Academic Year 2022/23
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 ||1,2|
|Official language(s) ||The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme is offered in English but the degree programme meets the requirements of MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) note of 11.07.2018 and the CUN opinion of 10.23.2018.|
|Dean of the School ||Francesco Zurlo|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Giorgio Colombo|
|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
The School of Design has been running a number of level II educational programmes for some years now as well as its continuation Laurea Magistrale in order to enhance the Politecnico di Milano's educational programme.
The Industrial Product Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master in Science), henceforth referred to for the sake of brevity as Design & Engineering, responds to growing demand for designers integrating design world type skills with engineering know-how. These professionals are called on to manage the complexities of the creative, design and implementation process for large scale consumer products within global decision-making and manufacturing mechanisms. The product industry is, in fact, markedly trans-national and draws on skills and know-how from countries capable of ensuring project quality, innovation ability and the use of sustainable materials and advanced technologies.
In this scenario Milan and Italy are crucibles of front rank professionals in the field of design and international centres of excellence. The Politecnico di Milano, always an expression of multi-disciplinary culture capable of integrating the various 'polytechnic' strengths, is perhaps the Italian university with the highest levels of integration between the design and engineering worlds.
The Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering programme is an example of this having emerged from synergies between a range of subject areas notably Design (Department of Design, School of Design), Mechanical Engineering (Department of Mechanics, School of Industrial and IT Design) and Materials Engineering (the “Giulio Natta” Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, School of Industrial and IT Engineering).
The Laurea Magistrale programme aims to integrate the various cultures to train internationally avant-garde design professionals. Professionals of this sort - with unique characteristics in the Italian educational system - are of especial value in the industrial product job market with a markedly global character requiring an ability to adapt to an international working environment.
In the world of design and industrial production, the Politecnico di Milano's Design & Engineering Laurea Magistrale programme aspires to become an unrivalled educational attraction and visiting card both nationally and internationally.
3. Learning objectives
General programme description
The Design & Engineering Laurea Magistrale programme is designed to train professionals combining design culture with technical-engineering skills capable of designing and developing industrial products in expressive and material terms and technical-operational and manufacturing process management aspects.
Over the course of this two year programme students thus study how to:
_Develop a complete design project from the starting point of the product concept, through definitive design and implementation, to the drawing up of product specifications;
_Select materials and working technologies and manage the life cycle (with special attention to environmental considerations);
_Acquire and apply design methodologies in virtual environments;
_Assess and manage the design implications of the technological aspects of manufacturing systems.
On completion of the Design & Engineering Laurea Magistrale programme students will be trained professionals in the following areas:
_Industrial Design, User centered design and interaction;
_Industrial Process and Production, Product Development;
_Materials, Technologies and life cycles;
_Representation and prototyping.
Industrial Design, Industrial Process and Production
Students will be supplied with the tools and methods required to manage the value chain in aspects related to innovation in industrial design and related processes. From the starting point of a design and concept brief, students will be provided with the methods and tools required for integrated product-process design as well as appropriate understanding and management of the design, programming and process monitoring phases which support the product and component production cycle (with special attention to integrated production systems). Fundamentally important themes are technological research for innovation, integration between product and process design, production in distributional contexts, return production, integration between processes and the systems that make them, evolutionary system management and quality management.
Materials, Technologies and life cycles
Students will be provided with know-how and operational abilities in the materials and surfaces contexts and their working technologies integrating engineering with design cultures by means of in-depth and conscious understanding of the relationships between structure and physical-mechanical properties and sensory, perceptional and emotional type functions. The study and design of new application potential in relation to operational behaviour is in fact one of the fundamental principles in the production of pleasant, attractive and at the same time practical and functional products requiring understanding and management of the interaction between product materials, contexts and use quality. Simultaneous assessment and planning relating to material and product life cycles in production, working, withdrawal and recycling is also of fundamental importance.
Representation and prototyping
Students will be provided with the tools required in the design and formation of digital prototype process understood as simulations of real production objects and industrial design interiors in all their aspects (formal, functional and structural). In addition to three dimensional parametric modelling, the methodologies and techniques of reverse modelling and virtual prototyping, i.e. 3D model building techniques as design media will be studied as well as virtual visualisation techniques such as perceptional, numerical and functional simulation media and 3D data acquisition in form and colour as feedback media.
All mechanics courses including the optional
The programme involves front-of-class theory teaching integrating creative design and product development methodologies in the laboratory context on up-to-date technological, process and use themes.
Students from a range of three year laurea courses requires teaching courses in the first year of the Laurea Magistrale considered of fundamental importance in bringing students to the same level.
Front-of-class teaching in the second year is designed to provide students with the specific techniques required in definitive project development and implementation in addition to in-depth study on design culture (optional courses and humanities studies).
The Laurea Magistrale programme comprises three design laboratories focusing on applying the skills acquired in theory teaching and design and engineering integration.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme is divided into 4 semesters and offers 120 credits (CFU).
At the moment of the matriculation, the students are assigned to a Section, to which they will belong until the end of the Programme.
The curriculum allows the students to opt for some Laboratories (2 at the 1st year and 1 at the 2nd year) and Courses, in order to personalize their own study path.
During the 2nd year Laboratory, the student applies the competencies he/she has acquired.
The Programmes terminate with a compulsory internship and a degree examination, where the final dissertation is discussed.
During the Laurea Magistrale Programmes, the student can join Double Degree Programmes.
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.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Reference professionals work in the following fields:
- Designers capable of liaising with process engineers: typical skill areas are industrial designers in the manufacturing and marketing contexts within predefined production cycles, industrial product implementation, technology and industrial cycle and retail product distribution designers.
- Prototyping designers: typical applications are digital and/or physical prototyping, component design from the starting point of CAD assisted three-dimensional modelling, development of engineered models by means of geometric, mechanical and technological know-how indispensable in the shift to implementation with numerical control machinery (CAM) of model surfaces and volumes, defining working technologies and material transformation for the purposes of the industrial implementation of objects designed and modelled.
- Simulation designers: typical applications are manufacturing cycle simulation, technological, formal and construction characteristic simulation of products with specific ergonomic performance requirements.
- Materials and material life cycle designers: capable of selecting the most suitable materials and surfaces to give projects specific surface and material functional, tactile, colour and even aroma qualities which are increasingly crucial factors in 'made in Italy' product competitiveness (furniture, cars, textiles, accessories, packaging, etc.) paying great attention to environmental values linked to product life cycles.
- Project leaders: i.e. senior designers with a global vision of product design cycles, production, retail distribution and withdrawal capable of co-ordinating those responsible for concept and design and material selection and process development liaising with marketing and retail departments and capable of bringing the entire product development process to completion without losing touch with conceptual continuity.
5.3 Qualification profile
profile in a work context:
Specialized planners that combine design culture with technical-engineering skills capable of designing and developing industrial products in expressive and material terms and technical-operational processes and able to manage the production aspects.
Graduates from the Laurea Magistrale in Design & Engineering are professional industrial product designers capable of liaising with process engineers, prototyping designers, simulation designers and project leaders, i.e. designers with a global project vision capable of managing and co-ordinating the entire design, production, retail distribution and withdrawal of a product process.
- Industrial Design, Industrial Process and Production
Specialized designer able to manage the value chain in aspects related to innovation in industrial design and related processes (design, planning and process control that support the production cycle of products and components, with particular attention to integrated production systems).
- Materials, Technologies and life cycles
Specialized designer in materials and surfaces contexts and their working technologies integrating engineering with design cultures by means of in-depth and conscious understanding of the relationships between structure and physical-mechanical properties and sensory, perception and emotional type functions.
- Representation and prototyping:
Specialized designer in the design and formation of digital prototype process understood as simulations of real production objects and industrial design interiors in all their aspects (formal, functional and structural).
skills of this function:
- develop a complete project from the starting point of the product concept, through definitive design and implementation, to the drawing up of the executive project for production;
- select materials and working technologies and manage the life cycle (with special attention to environmental considerations);
- acquire and apply design methodologies in virtual environments;
- assess and manage the design implications of the technological aspects of manufacturing systems.
The Industrial Product Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master in Science) in Design & Engineering, answers to growing demand for Designers that want to integrate design world type skills with engineering know-how. These professionals are called on to manage the complexities of the creative, design and implementation process for large scale consumer products within global decision-making and manufacturing mechanisms.
