Academic Year 2018/19





School of Design



Degree Programme of:


Integrated Product Design
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano Bovisa Campus

1. General Information

School School of Design
Code Reference Law1261
NameIntegrated Product Design
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) (¹) Italian/English
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Collina Luisa Maria Virginia
Coordinator of the Study programme Francesco Zurlo
Website of the School http://www.design.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://productdesign.polimi.it
(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.

Student Office (Study programme) - Milano
Reference office
Orientamento carriera didattica Design
Address Via Candiani 72, 20158 Milano
Phone --


Central Student Office - Milano
Address VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The Laurea Magistrale (LM) Study Programme in Integrated Product Design of the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano, coming from the similar Laurea (L) Study Programme of I Level in Industrial Product Design, deals with product design, from the system point of view - system-product design - something that can combine all the aspects in order to improve value for user, business and company.

Characterized by exploration and research focus, the Study Programme drives students to use systemic criteria in designing project and in identifying opportunities for innovation, provides methods and knowledge, improves critical skills in in the evaluation of complex contemporary topics. Students are constantly pushed to deal with new innovative technologies, current production strategies, further behavioural patterns, emerging needs, renewed theoretical models and updated interpretative criteria.

In the product-system, skills and technical know-how are considered as acquired and strengthened within a strategic point of view that is able to connect market elements, cultural dimensions, technical qualities, environmental and social needs to process in a critical and responsible way all the processes of service, communication and distribution choices. The feasibility of the idea is one of the main skills of the integrated product innovation expert, a profile able to define a product-system research, select useful contributions and fully define their own idea in the executive and implementation aspect.

The LM in Integrated Product Design, Study programme of the same class of its related First Level Laurea,  is characterised by all those aspects already highlighted in the Study Programme, and in particular: a solid technical knowledge, the inclination to systemic vision of problems, the opening towards a continuing redefinition of product-centred issues, the skill to critically understand phenomena and choices, with a sustainable solution orientation based on the medium-long term, and a real inclination to collaborative and creative problem solving and a strong personal initiative


3. Learning objectives

The LM in Integrated Product Design defines today the designer profile, by placing it at the centre of the systemic innovation processes of organizations and companies, starting from the industrial product as main objective.

This is due, on the one hand, to the new product status, that loses its value as material and concrete object to become an element of a complex system, with an offer of value more complex than in the past; and on the other hand, a model of industry that changes its structure and language, thanks to the wide range of digital tools available to everyone. Therefore, the product topic is placed within a network of accessible technologies available everywhere, that every day increases in number, while designer is required to provide in advance and describe any possible future implication of such technologies. The LM Study Programme focuses on better understanding that particular border line that between object and service, and the different interactions that characterize the relation between the supply system and the system of use.

Among the educational objectives of the LM Study Programme, there is also the consolidation of cultural, conceptual and methodological references, as well as the technical skills that characterize the modern culture of the product project, necessary tools as guide in a context full of references and possible detailed studies.

 

The graduate in Integrated Product Design acquires specific skills and is able to apply them to the different situations in which s/he works, and in particular:

-            s/he has a good control on technical equipment that allows him/her to evaluate and suggest, competently and from a critical point of view, possible technologies, production processes, and materials that most match with the objectives;

-            s/he is fully aware of the social, environmental and cultural impacts of his/her choices, s/he knows how to anticipate any possible issue and can provide sustainable options;

-            s/he takes into account the technical feasibility of his/her ideas and is able to adapt it to the business needs and to the real needs of people, which are the substantial goal of every sustainable and conscious project;

-            s/he will be able to read the weak signals coming from society and culture, s/he can understand them in order to better use them as filters to give a meaning to technology and production processes. This skill will enable him/her to define future scenarios that can point out sustainable development directions for companies and organizations;

-            s/he has the conceptualization and abstract thinking skills together with the ability to make sense and put in place his/her ideas;

-            s/he strengthens his/her inclination skill tosystemic approach to problems, able to understand the different points of view and all the opportunities for innovation available in the system, while keeping the product at the centre of the research.

 

The graduate student in Integrated Product Design sets the research starting from the design 'problem' through continuous definition processes (setting) and re-definition (finding), thanks to a systemic point of view and critical ability in choosing possible solutions.

The graduate student also improves specific soft-skills, such as inclination to team work, leadership, the negotiation of ideas and conflict management; aspects that are even more important, given the growing trend of collaborative and creative problem solving and the use of interdisciplinary and international teams in solving complex problems.  Other soft-skills, not less important,concern the personal orientation to think in terms of objectives, the initiative (entrepreneurship) and focus skills.

 

 

Description of the educational programme

The LM study programme mainly focuses on four aspects of the product-system, and they are:

 

  •          the technology-materials dimension;
  •          the dimensions of the type-formal, expressive and meaning qualities;
  •          the systemic dimension starting from the centrality of the product;
  •          the creative and collaborative dimension in problem solving.

 

The technological-material dimension and the innovation dynamics driven by technology refer to the following subject areas: SSD ING-IND/22; ING-IND/16 + ICAR 13; it must be seen as knowledge related to materials, manufacturing processes and production systems and is complementary to the project disciplines.  

The subjects of study concern all types of innovation, including the original use of materials, and transformation technologies, such as the use of traditional materials in new application contexts or redesign existing products with new materials or create value through the sustainability of material choices. Furthermore, all the issues related to the production efficiency come from technologies and transformation and manufacturing processes, as well as the limits defined by processing technologies, the innovation within production processes, the handcrafted-industrial hybridisation, the evaluation of impact of new technologies on product characteristics.

 

The artefact type-formal quality dimension and the innovation dynamics which generate forms, are part of the reference sector SSD ICAR/13. In this context, those aspects that come from the formal archetypes (typologies) are accentuated, a necessary step in order to define in a different way the form-function relation and identify new meanings connected to characteristics.

