Find out how to develop new products that fully meet people’s requirements. This means designing new experiences that will improve their quality of life, while still respecting the environment. And you can do all this with our Product Design degree programme at IED Milano
Just step into a new way of looking at products using a user-centred approach, just like we do in our Product Design degree programme at IED Milano. We will work on making products -as the tangible part of projects- but also on providing related services. These are intangible parts revealing the connection between products, their users and the system around them.
With a practical approach and workshop activities, you will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the multidisciplinary perspective of this job. You will be working on challenges of growing complexity to meet people and market requirements.
You will be involved in the whole design cycle of a product, working on related services as well, to cover all the key steps of the process: from user research to market analysis, from prototyping to usability testing.
Learn how to develop, review, and describe your own project
Over the three years of your Product Design programme at IED Milano, you will have the opportunity to explore the Italian culture of design, which is well-known and respected worldwide. You will have the chance to join a long-standing tradition that began with Leonardo’s creative genius and is now recognized everywhere for its commitment to bringing excellence of project design to the world market.
You will further explore different subjects and acquire a solid theory background that will help you understand how behaviours evolve. You will learn to interpret market trends and people’s requirements through a thorough study of key marketing techniques.
You will develop a critical strategic thinking and project design methodology using the most advanced tools and technology to cover both physical and digital design: three-dimensional modelling, 3D rendering and printing, electronic prototyping on the Arduino platform, as well as the integration of advanced sensors.
Professionals and market leaders partnering with the school will give you the tools necessary to address challenging situations that might arise. You will also work with other students to build models and prototypes in an environment of experimentation and constant sharing.
The Product Design programme at IED Milano is for anyone who wants to approach with curiosity and enthusiasm the interactions produced through products and services in our day-to-day life, trying to improve things as best as possible.
Whatever your previous experience or education, if you really want to move into the world of product design, all you need is a passion and curiosity to explore all the tools available for you to make your ideas come true, and fulfil your dream of becoming a product designer.
You will be part of a large family made up of lecturers, students and experienced professionals who will be with you as you develop all the theory and technical skills needed to successfully move into your future career. Teamwork and collaborations with our partner companies will give you the opportunity to explore your own talents, to build your own strategic thinking and develop your personal approach to product design.
You will come into close contact with market demand as you create and maintain relationships with leading national and international companies and design studios that are part of the IED partner network.
The Product Design degree programme at IED Milano will provide continuous updating of its curriculum with the help of qualified lecturers, who are all professionals in their own fields. The whole faculty, working together with designers having their backgrounds in the professional, cultural and manufacturing worlds, will introduce you to a profession where the final result is achieved through a careful and detailed process.
The aim of the Product Design degree programme is to train professionals who want to experiment and develop their ideas, so they can achieve the skills required to design products, strategies and services for companies, self-production or small-scale craft production. At the end of the three years, you will be able to work as a Product Designer, Service Designer or Concept Designer.
You will attend school in small classes where you can experience a lab-based mode of learning, exchange with others and elaborate on creative ideas coming from workshops, contests, seminars or special projects. You will be inspired by your own critical thinking skills, while also building your own identity as a product designer.
The year of discovery: over your first year, you will study theory and practice to learn how to take your first steps into the project design process - from the product idea to be produced and all the way to prototyping and execution. You will also experience how to give shape to your creativity working on real projects outsourced by partner companies.
PERCEPTION OF THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF FORM
MATERIALS TYPOLOGY 1
HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
HISTORY OF DESIGN 1
MODEL BUILDING 1
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL MARKETING
PRODUCT DESIGN 1
The year of experience: on your third year, we will improve the skills you need to express your creativity independently. We will challenge the difficulties you were confronted with in the previous years, and together we will try to overcome these limits. At the end of the three years, you will be able to work on standard projects based on a brief, on self-produced projects for start-ups, as well as on more advanced projects involving larger systems of products and services.
SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
DRAWING TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES
MATERIALS TYPOLOGY 2
HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
3D COMPUTER MODEL-MAKING TECHNIQUES
MODEL BUILDING 2
HISTORY OF DESIGN 2
PRODUCT DESIGN 2
3D RENDERING TECHNOLOGIES
LAYOUT AND DISPLAY TECHNIQUES
PRODUCT DESIGN 3
PRODUCT DESIGN 4
PHENOMENOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Laboratory assistant and lecturer in model-making
Ruggero Aldo Prandi
Marketing & Communication Consultant
Architect and PhD
Owner of Design Studio Filippo Protasoni
Service & Business Designer
Co-founder Cono Studio
Co-founder of Cono Studio
Product Designer, Art Director, Teacher
Authorized Rhinoceros Trainer
Luke Hornung Danton
Product Designer, Co-founder of TheSignStudio
Freelance product design
Head of Design at HFactor
Thesis Coordination IED Design Milano
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Film Critic, Journalist
Materials & Product Designer at Mogu
Sofia Soledad Duarte Poblete
Viola De Marzi
Service Design Lead
CEO and Head of Business Experience Design at quo-d
MODELING LABS - 3D PRINTING AREA
MODELING LABS - MECHATRONICS AREA
MODELLING LABS - LIGHT MODELLING AREA
MODELLING LABS - TRADITIONAL WORKING AREA
MODELING LABS - PROTOTYPING AREA
MODELING LABS - PAINTING AND FINISHING AREA
SCANNER LASER 3D - G-SCAN
Product and Service Design, Design Strategy and Management, Interaction Design and User Experience
Design - Innovation, Strategy and Product
Design Strategy and Management, Product and Service Design
Interior and Spatial design, Product and Service Design
Italian Interior and Furniture Design Academic Year
The project consists of a filtering system for microplastic-contaminated marine waters, inspired by terracotta.
“Hanging By a Threat”, an installation made from used beer bottles that invites us to think about the impact of the consumer society, will be exhibited at the Disseny Hub Barcelona [Barcelona Design Hub] from 16 to 28 October, during Barcelona Design Week.
Second-year students of the Bachelor of Arts in Product Design have collaborated in the redesign and restyling of some of the products of this brand of portable manual coffee machines, presenting a range of proposals.
Students of the 2023 edition of the Master in Sustainable Design and Social Impact have launched innovative responses to challenges related to health, the circular economy, cultural identity and education.
The Box of the Gran Teatre del Liceu was the stage on which In the beginning everything was white, one of the four new small-format operas from the Òh!pera project, which has seen the participation of IED Barcelona, was performed from 5 to 9 July.
In a pop up event held on 14 June in the ANIMA space, students from IED Barcelona presented their final thesis projects focused on contributing to the conservation of ecosystems.
Preserving biodiversity through design and connecting memories by way of a new audiovisual language are some of the themes addressed in the final projects recognised by the Best Thesis Awards 2023.
The project SERINA ORB is the result of Gabriela Marante's Final Degree Project for the Higher Artistic Studies in Interior Design at IED Madrid
On 22 May, students from the class of 2019-2023 Bachelor’s Degrees will come together at the Victoria Theatre to graduate.
The installation, which proposes a creative response to the climate emergency, will be open to the public from 15 to 17 June in the festival’s renewed Project Area.
IED participates in the new edition of WantedDesign in Manhattan and wins a Conscious Design Award
IED Barcelona installs solar panels on the rooftops of its Point One facility that will save up to 40% of electricity.
IED decided to reward those students who commit up front with a special Early Bird discount.
The Milan Design Week is a remarkable event for the industry and after four years was held in April and it was bigger than ever with more than 900 events and exhibitions.
Once again this year, IED Barcelona collaborated with the ASTE association to deliver almost a hundred roses, accompanied by a print inspired by this festival, to the residents of three care homes in the district of Gracia.
To take advantage of the discounts, it is necessary to register within the indicated terms.
The video Change to live – New Crafts Digital Revolution II by Jordi Cussó, Teacher at IED Barcelona, is part of the ‘Mostra on the Road’ exhibition, an initiative to bring the activity of the 4th edition of the International Crafts Audiovisual Exhibition to the Catalan territory.
Until 30 April, Disseny Hub Barcelona is showcasing “IED Barcelona Manifesto”, an exhibition that brings to life the School’s global, human, strategic and transformative vision of design aiming to respond to the great challenges of contemporary society.
The Salone del Mobile event dedicated to designers under 35 hosts three IED proposals to reflect on the impact of design projects.
On the occasion of the European Artistic Crafts Days, on 28 March IED Barcelona organised a round table and an exhibition of projects carried out by its students in collaboration with artisans to bring the secrets of their work closer to the public.
IED Barcelona has launched a new series of participatory events based on current issues with the presence of prominent opinion leaders. The creator of the spray-on fabric that went viral at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Dr. Manuel Torres, was the first guest.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the fair, Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray talked with Andrea Marchesi, Director of the Design School.
This coming month of March, the IED team will travel to Perú together with Pablo Jarauta, professor of Theory and Culture of Design at IED Madrid
IED Barcelona students’ proposal to revitalise the commercial area of Paseo de Gracia will become a reality throughout 2023 and 2024.
A panel of experts moderated by IED Barcelona analysed the role that design energy has for people and the environment in the round table “Light and Energy: Habitat and city”.
After a very successful in person event we decided to expand the chance to have a friendly dialog with Rodion Usaev, IED Milano graduate in Product Design, who is an expert in the field of industrial design.
Carlotta Cofano, trained in Food Design at IED Barcelona, is the first female chef to win the Negrini Creative Cooking Contest.
The IED participates in the next edition of the Dominican Republic Design Week (DWRD), a festival dedicated to design, art and culture where the achievements of the sector are shown and celebrated, as well as the future vision of Dominican design.
The Italian Embassy in Tbilisi, in collaboration with IED - Istituto Europeo di Design, and Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli - Como is holding a contest on the occasion of the event “Italian Design Days in Georgia – 2023”
Italian Design Day 2023 theme is "The quality that enlightens" - Design energy for people and the environment
Starting this year, IED begins a collaboration in the event "Sillas Toulouse 2023", organized by the Toulouse Lautrec School of Creativity and Innovation in Lima - Perú.
10 suggestions encapsulated in a manifesto designed by students for the entire IED community. Small actions and virtuous behaviour that are ironically transformed into everyday good practice.
The exhibition will be open until next February 26th at Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos
Slow Light by IED Barcelona is a collaborative proposal that works without electricity and delighted the festival’s jury.
Exhibitions, talks and an opening ceremony are just some of the proposals with which Istituto Europeo di Design will participate in this edition.
57 scholarships to support young talents interested in attending a Master course in Italy or Spain.
Yellowdot by IED Alumni Bodin Hon and Dilara Kan will be presenting a collection of their latest works at Greenhouse, the platform for emerging young international designers in the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2023.
Las Manuelas - Art Series is the newest edition of the Las Manuelas Project supported by IED
Devices to detect visual problems in developing communities, provide geriatric care in rural areas, and diagnose lung cancer in its early stages.
Its objective is to promote local commerce in the city thanks to the transformative power of 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 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'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 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
IED Milano Alumni in Product Design. He's considered one of the most important Italian contemporary designers.
Two IED projects made it to the finals of the historic Umbria-based manufacturer's international competition reserved for students attending Art and Design Academies around the world.
First place went to the start-up Swarmix (by Edoardo Amato, Enrico Canella and Giacomo Pizzoni), focusing on the preservation and repopulation of bees.
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.
25 candidate Development Plans 18 admitted to the evaluation 8 Development Plans awarded
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.
Valentino Bosetti, Francesco Magenta and Gaia Zarantonello (IED Milano) are the authors of the 'Vertical' project, awarded at Cumulus Green.
The IED Madrid course has finished this year, but the good news is still coming in. This time it’s awards for the Design school and students.
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.
We organized a workshop in Serbia to work together on local challenges within the framework of the Global Goals Jam and the New European Bauhaus project.
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.
IED Milano Alumni in Industrial Design. Currently Vice President, Design creative director & innovation of The Estée Lauder Companies.
“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.
Light Identities: 'TES' is the project selected as the best one among the 10 Product Design dissertations carried out as part of a partnership with the well-known Made in Italy brand
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.
Suzuki, Honda and Azimut deliver the brief to the students.
IED supported Alumni Bodin Hon and Dilara Kan - the duo founder of Yellowdot Design studio - in their participation at Le Off - Paris Design Week
Five multidisciplinary projects were put on display at Global Grad Show and IED Alumnus Ghassan Salameh appointed as guest curator proposing two exhibitions.
Within the framework of the IED Master Barcelona School courses, Designing for the many is an educational innovation project created with the aim of investigating the capacity, strategies and repercussions of design in the construction of our society, questioning its cultural, productive, economic and political aspects.
IED participates in Dubai Design Week 2018 with Stalactite, a project by Master in Sustainable Design from IED Barcelona, and also offers a workshop in collaborative design.
Cross Cultural Chairs by Matteo Guarnaccia is a project that blends anthropology with design
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes the city as the design capital of the world.
IED took part of the Dubai Design Week 2017 showcasing different proposals by students and alumni.
IED and the University of Liverpool (UoL) in UK, the Hochschule Anhalt/DIA at the Bauhaus in Dessau/Germany, and MVADV in Rotterdam/Netherlands launched a Transdisciplinary Design Network to initiate and spearhead a leading-edge debate on emerging models of transdisciplinarity with the aim of exploring cross-sector impact pathways.