To be eligible to enroll in a Domus Academy master’s degree program, you must have:

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma) in a field related to your selected master’s course
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS 5.0 Academic on entry)

Our master’s programs are also open to students with a different degree or diploma, provided that the applicant is motivated by strong interest in the program’s topics and demonstrates the necessary technical skills.

The program leader and members of the Admissions Committee evaluate each application and determine whether the candidate’s previous education and technical skills meet the entry requirements.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for entering a master’s program at Domus Academy, consider taking our four-month Pre-Master course to get up to speed on your design skills. For the Pre-Master, an English level of IELTS 4.0 is acceptable; you may, at the same time, take a session of our Intensive English course to get your score up to 4.5. Upon entering your master’s program, you will be required to take another session of the Intensive English course to bring your score up to the required 5.0.

If you meet the academic requirements for entering a master’s program and your IELTS score is 4.5, you can get your score up to 5.0 by taking our Intensive English course at the same time as the master’s.


To qualify for admission to Italian universities/academies and to receive a recognized degree (Academic Master / Master Accademico di Primo Livello), students holding a bachelor’s degree from a school outside the Italian system must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued in order to obtain the:

  • Declaration of Value of the bachelor’s degree (a document in Italian describing the degree awarded, used to assess the degree’s equivalency within the Italian system)
  • Notarized translation, into Italian, of the bachelor’s degree
  • Notarized translation, into Italian, of any academic transcripts

You must submit the original copies of these documents to the Domus Academy International Admissions Office as soon as they are available, and no later than the course start date.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, see:

Upon successfully completing the program, eligible students will receive the title of Academic Master, worth 60 ECTS (credits) and recognized by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) via Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA).

Students not holding a recognized bachelor’s degree/academic diploma, or who do not submit a Declaration of Value, will not earn the Academic Master title. Instead, they will receive a Domus Academy diploma (a private title not recognized by MIUR).

English-Language Certificates and Equivalencies

Knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission. See above for English language requirements for entry into our Academic Master’s and Pre-Master’s program. Your certificate must be submitted at least one month before the beginning of the program and should not be older than two years.

Read the List of Accepted Certificates and Exemptions

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