Interior Design - Academic Year - Fall Intake

One year courses - Milan

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The Interior Design Academic Year offers studebts an in-depth and practical introduction to Italian design and the ‘Made in Italy’ concept.
The program enables students to experiment and master the basic tools of design.
Theoretical lessons are enhanced by creative workshops, portfolio building, project work, visits to firms, trade fairs and industrial events and seminars with industry professionals.

The program emphasizes innovation, tradition and systems.

This Course is held also in: Madrid - 
  • Start date
    September 2017
  • Duration
    30 weeks
  • Attendance
  • Language

Schedule: Lessons run from Monday till Friday full time
Target: This course is intended for motivated students and professionals interested in understanding the Italian design system and in learning the fundamentals of Interior design.
Structure and Methodology:  The Academic Year is structured around the major international trade shows in Italy, including Architect@work, SAIE ( International Building Exhibition ) in Bologna, Salone del Mobile furniture show and the Design Week that follows, Salone Satellite, Euroluce, International Bathroom Exhibition and the International Home Furnishings Expo.

The Interior Design - Academic Year program is composed of two semesters: Interior and Spatial Design - Fall Semester (September to December) and Italian Contemporary Design and Trends - Spring Semester (February to May).

Interior and Spatial Design – Fall Semester enables participants to acquire the basic knowledge and skills used in the field of interior design. Together with lectures and workshop, students will have the chance to visit the main international fairs in Italy focused on architecture, interior design, materials and finishings like MADE (Architecture and Building Show) and Architecture@work  in Milan and the SAIE (International Building Exhibition) in Bologna. Thanks to the theoretical knowledge and the basic technical and technological skills, students will be able to develop design projects connected with different interior design fields.
Italian Contemporary Design and Trends – Spring Semester is designed to offer a practical study of Italian design, revolving around a number of shows and fairs that exhibit the best of the Italian design system: the Salone del Mobile furniture show in Milan and the Design Week events. During this semester students will acquire the ability and the methods to analyze a specific collection of a brand; the analysis will be related with formal language, use of colors, materials and finishings. This will be the starting point to work on a proposal for a new collection for a “made in Italy” brand.

Theoretical lessons are enhanced by creative workshops, visits to firms, trade fairs and events, seminars with industry professionals, portfolio building and project work.

  • Fall Semester

    • Graphic Design Alphabetisation

      The course introduces the fundamental understanding of information technology for good developing software skills and file management. Students will acquire the basic concepts for managing creative and technical digital images using Adobe Photoshop.
      Furthermore students will acquire Adobe Illustrator basic knowledge to be used to work on the graphic layout of the boards.


    • Design Trend Research

      During the course will discuss the trends regarding the scope of interior design. Projects will be analyzed together both in terms of techniques and materials, paying particular attention to new types of materials and finishes used in various fields. Attention is also paid to the values of brand-related design and analysis of the lifestyle offered in the site or catalog. Visits to trade fairs are an integral part of the course and will enable students to make a critical analysis of current trends.

    • Design workshop I

      During this workshop students will work on an exhibit design project. The projects will examine dimensional and functional problems as well as the value of exhibiting brands. The design phase will focus on the definition of a concept and the project to set up a space.

    • Design workshop II

      During this workshop students will work on a new concept for a restaurant taking in consideration a specific brand and target. Today focusing on the interior design is not enough anymore and to increase customer loyalty it’s necessary to propose a new experience. The final proposal will not be only the layout of the space but also the design of the services thought to offer to the client an innovative food experience.

    • Materials technology

      Provides a solid foundation in material behavior which is fundamental to transforming an idea into reality as well as understanding the expressive potential of traditional and experimental materials. The physical and morphological characteristics of materials are examined as well as processing technologies, industrial processes and craftsmanship. The course covers the structure of a building in all its aspects, analyzing technological processes and technical properties of building components. This includes study of natural and artificial materials used in defining an interior space with particular reference to the aesthetic and technical features.

    • Sketching

      Provide students with the tools and methods for understanding and representing architecture and environment. The course covers topics related to graphic techniques (manual and  instrumental) and different systems of representation. Students will become familiar with the tools of design and be introduced to the main software-aided design and image processing applications. Students will become proficient in the use of graphics tablet to represent their projects.

    • Technical Drawing

      The course focuses on freehand design and deals with issues related to measure evaluation and reproduction and representation on paper. Students will become proficient with the use of Autodesk Autocad software wich will be used to work on the technical drawing of the projects developed during the workshop.

    • Interior Styling for Residential

      Aim of the course is to acquire the main interior styling skills: how to respond to brief from a client, for which you will need to do research, source products and present your ideas on style boards.
      The main topics studied during the course are: principle of styling and interior photography; principles of colors and patterns with paint, wallpapers and fabrics; decorative lighting and finishes.
      Emphasis will be given also to styling composition and arrangements, leading to the photos shootings.


  • Spring Semester

    • Contemporary Design

      Explores contemporary trends and design languages, which will be investigated via showroom visits and lectures. Lectures will focus on the contemporary domestic life, initially deepening various typologies of houses which underline different lifestyles. The purpose of this first assignment is to understand that the design of a physical space influences the mental state of the occupants. Attention will be focused on contemporary furniture trends, which define the needs and desires of the occupants, not only from a practical and functional point of view but also an emotional one. The physical environment will be read through the analysis of the contemporary production of furniture and design languages, focusing on shapes and forms, colors, textures, materials. Students will create a book of trends: magazines, catalogues, showrooms tours will be used as research tools for the final presentation.

