Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD

Introduction

Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD

A creative workshop for discovering, understanding and exchanging ideas and experiences.
The very first school in Italy for design and communication, founded in 1954.

Since 1954 this school has worked with Italian design, seen it grow and develop into what we know it as today. The artist Nino di Salvatore set up SPD in 1954. As a painter and sculpturer, he has captivated and brought together artists, designers, professionals and students from across five different continents. Bruno Munari, Gio Ponti, Max Huber, Pino Tovaglia, Isao Hosoe have all taught at SPD. Guests at the school include Achille Castiglioni, Rodolfo Bonetto, Roberto Sambonet, Donald Norman and Tomato. Today, working along side our young designers, experimenting with real projects and designs, training new talent are Piero Lissoni, Stefano Giovannoni, Denis Santachiara, Andrea Branzi.

There are always things that you can discover, rethink, transform. In Milan, the capital of design, SPD organises annual Master’s courses. With over 50 years of experience in the field, these courses range from product design to interior design, from communication to multimedia. Didactics is personalised, in a human sized environment promoting easy contact with the faculty and the staff.

The study programs have a strong orientation towards real projects, keeping in close contact with companies and professionals.

Awards

An outstanding past has been extremely rewarding with exceptional recognition of the school: Boasting the exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia in 1986, at the Carrousel du Louvre and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the ‘Medaglia d’Oro’ at the tenth Triennale in Milan and even the ‘Compasso d’Oro’ awarded by the ADI -Associazione Disegno Industriale in 1994; not to mention the honour of being granted twice the SMAU prize for Industrial Design

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programs

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Master

Master in Food Design

Campus Full time 12 months March 2017 Italy Milan

The Master degree in Food Design develops the necessary skills to give a creative contribution to an increasingly growing sector, of which Italy constitutes one of the main benchmarks known worldwide. It is an opportunity not only for students holding a degree in design, marketing and communication, but also for managers and professionals working in the field. The programme combines a focus on food-related markets... [+]

The Master degree in Food Design develops the necessary skills to give a creative contribution to an increasingly growing sector, of which Italy constitutes one of the main benchmarks known worldwide. It is an opportunity not only for students holding a degree in design, marketing and communication, but also for managers and professionals working in the field. The programme combines a focus on food-related markets with the design approach and methodologies. This creates a food designer who is able to manage the design: of processes, methods and spaces where products are processed, distributed and consumed; of food in terms of its aesthetics, communication and representation; of equipment and tools used to prepare and consume food; of all the communication activities implemented for the promotion of food products. The academic activities encompass lessons, design workshops and seminars with the leaders of the food and agriculture industry and of the design field: entrepreneurs, managers, journalists, food critics, designers, architects, publishers and chefs. The structure of the course also comprises visits to food companies, concept stores, restaurants as well as important gastronomic fairs and events. After the end of the course, students will have an internship experience in a company, agency or firm working in the field. The Master is held in collaboration with important companies and firms of the food industry. ENTRY The Master’s is open to Italian and foreign graduates coming from various scientific disciplines, social sciences and liberal arts. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master’s starts in March 2015 and ends in March 2016. It includes 580 hours of lessons and a three-month internship. Attendance is compulsory. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual study. INTERNSHIP At the end of lessons, students commence their three-month internship at companies or professional firms in the field. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, students will obtain a taught Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. The Master is managed and organized by: Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM and Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD jointly. [-]

Master in Industrial Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 Italy Milan

The Master in Industrial Design provides overall competence in Industrial Design. It is oriented towards the solution of problems related to the individual and social application of the product ... [+]

Master in Industrial Design

-- One year Master's course-- Starting date: October 2014-- Academic training + internship

 

The Master in Industrial Design provides overall competence in Industrial Design. It is oriented towards the solution of problems related to the individual and social application of the product, its form, production variables and technological process. The association with major brands in furniture design, consumer electronics among the others has the purpose of rounding off the education through workshops that develop creative design abilities. The product design faculty is made up of renowned designers, University tutors and researchers. The constant comparison to market and production demands, along with cultural and methodological preparation, build up solid professional groundings. Students can use laboratories for drawing, modelling and computer design equipped with the most advanced software. Upon selection the Master’s admits candidates with a degree in Product Design, Architecture, Engineering or equivalent, and students from product design courses or applied arts schools; candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the sector.... [-]


Master in Industrial Design

Campus Full time 15 months October 2016 Italy Milan

A designer conceives products addressed not only to a potential market, but also to the society that has its own consumer rituals and manners. The Master’s course provides an overall experience in product design, from the preliminary concept to its refinement, from physical and digital representation to the communication of the project. The educational approach stresses the experience provided to the user and... [+]

