Academic Year 2015/16





School of Design



Degree Programme of:


Product Design for Innovation
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Design
Code Reference Law1160
NameProduct Design for Innovation
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-12 - Design
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2010/2011
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Luisa Maria Virginia Collina
Coordinator of the Study programme Francesco Zurlo
Website of the School http://www.design.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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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 Master Degree program (Laurea Magistrale) in Product Design for Innovation is the continuation of the first level (Bachelor’s) degree in Industrial Product Design conducted on the Milan campus.

Students in the Master Degree program in Product Design for Innovation must have a solid grounding in design disciplines orientated towards a strategic vision of innovation processes. They must focus attention both on the systemic effects of design acts and on the complex design actions that take place during the definition of new product systems, new use scenarios etc.

The aim of the Master Degree program is to bring students to an understanding of the socio-cultural, consumption and market dynamics in play; to define company identity as a necessary precondition for the designing of the entire product-service system and to outline production, communication and distribution strategies. In this sense design research activities are central to both understanding the design context and developing new concepts (problem setting), and to developing new language, typologies, functions and new technological and material solutions that will shape the design proposal (problem solving).

 


3. Learning objectives

The Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in Product Design for Innovation focuses on processes and the way designers generate innovation in social and technical systems, prefiguring sustainable development scenarios.

The Master of Science in Product Design for Innovation is the second level of training in continuity with the three year degree in Industrial Product Design.

The specific aim of the Master degree program is to develop and consolidate cultural references, conceptual and methodological tools and technical skills proper to design culture. It is firmly orientated towards exploring innovation opportunities and building a capacity for a critical appraisal of the effects of designing on the social, cultural and economic context, as well as the capacity for strategic project planning and management.

The design of artifacts as objects, products and merchandise becomes the nerve center on which many of the issues of contemporaneity converge and the mirror of our material civilization.

It is to the design of products that we entrust the capacity to activate processes of wide-scale change, which bring a different social, cultural and environmental quality.

The design focus of the Master degree is directed towards all those design modalities and practices that enable us to define and develop innovation trajectories.

Of the various stages of the designing and development process where the design contribution produces innovation, attention mainly focuses on what is commonly called the “fuzzy front end of innovation”, where what is important is the conceptualization of the design problem, meaning the practiced predisposition to know how to structure the perception of the problem or element in an original way, and in which there is a strong conflict between creativity and the capacity for systemization.

In particular, the Master degree program in Product Design for Innovation works on grounds where the design demand is ill-defined because it poses problems that are highly uncertain in terms of both the object of design (the thing) and the solution strategies, in cultural, behavioral and production terms (the how); one which therefore calls for considerable capability in finding and setting the problem, and in building visions and scenarios.

The distinguishing element in the LM graduate profile is the capacity to develop complex design strategies where the strategic dimension of the project has to do at least with:

- the capacity to see and deal with the social, economic and environmental implications of the project and the context dynamics that it is going to modify;

- the capacity to build design scenarios for mid- to long-term projects where the ability to draw the potential evolutionary trajectories of technological systems and their possible integration is crucial, together with the ability to define social and cultural dynamics in evolution;

- the identification of tools that make it possible to design not only on a product scale but also on a system scale (from concept to vision).

The formative objective of the Laurea Magistrale program is to integrate the prevalently technical, guided nature of the project development skills acquired in the 1st level program with strategic, contextualized and decision-making skills.

From an ability to analyze and understand the design context, recognizing its constraints, the aims of the second level program more closely bound to an exploration of design opportunities, taking for granted an acquisition of the ability to recognize and deal with context limitations.

 

Course description

The LM course concentrates on three paradigmatic dimensions of innovation designing:

- the dimension of meaning, expression and form/typology;

- the user dimension;

- the dimension of technology and materials.

 

The reference SSD for the dimension of meaning, expression and form/typology of artifacts and the dynamics of morphogenetic innovation is SSD ICAR/13.

In this area the emphasis lies on ways of producing object innovation that go beyond formal archetypes (typologies); that reinterpret ways of resolving the form-function relationship starting with a semantic reconceptualisation of function, or the technologies used; that operate to recontextualise the sense of the object as well as working on leaps of conceptual scale (e.g. the city, cultural heritage etc.) in which the questions of access, interaction, information, marketing, interface and usability are revisited; that also explore the ways in which form emerges from sensorial and expressive quality, sign and symbolic value, and the cultural, emotional and experiential value of objects.

