Academic Year 2020/21
School of Design
Degree Programme of:
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Design|
|Code Reference Law||1090|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||L-4 - Industrial Design|
|Degree level ||Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2008/2009|
|Official length of the programme ||3|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2,3|
|Official language(s) ||Italian|
|Dean of the School ||Luisa Maria Virginia Collina|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Francesco Zurlo|
|Website of the School ||http://www.design.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa
| Address ||VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
Designing a consumer product (or a tool, a car, a piece of furniture) does not mean just "inventing" something, but also knowing how to describe its characteristics in functional, physical, technical, aesthetic-formal and image terms, so that its use can be understood and its possible realization and production can be described. Therefore, product design implies a great variety of complementary skills, all equally functional to the development of objects designed for the needs of those who will have to use them, and before, to realize them.
The product designer's project development is the creative ideation or redefinition of everyday artefacts and everything that people choose, buy, use, consume; his/her proposal is an innovative solution, adjusted to the individual and collective needs, understandable in use, respectful of regulatory requirements, consistent with the opportunities and the environmental, technological and productive restrictions. The designer knows how to understand and provide answers to the user's expectations, by connecting them with those of the economic and production system and has the necessary skills to create something that can be realized according to the industrial reproducibility rules, in full agreement with his/her socio-economic context, social conventions, traditional and innovative technologies, business techniques, market rules, distribution and communication. His/her intellectual role is to promptly understand the design question and provide an improvement from cultural, social and technical point of view.
This Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science and hereinafter referred to as L) programme in Industrial Product Design is thought for the broadest framework of the wide world of artefacts, including long lasting consumer goods interpreting product design both literally and in its broader meaning from furniture design and in the many manufacturing and industrial goods sectors.
The L study programme in Industrial Product Design provides a strong basic education, at theoretical and operational level, in the field of the project disciplines, and it is designed in order to include, around its main methodological core, all the appropriate disciplines. Historical-critical information related to the culture of the project and to the artefact development are provided, humanistic disciplines that understand social and cultural contexts, scientific and technological courses related to materials and technologies of transformation, processing and production, lectures of economic culture in order to be able to better understand business contexts and markets. At the same time the programme wants to develop the representation technique skills (from drawing by hand to technical drawing, from photography to three-dimensional studio and prototype modelling), techniques for digital image production and visual language interpretation.
The L study programme in Industrial Product Design trains a Project Technician profile able to support all activities from the creation phase to production and distribution on the market. The graduating student has a wide range of employment opportunities, in all activities related to the field of product design, both as professional that in company, as well as in all design fields in the widest sense. The L study programme includes a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science and hereinafter referred to as LM) of the same class at Milan Campus, as to say the LM in Integrated Product Design.
3. Learning objectives
In the education of the graduate student in Industrial Product Design, the main objective is acquiring the right knowledge of cultural, scientific, methodological, technical and tool elements that can be seen as the basis of design culture. This means that it is considered an essential ability to be able to understand the user behaviours and requests, and all social, cultural, relational, symbolic, ergonomic and economic aspects that lead to the choice, use and success of a given product. Equally important is being able to analyse, understand and read the user behaviours to effectively describe the different contexts of use; as well as making use of the results of the analysis both during development of innovative typological-formal and functional ideas, and in the collaboration on the aspects of communication and distribution, or joint product-service designing.
The designer must properly visualise ideas, in all the different process stages, from research and definition of the problem, to creation of the concept, up to its production. Therefore, having the right knowledge of tools and techniques related to representation (from drawing by hand to representation and digital modelling) and the languages of artistic and visual cultures, necessary to communicate the idea in an appropriate way, are considered essential skills. Compared to the LM of the same class, the L in Industrial Product Design provides the right knowledge on the technical-executive control of the project and has a more professional profile. The graduate student in Industrial Product Design is able to interact with all the players involved in the process, because s/he knows their languages and needs, and has developed skills in assessing the technological, material and productive aspects, and is able to define them in terms of socio-economic, environmental sustainability, and legal coherence.