A designer conceives products addressed not only to a potential market, but also to the society that has its own consumer rituals and manners. The Master’s course provides an overall experience in product design, from the preliminary concept to its refinement, from physical and digital representation to the communication of the project. The educational approach stresses the experience provided to the user and the social meaning of the product as the designer must also control the impact that his product will have on a social and environmental level. Students are proposed an open, interdisciplinary methodology that values their own cultural background and emphasizes the role of dialogue and mutual exchange in the creative process. The association with major industrial partners has the purpose of perfecting the education by providing students with challenging tasks that allow them to face the relationships with business and organizations in a mature way. Technical training is particularly emphasized to build up solid professional groundings. Students can use modelling and computer design laboratories equipe with the most advanced softwares. ADMISSION Upon selection the Master admits graduates in Industrial or Product Design, Architecture, Product Engineering or equivalent, and students from academies of applied arts; candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December of the following year, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual study. INTERNSHIP At the end of lessons, students start a three-month internship at companies or professional firms in the field. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, eligible students will obtain a Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. [-]

Master in Interior and Product Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 Italy Milan

The Master in Interior and Product Design provides overall competence in both Industrial Design and Interior Design. [+]

-- One year Master's course


-- Starting date: October 20th 2014


-- Academic training + internship

The Master in Interior and Product Design provides overall competence in both Industrial Design and Interior Design.

It is intended for students who are interested in two masters of the same area, to provide them with the possibility to attend a Master course with a double specialization.

This kind of course foresees a higher number of lessons per week and a strong commitment during project works, but it’s also an interesting chance to specialize in two different subjects.

Duration


The Interior and Product Design Master's course lasts for one year (from October to December, with a summer break in August).There will be a minimum of 30 hours of lessons per week. Attendance is compulsory and full time.... [-]


Master in Interior Design

Campus Full time 15 months October 2016 Italy Milan

Interior design is a clearly expressed system created to respond to multiple demands for identity, performance, emotional and physical comfort of individuals and groups. Course contents deal with concept design, space planning, interior layout and display. The programme provides discerning insights into the language of materials, lighting, colour, furniture and the integration of technical components... [+]

Interior design is a clearly expressed system created to respond to multiple demands for identity, performance, emotional and physical comfort of individuals and groups. Course contents deal with concept design, space planning, interior layout and display. The programme provides discerning insights into the language of materials, lighting, colour, furniture and the integration of technical components. The relation with the building is deeply investigated. All these aspects meet in the studio classes led by renowned professionals that support the creation of a working knowledge base. Collaborations with brands and institutions enable the students to comprehend how interiors comunicate the brand values in a retail environment or in a corporate space through the use of architectural elements and spatial graphics. As a result of this education, on the one hand students are encouraged to develop a conceptual approach in design practice gaining a strategic under standing of elements and processes involved. On the other hand, technical representation and architectural detailing serve the students as a mirror for reviewing their design and refining their professional skills. ADMISSION Upon selection the Master admits graduates in Interior Design or Architecture, Product Design or equivalents and students from academies of applied arts; candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. Applications must be sent to the SPD Academic Office. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December of the following year, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual study. INTERNSHIP At the end of lessons, students start a three-month internship at companies or professional firms in the field. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, eligible students will obtain a Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. [-]

Master in Transportation and Car Design

Campus Full time 15 months October 2016 Italy Milan

The Master programme embraces the entire design development process by researching into new experiential concepts, redefining architectural solutions and moving forward with new criteria for comfort and efficiency. Today’s design paradigm must be brought into question in order to better interpret new aesthetic and social trends. The studio projects, organized in collaboration with major car companies... [+]

The Master programme embraces the entire design development process by researching into new experiential concepts, redefining architectural solutions and moving forward with new criteria for comfort and efficiency. Today’s design paradigm must be brought into question in order to better interpret new aesthetic and social trends. The studio projects, organized in collaboration with major car companies, represent a proving ground to test the students’ ideas. In particular SPD has signed a long term educational partnership with Volkswagen Group Design involving the participation of designers from the various brands – from Audi to Lamborghini – into the teaching activites. After the initial exploration, students move forward into design concepts and their refinement up to both physical and digital modelling. It’s a long process that demands a high level of personal committment and flexibility, organizational and time management skills as well as a strong attitude to teamwork. Projects are subject to group critiques and critiques with outsider reviewers. Transportation designers thus acquire a constant spur to innovation both in form language and function, allied with the understanding of engineering and production processes. ADMISSION Upon selection the Master admits graduates in Transportation or Car Design, Industrial Design, Vehicle Engineering or their equivalents, and candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December of the following year, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, final thesis/research project and individual study. THESIS/RESEARCH PROJECT At the end of lessons, students finalize their research project in collaboration with the academic sponsor. INTERNSHIP Post-Master’s internship opportunities are available for high potential profiles at the end of the programme. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, eligible students will obtain a Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. [-]

Master in Visual and Web Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 Italy Milan

The Master in Visual and Web Design provides overall competence in both Visual Design and Web Design. [+]

-- One year Master's course


-- Starting date: October 20th 2014


-- Academic training + internship

 

The Master in Visual and Web Design provides overall competence in both Visual Design and Web Design. 

It is intended for students who are interested in two masters of the same area, to provide them with the possibility to attend a Master course with a double specialization.

This kind of course foresees a higher number of lessons per week and a strong commitment during project works, but it’s also an interesting chance to specialize in two different subjects.