 

The reference SSDs for the user dimension and the innovation dynamics that grow out of the world of needs and use behavior are SSD SPS/08; M-DEA/01 and M-PSI/01 + ICAR/13.

In this area the emphasis lies both on the importance of observing people and their behavior at first hand, and on the role and conditions of context to realize that there is no monolithic concept of user. Rather, there are groups of users and contexts (physical, economic, normative, social contexts, but also those associated with forms of knowledge, cultural models, collective practices and experience, modes of social acceptance or resistance to the use and consumption possibilities offered by products). With the contribution of different disciplinary sources (ethnography, economics, marketing, informatics, psychology, proxemics, anthropology, anthropometry etc.) wide-scale social dynamics begin to take shape that delineate significant, reciprocal influence between people’s behavior and material culture.

The training objective is to cultivate new anthropocentric perspectives in students that will stimulate their designing capacity.

 

The reference SSDs for the technology and materials dimension and technology driven innovation dynamics are SSD ING-IND/22 and ING-IND/16 + ICAR/13.

Axis of knowledge associated with materials, manufacturing processes and production systems, in relation to the design disciplines, it deals with innovative and efficient use of materials and transformation technology (transfer of traditional materials to new application contexts; redesigning of old products with new materials; creation of value through sustainable choice of materials etc.) from technology, and transformation and manufacturing processes (elements of the competitivity of production processes; design limitations imposed by manufacturing technology; innovation through production processes, hybrid industrial and craft production; impact of new technology on product properties etc.).

An exploration of different ways of triggering innovative processes will be accompanied by teaching that aims to develop the skills and tools required to tell the story of the designing process using words and visual elements, especially where the elements in the story are qualitative, conceptual, abstract, value-driven, process-driven etc. as typically occurs in the description of complex scenarios where the content is a mixture of physical, intangible, relational, temporal etc. elements.

The reference SSDs for the communication area are ICAR/13, ICAR/17, M-FIL/05.

These skills hybridize knowledge in the area of visual explanation with that of figurative and visual semiotics, which help to decode or construct contexts with visual meaning, and introduce symbolic, allusive, abstract, conceptual language its tradition in visual texts.

The LM course in Product design for Innovation is organized into: theory courses; design labs: design workshops; internships with companies, institutions, professional firms; and an LM thesis.

The lecture courses introduce the students to the theoretical and critical dimension of design as a culture that produces innovation acting as an interface between socio-cultural change and technological change.

Each of the theory courses will study in depth one of the paradigmatic dimensions of the innovative processes generated by design, examining the debate in progress and the different points of view of the disciplinary contributions.

In close connection and parallel to the theory courses students will carry out design activities in design laboratories.

The laboratory activities offer the opportunity to experiment the theoretical and critical knowledge acquired and lead to a design research activity.

Each design lab focuses on one dimension of design as innovation activator (form, language, signs, visual culture; materials, technology, production processes, user culture, new modes of use and consumption, new socio-cultural practices etc.)

The topics chosen for research make the laboratories the place where the explorative and experimental character of the LM graduate is formed, and where cogency of method, tools and ways of approaching innovative design are developed alongside training in building visions, scenarios and solutions to complex design problems.

The laboratories work as containers for design stimuli: occasions for proposing problems and projects that are often run in contact with situations in the outside world, with their experiences and concrete needs.

The didactic model comprises two different types of laboratory experience. One is short term and intensive, used in the concept design labs and design workshops where students are exposed to a wide variety of design occasions in order to exercise their activation capacity for design thinking in configuring and prefiguring possible solutions. The other lasts six months allowing students to tackle a complete design process.

In the LM program the design laboratories constitute real platforms of research and teaching that bring the student face to face with highly interdisciplinary design projects. This is especially true for the Laboratory of Final Synthesis, where it is possible to carry out the groundwork on which to develop the degree thesis.