In this L educational career, the main subject areas are:
- Design culture studies (ICAR/13). The objective of this study unit - the foundation stone in designer training - is to provide students with a method to be used to face a wide range of topics of medium complexity. Characterized by laboratory education methods, it concentrates the paradigmatic moments of the project practice, and gives a connection to real experiences to all courses provided as theoretical ex cathedra lecture. There is, therefore, a phase of concept analysis and definition in order to define the context in terms of opportunities and restrictions, to study the different possibilities, and define priorities; to take into account the interaction with the user starting from the choice of the product, up to its use and then disposal; to evaluate products and systems in their different characteristics.
In the synthesis phase, however, the knowledge acquired during the study programme can be used to develop a project able to change needs in product requirements; to choose, based on the expected performances, the materials, the components, the construction technologies and the assembly methods; to adjust the product properties to the restrictions of industrial production and to safety regulations and requirements.
- humanities studies disciplines (M- DEA/01; M- PSI/01; ICAR/13). The educational objective is to enrich the student's creative career with suggestions, focusing on human being and his needs. Therefore, we move in the observation and interpretation of sense systems related to design objects, given their aesthetic-cultural values, and in the analysis of different scenarios in which they are placed. A comprehensive framework includes socio-technical, fast ethnographic, artefact value and symbol interpretation analysis, as well as providing a full interpretation of the ergonomic and perceptional properties which characterise the product-user relationship. Given that the 'user' part is crucial for the education of the graduate student in Industrial Product Design direct observation of people and behaviours, roles and contexts is supported, to learn how to interplay not with the typical user, which is a non-functional abstraction, but with the different groups of users and contexts, that can be economic, regulatory, social or connected to cultural models, to types of knowledge, collective practices, methods of acceptance or social resistance with respect to the use and consumption possibilities. Ethnography, economy, marketing, IT, psychology, proxemics, anthropology and anthropometry: there are some disciplinary sources of reference that foster the aspects of large-scale social dynamics, allowing us to understand influences between people's behaviour and material culture.
- History and art criticism subject area (SSD ICAR/13, L-ART/03, ICAR/18). The educational objective of this study unit is to use the historical method to improve the skill related to project understanding in its reference context; the subjects of study present the evolution of the project culture related to the development of artistic, architectural, visual communication, design and fashion language.
- Visual culture, representation and technical drawing subject fields (SSD ICAR/13, ICAR/17, ING-IND/15, MAT/08). The educational objective is to create a basic knowledge in visual expression and in creating images from analysis and design synthesis elements. Therefore, the object of study are the languages, tools and techniques related to the morphological, material and functional representation of the product (from drawing by hand to digital representation, from photography to production of study models and prototypes, from digital modelling of surfaces to parametric modelling); understanding and reading of visual languages; digital production and image manipulation techniques; the perceptual mechanisms and chromatic systems.
- Material culture and transformation and working technologies subject area (SSD ING-IND/22; ING-IND/14-15-16; ICAR/13). The educational objective is to provide knowledge related to the choice of materials functional to contexts of use, required performance, manufacturing limitations and regulatory requirements; This area includes the study of materials, their chemical-physical characteristics, performance, structural and functional properties; studies of industrial processing and transformation technologies.
- Economic culture of business knowledge and economic feasibility for design (SECS-P/13; ING-IND/35; ICAR/13). The aim of this area is to point out all the elements that define the consistency in business driven by innovation processes. Therefore, the study is focuse on economic systems, business contexts, markets and marketing issues; a special study in detail is dedicated to the analysis of economic feasibility, and to the understanding of the constituent aspects of the corporate identity able to influence the intervention strategies.
Within the Study Programme, there are further educational careers that pay particular attention to some topics, considered important for the new frontiers of development of design professions or because they are related to the key sectors of national economic development.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
Design Study Programmes provide theoretical, technical, academic and professional training for designers, providing them with the proper know-how and skills related to industrial product design, production and promotion. With the term 'industrial product', as we now can be understood at the School of Design, we do not want to refer only to a material product (as a car, a piece of furniture, an object, a dress, an accessory) but everything that contributes to construction of a product 'sense': the way in which it can be communicated, the services enabled by digital technologies and the Internet of Things, the way in which it is shown, etc.