    • Contemporary art

      The instructor will introduce, analyze, compare, contrast, and juxtapose the profile and the work of painters, photographers, sculptors, performance and video artists who use a variety of media, materials, tools, and processes to create their work. Lectures will be complimented by site visits to galleries and exhibitions.

    • Design trends

      Provide students with the analytical, cultural and economic tools needed to identify and analyze trends in design.the course prepares students for the milano design week by providing an investigative methodology. The course includes a theoretical section, to define methods of analysis and verification of the main macro and micro trends in design and interior design. The final exam is a research project focused on a single brand of the furniture industry considered a “trend setter”.

    • Design trends workshop

      The course objective is to structure a comprehensive research project on a major macro and micro trend that emerged during the milan design week. Beginning with an analysis of what was presented during the course is developed through classroom exercises intended to develop a complete  mapping of the main design and interior design trends. The areas analyzed will focus on home design, retail shop and design, entertainment design. At the end of the course students will present colors, materials, finishings proposal for a new products line for a “made in Italy” furniture brand.

    • Graphic Design

      Focuses on the basic principles of graphic design and composition of diverse elements with  attention to the balance between them. As well differences in developing a layout for printing or relative to a presentation in digital format will be addressed. The course also goes in depth with the use of the main graphic design softwares; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

    • Materials trends

      Explores the impressive choice of materials available to designers, analyzing new materials and surface finishes in the workshop and visiting the showrooms of the most important Italian producers. During the course it will be analyzed how specific colors, materials and finishes affect a space or a product and how they can be used as instrument of communication.

    • Research Methods

      The course is organized in two different modules: research on user, research on brand. Beside the trends analysis connected with product/furniture, already studied in other courses, it will be teached also how to develop a research on user and brand.  First module is focused on the user experience connected with a specific product. Second module is about brand analysis. The main topics studied during the course are: personas definition, user journey, brand analysis, competitor.

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

Anna Costella

Anna Costella
Anna Costella, holds a Degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and also completed a Masters in Design and Management. She currently works as an independent consultant and Interior Designer.

Mattia Parlangeli

Mattia Parlangeli
He helds a BA in Industrial Design and a Masters in Graphic Design Management at Istituto Europeo di Design di Milano. Founder of he works in many areas of visual communication as brand identity, typography, web design for brands like IED Master, FMI, San Carlo, Red Bull. Web Site: http://www.bureaucracy.wsFB Fan Page:

Eva Leone

Eva Leone
Eva is an Architect by training and her role is centred on ensuring that the design team provides a consistently high standard of services from creative concepts through to practical delivery. She is business partner at Rive Gauche London, where they create and deliver crafted interiors. Having studied Architecture at the University of Genova in Italy followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma at Florida International University, she went on to specialise in Interior Design, studying at and lecturing at the Instituto Europeo del Design, both in Milan. 

Alessandra Vasile

Alessandra Vasile
Freelance Architect, she trained in Italy, USA and the Netherlands. Since 1992 she has also taught and conducted research at Politecnico di Milano and IED where she coordinated, in the Advanced Study Program, specialization courses. Correspondent for the “Quotidiano di Abitare” during “Salone del Mobile”. Among her publications: New offices in Italy and New exhibits 3 Ed. L’Archivolto, Lusso Versus Design Ed. FrancoAngeli. Since 2013 she collaborates with the firm “SCL Ingegneria Strutturale”.

Emeline Dany

Emeline Dany
Emeline is a food strategist and her role is to design food experiences: from the creation of new food format to the interior design of food spaces and the communication strategy. She actually works as freelance for Architecture studios, Communication  agencies and Food & Beverages companies.  A lifelong learner, after earning a  Master's degree in Management & Marketing in SKEMA Business school (Nice, France) and completing an Interior Design program (IED Milano) , she had the opportunity to attend the first Master's program in Food Design of the  Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan.   

Marco Vicinanza

Marco Vicinanza
Marco Vicinanza holds an Architecture Degree from Politecnico Milan. He gained extensive experience collaborating with diverse architecture firms before opening his own studio in Milan. Marco has designed for offices and public spaces as well as restoration and renovation projects for residential spaces. In addition he also designs custom-made furniture.

Gabriel Weirich

Gabriel Weirich
Graduated in Fashion Design (HAW Hamburg), he got a Master at Domus Academy. His studio is specialized in product design, trend research, innovation management and design strategy. Among his awards: DAAD, Marlborough Design Award, Red Dot Design Award “Best of the Best”.  Linkedin

Danila Zindato

Danila Zindato
Danila Zindato is a Designer and Researcher, working in different sectors both in Italy and in other countries. In 2012 she got a Master Degree in product design for innovation (Politecnico di Milano) and in March 2015 obtained her Ph.D. in Design (Politecnico di Milano) working on a research titled “Design scenarios: approaches and tools for building the future within the design processes”. She has been Visiting Researcher at the University of Houston (Texas, US) for a semester working on scenarios methodologies and tools in the foresight field. Since 2012 she has been working at BTS Design Innovation, focusing her work on User centred methodologies and trend research.