The course of studies includes a compulsory internship with a company, corporation, institution or professional firm, preferably integrated with the thesis.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The School offering each first degree (bachelor) programme and the appropriate second level (Master of Science) programme in continuity (or thofor access toble without curricular integrations) are shown in the following table:          

 

Level I (Laurea) degree

Level II (Laurea Magistrale) degree progam in continuity

- Product design

Product and Furnishing specialisation (disabled in the a.a. 2014/'15)

Product Design for Innovation

- Communication design

Communication design

- Fashion Design

Design for the Fashion System

- Interior Design

Interior design

Product design 

Design & Engineering

Mechanical engineering

(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Engineering

 

Materials and nanotechnology engineering

(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Process Engineering

 

Product  Design

Comunication Design

Interior Design

Fashion Design

Product Service System Design

Interior Design

Industrial Design (Product)

Naval and Nautical Design - La Spezia campus

 

The Laurea Magistrale programmes offered by the DesignSchoolare organised in sections:

 

Laurea Magistrale in Product Design for Innovation

Teaching delivered in Italian

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Product section 1 - PR1

Product section 2 - PR2

NB In laboratories can activate modules in English taught by Visiting Professor

Laurea Magistrale  in Communication Design

Teaching delivered in Italian

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Communication section 1 - C_1

Communication section 2 - C_2

Communication section 3 - C_3

NB It 'possible activation of the Workshop in English taught by Visiting Professor

Laurea Magistrale in Design for the Fashion System

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st year

Fashion section 1 - M_1 section with a prevalence of courses in English

Fashion section 2 - M_2 courses in English

Offered in both the 2st year

Fashion section 1 - M_1 courses in English

Fashion section 2 - M_2 courses in English

Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design

Teaching delivered in Italian and English

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Interiors section 1 - I_1

Interiors section 2 - I_2

Interiors section 3 - I_3 courses in English

NB in sections I1 and I2 can activate Courses and Workshops in English

Laurea Magistrale in Design&Engineering

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st year

D&E  section 1 - DE1 courses in English

D&E  section 2 -DE 1 courses in English

D&E  section 3 -DE3 courses in English

NB It 'possible activation of the Electives Courses in Italian.

Offered in both the 2st year

D&E  section 1 - DE1 courses in English

D&E  section 2 - DE2 courses in English

Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design

Teaching delivered in English

Offered in both the 1st and 2nd year

Product Service System section 1 - PS_1 courses in English

Product Service System section 2 - PS_2 courses in English

 

Laurea Magistrale in Naval and Nautical Design - La Spezia campus

No internal sections

 

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The professionals graduating from the Laurea Magistrale in Product Design for Innovation integrate product design with expertise in the fields of management and strategy, and have been trained to supervise the design activity, design research and artistic coordination.
The inclusion in the labour market is usually within technical offices and R & D firms or professional engineering and consulting services.


The professionals graduating from the Laurea Magistrale in Product Design for Innovation integrate product design with expertise in the fields of management and strategy, and have been trained to supervise the design activity, design research and artistic coordination.
The inclusion in the labour market is usually within technical offices and R & D firms or professional engineering and consulting services.

This master programme excels at providing the strategic skills and knowledge to become leaders of the product development process as well as design team leaders. Successful graduates will be highly employable within the design industry (from consumer goods to transports, from furniture to product-service systems) and will be suitably equipped for self-employed professions or for a variety of professional destinations, including design management, design studios, design consultancy, manufacturing.

LM graduates in Product Design for Innovation are experts in industrial products and their continuous innovation processes. They find a wide range of professional opportunities in all the professional firms and companies working in the design field. They may become self-employed professionals or employees, collaborators or consultants in design studios. They may be employed in public administration or research institutions and bodies. They are able to operate both in the SMEs typical of the Italian tradition, working across the board to renew the industrial culture of the product market, and in highly innovative manufacturing and service industries, covering specialist roles in the area of design and design research and development.

They may proceed to the third level of university education, studying for a Dottorato di ricerca (Phd.)

LM graduates in Product Design for Innovation fit into the strategic area of the professional system. They are able to co-ordinate project teams and plan and organize complex design intervention strategies.

Their special expertise lies in the following areas:

- use of tools and practices for the development of complex processes of product innovation;

- ability to analyze market behavior and consumption graphics;

- predisposition for continual tool updating and design method adjustment;

- capacity for organizing and planning product innovation processes;

- capacity to mediate between specialist profiles and the various phases of new product innovation.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

LM graduates in Product Design for Innovation find a wide range of professional opportunities in all the professional firms and companies working in the field of design and planning in general, from consumer goods to transport, from furnishings to product-service systems. In particular, they may work as self-employed professionals; carry out their professional activity as employees collaborators and consultants in a professional firm; work in a company as head of project or project assistant, product design consultant or product planning and production coordinator; deal with product development in a technical office; or teach in professional and technical institutions.


