POLI.design - Milan (Italy)

Design represents a resource that can guide societies and production systems towards new development models; it is also a resource that is nowadays crucial for standing up to global competition in terms of identity and diversity. Design is a driving force behind growth that can guide individual and collective choices through cultural trends, guiding tastes, behaviours, lifestyles, and consumption styles. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Unite the academic and business cultures and the world of knowledge professionals.
  • Promote and develop design as a discipline and system of professions.
  • Foster virtuous relationships between universities, institutions, manufacturers, and professionals.



The history of the Politecnico di Milano in Bovisa began twenty years ago when it took over the readapted old Ceretti & Tanfani plant where they used to manufacture cables for cable cars, which is now the Bovisa Campus. The campus of the School of Design is situated alongside other important buildings, such as the School of Architecture and the School Engineering.


It has numerous and highly varied applications: from research and applications connected with the introduction of new technologies, to designing new products and services, from the study of communication interfaces to managing ergonomic and environmental qualities, from defining urban spaces and one’s own body, to governing processes connected with environmental and social sustainability policies.

In this context, POLI.design proposes to:

  • unite the academic and business cultures and the world of knowledge professionals;
  • promote and develop design as a discipline and system of professions;
  • foster virtuous relationships between universities, institutions, manufacturers, and professionals;
  • support the development of creative enterprises.

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The campus of the School of Design and the headquarters of POLI.design are located in Bovisa, a district to the North of the city, not far from the city centre, in a place that is symbolic of the industrial Milan of the past. The district is currently undergoing a broad process of urban transformation, and is set to become a centre of excellence for higher education, research, and innovation.

Student Life

Campus life

As part of the Design System of the Politecnico, POLI.design beckons the most highly qualified faculty, allowing theoretical lessons to be blended with the use of workshops and experimental laboratories on the Bovisa campus that are among the most advanced such facilities in Europe. Furthermore, seminars, as well as field studies and internships at companies and design studios, bring learners into the heart of the professional design world.


Relations with the professional sphere are endorsed by the presence of three of the most important associations of design professionals on the board of POLI.design:

  • ADI Association for the Industrial Design
  • AIPi Italian Association of Interior Designers
  • AIAP Italian Association of Visual Communication Design

Student Reviews

Product Design in Milan
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The course gave me an important knowledge of the design process, I'm overall satisfied but I think a more practical view could be reached.