Academic Year 2015/16
School of Design
Degree Programme of:
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Design|
|Code Reference Law||1155|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||L-4 - Industrial Design|
|Degree level ||Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2008/2009|
|Official length of the programme ||3|
|Years of the programme already activated ||2,3|
|Official language(s) ||Italian|
|Dean of the School ||Luisa Maria Virginia Collina|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Alba Cappellieri|
|Website of the School ||http://www.design.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |
Student Office (Study programme) - Milano
| Reference office |
|Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola del Design |
| Address ||Via Candiani 72, 20158 Milano|
| Phone ||02 2399 7277|
Central Student Office - Milano
| Address ||VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
The main elements that characterize and distinguish the “Politecnico” education in fashion come from the culture of Italian design, the made in Italy, its connection with the fashion industries and its aim to combine tradition with innovation, crafts with technologies, heritage with progress, dreams with discipline. Referring to the work of the Italian design masters, whose source was the relationship and the link with the industry, we do not offer an education as a fashion “stylist" but as a fashion “designer”. That is not an artist, isolated in his own talent, but a professional who is inspired and linked to the fashion system and its constraints.
Focus is put on research skills as the main source for inspiration and innovation to support creativity and talent. In fact, this program is founded on the belief that creativity is born from deep knowledge and continuous research, from the hybridization of cultures and languages.
Therefore, the Fashion Design Degree at Politecnico offers an interdisciplinary approach to its students who can customize their education in fashion choosing from different areas of study: from fashion products –menswear, womenswear, kidswear- to jewelry and fashion accessories, from knitwear to sportswear, underwear and beachwear. Besides courses dedicated to the fashion products we are proud to offer also courses related to fashion materials, technologies, processes, communication and services as fashion studies, fashion management, innovative materials, digital technologies, retail, visual merchandising, market and sales processes, image and communication. A comprehensive and fascinating degree that gives expertise and an easy job placement.
The other main focus is on the knowledge of the technical aspects of the products, that is not limited to techniques such as draping, pattern making and sewing. In fact, it includes deep understanding of fashion products materials, fabrics architecture and the relationship between product and project, its visualization and development through the realization and the consequent engeneering and production phases.
The students need to learn how to structure the design process, which is not merely the development of a sketch, but a complex activity that needs to be well managed and structured. Thus is necessary to acquire “meta-design” instruments, to “design the design process”, to develop and represent mid-way work phases, such as trend books, and to plan the following activities, as instruments to build up the “collection architecture”.
The last main aspect explored by the degree course is the systemic comprehension of the product, the knowledge of the communication and distribution aspects of the project to express its embedded qualities and values.
The Politecnico program has also the priority to offer students the possibility to acknowledge the economical and social contexts which characterise the various scenarios of the international scene. To this end, many initiatives oriented towards internationalization of studies have recently been launched, amongst which the cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (FIT) is of great significance. The exchange project involves approx. 60 students enrolled in the third or fourth year at the FIT in New York. Italian students participating in the activities foreseen at the Politecnico are approx. 50, belonging to the 2nd and 3rd years of the Bachelor of Science and to the first year of the Master of Science in Fashion Design. Five Italian students, enrolled in the first year of the Master of Science program spend six months studying in New York. American students, on the other hand, spend an entire academic year in Italy.
Amongst the courses offered in English at Politecnico there is Sportswear Design, Underwear design, Accessory design, Computer pattern design, CAD for textiles and garments, Advanced Tailoring techniques and Leather Design, Visual Merchandising, in addition to courses of a critique/historical nature such as History of design and fashion and Aesthetics. Italian students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science may also attend these courses. In addition, a collection design course is carried out through an entire semester for students both from the Bachelor degree and the FIT. Other common activities are also planned each year in collaboration with qualified Italian companies, such as one-week design workshops and professional internships.
For more information see the website of the degree course
3. Learning objectives
Please note that the name of the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design corresponds to one of the education profiles contained in the Class 4 declaration and that the education program, as indicated by its title, is aimed at preparing a professional design figure operating in the fashion sector. This figure does not overlap with the professional figure formed within Class 3 degrees, which has the role of analysis and critical understanding of the fashion sector nor of those which must also intervene from a design perspective in its transformation.