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
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6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


Admission of every candidate is subjected to an evaluation based on his merit and on the courses attended in his previous university career.

For students coming from other campuses or different study programmes there will be a verification of their previous studies to identify any curricula addition needed, students must obtain the addition before their access to the Master of Science programme.

Qualifications required

- Bachelor or Master of Science Degree;

- English language certificate;

Please see the document “Norme attuative dei Regolamenti didattici“ on the website  of the School www.design.polimi.it

On this document there is a list of the materials required for the evaluation of the admission request, registration procedures and deadlines, indications about the admissibility without evaluation and exclusion conditions.

Students admitted with curricular additions needed must obtain these within one year from admission application.

6.2 Requested knowledge

Admission to Laurea Magistrale programs is possible in both the first and second semester (only for students in continuity, or those who are assigned curricular integrations for the semester in appraisal, may be admitted to the 2nd semester), with the exception of the LM  in Design & Engineering which does not allow admission to the 2nd semester (except for candidates who have attended the courses in the 1st semester as individual courses).

Knowledge of English to the standards set by the University is a prerequisite for enrolment. 

For the academic year 2013 - 2014 within the creation of the ranking for admission the knowledge of the English language will not be considered: this requirement will be considered at the time of the enrolment. Without this requirement it will not be possible to proceed with the enrolment process and the place on the ranking list will be available for a replacement. Starting from the academic year 2014 – 2015 the language certificate must be provided at the time of application for the evaluation.

For admission to LM  programs candidates must return the completed online application form. Admission will be subject to the assessment of the candidate’s curriculum vitae by the entry commission whose decision is final. Any decision to exclude candidates will be adequately justified by  the Commission.

For admission to LM  programs candidates must be in possession of a level I degree in Class L-4 Industrial Design or other equivalent Italian or foreign degree recognised as appropriate. In all cases admission will be granted only after appraisal of the candidate’s educational background and the assignment of any necessary curricular integrations.

The requirement to provide documentary support for online application will be waived for students from the School of Design in possession of the NV criteria (parameters relating to student careers and linked to average marks and the number of credits obtained at the 2nd year of enrolment).

The following candidates may be admitted on assessment:

-         Internal and external graduates at the Politecnico di Milano who do not possess the above parameters;

-         Internal and external undergraduates at the Politecnico di Milano who have acquired at least 150 CFU (ECTS) (ECTS) at the time of application.

Admission to LM  programs at the School of Design will not be granted to:

-         Graduates from the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano with a final assessment equal to or less than 85/110;

-         Graduates from the Politecnico di Milano from outside the School of Design with a final assessment equal to or less than 90/110;

-         Graduates from other Italian universities with a final assessment equal to or less than 95/110.

The evaluation of candidates will be done with the parameters shown in the document " Norme attuative dei Regolamenti didattici " on the website of the School www.design.polimi.it

Where the assessment is positive the commission will communicate the result to the candidate as admission without curricular integrations, or admission with curricular integrations.

In the latter instance enrolment will be completed when the additional requirements have been fulfilled. Such curricular integrations must be completed within the academic year for which application has been made: students in this position may integrate their study plan and attend LM  courses in advance by enrolling for single courses up to a maximum of 30 cfu (ects) (ECTS)

For admission to the second semester where it is necessary to assign curricular integrations with reference to the first semester, the candidate will be invited to apply again in the following semester.  

To verify the curricular additions assigned, student must check the document "Norme attuative dei Regolamenti didattici" on the website of the School www.design.polimi.it.

In addition to a verification of their previous courses of study, candidates will undergo comparative assessment of the curriculum followed and of other training or non-didactic activities carried out.

The commission may also make use of written tests and/or oral interviews.


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

Places available for admission:

-         LM  in Product Design for Innovation (Milan campus): 100 students

of which 25 are reserved for students from outside the EU, 5 of which must be Chinese students from the “Marco Polo” project


For the deadlines related to the admission to the Laurea Magistrale, verify the academic rules and the academic calendar 2015/16.


How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
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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.


