Interior and Spatial Design - Fall Semester

Semester Courses - Milan

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Interior and Spatial Design is about enhancing spatial environments through a proper use of ergonomy, materials and light, in order to improve the sense of comfort, quality and safety for its users. This new and growing field creatively combines cultural and social awareness, economic responsibility and technical insight.

The Fall Semester in Interior and Spatial Design focuses on projects that address contemporary themes such as sustainability, identity and the repurposing of buildings. Through this program you will analyse and interpret existing or new sites and conditions to build a sense of place; you will learn to add identity to spatial environments to enhance interaction with it’s users on an emotional level.

  • Start date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    15 weeks
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

Schedule:  Lessons run from Monday to Friday morning and/or afternoon. 

Level and prerequisites:  This course is especially oriented towards high school graduates and university students or professionals from other areas of study, wishing to learn the fundamentals of interior and spatial design.

Methodology and structure: This education path introduces you to the design process and design thinking, teaching you the fundamental design skills, theories, methods, and processes through its combination of lectures, workshops as well as visits.

Thanks to the skills acquired you will be able to develop projects connected with different fields, such as residential, exhibit and restaurants.

During the workshops you will take in consideration three main elements: the space at your disposal, the brand and its image and values, the user and his needs. You will work both on the aesthetic aspects as well as toward producing ‘sensations’, taking on-board demands of physical wellbeing in order to offer clients new and innovative experiences.

The visits to the main events such as MADE (Architecture and Building Show), Architecture@work ( Milan ) and SAIE-International Building Exhibition ( Bologna ) will be a rich resource of knowledge on traditional and innovative materials, as well as cultural enrichment and inspiration for the final projects.

 

  • Study Plan

    • Graphic Design Alphabetisation

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

    • Design Trend Research

      During this course you 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 you to make a critical analysis of current trends.

    • Design workshop I

      During this workshop you 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 together with your peers you will work on a new concept for a restaurant taking in consideration a specific brand and target. In order to increase customer’s loyalty it is necessary to focus both on the design aspects as well as on proposing clients new food experiences. The final project will include, along with the customized space layout, a service design project, thought to offer clients 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 the study of natural and artificial materials used in defining an interior space with particular reference to the aesthetic and technical features.

    • Sketching

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

    • Technical Drawing

      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 the study of natural and artificial materials used in defining an interior space with particular reference to the aesthetic and technical features.

    • 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.

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.

Federica Bosoni - Course coordinator

Federica Bosoni - Course coordinator
Federica obtained a diploma in Interior Architecture at IED Milano. Right after, she gained work experience in architecture and design studios in the fields of graphics, interior design and events organization. She has worked at the European Institute of Design since 2006 in the organization and teaching of both the Academic Year and the Three-year courses in English.

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.

Umberto Di Tria

Umberto Di Tria
Graduated at IED Milano in 2011 with the research center, moved in London as  Graphics Designer for the Olympics Games in 2012.  Back from UK he decided to open Bitto Design Studio in Milan. After the first period as Food Designer for retail and restaurants, he focused in furniture manufacturing as head designer for the contract company Italian Fit Out working for  big brand such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Giulio Marelli, Bentley, Midea, La Perla, Moorer and  others.

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