Interior and Spatial Design - Fall Semester

Semestral Course - Milan

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The Fall Interior and Spatial Design Fall semester enables participants to acquire the basic knowledge and skills used in the field of interior design.
The course is a synergy between lectures,  workshop and  visits to 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.

  • Start date
    September 2017
  • Duration
    15 weeks
  • Attendance
  • Language

Schedule:  Lessons run from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis.

Level and prerequisites:  This course is intended for motivated students interested in learning the fundamentals of Interior design and are interested in pursuing further study or a career in the design industry.

The initial focus of the program is to allow students to acquire the basic skills connected with drawing techniques and software to represent an interior design project. At the same time they learn the design process and acquire the basic knowledge of the materials to be used to characterize a space.

Thanks to the skills students will acquire they during the course, they will be able to develop design projects connected with different design fields: residential, exhibit and food.
Through the visits to the main trade shows students will have the chance to learn more about traditional and innovative materials and finishings and to have an overall look to the new trends and equipments.

During the workshops participants will work on projects taking in consideration three main elements: the space at disposal, the brand and its image and values, the user and his needs. The result will not be just interesting places from an aesthetical point of view, but also spaces able to communicate a specific brand and able to offer a new and innovative experience to the customer.

  • Asignaturas

    • 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.


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

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.   

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.

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.

Mattia Parlangeli

Mattia Parlangeli
BA in Industrial Design and Master in Graphic Design Management at IED Milano. Founder of, he works in many areas of visual communication such as brand identity, typography and web design for brands like IED Master, FMI, San Carlo, Red Bull.      Personal website