Reference professionals work in the following fields:
a. Designers capable of liaising with process engineers: typical skill areas are industrial designers in the manufacturing and marketing contexts within predefined production cycles, industrial product implementation, technology and industrial cycle and retail product distribution designers.
b. Prototyping designers: typical applications are digital and/or physical prototyping, component design from the starting point of CAD assisted three-dimensional modelling, development of engineered models by means of geometric, mechanical and technological know-how indispensable in the shift to implementation with numerical control machinery (CAM) of model surfaces and volumes, defining working technologies and material transformation for the purposes of the industrial implementation of objects designed and modelled.
c. Simulation designers: typical applications are manufacturing cycle simulation, technological, formal and construction characteristic simulation of products with specific ergonomic performance requirements.
d. Materials and material life cycle designers: capable of selecting the most suitable materials and surfaces to give projects specific surface and material functional, tactile, colour and even aroma qualities which are increasingly crucial factors in 'made in Italy' product competitiveness (furniture, cars, textiles, accessories, packaging, etc.) paying great attention to environmental values linked to product life cycles.
e. Project leaders: i.e. senior designers with a global vision of product design cycles, production, retail distribution and withdrawal capable of co-ordinating those responsible for concept and design and material selection and process development liaising with marketing and retail departments and capable of bringing the entire product development process to completion without losing touch with conceptual continuity.
6.1 Access requirements
First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification
Candidate admission is dependent on assessments of merit and of the contents of previous courses of study. Students from other campuses or dissimilar study programmes will be required to undergo assessment of their educational background in order to identify any supplementary courses of study which may be required before admission to the Laurea Magistrale study programme.
Qualifications required for admission:
- Level I or II laurea;
- Appropriate English languages skills certification.
Updates to the “Guida all’ammissione alla Laurea Magistrale” are published every year on the School's site including detailed information on the material required for admission applications, how to register and deadlines, admission without assessment and reasons for non admission. Minimum laurea marks required for admission are also shown.
Students requiring supplementary studies prior to admission must fulfil these within one year of the date of assessment.
6.2 Requested knowledge
Access to the assessment procedure for the purposes of admission to the Master's Degree Courses offered by the School of Design is granted to:
Politecnico di Milano graduates/undergraduates with a weighted average of not less than 23/30 ( calculated at the end of the submission of application) and in possession of a suitable English language certificate;
- candidates graduating from other Italian universities with a weighted average of no less than 25/30 ( calculated at the end of the submission of application) and in possession of a suitable English language certificate;
- candidates who have graduated from foreign universities and have a suitable English language certificate (an Italian language certificate is also required in the case of a section with teaching in Italian).
The English language certificate for candidates with an Italian qualification must be submitted by the application deadline:
For candidates with a foreign qualification check the link below:
Admission to the Master's Degree Course in Design & Engineering requires a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, in Class L-4 Industrial Design and Classes L-8 - Information Engineering, L-9 Industrial Engineering.
Applicants with a foreign qualification will only be assessed if the course of study allows admission without curricular supplements.
Those who hold a Bachelor's degree in one of the following Classes may also enrol:
- L-17 Architectural Sciences
provided they meet specific curricular requirements as specified below:
at least a total of 40 ECTS credits obtained in the fields ICAR/13 Industrial Design, ICAR/17drawing, ING-IND/13 Applied Mechanics, ING-IND/14 Mechanical Design and Machine Construction, ING-IND/15 Industrial Engineering Design and Methods, ING-IND/16 Processing Technologies and Systems, ING-IND/22 Materials Science and Technology, ICAR/08 Construction Science.
In the absence of these curricular requirements, supplements will be assigned.
Graduates from ISIAs and Academies may also be admitted to the Master's degree course: admission is possible for courses with curricula related to the field of Design.
It is possible to apply for admission to the Master's degree in both the 1st and 2nd semesters, according to the periods indicated in the academic calendar and the procedures detailed in the Admission Guide to the School of Design's Master's Degree Courses.
The Masters’s Degree inDesign & Engineering only allows admissions to the 2nd semester to candidates who have taken the following 1st semester courses: Product development design studio 1 and Materials Selection Criteria In Design & Engineering as a single course. The Committee appointed by the CCS will verify that the course has been passed and that the student has actually attended the workshop, which can also be passed in subsequent examination sessions.
The deadlines, application procedures and documents required for candidates with an Italian qualification are indicated in the Admission Guide to the Master's Degree Courses of the School of Design:
The deadlines, application procedures and documents required for candidates with foreign qualifications can be found at the following link:
Admission to the Master's degree is by means of an online application and is subject to the assessment of the candidate's previous career and individual preparation by a special committee whose decision is final. In the event of a unfavourable assessment, the Committee will give appropriate reasons for the decision.
