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4 Design Specialties to Study in Milan

If you’ve always dreamt of studying design, look no further than Milan. Let’s take a look at the four design specialties you should study in Milan—and where you should earn your degree.

Sep 6, 2023
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4 Design Specialties to Study in Milan

Milan — the world’s design capital — offers not just stunning architecture and rich history, but a chance to immerse yourself in design as you study it.

From its famous Fashion Weeks to the Salone del Mobile furniture and interior design tradeshow to the hundreds of showrooms and boutiques, Milan has a magnetic pull to those who want to wander, watch, meet, and study some of the world’s finest artists, designers, and retailers.

Milan offers Four Fashion Weeks each year, the furniture fair, endless galleries, and museums, theaters and clubs, historical and contemporary architecture, not to mention superb restaurants.

Among its finest offerings? Milan’s Domus Academy, where you earn your Master’s degree and develop your skills in the area of design that most closely matches your aspirations. Let’s take a closer look at the top four specialties you can study at Domus Academy.

4 Design Specialties

1. Design: Interior Design, Product Design, Urban Vision and Architectural Design

To study Design at Domus Academy means an in-depth look at interiors, products, and architecture, in addition to urban spaces of the future.

Domus Academy students in Urban Vision and Architectural Design participate yearly in Milan’s spring Arch Week, which highlights urban architecture. Beginning with urban strategy, design students look for ways to move forward in urban environments.

Thanks to the innovative academic model which aims to help students develop professional skills by working on real-life projects, Domus Academy design students have the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious Italian and international brands and studios.

The new Intensive Program in Interior Design also allows graduate students with a background in a different subject to build their design skills and change the trajectory of their career.

2. Experience: Information Design, Interaction Design, Service Design, Visual Brand Design

Experience design is impacting behaviour through design. It is a contemporary vision of the design process helping to generate future scenarios and experiences, services, strategies, storytelling, identity and brand perceptions.

This area includes the two most recent and prestigious additions to the Domus Academy offering, the Masters programs in Service Design and Information Design, created to respond to the contemporary demands of the market. These allow design professionals to develop a unique mindset to explore the unseen and design the future.

3. Fashion: Fashion Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising

To study Fashion at Domus Academy is to embrace fashion at its finest—and to innovate. Domus Academy has been listed in the top 10 schools of the Global Fashion Business Ranking by Business of Fashion in 2017.

In November, Domus Academy Fashion students participated in the Fashion Graduate Italia show at Base Milano. Six recent graduates presented their collections on the catwalk in front of fashion professionals and journalists. Students from the Master in Fashion Design, Master in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, and Master in Fashion Management collaborated to present the academy’s work at this curated show.

4. Business: Business Design, Luxury Brand Management

In addition to being the design capital of the world, Milan is also Italy’s financial hub, home to the country’s main stock exchange.

With its fast train links, three airports, prime office space, innovative urban infrastructure, and ease of accessibility for new startups from around the world, it’s no wonder that Business Design and Luxury Brand management have taken hold at Domus Academy.

What does Business Design at Domus Academy look like? Design as business strategy. It focuses on the application of design structure to business thinking—with exciting results.

5 Reasons You Should Study at Domus Academy

Study at Domus Academy and pick your design specialty. Why should you?

  1. Experience Milan, the World Capital of Fashion and Design. Nowhere else in the world will you feel the pulse of fashion, design and innovation as you will in Milan. The program is immersive — and you’ll be in the heart of it all.
  2. Design your own Master’s degree by customizing your path with the aid of our specialized faculty at a highly ranked school, recognized globally for its design excellence. You will earn a degree that is recognized in Europe and the rest of the world.
  3. Improve your knowledge and know-how with real-world projects. Over 90 percent of the curriculum is through hands-on work. You’ll solve design problems, collaborate on project briefs proposed by prestigious brands and leading consulting firms, and gain the practical experience that will be the basis for your future success.
  4. Build your own multicultural, global network. Over 90 percent of Domus Academy students are international, and come from over 45 countries. You will be able to develop a global mindset, to collaborate with other students, and to build relevant professional relationships with the faculty and lecturers and with the companies that daily interact on the campus.
  5. Give your career a boost with Domus Academy’s Professional Experience. Do you desire a career working for a leading brand, in a consulting firm or do you dream of developing your own business? Domus Academy can help you to hone your skills through a personalized professional experience, choosing between an internship in a company, a field learning experience as student consultant, or entrepreneurial practice.

Want to hear more? Hear from Milano Moda Graduate Tritti Tarkullwaranont, in her own words.

Study Design in Milan. Study at Domus Academy.