Therefore, it is a complex multidisciplinary career that answers to the cross-training demand coming from the consumer product industry, from public administrations, from firms and communication design companies, interior and exhibition companies, fashion companies, as well as from the many players involved in the marketing and distribution sectors.
The educational careers are divided into the so-called 3+2, or two-degree levels, the first level three-year Laurea (L) and the two-year Laurea Magistrale (LM).
The achievement of the First Level Laurea provides a qualification as Project Technician, able to provide support to all activities related to a product, from its creation to production and distribution on the market, obviously with specific characteristics depending on the study programme.
The LM study programme provides a strong basis for strategic management skills of the project, and trains profiles able to coordinate complex activities, aimed at the creation of articulated product systems, adjusted to the brand identity and launch and distribution plans on the market.
In addition to these two programmes mentioned above, there is a wide range of I level Specializing Master Study Programme, the access is available after the three-year L study programme, and II level Specializing Master Study Programme after the LM. Finally, with LM qualification, it is possible to access the PhD Programme of the Design Department, which offers a highly qualified competence in the field of design research.
Laurea I Level
Laurea II Level of the same class
Industrial Product Design
Integrated Product Design
Design for the Fashion System
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
Level I Laurea
Level II continued study laurea
Integrated Produc Design
Design for the Fashion System
Interior and Spatial Design
Design & Engineering
Material and Nanotechnology Engineering
Design/Interior Design/Fashion Design
Product Service System Design
Design/Interior Design/Fashion Design
Digital and Interaction Design
Interior Design/ Product Design (Product)
Yacht & cruising vessel design- La Spezia campus
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)
The qualification of I Level L enables students to access LM, Specializing Courses of first level and Specializing Master of first level.
The Laurea Magistrale continuing the three-year Laurea in Industrial Product Design is Integrated Product Design with which it constitutes one single Programme Board (Consiglio di Corso di Studi, or CCS).
The Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering, Product Service System Design, Digital and Interaction Design, Naval and Nautical Design (La Spezia) can also be considered of continuity.
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
The qualification of Project Technician defines the professional profile of the three-year L study programme, able to develop all aspects of integration between product design and technological and production processes. The inclusion of this profile in the work market usually takes place, for what concerns companies, within the technical, research and development areas, or in professional design and consulting firms.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
The Study programme answers to the cross-training demand coming from the goods for end consumption sector, as well as from all intermediate players from professional product design studios, distribution and commercialisation system and specific local districts of a given territory.
The graduate student in Industrial Product Design carries out his/her profession with executive skills, the habit of working in team, the right knowledge to understand and implement design requirements and translating them into appropriate financial, ergonomic, manufacturing, material, representation and modelling properties. S/he also has the necessary skill to guide the research and match the concept with the user needs and with all the necessary matrices to properly show the project: the social and consumption dynamics, the formal languages, the philosophy and culture of company.
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
5.3 Qualification profile
Industrial product designer
profile in a work context:
Design technicians, able to play a supporting role in all technical and design activities from the creation stage to production and distribution on the market.
This profile fits into the professional system with executive skills, expressing the ability to work in a team. This profile has the necessary skills to help during the research and production of concept.
The professional trained is a “project technician” who, on completion of the course, possesses the skills required to carry out a multiplicity of support technical-design activities and project assistance tasks as they develop and take shape in the various phases starting at the creation phase and continuing to the planning, development and engineering phases all the way through to large scale distribution and market dissemination.
Within this course of study specific subject areas can be studied in greater depth such as cutting-edge developments for professional design development or strategic sectors for the development of the Italian economy.
This Laurea programme in Industrial Product Design aims to prepare students for product design in the broadest framework of the wide world of artefacts, including long lasting consumer goods interpreting product design both literally and in its broader meaning from furniture design and in the many manufacturing and industrial goods sectors.
skills of this function:
- understanding the user behaviour, the world of needs and the social, cultural, relationship, symbolic, ergonomic and economic aspects which affect product choice and use;
- read the specific features of use contexts analysing, interpreting and codifying user behaviours for design purposes;
- read the formal languages, points of view and corporate cultures;
- translate the analysis elements into innovative solution design both by means of formal-type innovation and in functional innovation or by acting on communication, distribution and design aspects linked to products and services;
- use tools and techniques relating to product representation (from drawing by hand to digital representation and modelling);
- monitor the technological, material and manufacturing alternatives which accompany the project expressing these in terms of socio-economic and environmental sustainability as well as overall legal coherence;
- implementing design requirements and translating them into appropriate financial, ergonomic, manufacturing, representation and modelling forms for production;
- interacting with all those involved in the design process, with a knowledge of its languages and skills.