For the assessment of an individual's readiness, the weighted average (only for candidates with an Italian qualification), consistency with the Level I course and documents relating to projects carried out in the three-year period, extra-curricular educational and professional experiences will be assessed.
Evaluation criteria, cases exempt from assessment (admission de jure) for candidates with an Italian qualification are indicated in the Admission Guide to the Master's Degree Courses of the School of Design:
The committee will advise the applicant of the need to supplement their qualifications before proceeding to assess the individual's preparedness.
These supplements must be fulfilled within one year of the application for evaluation: students in these circumstances may also supplement their plan by bringing forward, through registration in single courses, Master's degree courses up to a maximum of 32 ECTS credits.
For admissions to the 2nd semester, if there is a need to assign curricular supplements related to the 1st semester, the candidate will be invited to reapply in the following semester.
To check the curricular supplements assigned, please check Annex 1 in the Admission Guide to the Master's Degree Courses of the School of Design:
Transitions and transfers
Students already enrolled in Master's degree courses at the Politecnico di Milano in previous academic years may apply to transfer to another course; students enrolled in Master's degree courses at other universities may apply to transfer; both procedures may be carried out through the online services with the same deadlines and procedures provided for new admissions to the Master's degree course.
Applications for Transition and Transfer are only possible in the 1st semester.
Acceptance of transfer applications from eligible candidates is subject to compliance with the numbers allocated for each Master's degree: if transfer applications exceed the number allocated for this procedure, a ranking will be drawn up.
The acceptance of transfer applications from eligible candidates is subject to their being placed in a useful position in the ranking list for newly enrolled candidates.
Guide to admission
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
Places available for admissions:
- Design & Engineering LM(Milan campus): 100 students of which 35 are reserved for non EU students including 10 Chinese students on the “Marco Polo” project.
For the deadlines related to the admission to the Laurea Magistrale, verify the academic rules and the academic calendar 2015/16.
6.4 Tutoring and students support
Orientation and ongoing tutoring include all activities aimed at providing assistance to students before and during their university career, so that it can take place within the timeframe envisaged by the teaching regulations and in a way that is profitable from the point of view of the development of professional and human skills. Tutoring activities are therefore distinct from institutional teaching activities, even though they may serve or complement them. Tutoring activities can be carried out by Masters Degree students, PhD students, lecturers and external staff.
Tutoring activities are planned and managed by the School in close coordination with the Course of Study.
At University level, the Financial Aid and International Mobility Service interacts with the Schools on the administrative aspects of tutoring Master's degree students.
The School appoints the President of the Joint Committee as the School Tutoring Representative in order to carry out a statistical analysis of the data (learning analytics), initiate discussions with the student representatives on the Joint Committee, discuss with the CCS Tutoring Representatives and plan tutoring activities of maximum effectiveness.
Tutoring activities are divided into the following services:
- educational guidance for first-year and postgraduate students;
- guidance and support for students for the activation of curricular internships;
- educational support meetings held by professors (to facilitate the choices of including optional courses for the purposes of personalising the study plan);
- assistance/reception activities for first-year students on Master's degree courses, both at the desk and through the new communication channels set up by the School;
- support for foreign students enrolled in English-language Master's degree courses and for students on international mobility;
- assistance for revision and catch-up seminars;
- assistance in computerised classrooms, libraries and laboratories;
- assistance in finding and developing teaching materials.
Open Days are organised for students wishing to enrol in the School of Design's courses of study, during which each course of study presents its teaching programme through presentations and/or open lectures.
An orientation service is available to inform future students about the educational and training activities of their courses of study in order to clarify the educational objectives and professional opportunities.
Every year a Welcome Day is organised for first-year students, during which the following are presented: the organisation of the School, the offices and their responsibilities, the international exchange programmes, the communication tools of the School and the Politecnico, the School of Design website, Trouble Ticketing, chat, the Beep portal, the library services, the instrument laboratories and Safety Week (the week in which students obtain authorisation to access the laboratories). During this meeting, space is given to the presentation of the Joint Committee and the Student Representation.
The Student Representatives of the School Council have prepared a handbook to introduce themselves and summarise the services students can access.
For current students, presentations of optional courses and Synthesis Workshops are prepared. In addition to the Teaching Fact Sheets, which present in detail how the courses are conducted, students can access the School's website and view slides and videos prepared by the lecturers to summarise the topics covered in the course.
