Master in Product Design

Duration 1 Year
Ects 60
Language English
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The Course

The Master in Product Design program combines cross-disciplinary studies of design thinking with hands-on experience.

You will have the opportunity to work on projects with companies on the front lines of product design, engineering, and business. You will learn how to analyze current industry directions, anticipate future trends, and explore new territories in design, technology, fabrication, and distribution.

Step-by-step admission and enrollment process

Application form 2018–2019

Who Should Apply

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 want to take their career in product design to the next level.

All courses are taught in English, so a knowledge of the English language is essential. Click “Requirements” for details.


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Career Paths

This program trains professionals capable of designing products for various industrial sectors on both a local and worldwide scale. Graduates can launch their own company or join design firms, architecture/design studios, or research environments.

Job titles include:

  • Product designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Package designer
  • Product engineer
  • Product manager

Explore the 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 will guide you via individual coaching and mentorship.

The program consists of four customizable course/workshop modules, followed by a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation.

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Coursework focuses on examining current trends in product design, identifying key factors that make a successful product design solution, defining and solving design problems, and branding your own work.


Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work with leading companies on projects such as analyzing user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems and investigating ways that a company can ignite innovations in its product design and industrial processes.

Professional Experience

To gain real experience working in your field, you will choose from an internship at a company site, a work project on campus in collaboration with a company, or an entrepreneurship module. In each case, you will benefit from mentorship, an inside perspective on your field, and valuable career connections.


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.

3MBastardBayer MaterialScienceElectroluxGromGuframIdeal StandardLGMagisPirelliSamsungSwarowski elementsVeneta CucineWega

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Check out some projects that our students have completed with top brands.

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Meet your faculty

Emmanuel Ruffo

Your Program Leader

Emmanuel Ruffo

As head of Domus Academy’s Design Cluster, Emmanuel Ruffo explores the intersections between design, computation, and education.

After earning his Bachelor’s in Architecture from LaSalle University in Mexico City and his Master’s in Genetic Architectures from UIC in Barcelona, Emmanuel was a fellow research scientist at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. He worked as an architect on projects with several prestigious design studios in Barcelona, London, Rome, and Beijing. He has exhibited, published and taught worldwide. He is the founder and creative director of the research lab Architectural BODY with clients in Europe and Asia. He is the designer of the first Master’s Degree in Architecture and Digital Fabrication in Latin America.

Visiting Professors

Other visiting professors and collaborators include product and industrial designers, package designers, and entrepreneurs such as:

Carlo Altera, Ron Arad, Atelier Van Lieshout, Karim Azzabi, Ales Bonaccorsi, Camilla Bonzanigo, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, François Burkhardt, Giulio Cappellini, Daria Casciani, Matali Crasset, Michele De Lucchi, Droog Design, Stefano Giovannoni, Costantin Grcic, Kazuo Kawasaki, Franco La Cecla, Piero Lissoni, Ross Lovegrove, Anthony Marasco, Enzo Mari, Javier Mariscal, Stefano Marzano, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Roberto Palomba (Palomba Serafini Associati), Christophe Pillet, Hagit Pincovici, Laura Polinoro, Matteo Ragni, Claudia Reder, Eleonora Ricca, Paolo Rizzatto, Claudio Silvestrin, Valerio Sommella, Marieke Sonnevelt, Philippe Tabet, Shigeru Uchida, Patricia Urquiola, Alessandro Zomparelli.


Christophe Pillet

Christophe Pillet

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Marco Susani

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Fees and Scholarships

Each one-year Academic Master’s program (60 ECTS) at Domus Academy involves the following costs, in addition to a € 520 diploma fee, which must be paid at least one week before the course start date. The Academic Master’s diploma is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA.

Matriculation Fee: € 520

See the Tuition Fees page for more information.

EU & Switzerland Students
€ 16990

Fee Description
€ 3000 Pre-Enrollment
€ 13990 Tuition

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Non - EU students
€ 28600

Fee Description
€ 3000 Pre-Enrollment
€ 25600 Tuition

Scholarship Competition

Design for Children

Kartell is developing a special furniture collection for children. This contest challenges prospective students to work in this area, focusing on creating any kind of object to play with that is fun, yet elegant. The material must be plastic, and the outcome should be an integration of technology and materials shaped in a remarkable design solution for kids.

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In collaboration with KARTELL

Deadline: 05 Oct 2018

Number of scholarships: 5

Prizes: One scholarship covering 60%, one covering 50%, one covering 40%, and two honorable mentions covering 20% of the total tuition fee of the master’s program.

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