Interior Design

Major in Interior Design

Three year Courses - Venice

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The Interior Designer works on design projects in different environments: first and foremost is the domestic household area, private and collective living spaces, public spaces (airports, ports, stations), public service areas (banks, post offices, hospitals, schools, museums and exhibition spaces); places for consumers (shops, bars, hotels) and lastly open spaces (squares, courtyards, and playgrounds).

Professional Profiles: The career potential of an Interior Designer includes: the design of furniture systems; interior home decorating; interior public spaces dedicated to social, cultural, education, care and hospitality centers; urban furnishings, preparing fairs and temporary events; exhibit design. The Interior Designer can also propose to work as a general designer, CAD designer of interiors, or as a technician in the physical and virtual modeling of spaces.

This Course is held also in: Florence -  Milan -  Milan -  Rome -  Turin -  Madrid -  Barcelona - 
  • Credits
  • Start date
    October 2017
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
  • Language

Context – The course explores Italian Design Thinking, which is globally recognized for generating projects with a unique soul, blending emotions and perceptions with a rigid functional arrangement. Students start to interact with the Italian Design System, taking expressive inspiration from companies and designers. The course teaches how to become Designers working for a future that is more respectful of humans and nature.

Methodology and structure -  This educational pathway introduces students to the profession providing a broad range of competences: cultural, instrumental and methodological. It examines the cultural elements characterizing design, architecture, art, sociology and anthropology. Marketing is also introduced, in order to explain how to analyse brand values and the positioning on the market and how to interpret and anticipate trends.
Participants acquire a strong design methodology that enables a strategic design thinking, thanks to which they learn to enhance psychophysical wellness through a conscious use of materials, colours, finishes and light. Then they get the expressive instruments to develop the project and tell about it: free drawing, software for 3D modelling, renderings, and models.

IED educational methodology is based on lectures, workshops, and practical exercises. It focuses on real experiences, including several visits, meetings and projects in collaboration with prominent companies and institutions, such as Hotel Bauer and the Collection Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, just to mention two that took part to the past editions of the course. 

  • I YEAR

    • History of Contemporary Art

      The course explores the main art movements and its main protagonists. It focuses on the historical development of art and on an in-depth critical understanding of artistic codes and artworks as complex visual texts and as phenomena that narrate cultural, social and aesthetic evolutions, in relation to other forms of expression and of communication: photography, advertising, design, and films.

    • History of Design 1

      The movements of project culture are analysed: thorough several examples, the course summarizes the development of formal and typological archetypes and technological evolution. It provides students fundamentals for the comprehension of the evolution of shapes and the conception of architecture in history.

    • Design Methodology

      The course provides students with the analytical tools to examine the relationship between space, people, and technologies. The theoretical fundamentals allow to understand which cultural elements intervene in the project. The course analyses all the stages of the methodological development of a space, from the briefing to the final project.

    • Material Typologies 1

      The course focuses on analsing the behaviour of materials: an essential crucial knowledge to translate an idea into architecture and to find the best performance, using the expressive potential of different materials. The course deals with the structure of a building in all its components and studies the natural and artificial materials used in the definition of an interior space.

    • Technical Drawing

      The course explores the principles of descriptive, projective and perspective geometry, which are preparatory to technical design and the use of 2D and 3D project design software. The course focuses on freehand design and deals with issues related to measure evaluation, and reproduction and representation on paper. Then students learn to use software for 2D design of objects and architecture.

    • Modelling Techniques 1

      The course provides the theoretical and practical tools to produce models using the most suitable materials for the project model and different design steps. 3D vision enables the student to examine the idea and to assess its formal essence. Hence, the model defines the project from a 3D perspective and makes it possible to assess proportions and volumes in real terms.

    • Graphic Design

      Traditional design instruments and informatics alphabetisation through graphic composition programmes enable the expression of ideas and allow to put in relation representation instruments with visual perception. The course teaches the use of the most important software for the elaboration of images, aimed at the creation of an efficient communication, according to the double function of content considering a specific target.

    • Design 1

      Objective of the course is to put into practice design methodologies fundamentals. It outlines the process that brings to the realization of a design piece, from the concept to the technological and functional development, taking into account the related communication techniques. Laboratories allow to understand the relationship between space and people and to test how much does space composition influences the perceptions and sensorial answers of users.

    • Perception Theory and the Psychology of Form

      The course illustrates the scientific theories that explain the functioning of our senses and connects them to research about the psychology of shape. The course also focuses on the relationship between color and material, analysing the properties of natural and artificial materials and of superficial sensorial responses. Furthermore, the course teaches the student to use color atlases.

    • Introduction to Cultural Marketing

      The course explores the role of marketing in defining a product strategy and its relationship with design. The concept of market as a place where businesses compete is studied. The course stresses positioning research techniques, in order to strategically determine brand and product value. Finally, it’s analysed the marketing mix, which studies the product in relation to the market in order to define promotion and advertising actions.