The School organises "Lesson 0" to provide information on the University's facilities and services and to explain the organisation of the course of study; the coordinators may organise this lesson collectively with the other courses of study or on the first day of class of one of the subjects of the specific Master's degree course. Second-year students are provided with information on the range of courses on offer and on initiatives specific to their year.
The focuses of Lesson 0 are:
- Course Organisation and University Services (I LM);
- Erasmus Placement (II LM);
- postgraduate: masters and doctorate
- job market and Career Service (II LM);
- student opinion questionnaire (I and II LM);
- questionnaire on services and overall training pathway (II LM);
- final examination: type, choice of supervisor and final grade (II LM).
For current students, the School has initiated activities aimed at:
- contribute to removing obstacles to successful course attendance, including through initiatives tailored to the needs, aptitudes and requirements of individuals;
- make students more actively involved in the learning process.
Il/i Course Tutoring Contact Person(s) is the institutional reference point for guidance at the School; the service is organised within the framework of the course of study and in particular deals with:
- support service to students where they need help in solving problems or deepening concepts;
- approval and possible drafting of texts concerning the presentation of the degree course for which the professor is the contact person;
- identification of student projects from their degree course, to be used as orientation tools during Open Days, and for the School's institutional communication.
For further details on the Tutoring Actions put in place by the School:
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.
Optional student courses
In the Laurea Magistrale programme 12 credits are awarded to optional courses (equivalent to one course per year).
Students are required to choose their optional courses on presentation of their first year study plans. Similarly when they present their second year study plans they will be required to choose a second course.
The optional courses take place in both 1st and 2nd semesters.
Internships - Laurea Magistrale
In Laurea Magistrale students carry out an internship at a company, professional studio, study centre, body, etc. with a partnership agreement with the Politecnico di Milano which fulfils the requirements of current legislation specifying that, on completion of the agreed internship period (minimum 280 hrs, maximum 1 year) a certificate will be issued. To obtain the certificate, the student, when coming back, must have an interview with his/her Study Programme tutor, with submission of a report.
Internship is an educational experience which gives students real experience of the world of work. The host company must be aware of and agree to the legal regulations and the need for educational support and the student must accept and show an ability to respect the company's rules and behaviours.
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
Students' ability to choose the courses and credits to be incorporated into their study plans is subordinate to a series of rules imposed by the School which makes available an educational programme worth 60 credits for each year of the course (nominal courses).
Each year students can choose courses for a different number of credits than that specified by the nominal courses (60 ECTS per year) 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 as shown in the Regulations.
Courses designed for later years of the programme cannot be inserted into an earlier year study plan (“advance study”) unless all previous and current year courses have also been integrated into it.
The School has also implemented an exam priority sequence on the basis of which certain courses can only be enrolled on if other, introductory courses have already been passed. Students may actually be able to enrol on fewer credits than is nominally the case as a result of this rule.
The System Regulations require a series of educational activities (specialist, elective or supplementary) which are present in the course of study in the form of single subject and integrated courses and Design studio in which the two-year Laurea Magistrale's educational content is conveyed.
In addition to these types of educational activities the System Regulations also require that a specific number of credits are attributed to types of activity which can be categorised as follows:
- educational activities chosen independently by students (Optional courses);
- educational activities relating to preparation for the final exams required for the qualification to be awarded (Final exam);
- activities designed to enable students to gain additional language skills, IT, telematic and relational skills which will help them in finding employment as well as educational activities designed to facilitate professional choices by giving students direct experience of working in the sector which the qualification can gain them access to including, in particular, educational work experience and guidance (Internships).
Within the context of the interuniversity framework project "Tecnologie delle Transizioni", Politecnico di Milano wants to activate high-level training courses aimed at creating new professional figures in Green Technologies, Smart Infrastructures and Inclusivity Design that:
- have skills in specific areas consistently with the training project (green/smart/inclusivity)
- acquire enabling digital technologies in line with the profile
- master interdisciplinary tools, methods, and aptitude for a systemic vision
- develop talent to operate in interdisciplinary and multisectoral contexts acquired through exposure, even in teams, to case studies and challenges
- Will have systemic skills, interdisciplinary vision and a strong attention to the design of inclusive contexts, spaces, artefacts, infrastructures, technologies, products and services, enhancing the sense of equity.