An analysis of formal configuration of the objects defined by their sensorial and expressive characteristics is carried out, as well as their symbolic, cultural, emotional values, to move to transfer of meaning and to conceptual leaps that lead to reasoning on systems (for example cultural heritage, distribution, product-service mix) therefore take into account everything related to access, interaction, information, marketing, interface, and use. The technological prospects open up to different innovation outcomes and require a great synthesis skill and the ability to identify potential options: for this reason, the LM Study Programme includes courses related to future studies, with particular reference to Visioning (SSD of SPS-08) and Logic and Philosophy of Science in the final synthesis laboratories (M-FIL 02).

 

The systemic dimension, specifically, is a skill that must be supported and put in practice within the project laboratories. The reference subject areas are ICAR/13 and SPS/08 in relation to topic of Sociology of Technology, in order to provide critical reading tools and the systemic implications that the evolution of artefacts, necessarily, involves. A systemic view requires continuous and repeated practice, relatively to different project areas, different fields and can be verified by its technical, social and cultural implications.
System thinking is also achieved through the visualization of complex phenomena, with appropriate methods of representation, to highlight important innovation opportunities. The intellectual flexibility, proper of the system thinking, is exercised through the creative processes of the project laboratories, but it will be also a study subject through the contents and methodologies of Social Psychology (M-PSI 05). The systemic approach has its centre on the product, that is the core of new strategies that consider it, today, as a system enabler that integrates services, communication, interaction and fruition models: this aspect will be specifically faced within courses, such as Strategic Design and Innovation Services (ICAR13), Innovation Theories and Cultures (SPS08).

 

The creative and collaborative dimension in problem solving it is a new and very important aspect of the LM Study Programme, because it is related to the needs of the world of work, always present in many occasions, of new profiles with a greater flexibility and creative attitudes to problem solving, greater ability to integrate in work groups, initiative and, in some cases, leadership. These aspects are taken in consideration, in practice, within the different project laboratories (ICAR/13), also through specific role play and then studied, in the second year, by Life Design, a specific course that combines orientation psychology, personal development psychology and social psychology (SSD M-PSI/05):  the objective is to create a strong basis of skills for creative work, initiative and collaborative problem solving, considered by the European Union as essential objectives also in the education of future citizens (European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice, 2016. Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe. Eurydice Report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union).

 

The educational career of Lm in Integrated Product Design is organized in:

  •                     theoretical courses
  •                     project laboratories and workshop
  •                     internship with companies, institutions and professional studios
  •                     LM graduation work.

 

The ex-cathedratheoretical courses bring students closer to the theoretical-critical dimension of design, a culture that produces innovation, placed in the middle of socio-cultural and technological changes; each theoretical course is designed to study a fundamental issue of the integrated product design, and provide further information on the state of art and about all different points of view.

Together with theoretical courses, the project laboratories are launched to test what has been acquired and use the different skills acquired in the research activity, always starting from the role of design as starting point for inclusion, and as activator of the innovation processes. Each laboratory focuses on one specific dimension of design, and in particular:

  •          forms, languages, signs, visual culture  
  •          materials, technologies, manufacturing processes
  •          user culture, new use and consumption methods, new socio-cultural practices

The laboratories are the place where the LM graduate student skills are improved, the accuracy on methods is strengthened, the practice on tools is refined, the practices to face the project in a continuous training of creation of representations, scenarios and solutions to complex problems. Basically, the laboratories can be seen as a place of solicitations and they are often the occasion to better understand in detail problems coming from external issues, that bring concrete needs. The educational model provides different types of project laboratories:

  •          Intensive laboratory, with a limited duration, connected to concept design and product development laboratories; through the proposal of a wide range of project opportunities, the intensive lab aims to train design thinking in the conception and elaboration of possible solutions;
  •          workshop on Culture and Practice of the Project (SSD ICAR/13) during which creative opportunities are often created together with external players (companies, institutions, organizations) and with foreign professionals, who present languages, poetics, different points of view, in addition to share their experience as contemporary designers;
  • semester laboratory, where the student faces the work by dealing with structured issues, in a research-action of project.

Throughout the whole study programme, the Project Laboratories can be seen as real research-education platforms for interdisciplinary project experiences; this feature is even more clear in the Final Synthesis Laboratory where the foundations are laid for preparation of graduation work.

All laboratories, each one in its field of research, want to:

  •          explore issues, technological possibilities, emerging socio-cultural needs and other aspects of contemporary life, to re-define the edges of the industrial design subject, taking care of keeping the core of reflection on the product;
  •          to face in detail, thanks to the systemic view and to the contribution of research, at different levels, the project subjects and topics in conventional and unconventional sectors of the contemporary industry.

 The programme provides a compulsory Internship period at companies, bodies, institutions and professional studios which is best integrated with graduation work.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

For every level I Laurea course the School also sets up a related continued study Laurea Magistrale.

 

Laurea I Level

Laurea II Level of the same class

- Industrial product design

Integrated Product Design

- Communication Design

Communication Design

- Fashion Design

Design for the Fashion System

- Interior Design

Interior and Spatial Design

Industrial product design

Design & Engineering of Industrial Product

Mechanical Engineering (Laurea programme activated at the School of Industrial and Information Engineering)

Material and Nanotechnology Engineering (Laurea programme activated at the School of Industrial and Information Engineering)

Industrial Product Design/Communication Design/Interior Design/Fashion Design

Product Service System Design

Industrial Product Design/Communication Design/Interior Design/Fashion Design

Digital and Interaction Design

Interior Design/Industrial Product Design (Product)

Naval and Ship Building Design - La Spezia campus

 

All LM study programmes of the School of Design are divided up into sections.

Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design

Taught in Italian and English languages

Active sections during 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Section Integrated Product 1 - IP1

Section Integrated Product 2 - IP2

Laurea Magistrale in Communication Design

Taught in Italian and English languages

 

Active during both years, 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Communication Section 1 – C_1

Communication Section 2 – C_2

Communication Section 3 – C_3

Laurea Magistrale in Design for the Fashion System

Taught in English language

Active during both years, 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Fashion Section 1 – M_1

Fashion Section 2 – M_2

Laurea Magistrale in Interior and Spatial Design

Taught in Italian and English languages

 

Active sections during 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Section Interior and Spatial 1 - IS1

Section Interior and Spatial 2 - IS2

Section Interior and Spatial 3 - IS3

Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering

Taught in English language

Active sections during both years, 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Section D&E 1 – DE1

Section D&E2 – DE2

Section D&E3 – DE3

Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design

Taught in English language

Active sections during both years, 1st and 2nd year of the LM

Section Product Service System 1 - PS_1

Section Product Service System 2 - PS_2

From the 2nd year of the LM the following section will also be active

Section Product Service System 2 - PS_3

Only for students of the Double Degree with Management engineering

Laurea Magistrale in Digital and Interaction Design

Taught in English language

During 1st and 2nd year a single DID Section is active

Please note: the educational offer can be in both languages, Italian and English.

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 career options of the Integrated Product Design Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) provide the product designer with managerial and strategic skills, as well as a systemic point of view and the ability to team work, also interdisciplinary team work, in order to deal with complex problems, and they are related to the management/direction of the project activities, design research and artistic direction. The inclusion of such profiles in the work market usually occurs within the technical, research and development offices of the companies, in the marketing and/or design departments, which work to identify new opportunities for innovation within organizations, in professional design and strategic consulting firms.


The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Graduate student is an expert able to answer to the market needs, technological and process restrictions, needs and requests from the user system, business objectives. Considerable career opportunities can be found in the context of all professional and company opportunities in the design field. Graduate students can work as freelance professionals, be employed in professional studios or work as consultants in these last ones. S/he will be able to promote new business initiatives from innovative product-system solutions in order to meet the emerging needs and availabilities of new technologies. There are also employment openings with local governments and research institutions and bodies. Graduates can work in both the small and medium sized businesses characteristic of the Italian context, intervening across the board in the renewal of the industrial culture of the market product and in industrial manufacturing organisations and services with high innovation content, performing specialist roles in the design and research and development fields.

They can also access third level PhD university programmes.

The Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design supplies students with tools for employment in professional scenarios with strategic type skills expressing an ability to co-ordinate project collectives and plan complex design action strategies.

 The specific skills obtained are:

- the attitude to systemic thinking, starting from the centrality that the product still continues to have, today, in the enterprise offer system;

- the attitude to systemic thinking, starting from the centrality that the product still continues to have, today, in the enterprise offer system;

- ability to build scenarios related to new value creation models, to actualise emerging technologies and production processes;

- the research and orientation ability in the selection of all those elements of knowledge that contribute to direct the innovative development of the product-system;

- product-system innovation process, organisational and planning abilities;

- an ability to liaise with specialists in the various phases leading to the development of new products.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design provides a wide range of opportunities in all professional, consultancy and business activities working in the design and planning field, in the widest sense, encompassing consumer goods, transport, furniture products and product-service systems, including the complex and innovative interaction models.

In particular the graduate student in laurea magistrale frequently work as freelance professionals, as employees or consultants in professional or consultancy studios, design department heads or assistants in companies, product design consultants at companies, in technical offices with product design duties, company design managers, company employees with product design and manufacturing co-ordination duties in design and production of products, expert in user experience in the use of products, professors at professional or technical institutes.


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5.3 Qualification profile

Integrated product designer
profile in a work context:
Profile strongly oriented to exploring innovative opportunities and building critical assessment skills in relation to the implications projects may have on the social, cultural and economic context as well as strategic project planning and management.
Graduate students from the Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design are experts in industrial products and the innovation processes which result from these. 
Potential career outcomes for graduate students of the Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design allow the product designer to acquire management and strategic type skills and focus on management of design activities, design research and artistic direction.


skills of this function:
The Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design prepares students for employment in professional scenarios with strategic type skills expressing an ability to co-ordinate project collectives and plan complex design action strategies.

In particular, this profile has specific skills for: 
- the use of tools and practices, useful in development of a structured product innovation process;
- analyse market behaviour and understand consumption dynamics;- create the right up-to-date on operational tools and project method adjustment;- organize and plan the product innovation processes;- to liaise with specialists in the various phases leading to the development of new products.- define medium and long-term design scenarios;- define tools that allow to work not only on the product but also on the system..


Job opportunities:
The graduate students in Laurea Magistrale in Integrated Product Design find wide ranging career openings in all the professional and business activities working in the design field and planning in the widest sense, encompassing consumer goods, transport, furniture products and product-service systems.
Employment opportunities consist mainly of careers in technical and research and development offices in companies or professional studios working in design and consultancy. In particular they frequently work as freelance professionals, as employees or consultants in professional studios, design department heads or assistants in companies, product design consultants at companies, in technical offices with product design duties, company design managers, company employees with product design and manufacturing co-ordination duties, teachers at professional or technical institutes. There are also employment openings with local governments and research institutions and bodies.
Graduates can work in both the small and medium sized businesses characteristic of the Italian context, intervening across the board in the renewal of the industrial culture of the market product and in industrial manufacturing organisations and services with high innovation content, performing specialist roles in the design and research and development fields.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Laurea (First degree), or foreign comparable degree


Access to LM Study Programme is subject to passing an assessment of the previous career and an evaluation of the candidate's preparation, carried out by the Admission Commission to Laurea Magistrale of the School.

The School can define specific criteria for each course and therefore the student is invited to consult the Laurea Magistrale Programme Admission Guide, published on the School Web site:

http://www.design.polimi.it/studiare-design/guide-alla-carriera/

To be eligible for admission to the LM study programme, students must have a I level Laurea (Ministerial Decree 509/99 or Ministerial Decree 270/04, or a degree qualification obtained with educational systems previous to the Ministerial Decree 509/99 or University Diploma).

