About IED

For more than fifty years, the Istituto Europeo di Design has been operating in the fields of education and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication and management. Today, the IED is a constantly expanding international network that issues first-level academic diplomas and organises three-year courses, Masters courses, continuous professional development and advanced training courses.

The most significant milestones in the Group’s history include the foundation of the IED campuses in Milan (1966), Rome (1973), Turin (1989), Madrid (1994), Barcelona (2002), São Paulo (2005), Venice (2007), Florence (2008) and Cagliari (2009). In 2012, the Aldo Galli Academy in Como also joined the IED Group and as of 2013 courses have commenced in Rio de Janeiro, the second IED school in Brazil.

Since 1966, the IED has developed innovative and diversified teaching methodologies, focused on synergies between technology and experimentation, creativity, strategies and integrated communication, market issues and a new form of professionalism. Thus does the Istituto Europeo di Design offer young professionals working in the fields of Fashion, Design and Communication the knowledge and the effective tools they need to cater for the constantly developing requirements of the working world.

The nexus between knowledge and know-how is the indispensable starting point for developing the cultural, creative and critical skills and competencies that are the ultimate goal of education at the IED.

Partnerships with leading enterprises are a fundamental factor in the IED’s educational strategy, featuring both at every stage throughout the didactic process and in the special events held to mark the end of every academic year. As a result of the IED’s constant, active relationship with the business world, more than 200 firms contribute in various ways every year to its student training programmes.

The faculty comprises experts and professionals with the ability to teach applied skills and a constant stream of innovation. Each individual course is run in direct contact with and supported by companies operating in the fields in question.

As a school with an international vocation, the Istituto Europeo di Design welcomes students of different nationalities and cultures to all its campuses. Some 2,000 foreign students – primarily from the Far East, Central and South America and Europe – enrol in its courses every year. To date, the IED has trained students from about 100 different countries.



Offered Courses in Como

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Textiles - 1st Level Master Degree

  • 11 Months |  Full-time

2nd edition - The textile sector has recently highlighted the need of new professional figures whose skills and knowledge can connect and create dialogue between the creative and strategic functions and the technical and production roles. The aim of the First Level Master course in Textiles is to train professionals with such characteristics. 

The programme offers cultural, technological, strategic and design knowledge in the textile sector and provides collaborations with experts and the companies of the world-renowned textile district of Como. 

At the end of the course, the students can supervise and coordinate the design and production phases of textile products, do research, interpret market trends, develop innovative projects that respect the tradition and the values of sustainability and traceability, create communication and marketing strategies. They can enter the work market as: textile product manager, raw materials/textile buyer and account manager, textile sourcing manager, fabric operations manager or fabric researcher.

Career Opportunities - At the end of the Master’s course, students can join the world of work as a textile product manager, raw materials/textile buyer and account manager, textile sourcing manager, fabric operations manager or fabric researcher at specialist companies; specifically, the skills acquired will allow them to present themselves as qualified professional figures in the field of textile product design and supervision, coordination of design and production phases, applied research, and interpreting and analysing trends and sustainability.

Como Campus

Next intake: January

Language:   English

Academic Foundation Year - Italian Creativity & Design

  • 9 Months |  Full-time

The Academic Foundation in Italian Creativity & Design is designed for international and national students that are interested to obtain a First Level Academic Diploma but do not reach the minimum requirements, such as 12 years of schooling or previous knowledge about the creative and artistic sectors. The teaching methodology consists of practical, theoretical and demonstrative lectures, visiting and individual coaching/orientation meetings. The course has a blended format: the theoretical part will run online from November to January, while the practical part takes place onsite from February to June.

The students will learn the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, the main concepts about the history and the expressive languages of arts, design, fashion and visual arts. Eventually, they will study the Italian language to reach the B1 level.

Completing the course guarantees the access to the first year of the Undergraduate courses of the Accademia Aldo Galli and of the IED Italia network. For the five years course in Restoration an admission test is required. 

Como Campus

Next intake: November

Language:   English

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