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 can help you become a protagonist 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 its unique “learning by designing” methodology.
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.
Awards AND Recognitions
The Domus Academy approach has received the highest accolades from third-party authorities.
In 1994, Domus Academy received the Compasso d’Oro award by the ADI, Associazione Disegno Industriale (Industrial Design Association).
In 2009, Domus Academy was nominated for the third time by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the best schools of design in the world.
In 2012, Domus Academy was selected by Frame and included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design Schools , as well as by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design.
Students from Domus Academy have been awarded in international contests like ITS, Next Generation/ Milan Fashion Week, Vogue Talents, Who’s on Next, Red Dot Award, Samsung Young Design Award and Wallpaper Design Award .
Domus Academy projects have also been exhibited in the Venice Architectural Biennial and at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
After successful completion of this program, students will be awarded with a Domus Academy Master Diploma.
Domus Academy Master Programs are awarded by NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. Participants who are eligible according to NABA requirements will receive an Academic Master, recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, from NABA (60 ECTS).