The programme responds to educational demand coming from the goods for end consumption sector and intermediate components ranging from professional product design studios, distribution and commercialisation system and specific local districts.
There is a wide range of career openings for graduates in all professional and corporate activities working in the product design field in the widest sense. Employment opportunities consist mainly of careers in technical and research and development offices in companies or professional studios working in design and consultancy.
6.1 Access requirements
Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)
6.2 Requested knowledge
In order to optimise the use of the resources available in the campuses, the total number of places for enrolment in the first year of each Study Programme of the University is set by the Academic Senate when defining the educational offer, based on the indications provided by the School of reference.
Enrolment in the first year of the Laurea study programmes of the Design School of Politecnico di Milano is subject to a test aimed at assessing the knowledge required for admission and aptitude for studies. The test of the knowledge required for admission is carried out through a test that is the same for all the Design study programmes activated by the University (TOLD).
The TOLD is structured in multiple choice questions and it is possible to take it online on a PC, at the Politecnico campuses.
TOLD is available in two different periods:
- test in advance, from March to July: for high school students or students that already hold a diploma;
- standard test, in August: for students that hold a diploma.
The student, when registering for the test (one test for each period), must indicate in order of interest one or more study programmes, among the four Design study programmes, for which s/he wants to be taken into consideration.
At the end of each test period a ranking list is drawn up, only students that reached the minimum threshold of 30/100 (20/100 for non-EU students) will be included in the ranking list. Each candidate will be taken into account only for the study programmes that s/he mentioned as a preference during the registration to the test. Those listed in the ranking list can proceed with enrolment.
The ranking list, with indication of only one study programme to which it is possible to register, is published online in the Official Noticeboard of the University.
The Design test is carried out through the use of Personal Computers located in IT classrooms within the University.
It consists of 60 questions, to be answered in 1 hour and 20 minutes, which have five answer options. The student must identify the right one, and do not consider the wrong, not weighted or less possible answers.
The subjects covered by the admission test are:
- geometry and representation: 12 questions in 20 minutes
- logic: 6 questions in 10 minutes
- verbal comprehension: 6 questions in 10 minutes
- history of design, history of art: 12 questions in 15 minutes
- general knowledge: 24 questions in 25 minutes
The score is calculated as follows:
- 1 point for each correct answer
- 0 point for each answer not answered
- 0,25 points for each wrong answer
This score will be then converted into hundredths and will be calculated up to the second decimal place.
In case of equal score, the score obtained according to the following order will prevail:
- Geometry and representation
- Verbal comprehension
- History of design, history of art
- General knowledge
Furthermore, In case of further equal result, priority is given to the younger student.
The Design test has a minimum threshold. Even with available places, the following students cannot be enrolled:
- “ EU students and similar students” who have not obtained a score equal to or greater than 30.00/100
- "Non-EU students" who have not obtained a score equal to or greater than 20.00/100
The position of the candidates in the ranking list is based on the score, on the places available for each test session and on the order of preferences expressed.
For enrolment to Design study programmes, 3 enrolment periods are provided:
- Enrolment in advance: for those who have taken a test in the session in advance and have obtained a good position in the ranking list, you can enrol, after obtaining the high school diploma.
- Standard enrolment: for those who took the test in the September session and obtained a good position in the ranking list.
- Second-chance enrolment (following a request for inclusion in the ranking list): if at the end of the standard enrolment period there were still places available, if after his/her request for inclusion in the ranking list, the student obtains a place in the ranking list.
Verification of English knowledge and English OFA
Politecnico di Milano requires students to properly know the English language. After taking your admission test, the student must take the TENG (Test of English) English language test. The TENG (Test of English) must be taken even if the student already has external certificates attesting his/her knowledge of the English language.