Also graduating student can submit the application for evaluation, provided that the qualification is achieved within the enrolment deadline. 

The admission to the evaluation for access the LM study programmes of the Design School is also subject to verify:

- the knowledge of English language;

- the average in thirtieths (23/30 for student of Politecnico di Milano, 25/30 for those coming from other Universities).

Students with a foreign degree should follow the pre-registration route described on the Polinternational website at

(www.polinternational.polimi.it), respecting the given deadlines. By using this option, students can apply for merit scholarships and obtain more information on the organisation of their stay in Italy during the next post-admission phase.

6.2 Requested knowledge

In order to be admitted to the LM study programme in Integrated Product, you must have a First level Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, in the class L-4 Industrial Design.

To the students coming from Study Programmes of Class L-4 or curricula different from Product Design, a curriculum integration will be assigned for the field ING-IND/14 Mechanical Design and machine construction and ING-IND/16 technologies and manufacturing systems, as well as an integration of Design laboratory.

Enrolment is possible also for those with a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in one of the following classes:

-       L-3 Disciplines of Figurative Arts, Music, Show Business and Fashion

-       L-8 Information Engineering

-       L-9 Industrial Engineering

-       L-17 Architecture Science

-       L-18 sciences of economics and business management

-       L-31 Computer Science and Technology

provided that they have specific curricular requirements as specified below:

at least 40 ECTS, all included in the Sectors ICAR/13, ICAR/17 Design, ING-IND/14 Mechanical Design and machine construction, ING-IND/16 technologies and manufacturing systems, ING-IND/22 Science and technology of materials.

Without these curricular requirements, integrations will be assigned.

Furthermore, the access to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme is allowed to graduate students at ISIA and Academies: admission is allowed to Programmes with career related to the Design field.

Compliance with the required curriculum requirements is assessed by an appropriate CdS Commission.

Without these curricular requirements, integrations will be assigned.

Students can be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale in either first or second semester (only students coming from similar courses or who have fulfilled supplementary educational requirements relating to the assessment semester will be eligible for admission to the 2nd semester). Available places on the 2nd semester will be published, when September admission procedures are completed.

 

 English languageknowledge, according to the standards indicated by the University, is a registration pre-requisite. Certificates must be submitted within the application submission deadline.

Students applying for admission to the Laurea Magistrale must fill in the appropriate online form and will be eligible for admission only if their previous studies, and the preparation of each candidate, fulfil course requirements as assessed by the appropriate board whose decision is unquestionable. In the event that students are rejected the board will provide reasons for its decision.

For the evaluation of preparation of each candidate, it will be taken into account the average, the choice of a programme with respect to the first level study programme and documents related to projects carried out in the three years, extra-curricular activities.

 

Students from L Study Programme of the Design School, with some parameters verified at the end of the 2nd year, can directly access without evaluation (these parameters called N/V take into account the number of credits obtained within the 2nd year and related average: for LM Study Programme of the Design School, the minimum parameters for direct access are 110/26 for all LM of the School of Design, except for Product Service System Design with parameters 110/27. For Design & Engineering, InterScuola LM Study Programme, the 105/25 parameters are also taken into account for those coming from Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering).

 

Students can check the values of the N and V parameters set by the School according to specific criteria, by accessing the Online Services (www.polimi.it/onlineservices - Career) or finding detailed information in the Career Guides

(http://www.design.polimi.it/studiare-design/guide-alla-carriera/) and in the Educational Regulations.

The admission, for students fulfilling NV criteria, will be guaranteed to one of the Laurea Magistrale programmes selected, but not necessarily their first choice, depending on availability of places. Supplementary educational requirements can also be required where students are applying to transfer from one Laurea Magistrale course to another in different fields.

The accesses to LM Study Programmes from similar courses may imply the allocation of curricular integrations, that must be fulfilled before registration.

In order to help the student in planning his/her career and in possible planning of the logistic aspects, the University provides, for the School, different periods of time to request the evaluation. Detailed information relating to deadlines and available places is available on the Web site http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/come-si-accede/

 

The following students are not eligible to access the Laurea Magistrale programme activated by the Design School:

  • graduated/graduating candidates at Politecnico di Milano with average calculated below 23/30 (for accesses to the first semester, average calculated at 31 July - for accesses to the 2nd semester, average calculated at 31 January);
  • graduated/graduating candidates from other Universities with average calculated below 25/30 (for accesses to the first semester, average calculated at 31 July - for accesses to the 2nd semester, average calculated at 31 January);
  • Candidates that do not hold an appropriate English language certificate.

Students who fulfilled admission requirements in previous academic years but did not register for the programme will be required to conform to the new parameters when presenting new assessment applications.

Candidates will be assessed in accordance with the parameters set out in the “Laurea Magistrale Programme Admission Guide” document, available for consultation on the School Web site http://www.design.polimi.it/studiare-design/guide-alla-carriera/

Fulfilment of assessment requirements will be notified to candidates by the board in two forms: admission without supplementary educational requirements or it will notify the need to fulfil the curricular requirements before submitting again the admission application.

Supplementary requirements must be fulfilled within one year from the assessment application. Such students can supplement their studies by enrolling on Single courses and Magistrale courses up to a maximum of 32 ECTS.

For admissions to the 2nd semester for students with supplementary educational requirements relating to the 1st semester, candidates will be required to apply again in the following semester.

To check your supplementary educational requirements, consult the "Laurea Magistrale Programme Admission Guide" document, available on the School Web site http://www.design.polimi.it/studiare-design/guide-alla-carriera.

In addition to educational course assessments, candidates' curricula and other educational or extra educational activities will be subjected to comparative evaluation.

The School reserves the right to accept single course requirements for single topic and optional courses (note that for admission purposes no more than 32 Laurea Magistrale related ECTS can be recognised).

