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Master in Product Design

Making things with ideas

Overview

The master at a glance

 DETAILS  INFORMATION
 Language  English
 Recognized Title  Academic Master’s Degree

A product is a human-based combination of diverse cultures, technologies, needs and physical conditions. An original interpretation of these interactions generates an integrated design artefact, which stimulates users to further adaptation, discovery and thinking. Today, Product Design is breaking boundaries for novel explorations and experimentation evolving into career opportunities yet to be discovered.

The Master in Product Design program combines a unique cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach with a hands-on experience in collaboration with companies that are at the front line of design, engineering and business. This challenging method advances the knowledge on what is currently happening in the industry, and consequently enhances the ability of anticipating the future. Designing a product is creating opportunities that enhance and modify our daily performance in order to explore novel interactions among multiple disciplines giving a unique approach to the collaboration among the research, industry and education fields. The Master in Product Design explores new territories for embedding design, technology and novel methods for fabrication and construction.

Audience

The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in Interior Design, Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Visual Arts or other disciplines related to the field of study, who are interested in securing new technical and cultural tools in the field of interiors.

Outcomes

The Master in Product Design trains professionals capable of creating products for different industrial sectors on a local and worldwide scale. Graduates from this Master can join design firms, architecture and design studios and research environments, or to starting a self-employed professional activity.

Program

The Master in Product Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program 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 professional experience 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

Courses

Coursework focuses on:

  • Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene
  • Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace
  • Identifying key factors that make a successful design solution
  • Defining and solving design problems
  • 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 product design. Some possible workshop topics include the following:

  • Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video.
  • Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials.
  • Develop a proposal that combines design approaches in a new, innovative, and surprising way. Your project might involve an established brand, an emerging company, a company that wishes to reposition its business, or a new venture.
  • As you explore the relationship between people and spatial systems, develop concepts that address design for social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces.

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.

Professional Experience

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it.  The Professional Experience is the key step of a process that matches your skills and aspirations with the needs of design and service companies, public institutions, design studios and creative consultants. You will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned during the academic year in a real working environment.
You can choose one of these three Professional Experiences:

• Internship in a Company/Firm: you will be hosted in a work environment developing assignments on real projects.
• Field Learning Experience: a work project carried out on campus in collaboration with a company and supervised by a project leader. You will approach contemporary themes and explore a wide range of design subjects in a multidisciplinary environment.
• Entrepreneurship Module: an entrepreneurial journey in order to develop business and managerial skills. You will be given a specific toolbox of frameworks and approaches both in theory and practice.
In each case, you will be mentored on a step-by-step basis, get an inside perspective on how your industry of choice works and make valuable connections that will further your career.

Companies

Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Product 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 involved in this program include:

3M, Alpi, Artemide, Bayer MaterialScience, BLM, Brix, Candy, Canon, Confindustria Ceramica, Electrolux, Elica, Fondazione Bracco, Gufram, Hager Group, IKEA, illywords, IMRA Aisin, Industreal, Leroy Merlin, LG, Material ConneXion, Pirelli, Rotaliana, Samsung, Swarovski, Teuco, TOTO, Veneta Cucine, Veuve Clicquot, Wega.

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 Product Design is Emmanuel Ruffo Calderon.

Emmanuel Ruffo CalderonEmmanuel Ruffo Calderon is the founder and creative director of Architectural BODY, which is both a research lab and a think tank for design thinking. The LAB has clients all over Europe and Asia and has been selected for the Dutch Design Week, Sissy-BOY store, Artists Sectie-C, FRAME magazine shop, SOURCE and for the Milano Design Week.

Emmanuel’s designs combine self-supporting material techniques and load-bearing systems, through computational design, advanced digital fabrication technologies, and a very particular craftsmanship artwork, which results in both innovative and novel design structures.

For more than a decade, he has gained experience in Barcelona, London, Rome, Beijing, Graz and Mexico City, combining a cross-disciplinary leading endeavor that ranges from scientific research and academic teaching through architectural, furniture and programming design to digital fabrication, building construction, craftsmanship work and business design.

Calderon is leading a very innovative approach that focuses on design integration, which has been applied in the design of multiple undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs and experimental design labs. He believes that analysis, research, and networking are the future of design thinking and he is helping to build this bridge.

Emmanuel Ruffo’s work has been internationally awarded in scientific peer reviewed conferences and in international design fairs. His scientific research has been supported by the FWF Austrian Science Fund, and he has served as a reviewer to multiple scientific worldwide conferences. He has exhibited and published worldwide and has lectured at the Bann Center for Creativity in Canada, the Graz University of Technology in Austria, the UNAM in Mexico City, the Architectural Association in London and is currently leading the Master Program in Product Design.

Other visiting professors and collaborators in this program include:

Ron Arad, Atelier Van Lieshout, Karim Azzabi, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, François Burkhardt, Giulio Cappellini, Matali Crasset, Michele De Lucchi, Droog Design, Stefano Giovannoni, Costantin Grcic, Kazuo Kawasaki, Franco La Cecla, Piero Lissoni, Ross Lovegrove, Enzo Mari, Javier Mariscal, Stefano Marzano, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Christophe Pillet, Matteo Ragni, Paolo Rizzatto, Claudio Silvestrin, Shigeru Uchida, Patricia Urquiola.

Career Opportunities

The Master in Product Design trains professionals to design and create products for various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may go on to careers in design firms, in architecture and design studios, or in research environments, or they may choose an entrepreneurial path.

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 English: FIRST (FCE) C or 154
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) Distinction or 160
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC V C or 154
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary / BEC P Distinction or 160
TOEFL paper 494 – 510
TOEFL computer 173 – 180
TOEFL internet 59 – 64
PTE Academic 36 – 42
TEEP 5
BULATS 40 – 59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking, writing)
TOEIC (provided that student passes all parts) Listening and reading: score 600; Speaking score 140; Writing: score 140

The following cases are exempted from the language requirement:

  • Mother tongue students
  • English Speaking Countries (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degrees (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degree in non-mother tongue countries (prior 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:Gruppo Banco BPM – Milano Ag 10 – Via Ariosto 1/A, 20145 Milano
    International bank details: SWIFT code: BAPPIT22. IBAN code: IT36U503401610000000000251.
    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

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
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€13,990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

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

For non-EU students, €28,600 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€ 25,600 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

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