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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

To be eligible for the final examination of Laurea Magistrale, students must:
- To have accomplished 120 credits required in Level II of the Master including the credits related to the Internship and the credits of the final examination.
- To have developed an individual thesis under the guidance of a tutor, which can be either a projectable work, a theoretical-methodological deepening, or a historical/critical analysis.
The final examination of the Laurea Magistrale consists in the discussion of the individual thesis which must be written under the direction of the official teacher, thesis supervisor.


For more information on this subject refer to Regolamento Esame di Laurea Magsitrale published on the School website.

7.2 Mode of study

The Laurea Magistrale 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.
Design Seminars (workshop) are of a duration of one week during which the students develop a project under the guidance of an established and well-known professional or a company.
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.
Professional Apprenticeship enable the student to works with a company or design studio that collaborates with the Polytechnic, under the guidance of a tutor of the Faculty and a tutor appointed by the company.
Conclusive Design Studio represents a complete design experience, linking numerous disciplinary contributions and guiding the students in the choice and development of their Dissertation.


In compliance with the above, the Laurea Magistrale teaching programme is organized in various teaching modes:

 

-         Single discipline courses are prevalently theoretical in content, taught in lectures and assessed during the year through written and oral exams;

-         Integrated courses involve more than one discipline or field of specialization. They are sometimes conducted by two lecturers who integrate their contributions;

-         Experimental Laboratories offer the opportunity of experimenting and using the tools, technology and machinery of Design. Students will take part in design activities under the guidance of a teaching team, each member of which will apply his/her own disciplinary content to the design theme;

-         Workshops constitute full-time courses lasting one week, in which students develop a project under the guidance of a well-known professional or company;

-         The Erasmus program and other international mobility programs enable students to spend one semester studying abroad in qualified European and non-European universities of design.

-         Professional internships or job placements constitute a period of activity within a company or design studio affiliated with the Politecnico, under the guidance of a tutor from the School and a tutor appointed by the company.

 

In the following paragraphs we will illustrate the main characteristics of these activities.

 

Optional Courses

12 credits are assigned to courses selected by the students themselves (equivalent to one teaching unit per year).

Each student must select one of the optional courses when presenting his/her study plan for the first year. Similarly he/she must opt for another course when presenting his/her study plan for the second year.

 

Optional courses are collocated in both the 1st and 2nd semester

 

Laurea Magistrale internship/job placement –

Students will be placed with companies, professional firms, study centers, corporations etc. affiliated with the Politecnico di Milano in compliance with current legislation, which states that a certificate will be issued on completion of a period agreed with the body with whom the internship is successfully carried out (minimum 250 hours, maximum 1 year).

Internships can be fitted into the study plan in the 1st or 2nd year of the LM . compatibly with the student’s other study commitments.

Such placements are formative experiences integrating with the world of production: the host company must be aware of and accept the legal and formative requirements of the relationship, while the student must in all cases accept and keep to the rules and customs of the company.

For further information about how to draw up a study plan, teaching priorities, norms governing attendance and exam obligations, etc. students are advised to consult the document “Norme attuative del Regolamento didattico” Norms governing teaching regulations published on the School’s website. 

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 rules passed by the School which each year tracks a teaching offer of 60 credits per Programme year "nominal offer").

Each year, students may choose study programmes with a different number of credits compared to the nominal offer (60 CFU credits/year) to graduate progression of studies according to their requirements.

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/ECT.

In formulating the annual Study Track the priority of courses according to the progression of Programme years indicated in the Regulation below must be respected:

- courses of the subsequent Programme year ("anticipations") cannot be inserted in the Study Track 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 and 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.


1 Year courses - Track: PR1 - PR2 PRODOTTO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
096198B,CICAR/13
M-DEA/01
SPS/08
CONCEPT DESIGN STUDIO/118.018.0
096199B,CICAR/13
ING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
LABORATORIO SVILUPPO PRODOTTO/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STUDIO212.012.0
093242B,CM-PSI/01CULTURE VISIVE/DESIGN NARRATIVES16.06.0
093238B,CING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
MATERIALI E TECNOLOGIE PER L'INNOVAZIONE DEL PRODOTTO INDUSTRIALE/MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT INNOVATION26.06.0
096012BICAR/13STUDI SULL'UTENTE PER IL DESIGN DI PRODOTTO/USER STUDIES FOR PRODUCT DESIGN16.06.0
095998BICAR/13TEORIE E CULTURE DELL'INNOVAZIONE26.06.0

