Domus Academy is a living laboratory. An incubator of talents and a springboard for interdisciplinary adventures. A place where stellar careers are launched. At Domus Academy, we can help you become a protagonist in the highly competitive world of fashion and design. Offering one-year master’s courses in a wide variety of design specializations, the school centers around its unique “learning by designing” methodology.
This means you can gain knowledge and practical skills by solving real-life design problems in collaboration with some of the most exciting brands in fashion, product design, interaction design, luxury goods, and more. In workshops, internships, and/or field experiences, you will work directly with companies to address the most contemporary design challenges in fresh and original ways. And you will do so under the guidance of faculty members who are professionals and opinion leaders in their fields.
Domus Academy is a school where you can make connections that will accelerate your career, gain inspiration from collaborative projects, and develop your skills and talents in a self-directed way. Whether you wish to work at a traditional job or launch your own startup company, Domus Academy will prepare you to become a leader within the fashion or design industry.
We believe that working on real-world projects is the best way to learn. That’s why 90 percent of our curriculum is practical and applied. You will work on design assignments that replicate today’s professional design practices in an environment supportive of learning and experimentation.
At Domus Academy, you will work side-by-side with pre-eminent international designers and thought leaders who bring the pulse of the design world into the classroom and impart their knowledge of the latest design trends and practices.
Many of the most innovative design solutions are created through the collaboration of various design tools, competencies, and perspectives. You will share your point of view on design with your classmates across disciplines and learn to combine their ideas in your own fresh expressions.
Currently, more than 50 nationalities are represented on the Domus Academy campus. We believe that a multicultural point of view spurs a dynamic exchange of ideas and informs design excellence: an open mind sees a diversity of options and chooses concepts with universal resonance.
In the early eighties, Milan emerged as the epicenter of Italian design. Yet no one in the city was teaching design in a formalized way. Top art critics and designers recognized an extraordinary opportunity to fill this void and mentor the next generation of designers. In 1982, they founded Domus Academy, Italy’s first postgraduate design school.
The founders envisioned a school where students and faculty members from all over the world would meet and exchange ideas. A school that would bring company representatives in to lead real-world projects focusing on the most important aspects of contemporary design.
During the early years, leading designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Denis Santachiara, and Philippe Starck were involved as lecturers and workshop leaders. Domus Academy quickly developed a strong reputation on the international stage for its “learning by designing” methodology and its humanistic approach, which considers process more important than results and places human beings as the central aspect of any project.
Today, Domus Academy continues to involve top names in the design world as mentors and visiting professors. Students are free to express their personalities in a context that promotes both diligence and mistakes as first steps toward creating a successful project. The school has remained faithful to one of its founding principles: that, rather than just offering new solutions, design must also reveal new problems.