Totally Italian but at the same time focused on the heart of Europe: an undisputed leader of design, fashion, economy and culture.

Milan is the city that anticipates Italy’s social and cultural changes. Just look how its skyline has changed over time: today it expresses a profile that ranges from the futuristic towers of the new Citylife district to the vast Arcimboldi theatre, and from the Gae Aulenti business centre to the Triennale, passing the historical icons of the Duomo, the Teatro alla Scala, and the Castello Sforzesco. This urban fabric is dotted with extraordinary industrial archaeology conversions, including the Hangar Bicocca and the Fabbrica del Vapore, and many other former factories converted into vibrant cultural centres.

The Istituto Europeo di Design was founded in Milan in 1966, and over the years expanded across the city, always running an active dialogue with its protagonists. Today it has various campuses spread across the South-East area, with 3 training centres – Sciesa / Bezzecca, Piranesi, Pompeo Leoni – all easily accessible from both Linate Airport and the Central Station. Classrooms, laboratories and photographic studios are located a step away from the Fashion District, while Fondazione Prada stands nearby, in the constantly expanding area of Scalo Romana. The same South-East area will play host to our future international campus, redeveloping the former slaughterhouse complex, with its lively touches of Art Nouveau.

Studying in Milan means moving around a changing city and changing with it. This makes it a setting offering infinite stimuli: almost every innovation develops here, where most of the creative agencies and start-ups are concentrated, alongside entrepreneurial realities famed the world over.

As the cradle of Italian design, it is easy to imagine the industriousness of its founding fathers – Franco Albini, Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Ettore Sottsass to name a few – as well as the work of entrepreneurs whose iconic brands have written the history of Italian Quality Exports. Studying in Milan also means you have the opportunity to absorb its creative and productive energy, fundamental to the city's DNA since ancient times.

A school 
made of people

Alberico Guerzoni

IED Milano Director

Rossella Bertolazzi

School of Visual Art -  Director

Davide Sgalippa

School of Visual Art - Director

Giacomo Bertolazzi

Design School - Coordinator

Olivia Spinelli

Fashion School - Coordinator and creative director

Elena Sacco

Director on ALUMNI global and COMMUNICATION DEPT

Communication School - Director

Fulvio Ravagnani

Academic Coordinator

Marta Dal Vecchio

Postgraduate School - Educational & Organisational Coordinator

Paola Lanticina

Continuing Education - Educational Coordinator

At the service of our students

Services, facilities, customised desks and dedicated teams

IED cares about the all-round well-being of its students, and with this in mind, in recent years it has activated didactic and extra-educational support services to help make the study experience integrated, participatory and mindful.

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In addition, IED Milan, through a network of affiliated residential accommodation, supports you in finding well-connected accommodation with the location of your course of study.

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Discover the services available to you to get in touch and learn more about IED, find your way through your admission process and the important steps you will need to take to successfully start your IED journey.

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Where to find us

Sapere - historical hub of via Sciesa 4

via Amatore Sciesa 4
Tel. +39 02 5796951 

Intercettare - hub of  via Pompeo Leoni 3

via Pompeo Leoni 3
Tel. +39 02 5796951

Pensare – Hub of via Piranesi 10

via G. B. Piranesi, 10
Tel. +39 02 5796951

Saper fare – hub of via Bezzecca 5

via Bezzecca 5
Tel. +39 02 5796951

How to reach us

Milan has a dense public transport network.

Three subway lines and several tram lines, trolley buses and buses allow you to easily reach any part of the city up to late evening. The ticket for a single run costs € 1 and lasts 75 minutes, but there are different types of subscriptions and discounts for students or frequent travelers.

The site of the ATM, the Milanese Transport Company, offers comprehensive information and allows to calculate the shortest route by entering the desired destination. On the company portal, you can download the updated schedule of transmission lines.

Recently in the territory of Milan has been activated an efficient service of Bike Sharing BikeMi, through which you can get around the city on two wheels with all the advantages of cycling in city traffic.

From Milan it is possible to reach any destination in the country by train.

The railway stations are numerous (Milano Centrale is the most important) and easily reachable by public transport. The area north of Lombardy is also served by the Ferrovie Nord railway line.

Visit the site of Trenitalia and the site  of FERROVIENORD to know timetables and conditions of carriage.

Milan is connected to the rest of the world by two major airports: Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa. Not far from the city, but easily reachable from numerous shuttle shuttles, is also the airport of Orio al Serio.

The portals of these three airports are full of information about the accessibility and air traffic.

Every year, appointment with

Milano Design Week

The most important event in the world of design. Every year, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (with a history of more than 60 years) and the Fuorisalone present and promote the avant-garde in furniture and design in the broadest sense, involving all areas of creativity.

Milano Fashion Week

Established in 1958, Milan Fashion Week is one of the four most influential events in the fashion industry, which animate the fashion capitals of the world: alongside Milan are New York, London and Paris. 

Milano Digital Week

An open window on the digital transformation that is changing the way we experience the city and everyday life.

Wired Next Fest

Future, innovation and creativity in celebration: the big event organised by Wired Italia is an opportunity to experience innovation in the fields of economy, science, politics, entertainment and culture. 

Miart  

The International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Milan. 

IF!

The International Festival of Creativity brings together individual professionals, companies, media agencies, media centres, production houses, publishers, associations and schools to explore scenarios and discuss examples of innovation and new trends. 

Milan Games Week

The new edition of the official industry event features previews of the most eagerly awaited video games, meetings with developers, competitions, tournaments and events dedicated to videogame successes.  

EICMA

World Motorcycle Exhibition, the largest international event dedicated to two wheels. 

Milano Film Festival

Established in 1996 as a small independent film festival, it is now a true “talent scout” of world film production not tied to market logic. 

MIX festival

Since 1986, the Milan-based festival of gay-lesbian cinema and queer culture, an international festival that generally coincides with Pride month in June.

Lecite/Visioni 

The Festival that brings LGBTQ+ stories to the stage, promoted by the Teatro Filodrammatici.

Milano Photofestival  

A homage to photography, with exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, workshops, editorial projects, opening and finissage events, and urban screenings.

Map your interest

Discover IED locations and all the places of creativity, fashion and culture in Milan

  • Museo del Novecento
  • Fondazione Prada
  • Mudec
  • Cimitero Monumentale
  • Museo civico di storia naturale
  • PAC
  • Fabbrica del vapore
  • Gallerie d'Italia
  • BASE
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Milano Osservatorio
  • Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
  • Museo Poldi Pezzoli
  • GAM
  • Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano
  • Pinacoteca di Brera
  • Museo Nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia
  • Pirelli HangarBicocca
  • Adi
  • Triennale
  • Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni
  • Armani silos
  • Colonne di San Lorenzo
  • La Darsena
  • Porta Nuova
  • Navigli
  • Quadrilatero d'oro
  • Torre Velasca
  • Parco Sempione
  • Tortona district
  • Idroscalo
  • Duomo
  • Piazza degli affari