M.A. Interior and Living Design

Domus Academy

Tuition fee:
  • € 18,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 18,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Department was born with the objective to work on the whole universe of urban experience. In this perspective, the department has created a training project of excellence able to reflect on the changes and transformations of the built space, promoting a permanent research activity for design models and solutions that are appropriate and innovative.

The Course

Domus Academy has always had a wide and multidisciplinary approach to design research and teaching, which makes it possible to have a wide vision on design. The Master in Interior and Living Design intends to focus on the need to explore all aspects that concern design: from the most technical to the most intuitive ones, and to combine them in order to contemplate the various nuances of meaning in the words to live, to dwell, to use. Milan offers a wide range of historical and contemporary stimulating examples; its long tradition in experimenting and finding practical solutions to the problems of living and dwelling makes it unique.

The Master course in Interior and Living Design aims at creating a new profession: a spaces and services designer who knows how to combine technical/design knowledge with a solid cultural background and with the strategic ability to identify new user scenarios. A designer who is aware and interested in any process as well as in its management over time.
The aim pursued in the course is to provide a cultural knowledge that is half way between the arts and other disciplines and that represents the access code to the new world, and which is adequate to develop a synergic project similar to design direction that will always take into account its material and immaterial aspects. Domus Academys teaching approach is to foster the students to have an aptitude for the problem setting approach and to develop their own poetical language by exploring, experiencing and constantly questioning the meaning of their own work.


The Master course in Interior and Living Design lasts 12 months and starts in September. The first eight months of the course are focused on the teaching activity that includes a part of theoretical contributions divided into three main areas:

* the Areas of Languages
* the Areas of Strategy
* the Areas of Research

and a practical part consisting of:

Workshop (the Areas of Project): workshops organised around a specific theme, focusing on different areas of project in order to concretise a 360° teaching experimentation on the numerous design issues of Interior Design.

Technical visits (Out of School): visit to companies, professional studios, guided tours to building sites, meetings with managers, participation to exhibitions and fairs, visits to museums and to important cultural events useful for the students to acquire direct knowledge of the profession and to experience relational situations linked to the evolution of the design culture and to interior design.

Focus: A one-month training period at the end of the workshops activity where students will be given the opportunity to focus on specific aspects relating to the reality of interior design through technical visits and discussions on the themes of the master thesis with professionals.

Master thesis: The Master thesis, which is prepared in the last three months of the course, is set up as the big theme-based design competitions. Students, under the guidance of a lecturer or of a company leader, will carry out an original piece of high-level research in a specific area, applying a theoretical, analytical and reflective approach.


The program addresses young graduates or professionals who wish to broaden or improve their abilities with cultural and technical tools and are interested in following an advanced in-depth course.

There is limited number of places on the course and participants will be selected on the basis of the documentation requested for admission.
Good knowledge of the English language is also required.

Application Procedures

To register to the Master in Interior and Living Design it is necessary to send the following documents:

* Completed Registration Form
* A statement of purpose
* Detailed resume
* Original certificates of the previous attended courses
* 2 Reference letters
* Portfolio of projects, containing a clear presentation in digital or paper format of the academic and professional work carried out.
* Passport copy

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