Use your creative potential in one of the most important fields of design to make a difference, create a more sustainable future, improve the way we live and the impact we have on the environment.
This course gives you the skills you need to create projects with a social, strategic and technological perspective for a multitude of sectors: furniture and furnishings, lighting, consumer electronics, packaging, personal accessories, tools and utensils, electrical appliances or wearables, to name a few.
Combining the traditions of old with the state-of-the-art, this course, taught by lecturers with extensive professional experience in the sector, gives you a global panorama of product design to meet the new aesthetic, technological and sustainable needs of modern society.
You’ll develop your creative talent to the full in this 4-year course with a hands-on approach that puts you in touch with the reality of the product design world. You’ll have all the tools you need to channel your interests, skills and environmental concerns, interpreting the complexities of today's world in products of social, cultural, aesthetic and technological value.
A hands-on course to excel in the design of sustainable and innovative products in a variety of sectors.
The BA in Design, specialising in Product Design gives you the opportunity to develop real and speculative projects, working with professionals who have extensive experience in the sector.
It’s a gradual learning process: you’ll be presented with a series of challenges, some simple, some technically complex, on a range of topics in many different situations. The aim of this is to give you all the resources required to comprehend market demands and social needs, with the tools and know-how to meet those needs.
At the end of your 4-year course you’ll have acquired all the skills you need to create and showcase your projects as a professional designer, presenting your ideas in a fluent and competent way in specialised professional contexts.
This course is for those who want to express their creative talent to the full, exploring the world of product design, acquiring a full understanding of how product design works and how it can help improve the way we live in the modern world.
If you want to develop your aesthetic and cultural interests, and channel your environmental concerns, this course gives you the opportunity to take your first steps in a professional sector where you can embrace the values of sustainability and innovation.
You’ll learn to understand the increasingly global and hyperconnected reality of our world and evolve to become a key player in the work that needs to be done to achieve universal well-being, creating products that combine the values of inclusiveness, sustainability, functionality, innovation and beauty.
Last but not least, the multidisciplinary environment of the IED community helps you convey your ideas for a new product in the best possible way, both in visual, verbal and written presentations.
You’ll be studying your BA in Design, specialising in Product Design at one of the best design schools, learning from professional designers with years of experience in the field.
You’ll acquire all the secrets, skills and know-how necessary to make your mark in fields such as ephemeral design, furnishings, consumer electronics, handicrafts, lighting, mobility, window displays, home or personal complements and accessories. What’s more, you’ll be sharing interdisciplinary experiences in spaces and workshops equipped for different activities with students studying other design specialties at IED, enriching your experience and broadening your horizons.
During this course you’ll discover an active learning method: every day you’ll experience a study and work environment that actively encourages you to explore and develop your ideas, gaining experience in digital and hands-on workshops.
What will you learn?
The first year introduces you to the basic concepts of design, project culture and methodology. You’ll learn to analyse and understand context, using design to create and communicate.
Design Fundamentals I
Representation Techniques I
Project Communication I
An introduction to Marketing
Science Applied to Design
Form and Colour
Design Fundamentals II
Representation Techniques II
Project Communication II
Technical Drawing I
The History of Art and Design
What will you learn?
The second year is focused on developing your own unique creative style. You’ll discover the best tools to use when creating and developing a product. You’ll prepare projects that explore the real needs of our modern world.
Multidisciplinary Workshop I
Product Design Technology I
Product Design Representation Techniques I
Product Design Technical Drawing I
Product Design Computing I
The History of Product Design
Volume in Product Design
What will you learn?
In the third year you’ll work hands-on in the real world to gain experience working with companies operating in the sector. You’ll also begin working on more technical and complex projects, developing prototypes, calculating real production costs. What’s more you’ll be working as part of interdisciplinary teams, discovering how new materials, like biomaterials, nanomaterials or materials with zero impact on the environment, can be applied in a sustainable way.
Product Design Project Communication I
Product Design Workshop I
Two Wheels Project
Product Design Computing II
Multidisciplinary Workshop II
Product Design Technology II
Urban Materials’ Project
Product Design Marketing
Moving Fabric Project
Personal Development Project
What will you learn?
In the fourth year you’ll put what you’ve learnt into practice in the form of mandatory work experience to define your own professional profile. Last but not least, you’ll develop a final project working with companies operating in the field, building prototypes which, if approved, will go into production to be launched on the market.
Professional Work Experience
Design Management Project
Product Design Project Communication II
Product Design Workshop II
Multidisciplinary Workshop III
Product and Service Design
Sustainable Design and Social Impact
Product and Service Design
Digital Product and Service Design
Product and Service Design, Fashion Design and Styling, Graphic Design and Visual Communication
Textile and Surfaces Design
You are going to take part in a practical task dedicated to all those young talents who are interested in Fashion, Visual Arts, Design, and Communication.
IED's commitment is to apply an innovation approach to creative economies through the training it provides in its centers in line with the NEB's themes and action priorities, sharing values, methodologies and tools.
IED Barcelona has been consolidating its position as a driving force behind innovation and social well-being through design education. "A collective dream" is a faithful reflection of this spirit.
