Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) - in Italy and Spain

Milano, Italy

No. Students: 10,000 (1,800 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 1,200
Funding type: Private
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) - in Italy and Spain

  • IED is an evolving educational system with capability and dedication to reinventing itself on a daily basis. Its mission is widespread and clear: to offer young creatives a thorough training - both theoretical and practical and hand them the Design Knowledge and Mindset that will accompany them throughout their lives.
  • IED is far more than a school: thanks to its unwavering commitment to innovation, it is the melting pot where new generations of professionalism are constantly unfolded. The school forms a truly unique network of encounters, experiences, people and cultures. The students develop a deep sense of belonging and their drive to innovate and share resources, ideas an contacts forges a tight-knit community. This wide-ranging group of international organizations grants IED students even more extensive possibilities for academic exchange.
  • Numerous bilateral agreements with prestigious foreign universities provide the chance for our students to take part in the Exchange Study Program and spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities or another IED location.
  • The enormous heritage of international creative ideas, words and deeds is a worldwide acknowledged IED value, demonstrating that respect for cultural diverity and multidisciplinarity and the resulting culture of jointness approach to education are an unquestionable key to success.
  • Our graduates and the brilliant positions of responsibility they occupy in the creative professions and enterprise tell the story of the excellence generated by IED. Its a success story that has contributed to the majority of the courses achieving official recognition from the Ministries of Education and of Research in the countries where the IED operates directly, whose respective national legal systems provide for undergraduate courses lasting three years in Italy and Brazil and four years in Spain. IED has also signed agreements with several prestigious academic institutes to offer double-branded courses at home and abroad, whose final diplomas are accredited by the partner institutions.


The Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) is a design school that attracts students from over 90 different countries to its one and three year/four undergraduate, masters courses and advanced training.

The school was born in 1966 to the intuition of its President Francesco Morelli. Through time, it has become a 100% Made in Italy international network of excellence, operating in the fields of training and research, in the disciplines of Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Management.

The school is spread around twelve cities: Milan, Turin, Venice,Cagliari, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing and Shanghai. Every year more than 1800 foreign students enroll in its courses, mainly coming from Europe, Central and South America and East Asia. The school offers more than 500 courses in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.


In every IED location, students have access to a library, professional workshops and computer laboratories equipped with the latest hardware and software. In their last year, students can also use the Job Placement and Partnership Service that not only helps them to get that all-important,indispensable experience with one of the IEDs partner firms, but also accompanies them in the delicate phase of their first approach to the working world.

The Information and Orientation Service, SIO offers support to all students who want to enrol in the courses, helping them understand the professions, contexts and potential job openings. The service provides information about the schools organisation and its course contents, aims and attendance, as well as about the selection and admission process.For students from other countries or who do not live in the city where they have chosen to study, a special Student Desk provides a first level of assistance to make it easier to integrate with the local situation, providing support in finding housing and accessing affiliated services and structures.


Labs with PC and Mac, Modelling Laboratory provided always available for the students, photostudio with all equipment 400m2, Theater for Fashion Shows. Each IED school has its own specific characteristics.

Student life

Established in many locations in Italy, Spain and Brazil, IED is the only private higher education academic network operating in the area of design whose roots go deep into the authentic Italian culture of creativity, while also drawing on invaluable input from all over the world and always ensuring a holistic view of all the trends and innovations at work in these sectors. Milan is the hub and the ultimate soul of Made in Italy.

It is no coincidence that Milan is also the birthplace of many of the worlds leading contemporary designers. Rome has always been a crossroads of cultures and nationalities, of social relations and international events. Turin has a well-established reputation as a productive city in a constant state of cultural ferment, featuring extensive experience with new technologies and design for transportation. Florence can boast one of the worlds most important artistic and cultural heritages, but is also a city with a wealth of great craft traditions, especially in the area of fashion and accessories.

The natural bridge between Europe and the rest of the Mediterranean basin, the IEDs school in Cagliari is a place where cultures and traditions meet in search of a new model of development and cohabitation, exploring new forms of crossfertilisation between design, creativity, innovation and business.

Master's Programmes at Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) - in Italy and Spain

School of Management, Rome campus

School of Fashion, Milan campus

School of Fashion, Madrid campus

School of Fashion, Florence campus

School of Fashion, Barcelona

School of Design, Turin campus

School of Design, Rome campus

School of Design, Milan campus

School of Design, Barcelona campus

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