The TENG, made of 30 multiple choice questions, will be held on Personal Computers and will last for 15 minutes. At least 24 questions must be answered correctly: failure to reach this threshold leads to the assignment of Additional Educational Obligations (OFA) of English. The English TENG test will not be included in the calculation of the score for the ranking lists.
The fulfilment of the English OFA can be reached through:
- submission of one of the English language certificates recognized by Politecnico di Milano, by delivering the certificate to the Registrar’s Office
- participation to dedicated test sessions to verify the English language knowledge.
More detailed information on the admission procedures, including the updated dates of the sessions scheduled for the test, are available, updated, on the University Web site at:
How to access it
The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
Admission is dependent on candidates passing an entrance examination.
There are 300 places (of which 20 are reserved for non-EU students including 10 Chinese students on the Marco Polo project).
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
Under the name of in-course orientation and tutoring, there are all activities aimed at providing assistance to students before and during their university career, in order to carry out this activity within the time limits set by educational regulations and in a profitable way from the point of view of professional and human skill education. Therefore, tutoring activities are different from institutional educational activities, although they can integrate, or be complementary, of these last ones. Tutoring activities can be carried out by laurea magistrale students, by Ph.D. students, by professors and externals.
Tutoring activities are planned and managed by the School in close coordination with the Study Programme.
At University level, the Financial Aid and International Mobility Service is the connection point with the Schools for administrative aspects related to the assignment of tutoring tasks to students of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme.
Tutoring activities are divided into the following services:
- didactic orientation for first-year students and for students of the following years;
- orientation and support for 3rd-year students who want to activate curricular internships to replace the internship provided in the Study Plan or extra-curricular internships;
- didactic support meetings held by professors (to help students in their inclusion and learning choices);
- support/reception activities for first-year students of Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Study Programmes, both at the counter and through the new communication channels activated by the School;
- support for students in international mobility programmes;
- assistance for review and recovery seminars;
- assistance in computerized classrooms, libraries and laboratories;
- assistance in acquisition and development of didactic material.
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.
A 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 to present the organization of the School, the offices and their skills, the international mobility programmes, the School and Politecnico communication tools: the Web site of the Design School, the Trouble Ticketing, 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 that students can access.
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 access the Web site of the School and see slides and videos prepared by professors in order to summarise the topics that will be covered during the programme.
The School organizes "Lectures 0" to give information about the University's facilities and services and to explain the organization of the study programmes; the coordinators can organize this Lecture as a collective event, with the other Study Programmes, or during the first day of lesson of one of the courses of the specific Study Programme. The students of the following years are provided with information on the educational offer and on specific initiatives of the year of their study programme.
The Topics of Lectures 0 are:
Organization of Study Programme and University Services (I L);
experiences abroad (II and III LT);
post-graduate training: Laurea Magistrale Study Programmes and Specializing Master of I level;
world of work and Career service (III LT)
LM admission: criteria and N and V parameters (II and III LT);
evaluation questionnaire about teaching (I, II; III LT);
questionnaire on services and on the overall training career (III LT);
final test: type of exam, choice of the supervisor and final score (III LT).
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;
- approval and possible drafting of texts concerning the presentation of the study programme of which the professor is the contact person;
- 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.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
Students graduate on completion of 180 study credits. Graduate students from the Industrial Product Design Laurea study programme must have a strong basic education on design subject, both on methodological and technical-operational elements. In particular they must have a good knowledge about tools and techniques related to formal and functional product representation (from drawing by hand to technical drawing, from photography to three-dimensional product models), digital image production and visual language representation techniques, individual and colour system perception mechanisms. They must also have a strong knowledge in product planning and design methodologies and all aspects related to their distribution and distribution in the market.
Most important for the training of product designers are scientific and technological skills related to materials, techniques for product transformation in prototypes and subsequently industrial production. In this sense, of fundamental importance is a knowledge of working processes and technologies, economic systems, corporate contexts and business culture. Alongside these subject areas, historic and critical studies related to products and their evolution, semiotics and aesthetics, sociology and psychology are equally important.
7.2 Mode of study
The Study programme has a full-time attendance that is divided over two semesters.
