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Master in Interior & Living Design

Designing spaces for life

Overview

The master at a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English
Recognized Title Academic Master’s Degree

Shape. Experience. Live.

The Master in Interior & Living Design encourages students to consider a wide range of design practices as they learn to shape the space of interiors. You will be inspired to overcome disciplinary boundaries, make choices that are both more sophisticated and more daring, and cultivate an attitude of continuous inquiry into the material and immaterial aspects of space. You’ll learn the theory, best practices, and methodologies you need not only to solve problems creatively—but to define problems as well. As you collaborate with your international peers on company projects that re-invent the interior domain, you will come to define your own work in the context of the field.

Milan is an ideal place to study interior design, with its long tradition of experimenting with and solving the design challenges of everyday life. It offers a variety of exemplary historical and contemporary interiors for you to visit and take as inspiration.

Audience

The program is designed for candidates who have a first-level degree in interior design, design, architecture, engineering, visual arts, or related disciplines; who wish to pursue advanced specialization; and who wish to expand their skills using new tools in the field of interior design.

Outcome

During this degree program, students will:
• Develop a professional interior design proposal, accounting for aesthetic, functional, and ergonomic issues within project constraints.
• Understand and re-interpret the multidisciplinary Italian approach to space setup and design.
• Understand, from a critical perspective, the role of technology and its impact on the interior design environment.

Program

The Master in Interior & Living Design program aims to develop professionals who combine technical design savvy with cultural sensitivity, strategic thinking, teamwork skills, knowledge of project management processes, and the ability to manage deadlines.

The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.

The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.

Structure

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Courses

Coursework focuses on:

  • Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene
  • Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace
  • Developing skills with visualization and graphic rendering
  • Investigating methods and tools for research and design
  • Exploring the factors that determine the economic performance of a brand or company
  • Branding your own work

Workshops

Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to interior & living design. Some possible workshop topics include the following:

  • Develop interior design concepts and scenarios for microsystem environments, social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces.
  • Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video.
  • Use a mix of communication strategies and design tools in order to develop the global brand identity of a small to medium-sized company, a product line, and/or a startup.
  • Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials.

Portfolio

The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation.

Internship

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career.

The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies.

Companies

Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Interior & Living Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies and organizations involved in this program include:

Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Boffi, Camper, Club Med, Coin, Deborah Milano, Fiorucci, FLOS, Fnac, Haworth, Kvadrat, La Triennale di Milano, Moleskine, Mondadori, Moroso, Mutina, Park Hyatt Milano, Pitti, Rossana Orlandi, Tucano, Veuve Clicquot.

Accreditation

Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team.

Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • 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 study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

*The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

To find out more about our programs, accreditation, and admission requirements, complete this  contact form. Our educational advisors will be happy to answer questions and help you choose the best program for your career goals.

Faculty

The course leader of the Master in Interior & Living Design is Francesca Vargiu.

Francesca VargiuEducated at Politecnico di Milano and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Francesca Vargiu graduated in Architecture with the final thesis “Planning Strategies in a State of Exception,” a research and design work centered on the Deheishe Refugee Camp in the West Bank. A contributor to the international research project “Decolonizing Architecture,” Vargiu worked for its first exhibition, Design by Destruction: Oush Grab Military Base. This show opened at Bozar in Brussels in 2008 and traveled to the Venice Biennale 2008, COAC Barcelona 2009, Istanbul Biennial 2009, Rotterdam Biennial 2009, and the Edinburgh Art Festival 2010.

From 2010 to 2013, Vargiu was assistant professor of Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano; in 2011, she joined Domus Academy, first as course leader of the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design and currently as course leader of the Master in Interior & Living Design. In collaboration with Patricia Urquiola and renowned Italian design companies, she fosters a multidisciplinary approach, both in her teaching and research. For Milan Design Week 2014, she curated the exhibition Empathic Travels: A Year with Patricia Urquiola, which featured projects by 2013­–2014 Master in Interior & Living Design students who worked with Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with B&B Italia, Flos, Kvadrat, and Moroso.

During recent years, Vargiu has taken part in several international workshops and seminars, and has lectured in many universities all over the world, including: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan; New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego, California; Universidad del Valle de México, Merida, Mexico; and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Vargiu carries on her professional practice at KICK.OFFICE, the Milan-based studio she founded in 2009 with Mario Abruzzese, which develops projects and competitions in the areas of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and graphic communication.

Other visiting professors and collaborators in this program include architects, designers, interior designers, set designers, artists, and experts in materials technology, such as:

Michael Anastassiades, Martino Berghinz, Philippe Bestenheider, Gilda Bojardi, Andrea Branzi, Andrea Caputo, Maddalena Casadei, Aldo Cibic, Alessia Cipolla, Valentina Ciuffi, Lucia Chrometzka, Marco Ferrari, Francesco Franchi, Paolo Giachi, Giulia Guzzini, Matteo Nunziati, Federico Pepe, Livia Peraldo, Marco Rainò, Davide Rapp, Giulio Ridolfo, Francesca Sarti, Anita Silva, Omar Sosa, Francesca Taroni, Francesco Tiribelli, Patricia Urquiola.

 

Career Opportunities

The Master in Interior & Living Design program trains professionals to design and create spaces for various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may find employment in sectors such as retail, hospitality, exhibition/events, lighting, or furniture design. They may work for architecture, interior design, or construction firms, or they may choose to be self-employed.

Admissions

Spaces in this program are limited. Participants will be selected based on their applications.

We have a dedicated team of educational advisors who will be happy to help you with completing your application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Check Entry Requirements

When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the applicant’s entire profile, including their academic records, work experience (if any), extracurricular activities, test scores, and recommendations.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to the selected study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

IELTS and Equivalent Certificates

Proficiency with the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission.

Our English language requirement is an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or a recognized equivalent certificate, to be submitted by the beginning of the master’s program. The certificate should not be more than two years old.

The following are the main equivalents:

Certificate Level
Cambridge FCE C
PET Pass
TOEFL: Paper-based test 494 – 510
TOEFL: Computer-based test 173 – 180
TOEFL: Internet-based test 59 – 64
PTE Academic 36 – 42
TEEP 5.0
BEC Preliminary
BULATS 40 – 59
TOEIC* 600

*Provided that the student passes both parts: Speaking and Writing and Listening and Reading

Applicants who meet the following criteria are exempt from the language requirement:

  • Students whose mother tongue is English
  • Students from English-speaking countries (check with the Admissions Office)
  • Students who have earned degrees taught in the English language (check with the Admissions Office)
  • Students who have earned degrees taught in the English language in non–mother tongue countries (check with the Admissions Office)
  • Students who have earned an IB Diploma in English, considered equivalent to three years of education in English, and students who have taken the Cambridge International A Level English Language exam, considered equivalent to two years of education in English (check with the Admissions Office)

Prepare Supporting Documents

  • Curriculum vitae/résumé
  • Artistic and/or professional portfolio of projects
  • Letter of motivation
  • An English translation of the academic transcript, listing courses and exams, noting the number of hours per credit and giving a brief description of each course
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree/academic diploma translated into English
  • Documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • Copy of passport
  • Receipt for payment of the €100 application fee

Submit Your Application

  1. Download the application form and either:
    a. Print it, fill it out by hand, and sign it.
    b. Fill it out on your computer, save it, print it, and sign it.
  2. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  3. Pay the application fee of €100.
  4. Make a copy of all documents (including the record of the bank transfer) for your own records.
  5. Send the originals by post or courier to:
    Domus Academy International Admissions Office
    Via C. Darwin, 20
    20143, Milano Italy

  1. Download the application form and fill it out on your computer.
  2. Save it, print it, sign it and scan it.
  3. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  4. Pay the application fee of 100 €.
  5. Scan the application form and all other documents.
  6. Attach the application form and other documents to an email that you send to:
    admissions@domusacademy.it

  1. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  2. Click Apply Online
  3. Create your username.
  4. Check your email for a message with login information.
  5. Start your online application.
  6. Submit all the required documents.
  7. Pay the application fee online.

Upon receiving your application and required documents, each course leader and the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application to determine whether your degree and experience correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They also identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

If you are accepted to Domus Academy, you will receive an admissions letter and package.

Enrollment

Our sister school, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), which shares our campus, awards the Academic Master’s Degrees. In order to receive this degree, the qualification recognized by the Ministry of Italian Education (MIUR), you must enroll at NABA.

When your admission to Domus Academy is confirmed, you must secure your place by filling out and returning your enrollment form, along with your receipt for payment of the pre-enrollment fee, within 30 days of the date on your admission letter.

Upon receiving these items, Domus Academy will provide non-EU applicants with all necessary assistance in order to apply for the student visa.

After you are formally enrolled, you are requested to pay the total tuition fee by the starting date of the course.

Payment Methods

  1. Pay by bank transfer.
    Account holder: NUOVA ACCADEMIA SRL, Via C. Darwin 20, 20143 Milano, Italy
    Bank name and agency: Banco Popolare Società Cooperativa – Milano Ag 10 – Via Ariosto 1/A, 20145 Milano
    International bank details: SWIFT code: BAPPIT22. IBAN code: IT36U0503401610000000000251
    Reason for payment: Clearly specify the name of the student and the master’s program chosen.
  2. Pay by credit card using our online application.
  3. Note that you can use this method only to pay the application fee and pre-enrollment fee—not to pay the tuition fee.
  4. Pay by peerTransfer.
    Domus Academy partners with peerTransfer to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency. If you choose to make your payment with peerTransfer, you can:
    -Track your payments from start to finish.
    -Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
    -Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night.
    To get started, go to: domusacademy.peertransfer.com to begin the payment process.
  5. In person by credit card.
    You can make payments by Visa and MasterCard directly at the Domus Academy Accounting Office.

Please note that all bank, credit card, and third-party transfer fees must be covered by the applicant. Also note that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.

Tuition Fee

For all programs starting in September 2015, see the chart below.


EU Countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

The tuition fee for the one-year Academic Master’s program is:

For students from EU countries and Switzerland, €16.990 (full fee, including pre-enrolment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€13.990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

For non-EU students, €25.990 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€ 22.990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

Matriculation Fee

For each student: € 520.

Students who meet the relevant entry requirements and are interested in pursuing the Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS), which is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA, must pay the matriculation fee by the first day of the course.

 

Lectures

Domus Academy Metaphysical Club - Lecture by Patricia Urquiola
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Domus Academy Metaphysical Club - Lecture by Italo Rota