Detailed information relating to admission and enrolment is available on the  Guidance and Counselling Office site https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4549


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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6.3 Deadlines

Places available for admissions:

 - CdLM Integrated Product Design (Milano Campus): 90 st

of which 20 are reserved for non-EU students including 5 Chinese students from the “Marco Polo” project.

For the LM admission time frames check the LM Programmes Admission Guide and the 2017/18 academic calendar.


How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
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6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School promotes orientation activities for future students, first-year students and last-year students.

For students who wish to enrol in the Design School's Study Programmes, Open Days are organized in which each Study Programme presents the educational offer through presentations and/or open lectures.

An internal Guidance service is available at the School with the purpose of providing information on the teaching and educational contents of its programmes of study and clarifying, to future first-year students, the educational objectives and potential career opportunities.

Every year, for first-year students, a welcome day is organized in which the organization of the School is presented, the offices and their skills, the international mobility programmes, the School and Politecnico communication tools: the Web site of the Design School, the Trouble Ticket, the chat, the Beep portal, the library services, the instrumental laboratories and the Safety week (week in which the students obtain the qualification to access the Laboratories). During this meeting, the Joint Committee and Student representatives have their time for a wide presentation.

The Student Representatives of the School Board have prepared a Vademecum to present and summarise the services to be accessed.

For students already enrolled, there are presentations of the optional courses and Synthesis Laboratories. In addition to the teaching sheets that provide detailed information about the course methods, the students can see slides and videos prepared by professors in order to summurise the topics that will be covered during the programme.

For students already enrolled, the School provides activities with the aim to:

- help students remove any obstacles to their attendance and learning with initiatives tailored to individual student needs, attitudes and requirements;

- encourage a more active participation by students in the educational process.

A reference professor/tutor has been selected for each study programme and s/he is the official reference point for any School guidance. The service is organized within the study programme and, in particular, it consists of:

- The service is programme of study specific and deals in particular with: support services for students who require help in solving problems or clarifying concepts;

- identification of student projects from each specific laurea course to be used as guidance tools at Open Days and on the School's official communication channels.

- identification of student projects from each specific laurea course to be used as guidance tools at Open Days and on the School's official communication channels.

Guidance and Counselling Office https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3767


Polinternational
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Polinternational
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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

For admission to the Laurea Magistrale final exam students must:
- have obtained the 120 ECTS required for a Level II Laurea Magistrale including credits relating to internships and final exams.
- have written an individual thesis under the guidance of a Supervisor taking the form of a project or theoretical-methodological or historical-critical considerations.
The Laurea Magistrale exam consists of a discussion on students' individual theses led by a teaching staff officer, the thesis supervisor.

7.2 Mode of study

The Laurea Magistrale programme is full time. It uses a number of educational methods: the single subject courses contain theoretical contents which are taught by means of ex cathedra lessons and assessed with tests and interviews throughout the year.
Integrated courses involve more than one discipline or specific sphere and they are sometimes entrusted to two members of the teaching staff who integrate their contributions.
The Experimental Laboratories offer students the opportunity to experiment and use the tools, technologies and equipment useful for the project.
The Laboratories involve project work by students under the guidance of a teaching staff team each of whom offer their own subject matter as applied to the project theme. The Workshops are full time courses lasting a week in which students develop a project under the guidance of a well regarded professional or a company.
The Erasmus Programme and the other international mobility programmes are an opportunity for students to spend a study semester abroad at qualified European and non-European design universities.
Professional Internship is a period of time spent at one of the Politecnico's partner companies or design studios under the guidance of a School tutor or a tutor appointed by the 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.


Internships - Laurea Magistrale

In Laurea Magistrale students carry out an internship at a company, professional studio, study centre, body, etc. with a partnership agreement with the Politecnico di Milano which fulfils the requirements of current legislation specifying that, on completion of the agreed internship period (minimum 250 hrs, maximum 1 year) a certificate will be issued. To obtain the certificate, the student, when coming back, must have an interview with his/her Study Programme tutor, with submission of a report.

Internship is an educational experience which gives students real experience of the world of work. The host company must be aware of and agree to the legal regulations and the need for educational support and the student must accept and show an ability to respect the company's rules and behaviours.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

Students' ability to choose the courses and credits to be included into their Study plans is ruled by the regulations of the School which makes available a credit offer for each year of the course (“nominal offer”).

Each year students can choose courses for a different number of credits than that specified by the nominal courses to graduate their study programmes according to their needs.

The minimum number of credits a student can enrol on is 30 unless the number of credits needed for course completion are fewer than this.

The maximum number of credits a student can enrol on is 80, respecting exam priorities.

The current framework of the study plan requires the course exam sequence to be respected. Courses designed for later years of the programme cannot be included to the Study Plan of the following year (“advance inclusion”) unless all previous and current year courses have also been included into it.

The School has approved a number of priority exams which need to be passed in order to be able to enrol in certain courses which are considered to be propaedeutic to them. As a result of this rule, there may be a change in the number of credits that a student may nominally enrol for.

The System Regulations require a series of educational activities (specialist, elective or supplementary) which are present in the course of study in the form of single subject and integrated courses and laboratories in which the two-year Laurea Magistrale's educational content is conveyed.

 

In addition to these types of educational activities the System Regulations also require that a specific number of credits are attributed to types of activity which can be categorised as follows:

- educational activities chosen independently by students (Optional courses);

- educational activities relating to preparation for the final exams required for the qualification to be awarded (Final exam);

- activities designed to enable students to gain additional language skills, IT, telematic and relational skills which will help them in finding employment as well as educational activities designed to facilitate professional choices by giving students direct experience of working in the sector which the qualification can gain them access to including, in particular, educational work experience and guidance (Internships).


