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Furniture Design
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
05 June 2023

About this program

Furniture Design

The Specializing Master is based on practical-application activities centered on the involvement of some of the most important Italian furniture companies and international designers. Students will work on real problems related to the many contemporary challenges of the industry, starting from actual project briefs from the partner companies.

The Master in Furniture Design provides the following types of didactic activities:

Introductory and specialized lessons, entrusted to a highly qualified faculty, composed of teachers from the Politecnico di Milano, professionals from the industry and experts from the business world. The lessons will introduce and expand on different aspects of contemporary design and will give you an overview of methods and tools that will help you innovate and manage added value through design.

Testimonials and meetings with designers and companies that will bring participants into direct contact with the protagonists of Italian design.

Project work in small teams starting from project briefs from Masters partner companies with the support of the companies, professionals and experts from within the industry.

300 hours of professionalizing projects or 300 hours of curriculum internships at companies and professional studios, with the aim of experimenting and expanding the skills acquired during the Master in the world of work.

The Number of Admitted Students is 30

Admission requirements

The Master's degree is reserved for applicants holding a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering and in Economics (Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics). For foreign applicants, equivalent degrees will be considered in their respective study curricula and an English test will be required.

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Program content

Training Modules

The course is divided into the following modules:

  1. Italian Furniture Design and Manufacturing Module
    1. 3D Modeling and Rendering
    2. Introduction to Italian Design, Technologies and Materials
    3. Italian Furniture Design and Manufacturing
  2. Product Design and Engineering Module
    1. Ideation and concept design
    2. New Product Development
    3. Product Engineering
    4. Design for Manufacturing
    5. Shapes, Surfaces and Colours
  3. Design Strategies Module
    1. Design and Brand Direction
  4. Communication, Retail, Service and Exhibition Design Module
    1. Digital Media and E-commerce
    2. Retail, Service and Exhibition Design

Extra didactic activities:

The Master provides complementary elective teaching activities, meant to reinforce the manual skills of the students (manual sketching and sketch modeling), to give support for the preparation of personal portfolios, and to provide stronger transversal skills (inter-personal and intra-personal skills). With reference to this last objective, the Master proposes a mentoring and coaching programme in collaboration with Fondazione Franco Albini, based on the Albini method that gives students a unique occasion to clarify their long-term objectives with a view to individual and collective achievements.

Moreover, the Master provides complementary activities to the teaching, which aim at making the Master an experience of going into Italian design as a socio-cultural system connecting places, events and networks of people. These activities, which are not mandatory but strongly recommended, will take place mainly in the evening, outside the university and under the responsibility of participants. In particular, the Master will propose:

  • Visits to museums and temporary exhibitions;
  • Participation in events;
  • Active participation in the Milan Design Week (Salone and Fuorisalone), through agreements with the organizers.


At the end of the programme, once the final examination has been passed, the 1st level Specializing Master in Furniture design. Learning from the Italian experience diploma will be issued, with the related achievement of 60 CFU/ECTS.

Career paths

The Specializing Master seeks to train international designers for companies and design studios working in the international market, in Italy and abroad.

The program trains students for the following roles in the Furniture Industry:

  • R&D Managers
  • Designers or Leaders of Product Development Teams
  • Product Engineers or technical experts in the design of furnishing elements
  • Product Portfolio Managers
  • Design Managers or Art/Design Directors
  • Communication and Brand Managers.

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Why study at is the post-graduate school in Design of the Politecnico di Milano that supports and completes the curricular paths of the School of Design, aiming at professional training and an effective insertion in the many areas of work in which the designer operates today.

It plays a hinge role between universities, businesses, organizations and institutions and professional worlds, operating in the perspective of internationalization and establishing partnerships with universities, schools, organizations, institutions, companies and companies from time to time.

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Via Don Giovanni Verità, 25
20158 Milan

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