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Product and Service Design

Sapienza University of Rome
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rome
English
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Product and Service Design

The M.Sc. in Product and Service Design is for who want to deepen their design skills exploring technologies, cultural languages, social issues. Our students will face creative challenges in developing products and services to improve people's lives. They will design extensively, think creatively and reflect critically. The Master Program is organized in 4 semesters aimed to: during the first semester, acquire innovative skills in Aesthetics, Social Communication, Smart Technologies, Digital Representation, Mechanics; in the second one, explore and practice the most recent Design Thinking; in the third one, understand and develope sustainable, smart and innovative production and consumption processes. The last semester is dedicated to the final work that is a research-based activity aimed to develop a functional prototype of an innovative product or service, in collaboration with international R&D company departments or universities labs or research centres. Our graduates can spend their skills at the management level within companies, or launch new start-ups, or continue their training during the Ph.D. course.

Admission requirements

With regard to degrees achieved in Italy (by Italian citizens, EU citizens and non- EU citizens residing in Italy) the valid degrees are in: Industrial Design (L-4 class, former L-42 class), Industrial Engineering (L-9 class, former L-10 class), Architecture (L-17 class, former L-4 class), Building Sciences and Techniques (L-23 class), Computer Science Engineering (L-8 class, former L-9 class); - with regard to degrees achieved in EU or non-EU countries, the valid degrees are in: Design (any field of Design), Industrial Engineering, Computer Science Engineering (with a specific cv in Robotics, or IoT), Architecture.

Minimum GPA: 75/100

The evaluation will be according to the final grade of the Bachelor Degree, the cv and the portfolio about the skills and activities in the field of Product and Service Design.

Minimum English Language Requirements: Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS Academic 5.5 or higher
  • TOEFL IbT 80 or higher
  • Cambridge B2 First or higher
  • TOEIC Listening&Reading 720 or higher

Please note: the above requirements may be waived for students holding a degree from an accredited institution where English is the principle language of instruction.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

First year

  • Laboratory of Aesthetics
  • Laboratory of Mechanics
  • Laboratory of Product Representation
  • Laboratory of Smart Objects
  • Advanced Design Studio

Second year

  • Design Issues
  • Further Learning Work and Training
  • Thesis Work

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

The tuition fee for this program is €1000 per year. 

Qualification

Learning Outcomes

The main didactic goals are:

  • knowledge and understanding of the material culture of Design in relation to socio-cultural and economic repercussions;
  • control of the technical-productive, technical-functional and formal aspects of the artefacts (tangible or intangible) but also of all the processes that accompany the design-production-consumption path informed and guided by strategies of economic, social and environmental sustainability;
  • development of Design Thinking skills which, by grasping the potential and resources of a local system, connect it with critical capacity to the global dimension by developing products and / or services which, starting from the understanding of cultural, social and relationships between resources and activity, is capable of producing Design-driven Innovations that condition the material and immaterial culture of contemporary societies.

There are also 12 ECTS as elective, 18 ECTS dedicated to the final work and the 12 ECTS dedicated to Further Learnings activities to be carried out at companies, professional studies and research centers, that allow the students to imagine and create a personalized training course within the wide spectrum of experimental areas of Product and Service Design.

Career paths

The professional opportunities for our Graduates are as:

  • Design Strategist, able to integrate and develop complex systems and design new products and services in an environment characterized by continuous technological advancements;
  • Design Researcher, able to manage the growing information that comes from technological research and socio-cultural contexts at the end of product developments, services and innovative processes.

Our Graduates are also ready to access the third level of education (PhD), in particular aimed at research in the broad field of Service and Product Design.

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Sapienza University of Rome

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Italy

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