1 Year courses - Track: *** - non diversificato


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
096198---- CONCEPT DESIGN STUDIO--118.018.0
096199---- PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STUDIO--212.012.0
096012---- USER STUDIES FOR PRODUCT DESIGN--16.06.0
093242---- DESIGN NARRATIVES--16.06.0
093238---- MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT INNOVATION--26.06.0
095998---- THEORIES AND CULTURE OF INNOVATION--26.06.0
089859BING-IND/35BUSINESS INNOVATION16.06.0
(Grp. Opz.)
095141BL-ART/03ART DIRECTION E COPYWRITING26.0
092051BICAR/13DESIGN DEGLI EVENTI26.0
092058BICAR/13GAME DESIGN26.0
091909--ING-IND/14IL METODO DEGLI ELEMENTI FINITI PER L 'ANALISI DEI PRODOTTI INDUSTRIALI26.0
092065BICAR/13LIGHT ART E DESIGN DELLA LUCE16.0
091907CING-IND/22NANOTECNOLOGIE E MATERIALI FUNZIONALI PER IL DESIGN26.0
092050BICAR/13SYSTEM DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY26.0
096711BICAR/17DIGITAL MODELLING FOR FASHION26.0
096776BING-IND/15VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING26.0
096713BM-FIL/04FASHION AESTHETICS16.0
096616BICAR/13DESIGN DELLA COMUNICAZIONE E CULTURE DI GENERE26.0
098651BICAR/13DESIGN THE COMPLEXITY26.0
098901--ICAR/14SCENT DESIGN26.0
093766BICAR/13LUCE, UOMO, SPAZIO NEL PROGETTO CONTEMPORANEO16.0
096766--INF/01ONLINE GAME DESIGN26.0
096777BING-IND/15REVERSE MODELING16.0
096736CING-INF/05VIDEOGAMES DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING16.0
093801--ICAR/16SCENOGRAFIE DI LUCE - LA CITTĄ COME PALCOSCENICO16.0
095168BICAR/13GENERATIVE DESIGN16.0
092046BICAR/13TEMPORARY URBAN SOLUTIONS16.0
098624BICAR/13DESIGN FOR THE TACTUAL EXPERIENCE26.0
089860BSPS/08USER AND SOCIAL INNOVATION26.0
098619BICAR/13ANALISI DEL FILM E MONDI NARRATIVI16.0
098615BL-ART/03LABORATORIO DI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA16.0
097927BICAR/13METODI DI RAPPRESENTAZIONE PARAMETRICA16.0
098636BICAR/13DESIGN E NEUROSCIENZE16.0
098617BICAR/13DIGITAL STRATEGY26.0
093834B,CICAR/13
ING-INF/05
INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE OF ROBOTICS26.0

2 Year courses - Track: PR1 - PR2 PRODOTTO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
096021BICAR/12DESIGN SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS (SEMINARS)/16.06.0
096200BICAR/13
SPS/08
LABORATORIO DI SINTESI FINALE118.018.0