Fundamental objectives in training a graduate in Fashion Design are the acquisitions of cultural, scientific, methodological and technical/instrumental elements which form the basis of the design of fashion products, which refer to the textile, garment, and fashion accessories.
The ability to understand social behaviour, cultural and relational contexts which characterise modern society is fundamental, as well as the capability to analyse, interpret and codify dynamics of choice and use of fashion products by individuals and social groups. Finally, the course seeks the ability to translate elements of analysis into new products, focusing on aesthetical and formal qualities, on performance (comfort, safety, resistance to wear, etc.) and on communicative and symbolic values associated with the product and transferred within the distribution and consumer services system.
It is a fundamental goal to make the student able to visualise and communicate the design idea in the various phases of the process: from research and definition of trends and design guidelines (scenarios, colours, materials, etc.) to elaboration of the product/collection to the final technical drawings for production.
Therefore, focus is on skills related to artistic, visual and representational languages which permit effective communication, via adequate tools, of the design idea.
The Bachelor of Science program, compared to the subsequent Master of Science, focuses on the technical project development aspects, as the development of a design figure operating between those defining the strategic and creative guidelines of the fashion company and those managing the production processes.
Such figure is able to adopt and interpret the creative guidelines defined by those coordinating the design process and effectively manage the fashion product/collection development phase, through the ability to control the process and the choice of technological, material and production alternatives, also evaluating aspects concerning social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The main subject areas of the Bachelor of Science are the following:
• project culture area (ICAR/13)
This subject matter constitutes the backbone of the course studies, and provides the student with methodological and operational tools suitable to deal with design activities of medium complexity through design case studies and paradigmatic experiences.
Through laboratory courses and practical experiences students acquire the skills to analyse design and product system development issues.
In the analysis and creative research phase, which is developed up to the definition of the product concept, the objective is to provide students with the ability to define the design context in terms of opportunities, constraints, possibilities, priorities and their hierarchy; analyse the context of use and interpret the user’s choice dynamics; analyse fashion product systems in terms of their formal, structural, functional, typological, morphological, relational and ergonomic characteristics; summarise analysis elements into design guidelines, effectively expressed using suitable languages.
In the design summary phase which is developed up to final product definition, the objective is to provide students with the ability to translate design guidelines into product requirements; to develop product/collection architecture through the definition of materials, the relation between the various components and the assembly technologies; evaluate the industrial feasibility of the product.
• humanistic disciplines area (SPS/07; M-PSI/01; ICAR/13)
This subject area provides the designer skillful knowledge to analyse social and cultural contexts in which the fashion products are introduced, and to interpret their symbolic values as artifacts which live in an intermediate dimension between “consume products” and “cultural products”.
The objective of this subject matter is therefore to provide know-how and tools derived from psycho-social disciplines, in order to develop the ability to interpret material culture and integrate careful evaluation of the interaction between products and social/cultural contexts in the student’s work.
• historical-criticism disciplines area (SSD ICAR/13, L-ART/02, ICAR/18)
This subject matter deals with the historical evolution of design culture, relating the history of fashion products with the artistic, architectural and design languages.
The objective of this subject matter is to develop the ability to understand a project in relation with its historical and environmental context and to incorporate cultural values in products, observing and reinterpreting also elements deriving from the tradition of a specific context.
• visual cultures, representational and technical drawing area (SSD ICAR/13; ICAR/17; INF/01; ING-IND/15)
This subject matter represents a set of skills concerning the use of visual languages to communicate and represent the project in all its phases.
The objective of this subject matter is to provide the student with the ability to translate project elements of analysis and synthesis onto the visual plane.
The aim is therefore to develop the following ability of analysis and interpretation of visual languages understanding the perceptive mechanisms, chromatic systems, etc.; knowledge of traditional and digital image production techniques; the morphological, material and functional representation of the product (from manual drawing to digital representation and modeling, from photography to production of study models and prototypes).
• materials and production technology culture area (SSD ING-IND/22; ICAR/13)
This subject matter concerns fashion product materials, their chemical and physical characteristics, their performance, structural and functional characteristics, industrial production and finishing technologies.
The objective of this subject matter is to provide knowledge and skills concerning the selection of materials according to their perceptive, communicative and aesthetical qualities, according to required features of different contexts of use, and evaluation of choices related to production constraints.
• economic culture area (SECS-P/13; SECS-P/08; ICAR/13).