The Laurea Magistrale Programme in Design & Engineering will activate in the academic year 2022/2023 the training programme Ambassador in Green Technologies and Smart Infrastructures.
Once the student is registered for the programme, he/she will have to insert in the study plan at leat 30 credits related to the Ambassador in Green Technologies or Smart Infrastructures profile. These credits must include a minimum of 12 credits from list A and 18 credits from list B: 6 credits from these last ones will be inserted in the sudy plan as “effective” and will count towards the 120 credits needed to earn the Laurea Magistrale Degree, while the other credits will be added in a supernumerary position.
The registration at the Ambassador Programme is incompatible with the registration to (internal or external) Double Degrees or to the ASP
1 Year courses - Track: DE1 - DE2
(a) Teaching Table A Ambassador Smart Programme
(b) Teaching Table A Ambassador Green Programme
1 Year courses - Track: *** - offerta comune
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2 Year courses - Track: DE1 - DE2
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2 Year courses - Track: *** - offerta comune
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Teaching Ambassador Smart table B
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(k) Teaching Ambassador Green Table B
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7.4 Foreign language
Foreign language assessment will be carried out in accordance with the university's methods as set out on the “Student Services/Guides and Regulations/Guide to the English Language”, web page: www.polimi.it.
Students are encouraged to read this document carefully and respect the norms set out in it.
Specifically, note that: "Pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/04 the Politecnico di Milano has adopted the English language as the European Union language which students must speak in addition to Italian".
English language knowledge, according to the standards indicated by the University, is a registration pre-requisite. For admission to the School of Design LM Study Programme, certificates must be submitted by candidates within the time frames for admission applications. This deadline must be respected by all students (from similar or different courses)
Information on English language fluency https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3860
7.5 Degree examination
Thesis work is strictly individual. Coordinated theses with a common introductory part and separate theses can be considered.
The thesis may be written by a maximum of three authors, even if they are enrolled in different Master's degree courses. The Committee must always be able to identify the contribution made by each appliant.
There is only one Supervisor and they must be a lecturer (Professor or Researcher), whether permanent or contracted at the University (in the current or previous academic year) and may be a member of the Degree Committee. He/she may be assisted by one or more co-supervisors (CU) or by experts in specific subjects, even if they are external to the School.
The Supervisor is usually included in the Graduation Committee that will judge the undergraduate student and make its proposal for a mark.
The student submits a thesis to the Degree Examination Board, which may consist of:
1. the development of a theoretical, design, experimental or innovative research thesis (Research Thesis).
The Thesis must:
- explore the project in its technical-specialist and/or systemic aspects in relation to the educational objectives of the course of study. The discussion must include an in-depth theoretical/critical, methodological and/or historical dissertation and/or an in-depth experimental study;
- include a substantial preparatory part devoted to research conducted with scientific criteria and access to sources of scientific knowledge (databases, scientific articles, conference proceedings, etc...);
- propose to deepen knowledge of a poorly established topic and its potential applications or a greater contribution to the advancement of knowledge in a specific research area (thesis of a more theoretical nature);
- require a minimum working time of 6 months; entitling the holder to a maximum of 8 points when assessing the dissertation and its presentation.
2. the development of a thesis to consolidate and refine knowledge already acquired (consolidation thesis). The thesis must:
- present the project by enhancing the technical-specialist and/or systemic aspects in accordance with the educational objectives of the course of study. The discussion should include an adequate methodological argumentation, historical aspects, theoretical/critical elements;
- focus on topics well established in scientific research and design applications;
- include a part of research functional to the development of the project and the simple formulation of the basic assumptions and main hypotheses on which the proposed project application is based;
- focus primarily on potential project applications;
- require a minimum of 2 months of working time; gives a maximum score of 4 points when assessing the dissertation and its presentation.
Students may choose either the assignment of the Research Thesis or the Consolidation Thesis.
However, the request for either type of thesis must be made (and assessed by the supervisor) on the basis of the minimum time required to complete either route and the commitment that the student intends to make to it.
During the course of the thesis, the supervisor may suggest to the student - in view of the aptitudes demonstrated, contingent interests and emerging time requirements - that the type and nature of the thesis be changed in both directions. It will then be the task of the supervisor to assess the final result and confirm or otherwise the correct change of the thesis' placement in the explicit category. The work must demonstrate the competence and critical capacity developed by the student in the areas of the project in relation to the contents of the course of study. The Thesis works consist of a report containing the stages of development, the objectives of the work, the bibliography and the sources of documentation; the technical drawings of the project, the physical and/or virtual model where applicable.