The teaching methods are: Single Subject Courses, characterized by theoretical contents that are communicated with ex cathedra lectures and verified during the year with tests and interviews; Integrated Courses, they refer to more than one discipline or specific area and sometimes they are provided by two or more professors, each one providing his/her contribution; Laboratories, where the students carry out project activities, under the guidance of the team of professors, each one providing his/her contribution applied to the project topic (the Project Laboratories use Experimental Laboratories that offer the opportunity to experiment and use tools, technologies and machineries useful for the project).
Workshops are also included within the curricular offer, or full time courses lasting a week in which students develop a project under the guidance of a foreign visiting professor, a professional with clear reputation or in co-tutorship with a company. By participating in this activity, the student fulfils the traineeship activity required by the educational system.
The Erasmus Programme and the other international mobility programmes are an opportunity for students to spend a study semester abroad at qualified European universities.
Guide to the Study Plan and allocations in sections and elective courses for the Degree and Master's Degree Courses
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
At the enrollment, the student is placed in a Section (PSPA, Pre-approved study plan): the division into Sections is necessary to divide the total number of enrolled students in the Laboratories and Single Subject/Integrated multi-section courses. The allocation in the Section is kept during the career: the student can choose optional courses and Synthesis Laboratories.
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.
In order to include the 2nd year Laboratories, it is necessary to have passed all 1st year Laboratories; to include the Final Synthesis Laboratory of the 3rd year, it is necessary to have passed the 2nd year Laboratories and all the 1st year courses. As a result of this rule, there may be a change in the number of credits that a student may nominally enrol for.
The Educational Regulations also require that a specific number of credits are allocated to types of activity which can be categorised as follows:
- educational activities chosen independently by students (optional courses);
- educational activities related to the preparation of the final exam;
- activities related to educational work experience and guidance.
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.
For Study Programme of 1st level, the assessment takes place at the admission test centre. If the student does not pass the exam, an OFA will be assigned, which is an additional educational obligation to be fulfilled before the inclusion in the Study plan of 2nd year courses.
The English TENG test will not be included in the calculation of the score for the ranking lists.
The fulfilment of the English OFA can be reached through:
- submission of one of the English language certifications, recognized by Politecnico di Milano, to the Registrar's Office
- participation in specific dedicated test sessions to assess the English language knowledge
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".
7.5 Degree examination
The exam consists of a presentation of the final work (poster, prototype, video, etc.) that represents the project/s developed during the final synthesis laboratory and a portfolio with important projects and personal experiences performed during the educational career chosen. Both products are prepared under the Supervisor guidance, with the help, for what concerns the Portfolio, of the professor responsible for its drafting, where the CCS has decided for this solution. At discretion of Supervisor, it will be possible to add technical drawings, booklets, researches, models, and others to the project. Students will be able to refine the final work and portfolio during the PEL, following the instruction provided by each Supervisor.
Usually, the Final work is 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 President of the Single Commission of L and LM degree examinations of the School (CU). In this case, presentation and discussion is carried out in Italian. If the Final work is written in a foreign language, it must have also an extract in Italian.
The final evaluation takes into account of the student's career in the three-year L study Programme and of the evaluation of the final exam.
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 Supervisor can also take advantage of the support of companies, institutions, research centres, etc. The Supervisor is member of the Operational Commission (CO) that will evaluate the Graduating student.
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)
- 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 CO 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.
Consult the Laurea exam regulations for further details.
Guide to the Final Examination of Laurea
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
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.
Information on Schedules and Deadlines
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.
The names of the teaching staff who will be teaching on the programme with their CVs are published on the university site by year and study programme.
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,...)
The creation of big experimental 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.
11. International context
Building an international dimension for the School of Design and its Study Programmes 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.
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, more are under preparation 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/
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 200 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 encourage the internalisation most of the Master programmes are offer in English or have at least an English section.
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.
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.
Guide to the international mobility of Corsi di Laurea e Laurea Magistrale Scuola del Design
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
13. Quantitative data
The University Assessment Commission 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
Students are encouraged to consult the School of Design site and in particular the Guides which regulate access, changing degree programme, courses and laurea exams for any other information they may need.
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