This subject matter concerns the economic systems, business and market contexts related to fashion products.
The objective of this area is to provide the student the ability to evaluate the economic and organizational implications of design choices as well as to understand the corporate identity elements which influence design strategies.
Corporate organisation models and processes, economic feasibility study and industrial marketing techniques are therefore analysed in depth.
The Fashion Design graduate has the skills to carry out a number of technical activities supporting the design project as it develops from the initial idea to the design, development and engineering phases, and finally to large-scale production, distribution and diffusion on the market.
Within this educational program we foresee analysis of specific issues concerning areas of upcoming development frontiers for design professions, or strategic sectors of national economy development.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
Design Studies Programmes are dedicated to the designer's theoretical, scientific and professional preparation, that is his knowledge and skills concerning product design, production and enhancement.
An industrial product, according to the School of Design's interpretation, is not merely a material product such as a car, a piece of furniture, an object, an article of clothing or an accessory but also all those communication and construction elements concerning the "sense" of a product, such as brand design and graphics as well as web sites or fashion shows.
This area of study provides an answer to the requirements of the consumer product industry, public administration, design and communication studios and companies, interiors and set-ups, fashion as well as sectors involved in selling and distributing such products.
The proposed educational programmes are divided into two levels of degree, the so-called 3+2, the Bachelor's Degree (Laurea) and the Master's Degree (Laurea Magistrale of the additional two years.
The Bachelor's Degree (Laurea) prepares the design Technician, that is graduates able to carry out all technical and design support functions which, from the creative phase, lead to production and distribution of the product on the market, with different connotations for each Degree Programme available.
The Master's Degree (Laurea Magistrale) prepares graduates with project management and strategic objectives abilities. Such figures are able to coordinate complex project activities, aimed at creating diversified and differentiated product systems in line with brand identity and market distribution strategies.
In addition to these two programmes, a rich offering of 1st level university Master programmes which may be accessed on completion of the Bachelor of Science programme (Laurea), of 2nd level Masters which may be accessed on completion of the Master of Science programme (Laurea Magistrale) and, finally, on completion of the Master of Science programme, highly qualified PhD programmes for design researchers at the Design Department are available.
Bachelor of Science (Laurea I livello)
Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale - II livello di continuità)
- Design del prodotto industriale
Design del prodotto per l’innovazione
- Design della comunicazione
Design della comunicazione
- Design della moda
Design for the Fashion System
- Design degli interni
Design degli Interni
Disegno industriale - sede di Milano
Design & Engineering
Ingegneria meccanica (CdL attivato presso la Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'informazione)
Ingegneria dei materiali e delle nanotecnologie (CdL attivato presso la Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'informazione)
Design del prodotto industriale/Design della comunicazione/Design degli interni/Design della moda
Product Service System Design
Design degli interni/Ddesign del prodotto industriale (Prodotto)
Design navale e nautico - sede di La Spezia
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)
The Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design (Laurea) gives access to all Master of Science Programmes within the Class of Master of Science Programmes in Design, active at the Politecnico di Milano or other Campuses.
The following are considered continuity Master of Science Programmes (Laurea Maistrale): Fashion Design System, Product Service System design.
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
The Program trains the students as design professionals in the Fashion sector.
Graduates carry out activities as design technicians in professional practices and companies within fashion and related areas (textiles, accessories, knitwear, sportswear, etc.).
5.2 Careers options and profiles
The Program satisfies the professional figures demand of the fashion industry, its supply chain, of firms designing fashion products and events, of the distribution/sales system and specific territorial districts.
The Graduate in Fashion Design enters the professional world with operational skills. He/she is able to work in team, and to interpret and execute operational project indications, translating them into the economic, ergonomic, productive, material, representational and modeling features required to go into production. He/she also has the necessary skills to assist in the research and concept development phase, and is able to understand user requirements, social and consumer dynamics, formal language and corporate philosophy which represent a fundamental matrix from which to develop the design project.
R&D trends forecaster, stylist, materials researcher, technologies researcher, textile researcher, image researcher
STYLE Womenswear designer, Menswear designer, Accessory designer, Jewelry designer, Knitwear designer, Sportswear designer, Underwear designer, Beachwear designer
PRODUCTION Pattern making, Pattern development, CAD designer
MANAGEMENT brand manager, store manager, contents manager, web manager
DISTRIBUTION retail designer, visual merchandiser
COMMUNICATION & WEB Fashion communication, exhibit Designer, photography assistant, fashion journalist, fashion editor, fashion blogger, press office
CULTURE fashion historian,fashion curator
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
6.1 Access requirements
Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)
A secondary level educational qualification is required.