The student must provide the Commission with at least two copies of the thesis, which he may take back at the end of the discussion. The presentation of the project may be supplemented by a report on the work experience carried out in companies or professional studios.
The thesis is normally written in Italian or English. At the graduate student's justified request, a thesis written in other languages may also be accepted, subject to authorisation from head of Degrees but with presentation and discussion in Italian or English. If the thesis is written in English or another foreign language, it must in any case contain an extract in Italian.
Following the evaluation, presentation and discussion of the LM thesis, as well as of the student's entire career within the Master's degree course, the Degree Committee awards a score.
The mark is expressed in hundredths (/110). It consists of the sum of:
1. the average achieved by the undergraduate in the courses, weighted by credits and expressed in hundredths and hundredths of a hundredths (without taking into account any additional activities and honours)
2. the increment awarded by the Degree Committees expressed in hundredths and hundredths of a hundredth. This sum shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number (0.50 is rounded up to 1.00) and limited to 110. The Degree
The minimum graduation mark will always be 66.
Committee may also award honours.
The score has a value
- between -1 and 8 points in the case of a theoretical, design, experimental or innovative research thesis (research thesis);
- between -1 and 4 points in the case of a thesis for the consolidation and improvement of knowledge already acquired (consolidation thesis).
In the case of five-year old theses, the score may be between 0 and 10 points.
Honours, which may also be proposed by the rapporteur, means a special commendation from the CL for the preparation and competence of the graduate, for their brilliant academic record, for the way in which they have presented their thesis, their ability to reason, and the quality and originality of the thesis. Honours may only be awarded if the mark given is, before rounding off, greater than or equal to 111 (one hundred and eleven) hundred decimal points.
Honours are awarded by unanimous decision of the members of the Degree Committee.
Further information can be found in the Master's Degree Examination Regulations available on the School's website. https://www.design.polimi.it/en/teaching/documents/career-guides
Guide to the Final Examination of Laurea Magistrale
8. Academic calendar
The Laurea Magistrale programme calendar is structured into two semesters and students can enrol at the beginning of either semester. Thus studies can begin in either the first or the second semester of each academic year. The course is structured in order to enable students to complete the programme in four semesters whether first year Laurea Magistrale enrolment takes place in the first or second semesters.
An exam period takes place at the end of each semester (exam).
Information on Schedules and Deadlines
The names of the Programme of Study teachers and what they teach will be made available on the degree programme from September onwards.
The Degree Programme is published each year on the 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.
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, internationalization 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 recent years, the School of Design 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), in Double Degree programmes, 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.
Each agreement is managed by a professor, promoter of the exchange resoponsible for the various steps of the mobility, from the selection until the validation of the exams.
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 recognized by their university, signatory of the Erasmus Charter.
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 recognized by their universities.
The School of Design has also activated some bilateral agreements with non-EU universities.
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, Insurance,..).
The School of Design has signed a series of bilateral agreements with some European and extra-European partners, to allow its students the opportunity to spend a period of study abroad, attending courses aimed at obtaining a double degree (master's degree + Diploma of the Partner University ).
Master's degree students have the opportunity to participate in a double degree project by extending their curriculum and replacing one semester at their home campus with two or three semesters at the host partner.
In order to obtain the two degrees, students must meet the requirements of both Univesrities or Schools and pass all the required exams. Students will also have to carry out a thesis work under the supervision of a thesis supervisor from the Polytechnic and a supervisor from the partner university and discuss the thesis in a regular graduation session in each of the two universities, even in virtual mode.
The double degree agreements available for LM students of the School of Design at the moment are:
Double Degree with Les Ecoles Centrales, France
Double Degree with Tongji University, Shanghai - China
Double Degree with Tsinghua University, Beijing - China
Double Degree with Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
In Latin America
Double Degree with the Universidad Nacional de Bogotà, Colombia
Double Degree with the Universidade De Sao Paulo, Brazil
Double Degree with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Double Degree with the Universidade do Vale do Rio Dos Sinos, Brazil
For more information about the issues related to international mobility at the School of Design, you can consult the Guide to International Mobility:
For more information about the rules and limitations for "Free Mover" mobility, consult the University guidelines:
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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