Master Courses - Milan
17th edition - The Master course in Interior Design pursues an innovative human-centred approach: it’s not just about designing a space, but also what it offers to users. Interior Designers must be able to manage both technical strategic sides of a project, starting from an accurate analysis, and to provide the best solutions in terms of space enhancement and service design. They are asked to create spaces that convey strong feelings, combined with the right selection of furniture, lights, materials and colours. This original and wide approach encourages several companies to ask IED Master students to work on specific projects with the aim of designing an effective and meaningful user experience.
This international Master programme is conceived, tailored and performed completely in Milan, where the Made in Italy meshes Italian design system and where the most interesting and trendsetting events take place.
- Duration: 1 Year
- Attendance: full-time
- Language: English
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- The Master course in Interior Design is aimed at graduates who have completed a degree in Architecture and Interior Design. Different backgrounds are subject to evaluation.
Methodology and structure
- The course reproduces a dynamic lab, a big design studio where students get used to follow specific guidelines, adapting their language to different briefs and working in close contact with several professionals. Theory is acquired through practice by taking part to workshops with companies and realising three main projects characterised by a growing complexity. Students learn to meet customers’ expectations and needs, helped by the fact that brands and service associations are part of the training and critical verifiers of their portfolio. Students also gain self-branding and self-promotion skills, and learn to present their project at best, handling every single detail.
At the beginning of the course, participants with different backgrounds acquire a common cultural base and enhance their design thinking approach, focusing on methodological aspects, i.e. the use of “the roll methodology”, the steps to follow once the brief is launched, how to approach a project with a company etc. Then, specific courses are combined with 3 main projects of increasing complexity investigating the most important fields of interior design. These projects simulate real professional approach and are structured into briefing, development and presentation. The Final Project, as well as the others, is developed in partnership with a company, giving participants the possibility to experience a professional reality. The programme also includes lectures with renowned design professionals and visits to companies, showrooms, events such as Salone del Mobile, and cross-disciplinary workshops.
Professional opportunities -
Interior Designer, Innovation Expert.
In the past editions, projects have been developed with: Amazon, Adidas, Kartell, Rizoma, TVS, Jacuzzi, Best Western, Fontanot, Azzurra, Tecnargilla.
Facilities and Scholarships
- In order to support participants in the coverage of the participation fee, IED has activated an articulated system of facilities: partial or total Scholarships on tuition fee; Early Bird are facilitations for students finalizing enrolment by given deadlines.; Financings with the possibility to pay the tuition fee by instalments thanks to agreements with mortgage companies.
- Methodology: The course leads participants through the entire process of an interior design project. Students have to analyse behaviours and needs, meeting expectations and respecting customer’s identity. Students are asked to focus on the interaction between users and space, developing layouts highlight awareness towards colours, materials, finishing, light effects, offering a sensorial and emotional experience
- Communication Lab: The communication lab trains students to properly present their projects to the customer and the market. The lab is divided as follows: preparation and presentation of a storyboard on a complex graphic project. Definition of all tools supporting the story; presentation speech at professional level.
- Cross-disciplinary Influences: In order to support the language knowledge, cross-disciplinary meetings are organized in collaboration with Master courses of other IED Schools in order to provide students with a complete overview.
- Design Elements: This programme helps participants understanding the basic functions of analysis. Students have to accomplish several tasks: deriving precise geometric characteristics; developing a three-dimensional model for the construction of an artefact; computing a series of transformations in a three-dimensional form; representing a precise set of drawing instructions; developing an individual creative process capable of interpreting the communication between designers and users.
- Design Language: One of the most important objectives of this Master course is the achievement of a personal expressive language. The most awarded Designers stand out thanks to their works characterised by a univocal and personal expressive code. This lab encourages the student to search for a very different personal architectural language.
- Emergent Technologies: This lab explores characteristics and limits of new materials with reference to product and interior design, taking in consideration the environmental issues. It analyses sensorial features, surface finishings, emotional feedbacks and chromatic ranges of materials. Moreover, a focus is dedicated to sustainability and ecologic materials deriving from recycling.
- Light Technologies: The course covers the basic principles and practices of architectural lighting. Students acquire technical and expressive knowledge of light technologies, light control and the use of both artificial and natural light, realising their models under professor’s supervision, applying it to the projects.
- Projects simulate a real professional situation: students receive a brief and are asked to work on it using the acquired expressive tools. The pathway follows a rational structure, i.e. preliminary research, analysis, concept’s definition. The last step is the delivery of an innovative and expressive project.
- Strategy: One of the strategic assets of the School includes the training of designers able to relate themselves to the economical system by interpreting its needs and its values as well as the customer positioning with reference to the market. New designers must be able to interpret a project brief, understanding brand’s values and sensing the market changes. They also need to interpret companies from an external point of view in order to propose new projects.
- Salone del Mobile Language Experience: IED Students gather information during the Salone del Mobile in Milan as a useful exercise in deconstruction and reconstruction of products, projects and installations exposed during Milan Design Week.
- Self Promotion / Personal Branding: A face to face confrontation with experts in personal branding provides participants with the necessary skills to present themselves properly, preparing their own portfolio and cv, and improving their online professional profile.
- Territorial Influences: During this course, students have the chance to both visit companies belonging to the Italian Design System - in order to get into production sites and processes and to participate to specific events - understanding communication and marketing strategies applied to the design field.
- Cross-disciplinary influences and workshops: Cross-disciplinary activities gather students from different Master courses, providing them with a broader overview of design, supporting them in the acquisition of major design languages. These activities are structured in order to allow students to “think out of the box” and outline a personal pathway.
- Final Project: The Final Project is a complex professional task carried out in partnership with a company. Students must show the acquisition of a design thinking mindset and a flexible innovation process thought, the ability to work autonomously within a team, and to have the necessary skills to communicate in both a concrete and impactful manner.