Before the start of lectures recovery activities, with compulsory attendance, are organised for students with gaps to fill.
6.2 Requested knowledge
Adequate initial preparation is required which is verified via an admission test.
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
Admission is subject to passing the admission test (http://www.orientamento.polimi.it/)
150 places are available (of which 5 reserved for students from outside the EU, 4 of which must be Chinese students from the “Marco Polo” project).
Section of the University web site dedicated to admission test guidance containing deadlines associated with the test.
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The School has improved the information and guidance tools for future undergraduates aimed at informing them with regard to teaching and training activities of each Programme in order to clarify educational objectives and future professional opportunities.
For regular (in line with exams) students, the School has put in place activities aimed at:
- contributing to removal of obstacles preventing fruitful course attendance with initiatives relating to individual needs, aptitudes and requirements;
- rendering students more actively involved in the educational process.
The reference tutor is identified for each Programme and is the institutional reference for guidance within the School. The service is organised within the scope of the Programme and, in particular, takes care of:
- student support in case of need of help in problem solving or concept clarification;
- approval and possible drafting of texts regarding presentation of the Degree Programme which he/she represents;
- identification of projects of students of his/her Degree Programme to be used as guidance tools during Open Days and in institutional School communication.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
The final graduation relates to the acquisition of 180 Credits. Students graduating from the Degree Course in Industrial Fashion Design must possess a solid basic education within the context of the design disciplines, and be ready for an in-depth study of both the methodological and the technical-operative aspects. They must, in particular, master the instruments and techniques associated with the formal and functional representation of the product (from manual drawing to technical drawing, from photography to the creation of models and prototypes of the products), the techniques of representation of the images and the visual languages, and be familiar with the mechanisms of visual perception and chromatic systems. They must moreover possess the basic skills necessary for design activities in the fashion sector (organization of the product range and the collection, etc.) and all the aspects that contribute to its creation, communication and sale (visual merchandising, events, exhibition design and show rooms, magazines, coordinated image).
The training also calls for the mastery of the scientific-technological skills associated with engineering sciences (of the materials used in fashion product, the methods of preparation of prototypes and product engineering, the technologies used in the preparation and processing, and the economic-productive systems); the graduates must possess skills in economics and management (estimation of costs, organizational and management models, business strategy and administration); they must possess historical-critical knowledge (associated with the sociology of consumption and fashion, the culture of textiles and its historical evolution, the study of semiotics and aesthetics, anthropology etc.).
In order to graduate it is necessary to have acquired all credits foreseen by the Teaching Regulations, including those concerning the graduation exam.
7.2 Mode of study
The degree course is full time activity. It is characterized by many different didactical activities: Monodisciplinary Courses are characterized by theoretic contents communicated by means of ex cathedra lessons and verified throughout the year with tests and interviews.
Integrative Courses cover more than one discipline or specific context, and are taught by two teachers who supplement one another.
Experimental Workshops are taught in the workshops, where the students are given an opportunity to experiment and use the tools used in design professions.
Design Studios involve both a number of internal teachers employed by the Faculty and several external professionals and feature design activities where the students work under the guidance of a team of teachers, each contributing with his or her expertise as related to the subject of the design.
Erasmus Program and the other international mobility projects enable the students to spend six months studying abroad, at qualified European and non-European design universities.
The Internship is accomplished by attending a Workshop with the involvementof companies, organizations or foreign schools.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
The possibility to choose courses and corresponding credits to be inserted in the Study Track is subject to a series of resolutions passed by the School which, each year, plans a teaching programme of 60 credits for each Programme year ("nominal programme").
Each year, students may choose study programmes with a different number of credits
compared to that foreseen in the nominal programme (60 CFU credits/year) to gauge progress of studies, according to their needs.
The minimum number of credits the student may enrol in is 30, unless the number of credits for completion of the Programme is less.
The maximum number of credits the student may enrol in, subject to exam priority, is equal to 80 CFU credits.
