashion
M.I.N.D. Information Design - Nurturing accessible complex information

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories. The Information Design - Nurturing accessible complex information programme is offered at Domus Academy.

M.B.D. Master in Business Design - Design as strategy

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Master in Business Design - Design as strategy programme is offered at Domus Academy.

Business Design Department
Master Transmedia Interaction and Space

The 2-year practice-oriented Transmedia Interaction and Space study course at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is providing students with a background in either design, architecture, informatics or engineering a contemporary transmedial interaction design framework.

Faculty of Design and Art
Postgraduate Certificate Intensive Program in Interior Design

Our living environment is a key element in defining our quality of life. In our contemporary world, the design of indoor space is constantly evolving, influenced by emerging innovations that blend knowledge from fields such as architecture, psychology, and information technology. The Intensive Program in Interior Design is offered at Domus Academy.

Pre-Master Pre-Masters Program

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Pre-Masters Program is offered at Domus Academy.

M.F.D. Fashion Design - Designing Dreams

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Fashion Design - Designing Dreams programme is offered at Domus Academy.

Fashion Department
M.V.B.D. Visual Brand Design - Re-model Brands

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Master in Visual Brand Design - Re-model Brands  programme is delivered at Domus Academy.

Design Department
M.S.D. Service Design - Making things with ideas

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Service Design - Making things with ideas programme is offered at Domus Academy.

M.Sc. Architecture for Sustainable Design

The MSc program in Architecture for Sustainable Design at Polytechnic University of Turin responds to the consolidated demand -  also at a European level - for skills that master the complexity of the design process in different areas and on different scales, in order to sustainably construct, convert and modify  the physical environment and landscape.

M.I.D. Interaction Design - Touching innovation

 ‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Interaction Design - Touching innovation programme is offered at Domus Academy.

Design Department
M.A. Product Design

The modern world’s transition from a “society of goods” to a “society of services” gives today’s designers the opportunity to more  deeply explore the ethics of design. The Product Design program is offered by the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA)

M.Sc. Yacht Design

The M.Sc. Yacht Design degree will supply you with the method of study and the basic scientific skills required to keep updated your training in time. The Yacht Design programme is offered at the University degli Studi di Genova.

M.U.V.A.D. Urban Vision and Architectural Design - Re-visioning cities

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. The Urban Vision and Architectural Design - Re-visioning cities programme is offered at Domus Academy.

Architecture Department
M.Sc. Design for the Fashion System

The Design for the Fashion System degree programme at Politecnico di Milano trains fashion designers: not isolated artists expressing their talent, but designers who are inspired in their projects and in their profession by the relationship with the fashion system and its protagonists. 

School of Design
M.Sc. Digital and Interaction Design

The Digital and Interaction Design programme from Politecnico Di Milano aims at training highly qualified professionals who are able to employ the potentials of technologies in all domains of design applications, to drive design processes in multidisciplinary contexts and to use the design tools to represent also the non-material dimensions of interactive experiences.

School of Design
Master Architectural Design

The aim of the Master’s course in Architecture is the advanced training of Architects according to the requirements of knowledge and skills as defined by the European Union Directive EC 1985/384 and subsequent 2005/36/EC.

M.Sc. Architecture - Built Environment - Interiors

The focus of the Architecture - Built Environment - Interiors programme from Politecnico Di Milano is on the modification and the regeneration of urban fabric, as well as of fragile territories, on interventions of building extensions and transformation, restoration and enhancement. 

School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
M.Sc. Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)

The Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) programme offered by EIT Digital Master School focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems taking into account human aspects, at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, as well as business aspects.

M.Sc. Product-Service-System Design

The Product Service System Design programme from Politecnico Di Milano aims at training highly qualified designers who may deal with the complexity of a product-service system (PSS), that is an integrated blend of products, of communication strategies, of services and of spaces. 

School of Design
Master Car and Transportation Design Master Course

The Car and Transportation Design Master Course Master programme from Scuola Politecnica Di Design (SPD) embraces the entire design development process by researching into new experiential concepts, redefining architectural solutions and moving forward with new criteria for comfort and efficiency. Today’s design paradigm must be brought into question in order to better interpret new aesthetic and social trends.

Product Design
M.Sc. Architecture and Urban Design

The Architecture and Urban Design programme from Politecnico Di Milano focuses on the core Architectural Design experience at various scales, both in theory and in practice. The educational offer makes it possible to characterize one’s study plan thanks to optional courses and to elective thematic and final Design Studios.

School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
M.Sc. Transportation Design

The specialization in Transportation design deals with the study of the main means of transport with a focus on mobility systems and environmental sustainability.

European Master of Science in Design - Majoring in Transportation design car, motorcycle/scooter, sustainable mobility
M.A. Luxury Interior Design

The Luxury Interior Designer is the creative mind who is responsible for designing the interior spaces of a myriad of different environments: prestigious boutiques, select clubs, exclusive resorts, private residences or luxury yachts.

M.Sc. Urban Planning and Policy Design

The Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design from Politecnico Di Milano offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory and environment.

School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
M.Sc. Communication Design

The Master of Science programme in Communication Design at Politecnico Di Milano prepares a designer able to cope with strategic communication problems, providing innovative solutions and coordinating all the roles and competences involved in a complex communication project.

School of Design
M.Sc. Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design

This Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design programme from Politecnico Di Milano aims at providing a multidisciplinary background for architects, with a special focus on environmental sustainability and landscape design.  

School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
M.Sc. Product Design

The Master of Science in Product Design is a studio-based program for students who wish to hone their ability to innovate. Candidates should be interested in the integration of design, technology, culture and business. The course encourages creative thinking and critical reflection as fundamental design tools for the development of new objects and ideas to improve people’s lives.

Faculty of Architecture
M.Sc. Design and Engineering

The Design and Engineering programme from Politecnico Di Milano - created by the cooperation in the educational project of the disciplinary areas of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering - has the objective of specialist training in three fundamental areas: Design, Process and Industrial Production; Design Materials; Representation and Prototyping.

School of Design
M.Sc. Architectural Design and History

The environment we live in nowadays is very complex and the architect is forced to work on the existing heritage paying particular attention to its sustainability and considering the enviroment together with the built heritage as a resource to protect. The new MSc programme Architectural Design and History from Politecnico Di Milano is offering a study plan based on this very attitude.

School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering