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.
Head of Institute
Line Ulrika Christiansen’s view of contemporary design is an intellectual activity that lives and operates in the space between critical art and design thinking, learning by doing, focuses on interactivity, reflecting on technological tendencies, through an interdisciplinary approach, cross-questioning global trends such as Big Data, Smart Cities, Living Systems, Social Innovation and Informal Economy.
She has more than 15 years of professional design experience in interaction design, critical design, exhibition design and academia in Europe, US and the Middle-East. Prior to entering education, Line worked for several years as an Interaction Designer and Project Leader at the e1 [Exhibition Unit] of the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea [IDII], focusing on interactive installations, exhibitions and events. In 2005, she co-founded and served as partner of Interaction Design Lab [Id-Lab] in Milan, Italy, a company that specialised in design problem solving within the context of technological innovation.
She has exhibited design work at several international venues, including the British Victoria & Albert Museum in London, La Triennale di Milano in Milan, La Biennale di Venezia in Venice and at the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Seville.
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