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 help students become protagonists 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 a “learning by designing” methodology, in which students solve real-life design problems with the help of world-class faculty members who are opinion leaders in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to intern with some of the most exciting brands in fashion, product design, car design, interaction design, luxury goods, and more. Working directly with companies, you’ll learn how to address the most contemporary design challenges in fresh and original ways.
Domus Academy is a school where students make the connections that accelerate their careers, gain inspiration from collaborative projects, and develop their skills and talents in a self-directed way. Whether students wish to work at a traditional job or found their own design studio, Domus Academy prepares them to become leaders within all facets of the fashion and design industries.
Learning by designing
We believe that working on real-world projects is the best way to learn. That’s why 90 percent of our curriculum is “learning by designing.” You’ll work on practical design assignments that replicate today’s professional design practices in an environment supportive of learning and experimentation.
At Domus Academy, you’ll 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. Students across disciplines share points of view on design and learn to combine these ideas in their 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.
Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Alessandro Guerriero, Valerio Castelli and Maria Grazia Mazzocchi are Domus Academy founders
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 the human being as the central aspect of any project.
In 2009, Domus Academy joined Laureate International Universities, an international network that includes more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities in 29 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
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 a successful project. The school has remained faithful to one of its fundamental founding principles: that, rather than just offering new solutions, design must also reveal new problems.
Domus Academy Creative Director
Domus Academy is inspired by a storyteller. Because every design project tells a story—and every student has a unique life story.
Gianluigi Ricuperati. Born in Torino in 1976. Curator of exhibitions and books; author of six novels; essayist on art, design, and other topics for the journals Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica.
He joined Domus Academy as Dean in 2013, and became its Creative Director in February 2014.
Under his guidance, the school has strengthened its position of excellence in the field of design and fashion, forming new relationships and closer collaborations with mentors and industry professionals.
As Creative Director, Ricuperati combines invention and creation, management and representation. It’s an effective strategy that presents the school as a breeding ground for knowledge; a Wunderkammer of culture; a stage of evolution for the lives, careers, and passions of students.
Head of Institute
Claudio Moderini is an interaction design director with a background in architecture and industrial design. Founder of the Master in Interaction Design program and its current course leader, he has served as coordinator/project leader for more than 40 Domus Academy projects and workshops in conjunction with companies such as Canon, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Motorola, Pioneer, Samsung, and TDK.
Moderini has lectured and held seminars at many design schools, including Politecnico di Milano, Royal College of Art, Hong Kong Design Institute, MIT Boston, and Bilgi University Istanbul, focusing on interactive design and strategic design. An expert in envisioning design concepts for future scenarios, he has consulted for several companies and universities, including MIT’s Mobile Experience Lab. In both his research and project work, Moderini investigates the role of digital technology in everyday life, the ways that interactive solutions can support social relationships, and how interaction design has transformed product and service design processes.
Head of Fashion School
Born in Rome, Barbara Trebitsch earned her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at Istituto Europeo di Design in her native city. She then won a scholarship for the Master in Fashion Design program at Domus Academy, directed by Gianfranco Ferré.
After graduation, she began collaborating with Gherardo Frassa’s Studio Biograph in Milan. She also started her own freelance design and research consultancy, working with Italian and international brands. In 1990 she returned to Domus Academy as a tutor, and soon assumed responsibility for projects within the Fashion area. She also served as visiting professor at other universities and juried international contests, such as the European Fashion Awards.
Since 2001, she has directed the Domus Academy Master in Fashion Design program, managing projects with fashion designers (Neil Barrett, Antonio Berardi, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Frankie Morello) and companies (Coccinelle, Nike, Nokia, Salomon Sports, Swarovski, Versace).
In 2006 she took on the role of director of the Domus Academy Fashion Design Department, as well as director of the Master in Accessories Design program. In that year, she also launched her own womenswear line, Trebitsch. In 2013, she was appointed Head of Fashion School of Domus Academy. She continues to show her work at exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
Domus Academy is located in the southwest of Milan, in the Navigli district. The main entrance is on via Darwin 20, 20143 Milan.
How to reach the school
Arriving at the FS Central Railway stations , FS Garibaldi and Cadorna FN the fastest way is to catch the subway line 2 (green) Abbiategrasso direction for 7 stops, get off at Romolo, then continue on Viale Liguria to Via Segantini. From Via Segantini take the first street on the right (Via Darwin) where at number 20 lies Domus Academy.
Arriving at Porta Genova FS train station take the subway 2 (green) Abbiategrasso direction for one stop, get off at Romolo and then follow the description above.
From Rogoredo FS Station take the commuter train to Porta Genova FS and then, as above.
From Linate airport , take the bus line 73 to the terminus (MM San Babila). From there take line 1 (red) towards Bisceglie / Rho and get off at Cadorna. In Cadorna station change line and take line 2 (green) towards Abbiategrasso for 7 stops, get off at Romolo, then continue on Viale Liguria to Via Segantini. From Via Segantini take the first street on the right (Via Darwin) where at number 20 lies Domus Academy.
From Malpensa airport, take the A train to the Cadorna station (the “Malpensa Express” with a frequency indicative of a train every 20 minutes), then metro line 2 (green) towards Abbiategrasso for 7 stops, get off at Romolo, then continue on Viale Liguria to Via Segantini. From Via Segantini take the first street on the right (Via Darwin) and, again, the first street on the left (via Pichi) where at number 18 lies Domus Academy.
From Orio al Serio airport , get the shuttle connection (ex.orio shuttle) with the Central Railway Station of Milan. From there take the metro line 2 (green) towards Abbiategrasso for 7 stops, get off at Romolo, then continue on Viale Liguria to Via Segantini. From Via Segantini take the first street on the right where at number 20 lies Domus Academy.
bus – 90, 91, 47
tram – 3
metro – MM 2 (green line, direction ABBIATEGRASSO) to “Romolo” Station
Domus Academy, California, USA
The Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool is a unique collaboration between NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California, and Domus Academy in Milan.
San Diego has always been at the forefront of American innovation and technology. The campus lies in the heart of downtown East Village design district, where artists, architects, and designers are transforming once-empty industrial space into contemporary creative studios, offices, and residences.
The design programs offered in San Diego include summer courses as well as accredited bachelor’s degrees in:
• Interior Architecture & Design
• Product Design
• Strategic Design & Management
Discover more about Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool.