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.
10 reasons to join us
1 Earn a globally recognized degree
When you graduate from Domus Academy, you’ll receive a degree that is recognized in Europe and around the world - the Academic Master’s Degree, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.
2 Study at a highly ranked academy
In their 2012, 2013, and 2014 Masterclass guides, Frame Publishers named Domus Academy among the world’s top 30 graduate schools for design, architecture, and fashion. Every year since 2012, Domus magazine has listed Domus Academy as one of the top 100 European schools of architecture and design. In 2006, 2008, and 2009, BusinessWeek named Domus Academy among the top design schools in the world.
3 Learn from industry experts
Our faculty boasts some of the most intriguing leaders of international fashion and design: the designer and architect Patricia Urquiola, Gaia Trussardi (creative director of Trussardi), Massimo Banzi (Arduino), Ennio Capasa (Costume National), industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, Jan Christoph Zoels (Experientia), Sara Maino (Vogue), Antonio Mancinelli (Marie Claire), and Martino Scabbia Guerrini (VF Corporation).
4 Gain hands-on experience with real projects
Fully 90 percent of the Domus Academy curriculum is delivered through intensive hands-on projects. You’ll work to solve actual design problems for Italian and international companies - the best way to gain practical experience in your field and accelerate your career. Our students have worked on projects with Maserati, Motorola, Swarovski, Versace, Bayer, P&G, Adidas, Fiat, Tommy Hilfiger, BMW Design, De Beers, Trussardi, and more.
5 Meet the most important names on the global scene
Students have a chance to meet and learn from members of Domus Academy’s Metaphysical Club, composed of 14 of the most important innovators on the international design, art, and architectural scene. Like a high-level salon, the Metaphysical Club guides the practical activities and future direction of the school.
6 Intern with a leading design company
A key feature of all Domus Academy master’s programs is your internship at a design studio or company, where you can get an insider’s view of the industry and make valuable connections. Non-EU students are also eligible to participate in the internships; they may extend their visa to work in Italy for up to one year after completing their degree.
7 Develop a global perspective on design
97 percent of our students are international, representing more than 47 different nationalities. At Domus Academy, you’ll collaborate and share ideas with your peers from all over the world. And you’ll learn to view design from a global perspective informed by multicultural approaches to your craft.
8 Follow in the footsteps of successful alumni
Renowned alumni of Domus Academy include Vogue editor-at-large Anna della Russo, furniture designer Philippe Bestenheider, world-famous interior and product designer Christophe Pillet, and many other graduates who have used Domus Academy as a springboard to a brilliant career. Our more than 3,000 alumni are working at leading international design companies such as Nokia, Whirlpool, Frog Design, LG Electronics, Gucci, Microsoft, Unilever, Samsung, Giorgio Armani, Max Mara, Ford Motor Company, and IDEO - to name a few.
9 Work in our state-of-the-art facilities
Our design laboratories provide the tools you need to create great work: equipment for computer graphics, video editing, 2D and 3D modeling, sound design, printmaking, painting, light design, tailoring, and model-making.
10 Study in Milan, the world capital of design
What could be more stimulating to your creativity and your career than studying in Milan, the world capital of design? Milan’s streets pulse with the energy of fashion and innovation. You’ll be immersed in the industry, with the chance to participate in international design contests and events. Domus Academy is an academic, cultural, and professional center where Milan meets the world.
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