    • Materials Typologies 2

      The course focuses on issues related to the new technologies of sustainable design and their applications within the construction industry, to broaden the understanding of how to apply materials and structures in the design of interior spaces. Theoretical teachings combines with practical ones, in order to improve the knowledge of innovative technical methodologies.

    • Drawing Techniques and Technologies

      The course refines rendering skills, from free hand drawing to digital tools, to favor communication effectiveness in the presentation of an idea. The project is therefore described in all its stages by means of the most suitable technique: free-hand drawings and digital renderings achieved with the latest and most updated software.

    • Modelling Techniques 2

      This advanced course supports the project design courses, for which a thorough knowledge of materials and how to use them carefully from a sustainable point of view is essential. It provides fundamentals of physical-mechanical properties and possible applications of some innovative materials, gathering technological knowledge with craftsmanship practices. The laboratorial nature of the course allows direct learning. 

    • History of Contemporary Architecture

      The history of architecture is analysed from the point of view of project methodologies and the technological and social contexts. The course explores the heritage of the Modern Movement and its expression in various geographical contexts, both European and international. Through the analysis of buildings, projects and documents, the characteristics of the architecture of the last fifty years are outlined.

    • Design 2

      In the project laboratories students strengthen the ability of elaborating interior concepts: from distribution places, to outdoor areas, set up projects for hospitality and retail. The cours analyses the context in which the project is developed and the characteristics of a specific brand, in order to find functional and emotional spaces that can enhance and improve people’s life.

    • Product Design

      The course deals with the topics related to furniture and production systems, considering different project opportunities, in particular micro-architecture and its furniture with a special attention towards environment-friendly solutions. In a historical period in which the waste of materials, territory energy and water is uncountable, it is particularly important to use building techniques that are respectful of nature and its resources, establishing a balanced relationship between people and environment.

    • 3D Computer Model-Making Techniques

      The course focuses on digital image processing in a 3D context. The first part of the course analyses 3D surface modelling software, automatic generation of perspectives, views and sections, shadows, surface texturing and rendering. The second part of the course explores rendering and animation to create, view and assess 3D spaces with texturing and lighting techniques.

    • Sociology of Culture

      Sociology, as the science of social phenomena, represents one of the most effective tools to understand people behaviors. Hence, it is one of the most valid instruments to study the development of cultures, of ethical and social values, of lifestyles. The course studies the techniques and the tools that allow to understand lifestyles and dynamics of social interaction. It analyses the social structure of communication, the birth of communication processes and communication instruments.

    • History of Design 2

      The course aims at searching of a personal architectural language. It goes into depth with these languages in different geographical contexts, to provide a historical and critical knowledge of formal archetypes and main exponents.

    • Design Management

      The course gives the competences for organizing, promoting and managing cultural and design activities, with particular attention to the markets of applied arts and communication. The teaching explores the strategic marketing related to the artistic work and the dynamics of the market, targets and the social context that are the addressees of designer’s work.


    • Design 3

      This course aims at designing services integrated in a space. To facilitate the understanding of this new project scenario, it is required to design a hospitality space integrated with a restaurant area. Students must design a multipurpose space that has the sensory and material qualities, but also the services to be used to organize activities, management and experiences of the people who live this space. 

    • Virtual Architecture

      The student learns to use software for photo rendering to recreate products, objects, materials, lights to make them look similar to a photograph. Hence, the designer can create 3D objects and environments through photo-like images in order to assess the material and chromatic choices of the project.

    • Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts

      The course goes into depth with the development of phenomenology, which reveals the relationship between reality and artistic expression. The course helps to understand how contemporary forms of creativity (art, fashion, advertising, design) are born, represented, and perceived.

    • Cultural Anthropology

      The course aims at identifying the shapes and symbolic relationships in the collective imagination, in relation to the tangible and intangible goods of post-war culture. In particular, the course focuses on the recent hybridization of design with emerging social practices, communication fluxes, the environment, technological development and cultural and social identity. It explores with the history of mankind as the evolution of the human species, as the evolution of society, and the evolution of economic anthropology.

    • Layout and Visualization Techniques

      The course deals with the issues related to the communication of the project and the creation of professional tools, such as a portfolio with projects to be presented to the customer. The course focuses on how to communicate the genesis of the project’s idea by arranging a storyboard, meant as an organizational chart of the narrative. Moreover, the students learn to use software to generate multimedia communication tools for the project.

    • Design 4

      This project, together with the thesis laboratory in the second semester, represents the Final Project with which students express the analytical and design skills acquired during the course. Final Projects are based on topics chosen by the students or the school, carried out  in collaboration with companies, associations and institutions in order to make students experience a real professional task during a simulation.