2 Year courses - Track: *** - non diversificato


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
096200---- FINAL SYNTHESIS DESIGN STUDIO--118.018.0
091984BICAR/13FINAL EXAMINATION--110.010.0
096021---- DESIGN SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS (SEMINARS)--16.06.0
089859BING-IND/35BUSINESS INNOVATION16.06.0
(Grp. Opz.)
095141BL-ART/03ART DIRECTION E COPYWRITING26.0
092051BICAR/13DESIGN DEGLI EVENTI26.0
092058BICAR/13GAME DESIGN26.0
091909--ING-IND/14IL METODO DEGLI ELEMENTI FINITI PER L 'ANALISI DEI PRODOTTI INDUSTRIALI26.0
092065BICAR/13LIGHT ART E DESIGN DELLA LUCE16.0
091907CING-IND/22NANOTECNOLOGIE E MATERIALI FUNZIONALI PER IL DESIGN26.0
092050BICAR/13SYSTEM DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY26.0
096616BICAR/13DESIGN DELLA COMUNICAZIONE E CULTURE DI GENERE26.0
096711BICAR/17DIGITAL MODELLING FOR FASHION26.0
096776BING-IND/15VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING26.0
093766BICAR/13LUCE, UOMO, SPAZIO NEL PROGETTO CONTEMPORANEO16.0
096766--INF/01ONLINE GAME DESIGN26.0
096777BING-IND/15REVERSE MODELING16.0
096713BM-FIL/04FASHION AESTHETICS16.0
093801--ICAR/16SCENOGRAFIE DI LUCE - LA CITTĄ COME PALCOSCENICO16.0
096736CING-INF/05VIDEOGAMES DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING16.0
095168BICAR/13GENERATIVE DESIGN16.0
092046BICAR/13TEMPORARY URBAN SOLUTIONS16.0
089860BSPS/08USER AND SOCIAL INNOVATION26.0
098624BICAR/13DESIGN FOR THE TACTUAL EXPERIENCE26.0
098619BICAR/13ANALISI DEL FILM E MONDI NARRATIVI16.0
097927BICAR/13METODI DI RAPPRESENTAZIONE PARAMETRICA16.0
098615BL-ART/03LABORATORIO DI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA16.0
098651BICAR/13DESIGN THE COMPLEXITY26.0
098901--ICAR/14SCENT DESIGN26.0
098636BICAR/13DESIGN E NEUROSCIENZE16.0
097808BICAR/13HISTORY OF DESIGN26.0
098617BICAR/13DIGITAL STRATEGY26.0
093834B,CICAR/13
ING-INF/05
INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE OF ROBOTICS26.0
089877BICAR/13INTERNSHIP - 1 SEMESTER--120.020.0
(Grp. Opz.)
089878BICAR/13INTERNSHIP--220.0

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".

Starting from the academic year 2014 – 2015 the language certificate must be provided at the time of application for the evaluation.


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3046

7.5 Degree examination

Under Decree 270/04 art. 11 paragraph 5, the final test of the LM in Product Design for Innovation is the submission of a thesis prepared by the student under the guidance of a supervisor.

The paper has the character of experimentation and originality and can lead to both project outcomes and to theoretical and historical-critical aspects. In both cases the paper must contain an introduction outlining the methodological foundations, the reasons and purposes within is built on the search path and which aspects are original contributions of the student.
The thesis is written in Italian and preceded by an abstract in English. 
The thesis should be an important training opportunity to complete the didactic career. This is an individual work that can be developed within a more structured activity conducted in collaboration with other students. In the final results, however, must be clearly recognized the contribution of the individual candidate.


To verify the methodology for the final Examination of Master's thesis  please refer to the " Regolamento Esame di Laurea Magistrale " published on the School website.


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3126

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.


Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3206

9. Faculty

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.


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.

For information:

http://www.dipartimentodesign.polimi.it/laboratori/i-laboratori

www.politeca.polimi.it


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.


12. Internationalization

International Exchange

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.

Erasmus program

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.

Bilateral exchanges

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)

Double degrees

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.

Thesis abroad

Students in the 2nd year of Laurea Magistrale program may develop a part of their thesis abroad. This can be done in the following ways:

-through the Erasmus program and/or Bilateral exchange outside Europe including specific courses in the Study Plan, agreed on with your supervisor, that are  useful to the development of your  thesis or with a co-supervisor from the partner university depending on availability, who co-ordinates with your supervisor at the School of Design.

-with co-supervision from the other university, organized autonomously and without joining an exchange program. In this case the student must communicate his/her  intentions in advance to the Relé office of the School of Design, which will formalize the procedure.

-Applying to the Public Call from Politecnico to have a scholarship for doing the thesis abroad.

In-course Internship/job placement

The in-course internship envisaged for the 2nd year of the Laurea Magistrale may be carried out abroad by:

- applying to the R.A.P service (Company and Professions relations)

- joining the Erasmus/extra UE programmes, if available in the partner schools, or by activating a collaboration with professional practices, or through attending courses (design studio based) or workshop as per the same amount of hours.

- Answering to the Call “Erasmus for Traineeship”  to obtain scholarships to make the internship within the European Union.

- Making the internship within the exchange mobility substituting it with project courses that amou8nt at least 250 hours.


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4708

13. Quantitative data


14. Further information

For any other information the students are invited to visit the School website, in particular the teaching regulations of the academic rules.


15. Errata corrige