In preparing the annual Study Track priority must be given to Programme years according to the sequence indicated in the following Regulations: courses of the following year may not be inserted in the Study Track ("anticipations") unless all those of the previous year and of the current year have been inserted.
Moreover, the School has decided a series of exam priorities based on which it is necessary to have passed certain subjects considered useful in order to be admitted to others. This may give rise to the nominal number of credits a student may enrol in being reduced due to this rule.
The current System foresees a series of educational activities (basic, specialised, similar or supplementary) which are present in the study programme as single subject Courses, integrated Courses and Laboratories constituting the three-year teaching activity of the Bachelor of Science.
As well as this type of teaching activity, the System foresees that a defined number of credits are attributed to activities which may be grouped under the following items:
- educational activity freely chosen by the student (optional courses);
- educational activity concerning the preparation of the final graduation exam;
- verification of the foreign language (Final exam and Language);
- activity aimed at acquiring further linguistic knowledge or IT, communication or relational skills or skills useful in accessing the employment world, as well as educational activities aimed at facilitating professional choices by direct knowledge of an employment sector relevant to the qualification, including Internships in particular.
From the a.a. 2015/16 it has been introduced a modification of the academic regulations that require a revision of the academic offer. For this reason the 1 year courses will be linked to the courses list intended for new enrollments in 2015/16. On the website of the School will be published a guide about the transitory management.
For information regarding study tracks, exam priorities and presentation constraints, refer to the Teaching Regulations published on the School web site: http://www.design.polimi.it/?mod=uffici&op=static&ref=statuti
2 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|LABORATORIO DI METAPROGETTO||1||10.0||10.0|
|LABORATORIO DI RAPPRESENTAZIONE DIGITALE||1||10.0||10.0|
|LABORATORIO DI PROGETTO PER LA MODA M1||2||10.0||10.0|
|LABORATORIO DI PROGETTO PER LA MODA M2||2||10.0|
|LABORATORIO DI PROGETTO PER LA MODA M3||2||10.0|
|TECNOLOGIE & STRUTTURE||1||10.0||10.0|
|097779||B||SECS-P/08||BRAND VALUE LICENSING AND FASHION||2||10.0||10.0|
|097774||A||L-ART/02||STORIA E SCENARI DELLA MODA||2||5.0||5.0|
|091972||A,B||ICAR/13||STORIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA E DELLE ARTI||1||5.0||5.0|
3 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|LABORATORIO DI SINTESI FINALE - KNITWEAR DESIGN||1||20.0||20.0|
|LABORATORIO DI SINTESI FINALE - JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORY DESIGN||1||20.0|
|LABORATORIO DI SINTESI FINALE - FASHION DESIGN||1||20.0|
|089830||A,B||ICAR/13||PREPARAZIONE ELABORATO DI LAUREA (P.E.L.)||2||10.0||10.0|
|089703||A||ING-IND/22||INNOVAZIONI NEI MATERIALI E NELLE FINITURE||2||5.0||5.0|
|093882||A||ING-IND/22||MATERIALI AMBIENTE PROGETTO||1||5.0|
|096757||A,B||ICAR/13||IL DESIGN COME LINGUAGGIO DELLA DIFFERENZA: PROGETTARE, PRODURRE, DISTRIBUIRE PER IL MERCATO GLOBALE||2||5.0|
|098466||A||ING-IND/22||PROPRIETÀ ELETTRICHE E TERMICHE DEI MATERIALI||1||5.0|
|098618||A,B||ICAR/13||DESIGNER & CREATIVITÀ||1||5.0|
|093885||B||SECS-P/08||IMPRENDITORIA E DESIGN||1||5.0|
|098600||--||ICAR/19||DESIGN E RESTAURO||2||5.0|
|092019||A,B||ICAR/13||PRINCIPI DI PHYSICAL COMPUTING PER IL DESIGN||2||5.0|
|098623||A,B||ICAR/13||DESIGN DELL'INTERAZIONE E DELL'ESPERIENZA||2||5.0|
|098427||A||MAT/08||GENERATIVE DESIGN: METODI GEOMETRICI E NUMERICI||2||5.0|
|093846||--||IUS/01||LA TUTELA DEL DESIGN E DEL DESIGNER||1||5.0|
|098627||A,B||ICAR/13||REALTÀ AUMENTATA E MOBILE EXPERIENCE||2||5.0|
|098669||A,B||ICAR/13||INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS USABILITY DESIGN||1||5.0|
