Birthplace of Italian Design
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.
Discover the schools of IED Milan
made of people
IED Milano Director
School of Visual Art - Director
School of Visual Art - Director
Design School - Coordinator
Fashion School - Coordinator and creative director
Communication School - Director
Marta Dal Vecchio
Postgraduate School - Educational & Organisational Coordinator
Continuing Education - Educational Coordinator
Via Pompeo Leoni
Reception and Interview Area
by students of IED Milan
MODELLING LABS - LIGHT MODELLING AREA
MODELLING LABS - TRADITIONAL WORKING AREA
MODELING LABS - 3D PRINTING AREA
MODELING LABS - PAINTING AND FINISHING AREA
MODELING LABS - PROTOTYPING AREA
MODELING LABS - MECHATRONICS AREA
FASHION PHOTO STUDIO
TAILORING AND PATTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP
FASHION COMPUTER LABORATORIES
VIDEO SHOOTING LAB
VIDEO EDITING LAB
SOUND DESIGN LABS
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.
Access the services offered by the Milan office
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.
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.
Where to find us
Sapere - historical hub of via Sciesa 4
Intercettare - hub of via Pompeo Leoni 3
Pensare – Hub of via Piranesi 10
Saper fare – hub of via Bezzecca 5
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.
IED Milano Alumni in Sound Design. Word-wide famous Dj, Producer, Performer and Sound Designer.
IED Milano Alumni in Video Design. Worldwide famous beauty blogger and co-founder of the Youtube channel ClioMakeUp.
Manuel Alberto Claro
IED Milano Alumni in Photography. Frequent collaborator of the film director Lars Von Trier.
IED Milano Alumni in Product Design. He's considered one of the most important Italian contemporary designers.
Recent graduate Gaia Invernizzi wins the YKK Prize at Milano Moda Graduate
The emerging fashion designer gained distinction as part of the Camera Nazionale della Moda programme dedicated to the excellence of Italian schools.
IED Milano Alumni in Illustrazione e Animazione | Freelance illustrator worldwide considered among the finest of his generation.
IED Milano Alumni in Industrial Design. Currently Vice President, Design creative director & innovation of The Estée Lauder Companies.
IED Profile: Simone Bonanni - Product Designer
Graduated at IED, Simone Bonanni is now an awarded designer that works for international brands. Find out more about his projects in this article.
Events by IED Milano
Ecocentrico: the IED project for Milan Design Week 2023
A multidisciplinary project organised by students to raise awareness of the issues of urban renewal and regeneration, as well as to reflect on the changing urban landscape and the historical memory of places
MILAN, HOME TO THE FIRST IED INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS
Aria is the winning project in the international Reinventing Cities competition organised by the City of Milan and announced today at a press conference at the Triennale for the redevelopment of Ex Macello area. Istituto Europeo di Design participated in the winning proposal, led by the benefit company Redo Sgr, with the IED International Campus project.
IED Master Experience 2021/2022
IED Master's thesis projects for the academic year 2021/22 are now finally available online
L'Officiel highlights the talents of IED Milano
Featuring the projects of the Master in Fashion Communication & Styling
Take advantage from the special promotion available for our Summer courses
Book and complete now your enrollment process to one of the IED and Accademia Aldo Galli Summer courses, offered in Italy and Spain, and you will benefit from a special discount on the tuition fee.
Undergraduate courses … stay one step ahead!
Apply now for an Undergraduate course in Italy, starting in October 2023, and get a 15% off your tuition fee.
Every year, appointment with
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.
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.
An open window on the digital transformation that is changing the way we experience the city and everyday life.
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.
The International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Milan.
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.
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.
World Motorcycle Exhibition, the largest international event dedicated to two wheels.
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.
Since 1986, the Milan-based festival of gay-lesbian cinema and queer culture, an international festival that generally coincides with Pride month in June.
The Festival that brings LGBTQ+ stories to the stage, promoted by the Teatro Filodrammatici.
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
- Cimitero Monumentale
- Museo civico di storia naturale
- Fabbrica del vapore
- Gallerie d'Italia
- Teatro alla Scala
- Milano Osservatorio
- Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
- Museo Poldi Pezzoli
- Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano
- Pinacoteca di Brera
- Museo Nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia
- Pirelli HangarBicocca
- Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni
- Armani silos
- Colonne di San Lorenzo
- La Darsena
- Porta Nuova
- Quadrilatero d'oro
- Torre Velasca
- Parco Sempione
- Tortona district
- Piazza degli affari