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The School

Domus Academy is a living and pulsating laboratory. It is an incubator of talents and a springboard for interdisciplinary adventures. And more than anything else, a boost for creative and satisfying careers.

Here, the main protagonist is the student, the one who generates ideas and makes mistakes, from which he learns and thereby invents new models, processes and objects; above all developing, through an unlimited curiosity, a one-of-a-kind future work life.

The school is therefore a concrete human experience, which combines the ability to invent with an accurate, rigorous and robust method.

Domus Academy is synonymous of global excellence in design since 1982.

It is for this reason that all the most important architects, designers, thinkers and professionals in the field of design, of architecture and of fashion have at one point taught here, in Milan.


Domus Academy foundersAlessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Alessandro Guerriero, Valerio Castelli and Maria Grazia Mazzocchi are Domus Academy founders

In 1982, Domus Academy is founded in Milan.

Within the context of higher education, it makes itself known as a laboratory of research and experimentation, taking its first steps onto a national scene by presenting its unique approach to post-graduate studies within Fashion and Design. In only a matter of years, it becomes acclaimed for its exclusive emphasis on its Italian roots, and thanks to its programming, develops a strong identity on the international stage. It is for these reasons that in 2009 became part of a global post-graduate network, the Laureate International Universities, whose concept lies in developing opportunities for practical, independent and visionary education.

These are the keywords that accurately described and describe the internal mechanisms, which have differentiated Domus Academy from any other school. It is the importance attributed to each ongoing project by individual students, in which complexity manifests as a practice, and jobs become the result of intuition and talent. It is the emotional and educational experiences, which students can mine from their cultural backgrounds, to exploit what they have learned; and yet, it is the auto-didacticism of individuals, which is encouraged thanks to the specificity of our courses. At Domus Academy, students are free to exhibit their personality and their professionalism, in a context that promotes the combination of diligence and mistake as first steps towards design.

In December 2009 Domus Academy joined Laureate International Universities, an international network which 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.

Domus Academy encourages the expressiveness of creative enthusiasts in a multidisciplinary way. It is for those that desire to produce wonder and surprise by designing new and exciting life trajectories, boosting careers as well as inventing new jobs in line with the current market demands.

Creative Director

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Domus Academy is run by a storyteller – because we care about our students’ life stories more than anything else.

Gianluigi Ricuperati. Class of ‘76. Born in Turin. Curator and writer, author of 5 books, contributor to Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica.

He joined Domus Academy as Dean in 2013, and became its creative director in February 2014.

With his arrival, the school has strengthened its position of excellence in the field of design and fashion, forming new relationships and beginning closer collaborations with mentors and professionals: this in particular has functioned to ensure the best possible education to the students.

Design schools must deal with the existence of people, whether in terms of an educational training, or in light of a planned, natural becoming. What is of essence is the facilitation of everyday life and the activities that encompasses. The desire is to provide versatile tools that possess an intrinsic and potential beauty, which only those in possession of an awareness of the context that they live in, can exploit. This can then accompany them in the creation and invention of new jobs, guaranteeing flexibility and autonomy in their projects, to the extent that the projects themselves can be unveiled as the results of happy, concrete and expendable design. Daringly visionary. Transformative. Able to improve experiences and lives of people.

Ricuperati competitively combines invention and creation, and management and representation in his role as director: departing from an effective strategy, which presents the school as a breeding ground for knowledge, a Wunderkammer of culture, a stage of evolution for the life, career and passions of students.

Head of Institute

Domus Academy Head of School

Claudio Moderini
His main competences range from creative direction to envisioning and strategic design, to the development of design concepts for future scenarios and interaction design solutions both in design and education domains. His main design and research interests range from the introduction of Digital Technology in the everyday life environment, to the potentiality of interactive solutions in supporting the social relations, to the impact of interaction design in the innovation/transformation of the product and service design processes.Claudio Moderini is a interaction design director and researcher, with a background in architecture and industrial design. Founder of the Master Program in Interaction Design and since 2014 Head of Institute of Domus Academy, the international institute focused on innovation in design, based in Milan, Italy.



Head of Fashion School

Domus Academy Head of Fashion School

Barbara Trebitsch
After the diploma she started collaborating with Gherardo Frassa’s Studio Biograph, in Milan, dealing with the research related to historical exhibitions for Pitti Immagine, Trussardi, Rizzoli, Fiera di Milano and with Swarovski. At the same time she also developed some collaborations with theatre tailoring atelier and she started her own activity of free lance design and research consultancy, through which she collaborated with both Italian and international brands (Prénatal, Imec, CR Seoul, World Gold Council…).Barbara Trebitsch was born in Rome. After attending the course in Fashion Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (Rome), she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Master course in Fashion Design at Domus Academy directed by Gianfranco Ferré.
From 1990 to 1993 she collaborated with Domus Academy as a tutor, and later on as responsible for the project for the fashion area, still carrying on her freelance activity. She is visiting professor of various courses and government institutions, universities, associations (Anhebi Morhumbi, Brasil, Gifu District – Japan, Borges Cultural Centre – Argentina, Sophya Anthipolis University – France, Lahti Modelinstitutte – Finland, Univesidad Equinocial Bolivariana – Ecuador, Fukui District – Japan, Lineapelle – Italy, Moda In – Italy, Keymung University – Korea, HEAA Geneve, Dong Hua University – Shanghai, Stroganovsky University, Moscow), and she takes part in juries for international contests (European Fashion Awards – Bruxelles, Istanbul race track Competition).
Since 2001 she is director of Domus Academy Master in Fashion Design, managing projects with fashion designers (Neil Barrett, Antonio Berardi, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Victor Bellaish, Ennio Capasa, Frankie Morello…), companies and institutions (Lineapiù, Lineapelle, Lanificio Bonotto, Coccinelle, Hogan, Fay, Nike, Nokia, la Matta, Salomon Sports, Swarovski, Ermenegildo Zegna, Meltin’Pot, Versace, VF International, Victor Victoria…). She also carries on with her activity of research and design with special reference to trends analysis.
She is invited artist for exhibitions in Italy and abroad, (Un cuscino per Sognare, Mai dire Mao, Fashion Art Biennale Seoul…).
Since 2006 she is director of the Master in Accessories Design and she starts producing her PaP collection line Trebitsch.
Since 2006 she is director of the whole Domus Academy Fashion Design Department with the Master in Accessories Design and she starts producing her jersey womenswear line Trebitsch. She is invited artist presenting here works in Italy and abroad. Since 2013 she has been appointed Head of Fashion School of Domus Academy. She is member of the Board of Piattaforma Sistema Formativo Moda, the association of fashion schools based in Italy and of the Colloquium Series organized by Domus Academy, London College of Fashion, IFM and Parsons NY.


Domus Academy is located in the South-West of Milan, in the Navigli district. The main entrance is on via Darwin 20, 20143 Milan.

Domus Academy Map


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 & Design in San Diego, California, and Domus Academy in Milan.

As the birthplace of California, San Diego has always been at the forefront leading the country in game-changing creative 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 degrees in:

  • Interior Architecture & Design,
  • Product Design, and
  • Strategic Design & Management.

Discover more about Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool