We are the largest Higher Education Network in the creative field. 

We are the largest Higher Education Network in the creative field to have maintained a global outlook and a deeply Italian cultural matrix, since 1966. Our educational experience has changed over time but continues to be based on a simple and effective model: we combine theory with practice and knowledge brought into the classroom by professionals from the world of work. We teach our students to be one step ahead, in the present.

We are an inclusive, transdisciplinary school that uses design as a universal language for change.

We work in a large Mediterranean-style laboratory that places the individual and their uniqueness in the centre of a multi-geographical and transnational network.

We have partnerships with universities and academies and are members of major international academic networks such as, for example, Cumulus, Elia and WDO.

We’re looking for the new generation of change-makers


We offer different academic journeys responding to the current and future trends of the creative sector.

Our programs allow you to experiment with creative methodologies, build a professional identity,  boost your career in a transversal way or in a vertical sector, or deepen the new industry’s realities.

Each course typology offer different options.

Admission process

Each category of courses has different admission processes, and requires different documents. 

Request information about the course of your interest and your personal Advisor will assist you along all the steps: from the informative meeting to the admission process and enrolment. 

Also, our Advisor will help you understand which course is the most suitable for your, in line with your expectations.

Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries

Find your difference

Italian Heritage

Be part of an institution with more than 60 years of history

Multidisciplinary Training

Work on projects with students from different disciplines of design

Working with Companies

Participate in real-life projects thanks to IED's more than 1000 agreements per year

Cultural Diversity

Study in an international environment with more than 100 nationalities

Global Vision

Get connected to the world throughout ELIA, CUMULUS, ERASMUS + networks

Professionals as Teachers

Learn from a faculty that is professionally active in the creative industries

Conscious Future

Define and work on the future trends that will change the future

International Projects

Participate in international projects, institutions and events such as CERN, Sonar, Dubai Design Week, etc.

IED strives to strengthen innovation through international, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other organizations and institutions. The objective is to generate value at local and global level by cultivating knowledge, mutual learning and facilitating novel exchange of expertise and experiences.

The collaboration between IED and companies takes place trough the development of projects and numerous collaborations. IED generate ever-new synergies, based on methodological experimentation and the principles of participatory design with an innovative and anti-conformist approach to today's market, even capable of anticipating its needs.


We collaborate, participate and organize important events to showcase the talent of our students and present the new trends that we define in our laboratories.

Our figures

+ 50

Years of history


Students per year

+ 100

Different nationalities present each year

+ 100

Undergraduate courses

+ 300

Postgraduate courses

+ 170

Academic partnerships

+ 3.000


+ 100.000