Master in Interior and Living Design

Domus Academy

Program Description

Master in Interior and Living Design

Domus Academy

Shape. Experience. Live.

The Master in Interior & Living Design encourages students to consider a wide range of design practices as they learn to shape the space of interiors. You will be inspired to overcome disciplinary boundaries, make choices that are both more sophisticated and more daring, and cultivate an attitude of continuous inquiry into the material and immaterial aspects of space. You’ll learn the theory, best practices, and methodologies you need not only to solve problems creatively—but to define problems as well. As you collaborate with your international peers on company projects that re-invent the interior domain, you will come to define your own work in the context of the field.

Milan is an ideal place to study interior design, with its long tradition of experimenting with and solving the design challenges of everyday life. It offers a variety of exemplary historical and contemporary interiors for you to visit and take as inspiration.


The program is designed for candidates who have a first-level degree in interior design, design, architecture, engineering, visual arts, or related disciplines; who wish to pursue advanced specialization; and who wish to expand their skills using new tools in the field of interior design.


During this degree program, students will:

  • Develop a professional interior design proposal, accounting for aesthetic, functional, and ergonomic issues within project constraints.
  • Understand and re-interpret the multidisciplinary Italian approach to space setup and design.
  • Understand, from a critical perspective, the role of technology and its impact on the interior design environment.


The Master in Interior & Living Design program aims to develop professionals who combine technical design savvy with cultural sensitivity, strategic thinking, teamwork skills, knowledge of project management processes, and the ability to manage deadlines.

The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.

The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.


Coursework focuses on:

  • Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene
  • Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace
  • Developing skills with visualization and graphic rendering
  • Investigating methods and tools for research and design
  • Exploring the factors that determine the economic performance of a brand or company
  • Branding your own work


Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to interior & living design. Some possible workshop topics include the following:

  • Develop interior design concepts and scenarios for microsystem environments, social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces.
  • Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video.
  • Use a mix of communication strategies and design tools in order to develop the global brand identity of a small to medium-sized company, a product line, and/or a startup.
  • Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials.


The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation. Internship

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career.

The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies.


Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Interior & Living Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies and organizations involved in this program include:

Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Boffi, Camper, Club Med, Coin, Deborah Milano, Fiorucci, FLOS, Fnac, Haworth, Kvadrat, La Triennale di Milano, Moleskine, Mondadori, Moroso, Mutina, Park Hyatt Milano, Pitti, Rossana Orlandi, Tucano, Veuve Clicquot.


Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team.

Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Career Opportunities

The Master in Interior & Living Design program trains professionals to design and create spaces for various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may find employment in sectors such as retail, hospitality, exhibition/events, lighting, or furniture design. They may work for architecture, interior design, or construction firms, or they may choose to be self-employed.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Jan. 2017
12 months
Full time
16,990 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Italy Milan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 10, 2018
Duration 12 months
Price 16,990 EUR
EU countries and Switzerland. For non-EU students, €25.490 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition).
Start date Jan. 2017
Italy Milan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Jan. 8, 2018
Duration 12 months
Price 16,990 EUR
EU countries and Switzerland. For non-EU students, €25.490 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition).

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