Yacht Design

Master Courses - Turin

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1st edition - The Master in Yacht Design offers the ideal educational path to become a Yacht Designer, by giving the necessary skills to deal with every stage of the design process – from the initial research and development of the concept to the actual construction of the interiors and exteriors and the validation of production processes in the boatyard. 

In recent years, the nautical sector has expanded constantly, confirming its role as one of the drivers of Made in Italy design. Furthermore, and the new classic approach, based on naval architecture, is taking on an automotive oriented edge, which introduces new working standards and technical and style solutions borrowed from car design.

The vocation of the Piemonte area, which boasts a number of style centres and renowned companies in the land and sea transport sectors, as well as one of the world’s largest shipyards, combined with the short distance from the coast of Liguria, makes Turin the natural setting for a training course founded on the growing process of osmosis that links the yacht world and the automotive industry. 

  • Start date
    January 2022
  • Duration
    11 months
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

Target – The admission of the Master is open to graduates in Architecture, Engineering and in the field of Design (Transportation, Interior, Product), as well as professionals in the sector seeking to apply their skills in this specific area.

Career opportunities – The Master course trains Exterior and Interior Designers of motorboats and sailboats, creating professional figures able to apply techniques and tools of naval architecture to the most innovative design, and to successfully work for nautical design firms or boatyards, in Italy and worldwide.

Methodology and structure – The course is planned in levels, which begin with providing students with essential knowledge of the nautical sector, in terms of both cultural aspects and basic techniques. From there, students gradually acquire the skills connected with yacht design. 

Starting from a study of the history and current scenarios of the nautical sector, students will go on to study the market and obtain more detail knowledge of the different types of boats. They acquire significant knowledge of materials, technologies and production methods, including through hands-on experience in a shipyard. They are provided with technical drawing and design tools, as well.

A further strength of this Master course is the fact that is delivered on two campuses, Turin and Venice. This offers participants a dual scenario, in which both cities represent an important aspect of the themes the course is focused on: the tradition of the automotive industry on the one hand, and the maritime vocation on the other. 

The training course ends with a Thesis Project, developed on a brief given by a boatyard or a design studio.

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 Bertolini - Scientific Coordinator

Federica Bertolini - Scientific Coordinator
Graduated in Architecture, in 2019 she gets an Executive Coaching Intermediate at EEC. She has always worked as interior designer in the boating industry, developing and curating various kinds of projects. Since 2004 she collaborates with Azimut Yachts, at first as Interior Style Manager and today as Style Manager.

Luca Sordelli

Luca Sordelli
Born in 1966 in Milan, he is a journalist specialized in the boating and automotive fields and he is currently a contributor for Wired, Barche and Nautech. Previously working as Communication and Image freelance consultant for companies, today he is Communication Manager at Harken Italy. He has a past as professional sailor and a present as passionate sailor.

Luca Menicacci

Luca Menicacci
After graduating in Industrial Design, he attends the Master course in Transportation Design at IED, presenting Shiwa at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept car developed in collaboration with Quattroruote, for which he curated the exterior design. After he starts working for Italdesign, then moves to Quartostile while also working as a freelance designer.

Gabriel Perino

Gabriel Perino
Born in Sao Paolo, Brasil, he has been a Junior Designer at Pininfarina since 2018. Graduated in 2017, his work experience starts in a product/transportation studio in Torino. Later he moves to Pininfarina Extra as Product Transportation Designer. Since then he has been working in Mobility Design and he is currently working on transportation, aerospace, yacht, automotive and mobility projects.

Richard Partington

Richard Partington
He is an English Yacht Designer living and working in Italy. He graduates from Coventry University with a 1st class degree in Boat design. Now he is the Creative Director at Hydro Tec with over ten years of working experience. Over the last decade he has been part of a team creating custom yachts between 7 and 80 meters for some of the most prestigious Italian shipyards.

Franco Carone

Franco Carone
Co-founder of Quartostile - company operating in the fields of Automotive, Yacht and Industrial Design - he has previously worked at Azimut Yachts as designer and engineering draftsman for projects such as AZ 35Fly, AZ 105 Athena, Blue Ribbon, and later at UTS to developed style projects and technical illustrations. In 2002, as a freelancer, he designedr: the M/Y Cerrimarine 50, the M/Y Royal Yacht 24 of Ravera, and the interiors of the Amer Yacht 86.

Nicola Scopelliti

Nicola Scopelliti
After graduating in Architecture in 2006, in 2009 he specializes with a 1st class degree in Naval Architecture. He collaborates with various architectural firms, such as Pica Ciamarra Associati and Team for Design. After a Master in Naval and Yacht Architecture, he workes with Monte Carlo Yachts and at the refitting for Sealine in Lusben-Benetti. He takes part in many boat shows presenting different projects. Today he is a freelance designer in Venice, developing new projects with many shipyards such as Arzanà Navi and San Lorenzo Yachts.