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Domus Academy is a talent incubator and a springboard to interdisciplinary adventures. Offering postgraduate courses in a wide variety of design specializations, it encourages students to work in a cross-disciplinary way and apply the school’s learning by designing methodology to combine a meticulous, rigorous and robust approach with their creative vision.
Domus Academy methodology balances the theoretical with the practical by integrating classroom theory with workshop practice, boosting hands-on training supported by cultural research, and forming multidisciplinary project teams to inform and enrich individual creative talents.
Central to the success of the Domus Academy approach are its professors: capable educators who are also highly talented designers. Many run their own studios and companies while others hail from leading fashion houses, architecture firms and design retail, bringing a relevant, real-world perspective to their lectures and group projects.
Some of our present and past collaborators include: Andrea Branzi, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Ennio Capasa, Matali Crasset, Ildo Damiano, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Diego Dolcini, Joseph Forakis, Naoto Fukasawa, Roberto Giolito, Stefano Giovannoni, Riccardo Grassi, Kostantin Grcic, Ezio Manzini, Flavio Manzoni, Francesco Morace, Setsu Ito, Mario Trimarchi, Clino Trini Castelli, Gaia Trussardi, Jan Christoph Zoels and many others
Students not only develop the expertise necessary to tackle design problems, but also identify problems for which design can offer effective solutions. Essential to Domus Academy’s methodology are the challenges offered by our professional partners, leading Italian and international companies that the school works with. These invaluable opportunities give students vital, real-world experience, and the problem-setting pedagogic approach helps them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It is through this integrated approach that Domus Academy has stayed true to its founding mission: to prepare designers for personal growth, vision and professional success in an ever-changing design and consumer market.
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.
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 human beings as the central aspect of any project.
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 creating a successful project. The school has remained faithful to one of its founding principles: that, rather than just offering new solutions, design must also reveal new problems.