Interior Design

Master Courses - Milan

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18th edition - The Master course in Interior Design pursues an innovative human-centred approach: it’s not just about designing a space, but also what it offers to users. Interior Designers must be able to manage both technical strategic sides of a project, starting from an accurate analysis, and to provide the best solutions in terms of space enhancement and service design. They are asked to create spaces that convey strong feelings, combined with the right selection of furniture, lights, materials and colours. This original and wide approach encourages several companies to ask IED Master students to work on specific projects with the aim of designing an effective and meaningful user experience. 

This international Master programme is conceived, tailored and performed completely in Milan, where the Made in Italy meshes Italian design system and where the most interesting and trendsetting events take place.

  • Start date
    January 2023
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Attendance
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Target - The Master course in Interior Design is aimed at graduates who have completed a degree in Architecture and Interior Design. Different backgrounds are subject to evaluation. 

Methodology and structure - The course reproduces a dynamic lab, a big design studio where students get used to follow specific guidelines, adapting their language to different briefs and working in close contact with several professionals. Theory is acquired through practice by taking part to workshops with companies and realising three main projects characterised by a growing complexity. Students learn to meet customers’ expectations and needs, helped by the fact that brands and service associations are part of the training and critical verifiers of their portfolio. Students also gain self-branding and self-promotion skills, and learn to present their project at best, handling every single detail. 
At the beginning of the course, participants with different backgrounds acquire a common cultural base and enhance their design thinking approach, focusing on methodological aspects, i.e. the use of “the roll methodology”, the steps to follow once the brief is launched, how to approach a project with a company etc. Then, specific courses are combined with 3 main projects of increasing complexity investigating the most important fields of interior design. These projects simulate real professional approach and are structured into briefing, development and presentation. The Final Project, as well as the others, is developed in partnership with a company, giving participants the possibility to experience a professional reality. The programme also includes lectures with renowned design professionals and visits to companies, showrooms, events such as Salone del Mobile, and cross-disciplinary workshops.

Professional opportunities - Interior Designer, Innovation Expert.

In the past editions, projects have been developed with: Amazon, Adidas, Leroy Merlin, Palma MySuite, KartellRizoma, TVS, Jacuzzi, Best Western, Fontanot, Azzurra, Tecnargilla.

Facilities and Scholarships - In order to support participants in the coverage of the participation fee, IED has activated an articulated system of facilities: partial or total Scholarships on tuition fee; Early Bird are facilitations for students finalizing enrolment by given deadlines.; Financings with the possibility to pay the tuition fee by instalments thanks to agreements with mortgage companies.

  • Study Plan

    • Methodology

      The course leads participants through the entire process of an interior design project. Students have to analyse behaviours and needs, meeting expectations and respecting customer’s identity. Students are asked to focus on the interaction between users and space, developing layouts highlight awareness towards colours, materials, finishing, light effects, offering a sensorial and emotional experience

    • Communication Lab

      The communication lab trains students to properly present their projects to the customer and the market. The lab is divided as follows: preparation and presentation of a storyboard on a complex graphic project. Definition of all tools supporting the story; presentation speech at professional level.

    • Cross-disciplinary Influences

      In order to support the language knowledge, cross-disciplinary meetings are organized in collaboration with Master courses of other IED Schools in order to provide students with a complete overview.

    • Design Elements

      This programme helps participants understanding the basic functions of analysis. Students have to accomplish several tasks: deriving precise geometric characteristics; developing a three-dimensional model for the construction of an artefact; computing a series of transformations in a three-dimensional form; representing a precise set of drawing instructions; developing an individual creative process capable of interpreting the communication between designers and users.

    • Design Language

      One of the most important objectives of this Master course is the achievement of a personal expressive language. The most awarded Designers stand out thanks to their works characterised by a univocal and personal expressive code. This lab encourages the student to search for a very different personal architectural language.

    • Emergent Technologies

      This lab explores characteristics and limits of new materials with reference to product and interior design, taking in consideration the environmental issues. It analyses sensorial features, surface finishings, emotional feedbacks and chromatic ranges of materials. Moreover, a focus is dedicated to sustainability and ecologic materials deriving from recycling.

    • Light Technologies

      The course covers the basic principles and practices of architectural lighting. Students acquire technical and expressive knowledge of light technologies, light control and the use of both artificial and natural light, realising their models under professor’s supervision, applying it to the projects. 

    • Projects

      Projects simulate a real professional situation: students receive a brief and are asked to work on it using the acquired expressive tools. The pathway follows a rational structure, i.e. preliminary research, analysis, concept’s definition. The last step is the delivery of an innovative and expressive project.

    • Strategy

      One of the strategic assets of the School includes the training of designers able to relate themselves to the economical system by interpreting its needs and its values as well as the customer positioning with reference to the market. New designers must be able to interpret a project brief, understanding brand’s values and sensing the market changes. They also need to interpret companies from an external point of view in order to propose new projects. 

    • Trend Lab

      An actionable laboratory dedicated to the trend basis management and to the understandig of how global trends set the demands of tomorrow and how trends affect company/business.


    • Self Promotion/Personal Branding

      A face to face confrontation with experts in personal branding provides participants with the necessary skills to present themselves properly, preparing their own portfolio and cv, and improving their online professional profile.

    • VR and AR

      Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are among the many technologies to have been boosted by Covid-19 lockdowns. V/AR is one of the great promises for bridging digitally created and physical worlds. Hence, Students will learn to create interactive VR experiences from their own design and implement interactive AR such as 3D models, web-based information, and data.

    • Cross-disciplinary influences and workshops

      Cross-disciplinary activities gather students from different Master courses, providing them with a broader overview of design, supporting them in the acquisition of major design languages. These activities are structured in order to allow students to “think out of the box” and outline a personal pathway.