|093847||C||M-PSI/01||TECNICHE DI NARRAZIONE: STORYTELLING DALL'ODISSEA AL MONDO IKEA||1||5.0||5.0|
|095170||C||M-PSI/01||COLORE E PERCEZIONE||1||5.0|
|093858||A,B||ICAR/13||DESIGN FOR ALL||2||5.0|
|096716||A,B||ICAR/13||DESIGN OGGI TRA GLOBALIZZAZIONE E NUOVE TECNOLOGIE||1||5.0|
|098601||A,B||ICAR/13||CULTURA DEL CINEMA||2||5.0|
|095165||--||M-FIL/05||ESTETICA E SEMIOTICA DELLE ARTI||1||5.0|
|096714||A,B||ICAR/13||LA BELLEZZA ITALIANA||2||5.0|
|098603||A,B||ICAR/13||RELAZIONI EFFICACI: CONOSCERE SE STESSI E GLI ALTRI PER COMUNICARE CON SUCCESSO||1||5.0|
|098602||A,B||ICAR/13||ARTI E MESTIERI DEI TERRITORI||2||5.0|
|098681||A,B||ICAR/13||DESIGN AND MADE IN ITALY||2||5.0|
|096729||C||M-PSI/01||RETORICA DELLA PAROLA E DELL'IMMAGINE||2||5.0|
|089714||A,B||ICAR/13||TECNICHE GRAFICHE AVANZATE||2||5.0|
|098635||A,B||ICAR/13||BRAND IDENTITY SHAPING||1||5.0|
|098657||A,B||ICAR/13||PORTFOLIO E PRESENTAZIONE DEL PROGETTO PER L'ACCESSORIO||2||5.0|
|098626||--||ICAR/16||TEMPORARY RETAIL - SPAZIO PER IL COMMERCIO TEMPORANEO INDOOR/OUTDOOR||2||5.0|
|098607||A,B||ICAR/13||MARKETING DELLE EMOZIONI||1||5.0|
|096731||A,B||ICAR/13||VISUAL STORYTELLING: FOTOGIORNALISMO PER IL DESIGN||1||5.0|
|093852||A,B||ICAR/13||FOTOGRAFIA: LO SPIRITO DELLA PROFESSIONE||2||5.0|
7.4 Foreign language
Assessment of knowledge of foreign languages is carried out in the manner prescribed by the University published on the web page "Student Services/Guides and Regulations/Guide to the English language" on the www.polimi.it website. Students are invited to read this document carefully and must comply with the regulations. In particular, it is to be noted that: "Pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/04, the Politecnico has adopted the English language as the EU language that must be known in addition to Italian".
7.5 Degree examination
The final test consists in to build a portfolio containing the works of the three most significant projects aimed at assessing the ability of design synthesis and the achievement of the educational objectives of the Course.
The Degree Examination is the submission of the portfolio at the Evaluation Committee.
The work that is submitted to the Commission's degree is individual.
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
8. Academic calendar
The Degree Programme calendar is organised bearing in mind the verification of learning procedures which, for the School of Design, foresee "on-going" tests during the whole semester. The academic year consists of two semesters, each comprising a teaching session with on-going tests and an exam sessions for verification of learning). The teaching session of each comprises two periods dedicated to lectures, exercises and laboratory activities, each followed by a week of interruption of teaching activities to allow professors an overall verification of on-going tests, followed by two weeks dedicated to exam sessions at the end of the semester.
The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.
For more information see the website of the degree course
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Implementation of large laboratories in support of design teaching is part of the experimental tradition of the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano, which adopts an inductive teaching model in which "knowledge" and "know-how" go hand in hand.
Laboratories are dedicated to practical activities which allow the student to verify his project hypotheses and to learn how to use the technical instrumentation necessary for project experimentation, representation and communication.
The laboratories - managed by the Design Department - occupy a space of approx.10,000 m2 on the Milano Bovisa campus and are, together with the vast system of engineering laboratories, the largest centre in the world in support of research in the design field, in terms of dimensions, available equipment and skills system.
The laboratories are supplemented by the Politeca, an integrated documentation system for research in the design field.
11. International context
Building an international dimension of theSchoolofDesignhas been considered a priority objective since its inception in 2000.