1 Year courses - Track: IP1 - Integrated Product Design 1


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
051350B,CICAR/13
ING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STUDIO112.012.0
051367BICAR/13
SPS/08
CONCEPT DESIGN STUDIO218.018.0
051348B,CM-PSI/01DESIGN NARRATIVES16.06.0
051364B,CING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR DESIGN16.06.0
051344BICAR/13STRATEGIC AND SERVICE DESIGN16.06.0
053627BSPS/08INNOVATION CULTURES AND THEORIES26.06.0
Courses defined on the not diversified (***) program, common to all specialization options

1 Year courses - Track: IP2 - Integrated Product Design 2


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
051360B,CICAR/13
ING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STUDIO112.012.0
051371BICAR/13
SPS/08
CONCEPT DESIGN STUDIO218.018.0
051349B,CM-PSI/01DESIGN NARRATIVES16.06.0
052847B,CING-IND/16
ING-IND/22
MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING FOR DESIGN16.06.0
051345BICAR/13STRATEGIC AND SERVICE DESIGN16.06.0
051347BSPS/08INNOVATION CULTURES AND THEORIES26.06.0
Courses defined on the not diversified (***) program, common to all specialization options

1 Year courses - Track: *** - offerta comune


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
053791--SECS-S/01APPLIED STATISTICS16.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
6.0
(Grp. Opz.)
053460BICAR/13INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS USABILITY DESIGN16.0
053529--ICAR/16LIGHT AND CITY16.0
053526BICAR/13LIGHT AND COLOR BETWEEN ART AND DESIGN16.0
097927BICAR/13PARAMETRIC REPRESENTATION METHODS16.0
098628--ING-IND/17QUALITY MANAGEMENT16.0
096777BING-IND/15REVERSE MODELING16.0
096736CING-INF/05VIDEOGAMES DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING16.0
051729BL-ART/03ITALIAN LANDSCAPE ART, FROM MODERN TO CONTEMPORARY26.0
053725--L-ART/04ARTS & CRAFTS. THE HISTORY OF DECORATIVE ARTS AND THE RISE OF EXHIBITIONS OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN26.0
051828BICAR/13AS A RENEWAL STUDY26.0
053530BL-ART/03CONTEMPORARY ART DEBATES26.0
053481BICAR/13CULTURE OF PROJECT FOR EVENT DESIGN26.0
051998B,CICAR/13
ING-INF/05
DESIGN AND ROBOTICS26.0
053722BICAR/13DESIGN FOR PLAY26.0
092058BICAR/13GAME DESIGN26.0
052234--MAT/08GENERATIVE DESIGN: GEOMETRIC AND NUMERICAL METHODS26.0
091909--ING-IND/14THE COMPLETE ELEMENT METHOD FOR ANALYSIS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS26.0
050537BICAR/13LICENSING E BRAND EXTENSION26.0
053721BICAR/13MATTER OF IMPORTANCE: A CRITICAL INVESTIGATION INTO GLOBAL MATERIAL RESOURCES26.0
050545CING-INF/05MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT26.0
053477CING-IND/22NANOTECHNOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR DESIGN26.0
053785BICAR/12ORGANIZZAZIONE E FATTIBILITĄ DEL PROGETTO26.0
096766--INF/01ONLINE GAME DESIGN26.0
052003BING-IND/15VIRTUAL AND PHISICAL PROTOTYPING26.0
053459BICAR/13ERASMUS EXPERIENCE26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053426BICAR/13ANALYSIS OF THE FILM AND NARRATIVE WORLDS16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053427BICAR/13DESIGN&CREATIVITY16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053428BING-IND/35DIGITAL USER INNOVATION16.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053430BL-ART/03FEELING AND COMMUNICATION IN THE ERA OF POST-ADVERTISING26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053431BICAR/13COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND GENDER CULTURE26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053433BICAR/13DESIGN THE COMPLEXITY26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053434BICAR/13DIGITAL STRATEGY26.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053436BING-IND/35LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053439BICAR/13SYSTEM DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053440BICAR/13TEMPORARY URBAN SOLUTIONS26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053441BSPS/08USER AND SOCIAL INNOVATION26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]

2 Year courses - Track: IP1 - Integrated Product Design 1


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
052862BICAR/13WORKSHOP16.06.0
052860CM-PSI/05LIFE DESIGN16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
6.0
Courses defined on the not diversified (***) program, common to all specialization options

2 Year courses - Track: IP2 - Integrated Product Design 2


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
052863BICAR/13WORKSHOP26.06.0
052860CM-PSI/05LIFE DESIGN16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
6.0
Courses defined on the not diversified (***) program, common to all specialization options

2 Year courses - Track: *** - offerta comune


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
052850B,CICAR/13
ING-INF/05
M-FIL/02
FINAL SINTESI STUDIO - I1118.0
[18.0Innovative teaching]
18.0
(Grp. Opz.)
052851B,CICAR/13
ING-INF/05
M-FIL/02
FINAL SYNTHESIS STUDIO SECT. 2118.0
[18.0Innovative teaching]
052864----FINAL EXAMINATION--110.010.0
052865----FINAL EXAMINATION--210.0
053426BICAR/13ANALYSIS OF THE FILM AND NARRATIVE WORLDS16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
6.0
(Grp. Opz.)
053427BICAR/13DESIGN&CREATIVITY16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053428BING-IND/35DIGITAL USER INNOVATION16.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053519BICAR/13INCLUSIVE DESIGN16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053430BL-ART/03FEELING AND COMMUNICATION IN THE ERA OF POST-ADVERTISING26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053531BICAR/13COMMUNICATION OF THE DESIGN PROJECT26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053431BICAR/13COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND GENDER CULTURE26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053433BICAR/13DESIGN THE COMPLEXITY26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053434BICAR/13DIGITAL STRATEGY26.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053611B,CM-PSI/01EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS II - IMPROVE YOUR NTS (NON-TECHNICAL-SKILLS)26.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053734BICAR/13HEALTH_BEAUTY NEW GENERATION26.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
053436BING-IND/35LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053439BICAR/13SYSTEM DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053440BICAR/13TEMPORARY URBAN SOLUTIONS26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053441BSPS/08USER AND SOCIAL INNOVATION26.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053749BICAR/13ERASMUS EXPERIENCE26.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053366----INTERNSHIP--114.014.0
053367----INTERNSHIP--214.0

7.4 Foreign language

Foreign language assessment will be carried out in accordance with the university's methods as set out on the “Student Services/Guides and Regulations/Guide to the English Language”, web page: www.polimi.it.

Students are encouraged to read this document carefully and respect the norms set out in it.

Specifically, note that: "Pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/04 the Politecnico di Milano has adopted the English language as the European Union language which students must speak in addition to Italian".

 English language knowledge, according to the standards indicated by the University, is a registration pre-requisite.  For admission to the School of Design LM Study Programme, certificates must be submitted by candidates within the time frames for admission applications. This deadline must be respected by all students (from similar or different courses)

Information on English language fluency https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3860


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3048


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=5174

7.5 Degree examination

The exam consists in the discussion of a Final work, written under the guidance of the Supervisor.

The Final work will be discussed in one of the Operational Commissions (CO) established by the reference Study Programme of the student.

For presentation of final work, the candidate can use the digital, audio/video and paper tools, necessary to effectively present the work performed.

The Final work is strictly individual. It is possible to present a group of final work, with an introduction in common, and different core of the work.

 

There is only one Supervisor, and s/he must be a member of the Single Commission and related to the Disciplinary Scientific Sectors (SSD), elective or supplementary SSD of the Study Programmes to which the Commission is referred or to other SSD explicitly specified in the Regulation of the School. It can be supported by one or more Co-supervisors, even those not belonging to the CU or by experts on specific subjects, even not from the School.

 

The student can present to the Laura Commission a Final Work that may consists:

1. in development of a theoretical, design, experimental or innovative research final work (type A). The final work must:

- study in detail the project in its technical-specific and/or system-related aspects, according to the educational objectives of the Study Programme. The

discussion must include a detailed theoretical/critical, methodological and/or historical presentation and/or an

experimental study;

- provide a significant propaedeutic part, dedicated to the research carried out with scientific criteria and access to sources of

scientific knowledge (databases, scientific articles, conference minutes, etc);

- suggest to broaden the knowledge related to a less consolidated topic and its potential applications or a greater

contribution to the improvement of knowledge, if compared to a specific research area (final work more theoretical nature);

- require a minimum time of 6 months; it entitles to the assignment of a maximum score of 8 points, for the

evaluation of the final work and its presentation.

2. In development of a final work to strengthen and improve knowledge already acquired (type B). The final work must:

- show in detail the project, by improving its technical-specific and/or system-related aspects, according to the educational objectives of the Study Programme.

The discussion must provide a detailed methodological explanation, historical aspects, theoretical/critical elements;

- focus on well-known topics of scientific research and project applications;

- provide a part of the research that is functional to project development and to a simple explanation of the basic assumptions and

main hypotheses on which the proposed project application is based;

- be primarily focused on potential design applications;

- require a minimum time of 2 months; it entitles to a maximum score of 4 points, for the evaluation of final work and its presentation.

Students can request the assignment of one of them, the innovative research or the final work to improve knowledge.

 

The work must show the preparation and critical skills developed by the graduating student in the areas of project in relation to the contents of the Study Programme. The Final works are usually made up of a report that contains the steps of the work, the objectives, the bibliography and the documentary sources; the technical project tables, the physical and/or virtual model where required.

The Final work is usually written in Italian or English. With a justified reason of the Graduating student, it is also possible to accept a written Final work in other languages, with the approval of the CU President. Even in this case, presentation and discussion is carried out in Italian or English. Regardless of the writing language of the final work (Italian, English or other

foreign language), it must, in any case, contain a copy in Italian and English.

The final evaluation takes into account of the student's career in the two-year LM study Programme, as well as of the final work. The score is expressed in hundred-tenths. (/110). It consists of the sum of:

 - the average obtained by the graduating student in the courses, weighted on credits, expressed as hundred-tenths and hundredths of hundred-tenths (without considering any as extra activity and cum laude)
 

2. and the increase awarded by the Operational Commission expressed as hundred-tenths and hundredths of hundred-tenths. This sum must be rounded to the closer whole number (0.50 is rounded to 1.00) and limited to 110. The Operational Commission can also award the “honours”.

The "honours" has the meaning of a particular appreciation by the Operational Commission for the preparation and skills reached by the Graduating student, for his excellent curriculum studiorum and the quality and originality of the Graduation work.

In particular, for this study programme the graduation work must have original characteristics and may consist in development of a theoretical, design, experimental or innovative research final work, or development of a final work to strengthen and improve knowledge already acquired. In both cases, graduation work must contain a methodological foreword illustrating its disciplinary foundations, arguments and the knowledge framework within which the research in it has been carried out and show which elements constitute original contributions.

The thesis must complete the student's educational course of study. It must be an individual work which can, however, be based on structured activities carried out together with other students. The individual candidate's contribution must, however, be clearly recognisable in the final outcome.

Further information can be found in the Graduation exam regulations available on the School Web site.

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=3128



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=5155

8. Academic calendar

The Laurea course calendar is drawn up in accordance with study assessment methods which, for the Design School's Laurea programmes involve “ongoing” assessments performed during each semester. The academic year is made up of two semesters each of which consists of a teaching session and learning assessment sessions (exam sessions). The teaching sessions of each semester are made up of two periods of lessons, practice and laboratory work, with exam sessions with the related curricular workshop activities.
The teaching periods are approximately mid-September-December and end-February-early June.
In September, before the start of lectures, there will be a period for presentation of Study Plan.
The degree exam sessions are scheduled in these periods: February, July, September.

Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3208


Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=5136

9. Faculty

The professors' names of the Study Programme and what they teach will be made available on the degree programme from September onwards.
The Degree Programme is published each year on Politecnico di Milano's website.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

The School of Design is based at Campus Bovisa-Candiani where the educational activities are held and where there are services for students (Experimental laboratories, Library, Study room, Press Service,...)
https://maps.polimi.it/maps/
https://www7.ceda.polimi.it/spazi/spazi/controller/Ingresso.do?check_params=1&al_id_srv=147&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.polimi.it&lang=IT&__pj0=0&__pj1=c9e88a32967d047c7ed75ff019384e8e

Design Laboratories
The creation of big laboratories supporting design education is in line with the Politecnico di Milano School of Design's experimental tradition, its inductive teaching model, in which 'knowledge' and 'know-how' are mutually supportive.
The purpose of these laboratories is the practice of activities which allow students to verify their design hypotheses and learn how to use the technical tools required for experimentation, representation and design communication.
The laboratories managed by the Design Department occupy an approximately 10,000 square metre space in the Milan Bovisa campus.
For further details on Laboratories
http://www.dipartimentodesign.polimi.it/laboratori/i-laboratori


11. International context

Building an international dimension for the School of Design has been one of its priority objectives since it was founded in the year 2000.

There are many reasons for this purpose: the nature of design which inherently draws its very lifeblood from its multicultural and multi-local character, its proximity to both the world of manufacturing - which has now taken on a global dimension - and the sphere of consumption whose dynamics and tendencies are visible in a range of local specific contexts; the very DNA of the design community which has always been international; Milan's acknowledged status as design capital, a crucible for designers from all over the world who have come here to study or open a studio; the desire to make educational trajectories increasingly permeable to impulses deriving from this stimulating context as in other dynamic foreign contexts, with the aim to teach to international professors and designers.

For the School of Design, internationalisation has a double meaning: supporting student (and teaching and technical staff) mobility outwards and, on the opposite direction, attracting students, researchers, professors and visiting professors from abroad.

In relation to these two internalisation channels (dealt with separately, the first in this chapter and the second in the subsequent chapter), in recent years, the School of Design has committed itself to widen its international contact network and it now works with 300 design universities from all over the world in Erasmus exchange programmes (with 150 European universities), in bilateral exchange projects (with 60 non European universities), joint workshops with other schools, international internships and so on.

To these should be added more highly structured activities which aim to strengthen collaborative relations, in the didactic and research fields, with selected universities: this is the case of the MEDes_Master of European Design educational programme (with 6 partner universities), the LM Double Degree Programmes with Universities in China, Brazil, Colombia, France, or cross-programmes with American universities, as well as the many ongoing international research projects.

The School of Design is a member of Cumulus, a network of European design schools, and of the main international design associations. http://www.cumulusassociation.org/

To encourage the internalisation of the Magistrale programme in Interior Design sections in the English language have been introduced.


12. Internationalization

International exchanges

The School of Design takes part in international student exchange programmes which offer students the opportunity to go abroad for a period, both during L and LM study programme, at one of the Politecnico's partner universities. A list of the School's partner universities is available on the Politecnico's web site and on the School of Design web site in the International Area.

The Erasmus Programme

The Erasmus programme was set up in 1987 by the European Community in order to give students the possibility to carry out a period of study at a foreign university within the European Union, from 3 to 12 months, legally recognised by their university.

In 2014 the European Union's Erasmus+ programme was set up for education, training, youth and sport, for the 2014-2020 period.

In particular, Erasmus for study enables university students to carry out a period of study at a university with a partnership agreement with their university. This mobility can entitle students for an economic contribution (under the conditions set out in the international mobility Call) and free registration at the host university. Students can thus follow courses and take exams at the partner university and have the exams recognised by their universities. The mobility can be carried out one time for each level of study.

 Bilateral exchanges

The School of Design has also activated some bilateral agreements with non-EU universities. These are mainly intended for the use of Laurea Magistrale students and application can be submitted also by those who have already carried out an Erasmus experience abroad during their three-year study programme.

The procedures for admission to such exchanges are the same as those for Erasmus exchanges with the exception for the economic contribution for mobility, that in this case it is not guaranteed.

The bilateral agreement, in fact, enables students to attend a period of study abroad at a partner university without incurring registration fees at such universities. In some cases, however, a management fee for exchange students must be paid (e.g.: Orientation fee).

The MEDes Programme (Master of European Design (MEDes) From the a.y. 2002/2003, the School of Design activated the MEDes, as five-year international educational programme, in collaboration with six other famous European design universities and formalised through an agreement that relies on the Erasmus+ mobility programme since 2014.

6 students are selected for this excellence programme among all those enrolled on the 2nd year of the laurea study programmes in Industrial Product Design, Interior Design and Communication Design, that at the time of application are in order with the curricular exams and that have successfully attended at least one semester at Politecnico di Milano. The students apply immediately for two years of mobility (and for a total of five years of study including Laurea and Laurea Magistrale) and therefore they guarantee the continuation to LM at Politecnico di Milano, always by following the normal career planned by the university that provides the degree examination at the end of the 3rd year. In order to complete the full career, students can only graduate in their university of origin, for both Laurea and Laurea Magistrale.

In addition to Politecnico di Milano, the universities taking part in this programme are:

The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

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

Konstfack University College of Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Ensci Les Ateliers, Paris, France

KiSD - Köln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany

Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Candidates, admitted to the MEDes programme, have two study experiences abroad, in two partner universities: the first one during the 3rd year of I level Laurea, and the other one during the 1st year of Laurea Magistrale. The universities of destination will be chosen according to the aptitude shown by candidates during the selection process, to the selection made by the responsible professors during the workshops (organized every year in March, in one of the partner schools and with compulsory participation by the exchange students of 1st and 2nd year) and taking into account the preferences stated by the student.


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=4709


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=5117

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.
The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.

14. Further information


Only the original in Italian is valid.

15. Errata corrige