IED was holding a creative lecture on the occasion of Moldova in Fashion Conference on November 19th 2022
Il Giro del Mondo in 80 Giorni - 150 anni dopo (Around the World in 80 Days - 150 Years Later) (book by graphic designers from IED Rome), the start-up Potap (a family of filters to purify water, by two product designers from IED Milan) and the tech fashion collection LAGRANDE: SISTEMA are officially competing for the prestigious Compasso d'Oro Award
We are ready to kick off the first edition of the Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Design. The course will take place in Turin and will combine the topics of Mobility of the future and Cities in Flux.
We will take part in the Dutch Design Week 2022 (DDW22) supporting the exposition of the project Reverso, by IED Alumnus Francisco Lara. The exhibition will take place in Eindhoven from October 22th to 30th.
44 Scholarships for IED Undergraduate and Foundation Courses in Italy and Spain
From 5 to 27 October, the second edition of the marathon dedicated to the social impact of design welcomes the students of the three-year course in Product design to talk about "The Future is Rail", a project that outlines trains according to the needs of travelers and was born together to Legambiente
From September 21 to 25, IED will participate in the 4th edition of CADi 2022: Pluriversos, organized by the Faculty of Art and Design of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP).
A Ministerial Decree has published the modalities for applying the provisions of the new law.
In October 2000, Queen Elizabeth II came to Milan and on her itinerary there was a visit to the Istituto Europeo di Design.
After two years, returns IED Roma Graduation Ceremony, to celebrate the latest graduates in the presence of teachers, families and friends. Two hundred and sixty-one diplomas were awarded.
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The Francesco Morelli Foundation establishes a prize for students graduating in the summer session of the academic year 2021-22.
Istituto Europeo di Design publishes the winners of the scholarship contest for the Master of Design and Innovation Programmes (MDI) at IED Madrid and IED Barcelona.
Organised by Barcelona Centre de Disseny, the graduates of the class of 2021 were actively involved in two restaurants along the route.
Two projects from the interdisciplinary subject Food Design System have been presented at the latest meeting of EDIVI.
"TAKING YOU BEYOND”, THE IED ALUMNI EVENT IN VIA SCIESA MILAN FROM 7 TO 11 JUNE.
This May IED is in New York City, with students and Alumni presenting their projects and winning awards at both NYCxDESIGN festival and the Creative Week.
Students take us through their thesis projects, from behind the scenes to company satisfaction.
Gabriele Chiave knows no boundaries. As a lifelong observer of the world around him, Gabriele is driven by the comprehensive nature of design and a desire to ignite meaningful interaction between product and consumer. After Studying industrial design at IED Milano, he has worked in Marc Sadler Studio and the IS European Design Center. These experiences helped Gabriele master the subtle nuances and delightful balance between form and function, industry and art, structure and experimentation. Gabriele exudes this foundation at Marcel Wanders, where he has worked since 2007. Evolving to become Creative Director, he now oversees all projects in product and interior design, and art direction for some of the most renowned international design brands such as Kartell, Poliform, Moooi, Flos, Cappellini and many others.
“From a small farmer in the Philippines to a businessman in London, climate change is affecting everyone”.
IED students will explore alongside members of ONCE possible responses to the difficulties faced by this community with relation to everyday objects.
The installation has succeeded in recreating an oasis of calm and a connection with nature in Poblenou’s Parc del Centre.
What will the world of the future be like? What kind of vehicles will we use? Where will we live? How much will everyday objects change?
The summit will take place on 26 and 27 November at the Disseny Hub, which will feature three projects by IED Barcelona alumni.
‘478’ is the installation with which IED Barcelona was present in the special edition of Llum Barcelona.
‘Flink’ responds to the challenge to design an innovative proposal for the kitchen sink and tap space, including new features, all within a period of eight hours.
‘Join it’, a system of sustainable production by IED Barcelona Product Design students has won the 4th edition of the Social Ideas Contest for the Greek island of Lesbos.
'Castellers' is a proposal inspired by the colours and shapes of the long-standing Catalan tradition of the 'castells', or human towers.
A collection of clay pavement tiles that serve as a street filter system.
The projects chosen are the result of a creative process developed in different stages: from research to the final proposal.
Graduated at IED, Simone Bonanni is now an awarded designer that works for international brands. Find out more about his projects in this article.
The project is one of the designs selected by a jury of 43 international experts in the first round of this prestigious competition.
IED Network offers 109 scholarships for its Master courses held in Italy and Spain.
Istituto Europeo di Design presents the new concept vehicle designed by the students of the Master in Transportation Design in collaboration with Suzuki.
Cross Cultural Chair is a project that blends anthropology with design and draws on the importance of seating and ways of sitting according to different cultures.
Interior Design and Product Design students explore new concepts of spaces, services and products capable of reconnecting humans with nature.
The project evokes the evolutive process of the natural world, focusing on the irregularity of the biophilic and organic patterns.
Virtual innovation is gaining increasing importance, and for creatives, it is a great tool to transform and improve society.