The reasons behind this are many: from the characteristics of the subject matter of design, which by its very nature is multicultural and multilocal, close to both the world of production, which has now taken on a global dimension, and the sphere of consumption, whose dynamics and trends make themselves visible in the various specific local realities; to the DNA of the design community which has always been international; from the recognition of Milan as the capital of design, crossroads for designers from all over the world who have come here to study or to open a studio, to the desire to make training programmes ever more permeable to impulses from this stimulating context, just as from other foreign dynamics.
Internationalising theSchoolofDesignhas a dual significance: to support external student (as well as researchers, professors and technicians) mobility and, conversely, attract students, researchers and professors and visiting professors from abroad.
Concerning these two internationalisation directions, the School of Design has committed itself in recent years to widen its international relationships and currently cooperates with design universities throughout the world in Erasmus exchange programmes (with 150 European universities), in bilateral exchanges (with 53 universities outside Europe), in joint workshops with other schools, in international internships, etc.
To this must be added those more structured activities aimed at consolidating cooperation relationships with selected universities in teaching and research fields: this is the case of the MEDes_Master of European Design excellence programme (with 6 partner universities), of the international Designing Designers conference and of the many international research projects in progress.
TheSchoolofDesignis a member of Cumulus, a network of European design schools as it is also of the main international design associations. s.
Just as the host city, Milan, a true international design laboratory, the School of Design of the Politecnico aims to be a meeting point for different cultures, for teaching, industry and professions in which professors, industrialists and famous designers from all over the world actively participate in the students' educational process.
The School of Design takes part in international exchange programs offering students the opportunity of undertaking a period of their studies with a partner university abroad. The list of the School’s partner universities can be found at Studesk Design Bovisa, in the Politecnico website and in the International Area of the School of Design webiste.
The European Community started up the Erasmus program in 1987 enabling European university students to undertake a period of study, legally acknowledged by their own university, of up to two semesters at a university in another country within the European Union.
Students participating in the program could be entitled to an economic grant (depending on the yearly Call for Mobility) and free enrolment at the host university. In this way students can attend courses and take exams in the partner universities and have the exams acknowledged by the university in their own country.
The School of Design has also activated bilateral agreements with universities outside the EU. These are mainly for Laurea Magistrale students and can also be requested by those who have already spent a period abroad under the Erasmus program during their three year first level degree course.
The participation format in these exchanges is the same as for the Erasmus program except that there is no economic grant envisaged in these cases.
Bilateral agreements enable students to undertake a period of study abroad at a partner university without paying an enrolment fee, however a contribution to the expense of administrating exchange students is due in some cases(e.g. Orientation fee)
The Programme MEDes - Master of European Design (MEDes)
Since the academic year 2002/2003 the Schoolof Design has activated a specific five-year Degree Programme aimed at achieving the qualification of Master of European Design (medes).
This international programme, promoted and designed by the School in cooperation with five prestigious European design universities, and formalised by an agreement is in respect of the exchange of students between the network of partner institutions listed below, all of which offer a degree programme leading to the award of the “Master of European Design (MEDes)” certificate. Students will only be eligible to present for the award of the degree at their home institution.
The universities participating in this European training programme, in addition to the Politecnico di Milano, are:
AaltoUniversity,SchoolofArts, Design and Architecture,Helsinki,Finland
Konstfack,UniversityCollegeof Arts, Crafts and Design,Stockholm,Sweden
The excellence programme is addressed to 4 students selected from those enrolled in the 2nd year of the Degree in Industrial Product Design, Interior Design and Communication Design.
Candidates admitted to the MEDes programme carry out two study periods abroad at two of the partner universities:
- one during the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Science
- and the other in the 1st year of the Master of Science.
The choice of destination university will be based on the preferences expressed by the student and the availability of the partner universities.
The School of Design has started the following degree programmes:
-POLITONG with the Tongji University in Shanghai (China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design and the Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design.
-POLITSINGHUA with the Tsinghua University in Beijing (China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design.
-Double Degree with Les École Centrale de Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes et Paris (France) for the Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering
These programmes allow students to get a double degree from Politecnico di Milano and the Partner University after the mobility.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
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For any other information the students are invited to visit the School website, in particular the teaching regulations of the academic rules.
For more information see the website of the degree course
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