Sensorial Surface Design: Color, Material and Finish Design for Interiors and Furniture
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
24 October 2023
Application deadline: 21 July 2023
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

About this program

Sensorial Surface Design: Color, Material, and Finish Design for Interiors and Furniture

The Specializing Master in Sensorial Surface Design of the Politecnico di Milano, held in collaboration with Assopannelli-FederlegnoArredo, focuses on designing the perceptive and technical aspects of surfaces intended as a privileged "place" for experiential interactions, research, experimentation, and anticipation of aesthetic and socio-cultural trends. Starting from the functional and sensory qualities of the surfaces, the training course the Master focuses on the project of the emotional identity of the furniture and interior product.

The specialized skills offered by the Master cover the theoretical, technical, and practical aspects related to color, materials, and finishes and the intangible elements related to sensory experience and the perception of value.

Admission requirements

Candidates are admitted to the Specializing Master if they have a degree or Master’s degree in Design, Engineering, or Architecture. For the purposes of admission, the profile of candidates not belonging to the above categories may be evaluated by the management. For foreign candidates, equivalent qualifications in the respective study systems will be considered valid.

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Program content

Module 1: Basics

1.1. Culture of design

1.2. Color Design

1.3. Material and Finishing Design

1.4. CMF Design

Module 2: Trend research and forecasting

2.1. Perceptual and social aspects

2.2. Moodboard Design

2.3. Color Trend

2.4. Trend Research and Strategy

Module 3: Experience and Strategic Design

3.1. User experience

3.2. The strategic approach to innovation

Module 4: Surface Design

4.1. Combining the technical and aesthetic, functional and emotional aspects of surfaces

4.2. Workshop

Module 5: Sensorial and Emotional Design

5.1. Designing the sensory and emotional aspects of surfaces, furnishings, interiors

5.2. Workshop

Module 6: Furniture Design

6.1. Product design and engineering

6.2. Workshop

Module 7. Project works

Delivered in person (5 days a week full time for a total of 105 hours)

7.1. Project work: Surfaces

7.2. Project work: Furniture product

7.3. Project work: Interior environments

Program delivery

Didactic Modules

The master's is divided into 7 teaching modules.

Modules 1 to 6 are delivered in blended mode (online and face-to-face): 2 days a week full time (14 synchronous hours). Module 7 relating to Project works is delivered in person: 5 full-time days a week (for a total of 105 hours).

The master's is based on a mix of theoretical lessons, testimonials, and technical insights, related to practical activities and workshops that will be held in blended mode (online and in person).

At the end of the training course, project work is conducted in small teams lasting 105 hours.

Types of Activities

  • Introductory and specialised lectures by a highly qualified faculty made up of Politecnico di Milano professors, professionals, and sector experts from the business world.
  • Testimonials and technical insights from designers and companies.
  • Practical activities and workshops to acquire project and management skills.
  • The project works are carried out in small teams starting from project briefs with the support of companies, professionals, and sector experts.
  • Students will have to choose between the 400-hour professional project or the 400-hour internship in companies and professional studios, with the aim of testing and expanding the skills acquired during the Master’s course in the world of work.


Tuition Fee: €12,000


The educational objectives of the Specializing Master are:

  • Skills in designing the perceptual and technical aspects of surfaces;
  • Design skills and management of the perceptual, sensory and emotional implications of furniture and interior design products;
  • Specialist skills in CMF design;
  • Ability to analyse trends and transformations in order to respond to the new needs of production sectors and markets.

The Master releases 60 ECTS, equivalent to 60 ECTS.

Career paths

The professional figure trained by the Master can operate in the various sectors of Furniture / Interior design within the company teams dedicated to CMF Design, Color design, Material design, and Surface design.

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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

Phone no: +39 02 2399 7206

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