Design - Made in Italy
Summer and Winter Courses - Florence:
This program focuses on the basic skills and methodologies employed in product design, understanding the quality of Made in Italy products, especially in craftsmanship-based Italian SMEs. During the course students will have the chance to explore and learn more about Florence as a historical city of design and fashion that has reinvented itself over the centuries and that in an age of globalization has a relevant role in the world of design, merging high-end craftsmanship and innovation processes.
Students will comprehend industrial and manufacturing design processes, they will learn how to merge cultural and historical factors with product and brand communication elements in order to develop - innovation based - design projects.
START DATE: JULY
DURATION: 3 WEEKS
Schedule: From Monday to Friday on a full time basis (morning and afternoon), the course has a duration of 75 hours spread over 3 weeks.
Target: This course is intended for people who are interested in the world of design and have no prior knowledge or experience in the discipline and want to learn and take on challenges. Skills such as drawing or sketching can be useful even if not mandatory. Applicants need to show strong motivation and the ability to work in groups.
Methodology and structure: This program allows students to discover the authenticity and the history of the Italian craftsmanship, and learn that the success of the ‘Italian design system’ is based on the dialogue between handicraft and new technology. Students acquire basic design knowledge and understand the supply chain that determines the quality of a finished product.
The theoretical notions acquired during the course are applied in modeling and design workshops. During the final project presentation students show the results of the work carried out through the course.
Summer course includes a strategic combination of theoretical lessons, held by designers and professionals of the field, cultural field trips, workshops and visits to handicraft stores.
Site visits are an integral part of the program’s learning experience and are designed to complement what is acquired in the classroom as well as serve as an on-going orientation to the field.
History of Italian Design:
The program focus on the historical development of Italian design. In particular, it offers students a general overview of the historical periods and main movements that influenced and inspired major designers, as well as provide partecipants with an outline of the main icons of Italian design.
Technological demands have forced designers to become multifaceted. In the current environment, it’s no longer acceptable to be talented at design aesthetics alone—these days, you are expected to also have a good working knowledge of digital strategy and good design communication. Through this program students acquire good communication skills that can be applied in the design and fashion fields.
Italian Design: Contemporary Trends:
The objective of the course is to provide students with the tools for identifying, reading and analyzing the main European trends in product, furniture, interior, fashion design, colours, materials and finishing. The course highlight the material and immaterial values of the ‘Made in Italy’ production through a sociological and cultural perspective.
Introduction to Colours, Materials, Forms and Texture:
Basic design methodology with handson experience to better comprehend designers’ choices of production possibilities and material and shape manipulations.
Modelling and Design Experience Workshop:
This workshop allows students to understand the role of the innovation process and advanced technologies in the Italian handicraft, in particular, it shows how technology becomes a tool through which the elements of tradition are updated, so as to make them suitable for the needs of markets and consumers.
Students learn the brand’s value as a point of contact between business and consumers. They acquire the skills in order to build plans that provides structure and guidance for how to deploy a brand and connect it with the customers successfully.