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What is the meaning of studying design, today? And, how can we explain what design studies are, without falling into common places such as "to design things and spaces"?

The ultimate purpose of design studies is to acquire a methodology, the ability to face the complexities of the world, and to imagine and design the future - a better future.

Through project-based studies, the Design Area, both with its Bachelor of Arts and its Masters of Arts, provides the students with skills and theoretical as well as practical tools to approach complex ideas in a cross-disciplinary way, and to adapt to change and create scenarios. Nowadays, it is correct to speak about "social design" as humanistic design that puts people back at the centre, in a mutual exchange with society.  

Thanks to the permanent dialogue with faculty and professionals in the relevant sector, the students have the opportunity to build their personal path, to follow personal inclinations, and to learn how to manage complex processes, as important as the reached outcomes.

 

"If I should teach, I would tell my students what compelling things are in the Acropolis of Athens - of which only later they will understand the great superiority" (Le Corbusier).

Which path to take?

Bachelor of Arts in
Design

The BA alternates and integrates theoretical studies with experiential workshops, stimulating sensitivity and passion for the world of objects.

Master of Arts in
Interior Design

The MA thoroughly explores themes and methods related to interiors that play an increasingly important role in the contemporary age.

Master of Arts in
Product and Service Design

The MA explores the ethics of design more thoroughly, as well as values and needs of a new, global humanity, and its sustainable relation to nature and environment.

Master of Arts in
Social Design

The MA investigates new social needs and new scenarios for practicing design in today's world, to valorize human and natural resources and to drive sustainable innovation. 

 

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Claudio Larcher
Area Leader Design