• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    28600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    16990 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
Learning by Designing is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrows market demands. The Master in Business Design - Design as strategy programme is offered at Domus Academy.


The Master in Business Design program is workshop-based (based on research issues defined by the faculty, in collaboration with external professionals and industrial partners), supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.

The program consists of four main modules including DNA kicks, courses and workshops, followed by a fifth module providing a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation.

The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.

DNA kicks

The DNA kick explores the ways in which good ideas can be designed. Through lectures and intensive worktables theorists, designers, and intellectuals, it will help the students see the design practice in the widest possible terms without ever losing sight of the pragmatic nature of the craft.

Career Opportunities

The annual Domus Academy Placement certified survey aimed to investigate alumni occupational position after graduation. 92% of Domus Academy students find job one year upon graduation.

Graduates from the Master in Business Design can pursue managerial careers in cross-functional roles, such as Brand and Communication Strategists, Design and Innovation Managers, Business Developers, in design-driven companies, branding agencies or consulting and service companies or start their own business.

WHY Domus Academy

  • Experience Milano, World Capital of Fashion and Design
  • Design your Master in a highly ranked Academy offering a globally recognized degree
  • Improve your knowledge and know-how thanks to real projects
  • Build your own Multicultural and Global Network
  • Boost your career with our unique Professional Experience


Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Business Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. Companies involved in this program include:

  • 3M, 
  • altreforme, 
  • Autogrill, 
  • Barilla, 
  • bticino, 
  • CO.Import, 
  • Comieco, 
  • DBApparel, 
  • eBay Italia, 
  • Elica.
The Master in Business Design - Design as strategy programme is offered at Domus Academy.


When Students graduate from Domus Academy, they receive a degree that is recognized around the world and in Europe an Academic Masters Degree (60 ECTS credits) that is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene
  • Identifying key factors that make a successful design solution
  • Applying design techniques within business innovation
  • Developing strategies for launching new business ventures, especially highly innovative start-ups
  • Turning innovative ideas into actionable business models
  • Branding your own work


The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in Economics, Management, Humanities and Design. Moreover, if they are willing to deepen a strong research interest towards the programs topics and to develop an impressive portfolio.


Students will learn from international and recognized professionals who work with leading brands and studios around the world, such as:

  • Fernando G. Alberti,
  • Silvia Barbieri,
  • Edoardo Fano,
  • Jozeph Forakis,
  • Francesco Franchi,
  • Enrico Girotti.
The Program Leader of the Master in Business Design isFrancesco Sorrentino.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Spaces in this program are limited.
  • Participants will be selected based on their applications. When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the applicants entire profile, including their academic records, work experience (if any), extracurricular activities, test scores, and recommendations.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    28600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Milano

850 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.