Academic Year 2014/15
School of Design
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Design & Engineering
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Design|
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
|Code Reference Law||1091|
|Name||Design & Engineering|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||LM-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|
|Official language(s) ||English|
|Dean of the School ||Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis|
Giovanni Gustavo Lozza
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Alberto Cigada|
|Website of the School ||http://www.design.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Student Office (Study programme) - Milano Bovisa
| Reference office |
|Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola del Design |
| Address ||Via Candiani 72, 20158 Milano|
| Phone ||02 2399 7277|Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa
| Address ||VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
TheSchoolofDesignstarted a selected number of “Laurea Magistrale” (LM, Master degree) in addition to the Master of Science programs in continuity, in order to enhance the disciplinary offer of the Politecnico di Milano.
The Master of Design & Engineering program addresses the growing need to train designers that combine the design culture together with the engineering knowledge. Such a professional is able to manage the complexity of design, engineering and manufacturing, typical of the consumer good industry, within a global framework of decision and production processes. The consumer good industry is highly transnational and seeks skills and knowledge from countries that can ensure project quality, innovation and use of sustainable materials and advanced technologies.
In this scenario,MilanandItalyare the leading source of professionals in the field of design and represent an international region of excellence. The Politecnico di Milano has always been an expression of a multidisciplinary education that integrates the various “polytechnic” contributions and it is perhaps the Italian university where the integration between design and engineering has reached the highest levels. The Master of Science in Design and Engineering is one such example, which emerges from the synergy between different disciplines that are distinctive of Industrial Design (Design Department, School of Design), Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Department,School of Industrial and Information Engineering) and the Materials Engineering (Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta",School of Industrial and Information Engineering).
The degree program aims to integrate three different cultures to educate international cutting-edge professionals. In particular, such a designer figure –unique in the national scenario of educational system- showing strong global characteristics and the ability to adapt to an international working environment, has great value in the labor market of goods industry. For this main reason, starting the academic year 2012-2013, classes will be offered either in English or Italian in an elective way for the students.
The LM in Design & Engineering of Politecnico di Milano aims to become a pole of attraction and educational excellence at national and international level for the design schools and industrial product.
3. Learning objectives
The LM in Design & Engineering aims to train professionals that integrate the design culture together with technical and engineering skills. These professionals are able to design and develop the industrial product both in its expressive values and materials and in the technical and operational implications for the management of its production processes.
Students are hence trained to:
_ Develop a complete project, from product concept to production schemes through working drawings
_Select materials, processing technologies and manage their life-cycle (with particular emphasis on sustainability)
_Acquire and apply design methodologies in virtual environments
_Evaluate and manage the impact of the technological aspects of production systems on the final project
The Master of Science in Design & Engineering, at the end of the training program aims to train professionals specialized in three main areas:
_Industrial Design, Process and Manufacturing
_Materials, Technology and Life Cycle
_Representation and prototyping
Industrial Design, Process and Manufacturing
Students will acquire the tools and methods for value chain management in relation to research and industrial innovation, and to product life-cycles and their correlated processes. In particular, students are trained at integrated product-process designing as well as correct understanding and management of the design, planning and process control stages that support the life-cycle of the finished products and components (processing technologies, machinery, and systems, monitoring and controls). Among the fundamental issues are technological research for innovation, integration of product and process designing, process and production designing in distributed contexts, product and process life-cycle planning and management, integration between processes and the systems that activate them, evolutionary system management, continuous technology improvement, quality management.
Materials, Technology and Life Cycle
Students acquire specific knowledge and operational capabilities in materials, surfaces, and their processing technologies. It integrates engineering culture with that of design through a thorough understanding of the relationships between structure and properties whether physical/mechanical and functional, or sensorial, perceptive and emotional. The study and design of new potential applications, also in relation to in-service behavior, constitute one of the main bases for the development of a product that is at the same time both pleasing and attractive, and practical and functional. For this it is necessary to understand and control the interaction between material, context and use quality of products.
Representation and prototyping:
Students acquire the methods and tools required to process design and training of the digital prototype, intended as a simulation of reality in all its aspects (formal, functional, structural), product of objects of industrial design and interior. In addition to methods of tridimensional modeling in its widest sense, the basic subjects are reverse modeling and virtual prototyping: in other words, the learning of 3D modeling construction techniques as means of designing, the learning of virtual visualization techniques as means of perceptive, numerical and functional simulation, the learning of acquisition techniques for 3D information in form and color as means of retroaction.
A theoretical base is built through upfront teaching. Creative design and product development methodologies are then applied to this through laboratory activities on issues of topical interest in terms of technology, process and use.
Since students come from different classes of 1st level degree, it is necessary in the first year to conduct basic teaching courses to even out the differences between backgrounds in Industrial Design and Engineering.
During the second year upfront teaching is oriented towards the acquisition of specific technical knowledge for the development of the final, working design, and an advanced study of design culture (electives and humanities).
During both years of the LM program, three design laboratories oriented towards the application of knowledge acquired in the theory courses and the integration of Industrial design and Engineering.
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
- Fashion Design
Design for the Fashion System
- Interior Design
Design & Engineering
(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Engineering
Materials and nanotechnology engineering
(course offered in theSchoolofIndustrial Process Engineering
Product Service System 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 - DE1section with a prevalence of courses in English
D&E section 2 -DE 1section with a prevalence of courses in English
D&E section 3 -DE3 courses in English
Offered in both the 2st year
D&E section 1 - DE1 section with a prevalence of courses in English
D&E section 2 - DE2 section with a prevalence of 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
Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering career outcomes are in design fields requiring designers capable of liaising with process engineers, prototyping designers, simulation designers and project leaders, i.e. designers with a global vision of product life cycle and designers with expertise in materials in the industrial sectors.
Professional figures of reference are found in the following fields.
a. Designer able to interface with process engineers: typical areas of expertise are industrial designing in the manufacturing and marketing area of predefined production cycles, industrial product designing; devising product technology and industrial cycles, and product marketing.
b. Prototype designer: typical applications are those of (digital and physical) prototype building for the automotive, consumer and component sectors where, by applying geometric, mechanical and technological knowledge to CAD assisted 3D modeling the designer can tackle the problem of moving from CAD models to an engineered design for machine manufacturing (CAM). In this way he/she can generate the surfaces and volumes of the model automatically and define material manufacturing and transformation technologies for the industrial production of the objects designed and modeled.
c. Simulation designer: typical applications are production cycle simulating; simulation of technological, formal and construction characteristics of special performance ergonomic manufactured items.
d. Project leader, a designer with a global vision of product life-cycle, able to interface both with Concept managers and Process development managers; able therefore to carry the industrial feasibility of the designed product through to the end of the process, guaranteeing conceptual continuity;
e. Material designer, employed in the design and industrial sectors typical of Made in Italy –furnishing, automobile and motorcycle, textiles, accessories, packaging, etc. - This is an area where the careful designing of the functional, tactile, chromatic and even olfactory properties of materials and their surfaces is a crucial factor for the competitive advantage of a product. He/she is also active in the areas where material producers work with designers, and in commercial activities.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Professional figures of reference are found in the following fields:
f. Designers able to interface with process engineers: typical areas of expertise are industrial designing in the manufacturing and marketing area of predefined production cycles, industrial product designing; devising product technology and industrial cycles, and product marketing.
g. Prototype designer: typical applications are those of (digital and physical) prototype building for the automotive, consumer and component sectors where, by applying geometric, mechanical and technological knowledge to CAD assisted 3D modeling the designer can tackle the problem of moving from CAD models to an engineered design for machine manufacturing (CAM). In this way he/she can generate the surfaces and volumes of the model automatically and define material manufacturing and transformation technologies for the industrial production of the objects designed and modeled.
h. Simulation designer: typical applications are production cycle simulating; simulation of technological, formal and construction characteristics of special performance ergonomic manufactured items.
i. Project leader, a designer with a global vision of product life-cycle, able to interface both with Concept managers and Process development managers; able therefore to carry the industrial feasibility of the designed product through to the end of the process, guaranteeing conceptual continuity;
j. Material designer, employed in the design and industrial sectors typical of Made in Italy –furnishing, automobile and motorcycle, textiles, accessories, packaging, etc. - This is an area where the careful designing of the functional, tactile, chromatic and even olfactory properties of materials and their surfaces is a crucial factor for the competitive advantage of a product. He/she is also active in the areas where material producers work with designers, and in commercial activities.
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
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.
- 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
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
Places available for admission:
- LM in Design & Engineering (Milan campus):100 students
of which 20 are reserved for students from outside the EU, 10 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 2014/15.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: DE1 - DE1
1 Year courses - Track: DE2 - DE2
1 Year courses - Track: DE3 - DE3
1 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato
2 Year courses - Track: DE1 - DE1
2 Year courses - Track: DE2 - DE2
2 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato
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.
7.5 Degree examination
Under Decree 270/04 art. 11 paragraph 5, the final test of the LM in Product Service System Design 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
8. Academic calendar
The calendar of the Laurea Magistrale courses is organized in two semesters, with the possibility for students to enroll at the beginning of each semester. Therefore studies may start at the beginning of the first or second semester of each academic year (within the limits indicated above, in section 6.2 of these regulations).
The courses are organized in such a way as to enable the entire study program to be completed in four semesters independently of whether a student enrolls in the first or second semester.
At the end of each semester there will be a period dedicated to learning assessment (exam session).
The Academic Calendar is published in the download section of the Design School Student Guide.
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.
11. International context
Building an international dimension of the School of Design has 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 the School of Design has a dual significance: support external student (as well as researcher and professor) mobility and, conversely, attract students, researchers and professors and visiting professors from abroad.
Concerning these two internationalisation directions (treated separately, the first in this chapter and the second in that which follows), the School of Design has committed itself in recent years to widen its international relationships and currently cooperates with 382 design universities throughout the world in Erasmus/ Socrates exchange programmes (with 106 European universities), in bilateral exchanges (with 25 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.
The School of Design is a member of Cumulus, a network of European design schools as it is also of the main international design associations, including ICSID_International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, BEDA_Bureau of European Designers’ Associations and Icograda_International Council of Graphic Design Associations.
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.
TheSchoolofDesigntakes part in international student 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 3 and6, inthe Politecnico website nad in the International Area of theSchoolofDesignwebiste.
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 theUnion.
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.
TheSchoolof 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)
TheSchoolofDesignstarted two double degree programmes:
-POLITONG with theTongjiUniversityinShanghai(China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Product Service System Design
-POLITSINGHUA with theTsinghuaUniversityinBeijing(China) for the Laurea Magistrale in Interior Design.
These programmes allow students to get a double degree after a mobility of two semester.
Students in the 2nd year of Laurea Magistrale program may request to 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 theSchoolofDesign;
-with co-supervision from the other university, organised autonomously and without joining an exchange program. In this case the student must communicate his/her intentions in advance to the Relé office of theSchoolof Design, which will formalise the procedure.
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 for Industrial Design
- 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.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
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.
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