Duration


The Visual and Web Design Master's course lasts for one year (from October to December, with a summer break in August).There will be a minimum of 30 hours of lessons per week. Attendance is compulsory and full time.... [-]


Master in Visual Design

Campus Full time 15 years October 2016 Italy Milan

From identity to editorial design, from information graphics to digital communication: the designer is called on to take care of all the graphic and visual aspects in the communication process. The programme of the Master’s course caters for the complexity of this scenario and allows profound experiences in the various areas of graphic design. The programme develops in an ongoing relation among these disciplines... [+]

From identity to editorial design, from information graphics to digital communication: the designer is called on to take care of all the graphic and visual aspects in the communication process. The programme of the Master’s course caters for the complexity of this scenario and allows profound experiences in the various areas of graphic design. The programme develops in an ongoing relation among these disciplines in order to promote a higher level of professionalism and enhance the technical proficiency of the designers. The studio classes draw up the students’ design thinking and their graphic abilities by reproducing the challenging dynamics which are peculiar to the professional practice. Format, layout and composition, typography and visual elements are closely investigated as key elements of the language of the graphic representation. The plan of studies includes advanced training into all the professional tools and up-to-date technologies. ADMISSION Upon selection the Master admits graduates in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Advertising or their equivalents and students from Fine Arts Academies with graphic orientation; candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December of the following year, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual study. INTERNSHIP At the end of lessons, students start a three-month internship at companies or professional firms in the field. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, eligible students will obtain a Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. [-]

Master in Web Design

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Italy Milan

The Web Design Master’s course consists of theory lessons, workshops and web design courses. Technical training offers XTML, CSS design, dreamweaver, motion design ... [+]

Master in Web Design

 

The Web Design Master’s course consists of theory lessons, workshops and web design courses. Technical training offers XTML, CSS design, dreamweaver, motion design, flash and photoshop classes. In this way students will acquire professional skills combined with a methodological awareness of the entire design process.

 

 

Duration

The Master in Web e Multimedia Design lasts for one year (from October to December, with a summer break in August).There will be a minimum of 20 hours of lessons per week. Attendance is compulsory and full time.

 

 

Internship

At the end of lessons, students will start an internship in companies or studios of the sector... [-]


Master in Web e Digital Design

Campus Full time 15 months October 2016 Italy Milan

The aim of the Master’s course in Web and Digital Design is the creation of different professional profiles within the web media design area which are able to plan, produce and share through the online communities a new generation of content and services in an effective way. The program offers an experimental pathway at the forefront of design, marketing and technology. Students blend sound design... [+]

The aim of the Master’s course in Web and Digital Design is the creation of different professional profiles within the web media design area which are able to plan, produce and share through the online communities a new generation of content and services in an effective way. The program offers an experimental pathway at the forefront of design, marketing and technology. Students blend sound design competence with strategic vision, knowledge of technical aspects and project management skills in order to coordinate all the different stages in the development process. The plan of studies blends art direction and design contents with solid technical skills and an in-depth background in digital marketing and communication. The programme develops in the interplay between theoretical teaching and practical tasks. Project-based activities in particular are central to the learning experience and leverage abilities and information acquired in the other courses. The projects follow a professional workflow encompassing the definition of the digital strategy, the interaction model and user’s journey, the design of the interface and its look and feel, the creation of a prototype using front/back end programming tools. As the user experience is increasingly developing through social media, companies are changing their business accordingly: this new and thrilling scenario is deeply investigated with specific regard to the integration of content and navigation flow between websites and search/social platforms and viceversa. The overall didactic experience provides the students with professional abilities that allow them to engage in dialogue with the different figures involved in digital media projects. ADMISSION Upon selection, the Master admits graduates in Media Studies, Communication and Graphics, IT Sciences, Design or Architecture and their equivalents or candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December 2015, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual study. INTERNSHIP At the end of lessons, students start a three-month internship at companies or professional firms in the field. LANGUAGE The Master’s course is held in English. QUALIFICATION After passing the final exam, eligible students will obtain a Master’s Degree from IULM and SPD. The Master corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. [-]

Master MID Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Italy Milan

The thirteenth edition of the University Master in Interior Design organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Design at the Politecnico of Milan and the association Poli.Design. A course involving both theory and practical internships. The syllabus is theoretical lessons, workshops, visits and lectures. The in-class training is completed with three months internship in an architect’s studio... [+]

The thirteenth edition of the University Master in Interior Design organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Design at the Politecnico of Milan and the association Poli.Design. A course involving both theory and practical internships. The syllabus is theoretical lessons, workshops, visits and lectures. The in-class training is completed with three months internship in an architect’s studio. CHARACTERISTICS AND AIMS The University Master MID concentrates on designing contemporary interiors. The five project works are fundamental tools to assimilate an effective professional methodology. Proposed themes range from household environments; distribution; consumer spaces; hotels; design exhibitions. The program opens up the argument of conceiving a design and articulating it into a space. A pre-requisite for admission to the course is the knowledge of representational techniques and professional software. [-]

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Milan, 20143 IT