    • Final Project

      The Final Project is a complex professional task carried out in partnership with a company. Students must show the acquisition of a design thinking mindset and a flexible innovation process thought, the ability to work autonomously within a team, and to have the necessary skills to communicate in both a concrete and impactful manner.


Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Giorgio Grandi - Course coordinator

Giorgio Grandi - Course coordinator
Architect and Interior Designer, he founded GGAStudio in Milan, dealing with Interior Architecture and Interior Design (Wellness, Hospitality and Food). Contractworld Special Award 2001, the studio's firm is responsible for the project TISANA SPA_Arlate (Best Country and Best Medical SPA 2011, SPA in the World 2012): CONDE NAST Johansens' Best Luxury SPA in the world.   

Francesca Perani

Francesca Perani
Architect graduated at Polytechnic of Milan, she co-founded Spectacularch!, architecture, interior, brand, web and app design studio. She studied in Australia and Belgium and worked in London, Brisbane, Turin, Bergamo and Milan at Enzo Mari's studio. She’s currently vice president of Bergamo Chartered Architects Association.

Fabrizio Pierandrei

Fabrizio Pierandrei
He graduated in Architecture in Genoa and began his career with Renzo Piano working on many international projects. In1997 he co-founded Pierandrei Associati. His activity includes architecture, interior, product and service design, with a clear vision on social innovation. Major clients are Ferrari-Maserati, North Sails, Acquario di Genova, Tecno and Sedus.

Manuela Sacco

Manuela Sacco
PhD in marketing, she has over 20 years’ experience as Market Research Director, working in Italy and abroad for several multinational companies, such as Coats Patons, Levi’s, Gillette Group. Pioneer in the use of specific methodologies for the study of in-store consumer’s behaviours. At Envirosell she led research projects for international customers such as Adidas, CocaCola, Coin, Dior, Ikea, Nike, Oviesse, Philip Morris, Selfridges, and Starbucks.

Paolo Spotti

Paolo Spotti
He works as Lighting Designer both for urban and theater projects. In all his activities as lighting designer, teacher, product development designer, his work is always a synthesis of technology with an artistic purpose. For Ferrara-Palladino e Associati is Team Leader of important lighting realization like Milan Garibaldi train station, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana exhibition pole with architect Tadao Ando. He’s author of Lighting with LED.

Diletta Toniolo

Diletta Toniolo
Independent professional Designer. After a Degree in Political Sciences, she specialised in English language at Columbia University of New York. She has always had a passion for design that she teaches in history courses and research labs on contemporary trends. As a Journalist she collaborates with Box International Trade, Domus, Bravacasa, Arketipo, il Mattino, Corriere della Sera, Sky Alice, 24 Ore Television, Radio 24.

Gian Paolo Armana

Gian Paolo Armana
Political Science Degree and Master in Entrepreneurial Organization, he spent the first part of his career covering a wide range of executive management positions in international companies such as La Rinascente Group, IBM and Nestlè. After a professional experience in new York, he has the focused his activity in supporting the strategic and operational development of small and middle Italian enterprises in the global market, especially food, cosmetics and retail sectors.

Paolo Emilio Bellisario

Paolo Emilio Bellisario
Italian architect and designer. Founding member of NINE associati, he previously was co-founder and CEO of ZO-loft architecture & design, as well as Editor and Head of External Relationship of Cityvision magazine. He is winner of important international prizes and awards, and included in the Young Blood Annual as an awarded Italian talent. He has organized events, exhibitions, workshops and international competitions, referring to the topics of glocalization, urban utopias and additive technologies.

Davide Meroni

Davide Meroni
Senior Architect and Project Manager. Architect specialised in retail and housing project, he has collaborated with international firms in Milan such as BCJ, Callison and F&P. He has been working to significant retail design projects for luxury and fast fashion brands, shopping malls, showrooms and banks. In 2005 he joined SPI, Società di Progettazioni Integrali, as Senior Project Architect, and now he is one of the Associates.

Luca Mucciante

Luca Mucciante
Senior Project Architect. He collaborated with international firms in Milan, such as Vudafieri Saverino Partners, specialising in architectural and corporate design projects. Over the past ten years, a significant part of his activity has been devoted to retail design projects for luxury prêt-à-porter brands, large private homes and restaurants. Since 2015 he joined SPI, Società di Progettazioni Integrali, as Senior Project Architect.  

Mariarosa Rocco

Mariarosa Rocco
Executive Coach in Leading Multinational Companies such as Campari Group, Continental Italia (Tyres), Straumann Group (Medical), Sasol (Energy & Chemicals), Tenaris Dalmine (drawn tubes), BNP Paribas (Real Estate); she works with C-levels, top and high potential managers, to increase their performances. She’s the Managing Director of THE COACHINGROUP company through which she delivers consultancy in Change management projects, business and corporate coaching and training for developing managerial skills. Her methodology always considers both relational and emotional aspects; she loves helping people exploring their motivation and mind-set, to keep a systemic approach and she has a very concrete attitude.

Mahsa Boohloli Zamani

Mahsa Boohloli Zamani
She is Business Development Manager in Jam Laboratory. She studied Marine engineering at Tehran Polytechnic and Architectural Science. She continued her studies in Management of Built Environment with merit double degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She worked with different international companies and associations in Iran, Italy and Sweden. She focuses on how effectively communicate the ideas with clients.

Giorgio Lavelli

Giorgio Lavelli
Business Designer. Future Scenario Planning combined with Trend Scouting & Analysis, International Business Development, Innovative & Cross-Cul-tural Marketing, Brand & Strategy Design are his key competences.