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IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Location

IED Milano - Pompeo Leoni, Milano Italy

Ranking

# 101-150QS WUR Ranking By Subject

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76Undergraduate programs

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46Postgraduate programs

About IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Istituto Europeo di Design is an international Group with a proudly local outlook and it is located in 3 countries: in Italy in Milan , Cagliari, Florence , Rome , Turin and Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli in Como ; Barcelona , Madrid and Bilbao in Spain and Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

IED is the largest Higher Education Network in the creative field to have maintained a global outlook and a deeply Italian cultural matrix, since 1966.

Every year IED launches innovative training projects in the fields of Design , Fashion , Visual Arts , Art and Restoration and Communication , developing new forms of learning and designing new models for interpreting the future.

IED student training experience is based on the educational concept according to which knowledge and know-how must grow together. A simple and effective idea that distinguishes the entire educational path: training students by combining theory and practice, beginning with the knowledge brought to the classroom by industry professionals and by the research requirements of partner companies.

IED gives its students the chance to immerse themselves in the cultural and multi-faceted context of its sites and to acquire the interdisciplinary skills needed to make their way in the chosen future career path.

In fact, every IED site has its own clear identity, shaped by the location where it operates, which characterises its style, experience and its relations with the local community.

At the end of the course, IED facilitates the insertion of new graduates into the professional world through support in the activation of work placements or collaborations, as well as the monitoring of selection interviews at Human Resources offices or at professional firms within the sector.

Additionally, IED boasts over 170 academic partnerships in Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and it is affiliated with CUMULUS (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), ELIA (The European League of the Institute of Arts), ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) and WDO (World Design Organization).

Reasons to study at IED:

Italian Heritage. An institution with more than 60 years of history

Multidisciplinary training. Work in projects with students from different disciplines of design.

Creativity leads to innovation. Understand creative tools to find meaningful solutions for your future.

Working with companies. Students work with real-life projects thanks to IED's more than 1000 agreements per year.

Cultural Diversity. Study in an international enviroment with more than 100 nationalities.

Global vision.   IED is connected to ELIA, CUMULUS, ERASMUS + networks and offers a global perspective.

Professionals as teachers . The faculty is composed by teachers active on the industry.

Conscious Future . Define and work on the future trends that will change the future.

International projects . Participate in international projects, institutions and events such as CERN, Sonar, Dubai Design Week, etc.

Conceptual Innovation Hub . Let your ideas come true and develop them here.

About IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Istituto Europeo di Design is an international Group with a proudly local outlook and it is located in 3 countries: in Italy in Milan , Cagliari, Florence , Rome , Turin and Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli in Como ; Barcelona , Madrid and Bilbao in Spain and Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

IED is the largest Higher Education Network in the creative field to have maintained a global outlook and a deeply Italian cultural matrix, since 1966.

Every year IED launches innovative training projects in the fields of Design , Fashion , Visual Arts , Art and Restoration and Communication , developing new forms of learning and designing new models for interpreting the future.

IED student training experience is based on the educational concept according to which knowledge and know-how must grow together. A simple and effective idea that distinguishes the entire educational path: training students by combining theory and practice, beginning with the knowledge brought to the classroom by industry professionals and by the research requirements of partner companies.

IED gives its students the chance to immerse themselves in the cultural and multi-faceted context of its sites and to acquire the interdisciplinary skills needed to make their way in the chosen future career path.

In fact, every IED site has its own clear identity, shaped by the location where it operates, which characterises its style, experience and its relations with the local community.

At the end of the course, IED facilitates the insertion of new graduates into the professional world through support in the activation of work placements or collaborations, as well as the monitoring of selection interviews at Human Resources offices or at professional firms within the sector.

Additionally, IED boasts over 170 academic partnerships in Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and it is affiliated with CUMULUS (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), ELIA (The European League of the Institute of Arts), ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) and WDO (World Design Organization).

Reasons to study at IED:

Italian Heritage. An institution with more than 60 years of history

Multidisciplinary training. Work in projects with students from different disciplines of design.

Creativity leads to innovation. Understand creative tools to find meaningful solutions for your future.

Working with companies. Students work with real-life projects thanks to IED's more than 1000 agreements per year.

Cultural Diversity. Study in an international enviroment with more than 100 nationalities.

Global vision.   IED is connected to ELIA, CUMULUS, ERASMUS + networks and offers a global perspective.

Professionals as teachers . The faculty is composed by teachers active on the industry.

Conscious Future . Define and work on the future trends that will change the future.

International projects . Participate in international projects, institutions and events such as CERN, Sonar, Dubai Design Week, etc.

Conceptual Innovation Hub . Let your ideas come true and develop them here.

Available programs

IED Undergraduate courses are united by a common philosophy and methodology made of professionals in the classroom, school as laboratory, cross-disciplinary approach and glocal attitude mixing local experience and international perspective. They last from 2 to 4 years according to the discipline and the city of interest and can be officially accredited by the local Ministry of Education.

 

Arts Management

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Design Experience

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Fashion

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Fashion Business

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Global Design

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Illustration

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Jewelry Design

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Museum Experience

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Photography

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Total Design

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IED Master courses enhance participants’ profiles thanks to a specialized and technical training in the specific disciplinary area combined with transversal knowledge and managerial skills. The development of projects carried out in collaboration with partner companies is the way to put such abilities into practice. Participants develop a deep sense of belonging and are led to innovate and share resources, ideas and contacts forming a tight knit Alumni community.

Fashion Business

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Textile Design

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University information

IED training offer comprises different types of courses able to respond to the different training, further training or specialization needs.

Each category of courses has different admission processes, and requires different lengths of time and documents.

To make an informed choice for your studies, IED offers you the assistance of an Advisor to help you understand which course is most suitable for you, in line with your expectations, or to give you all the information you need on the course of your choice.

Request information on the course that interests you. You will be contacted by your Advisor, who will assist you with all the steps: from the informative interview to the admission process and registration.

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Students have access to traditional, modern, and innovative tools, labs, libraries, and workspaces fosters our students' creative and intellectual growth.. IED facilities help students nurture their academic, and intellectual growth, expanding their chance for deep research and practice.

IED has a total of 20 campuses. Surroundings can be inspiring and great opportunities for students to connect with the environment. That’s why every IED building is based in a concurrent yet creative neighborhood, where students can interact with its population and find solutions that can create a positive impact in their everyday life thanks to design.

These facilities are designed to offer hands-on experience that is relevant and inspiring. The classrooms are equipped with the tools required for training and research in multidisciplinary teams; and all labs feature high-tech equipment to support the education courses and individual training. Students are encouraged to use the common areas and open spaces to study or socialize.

Design is a discipline that students must learn hands-on. For this reason IED offers a wide range of labs for students to practice and develop their ideas into the final prototype:

-         Fashion labs with all kind of sewing machines, cut and sew areas, cutting leather spaces, ironing stations;

-         Jewelry Labs are dedicated to the development of prototypes and models equipped with portable power tools and fixed machines (presses, drills and milling cutters, etc.);

-         Video and Media Lab s with portable production equipment reservations, including digital still, video, and audio equipment;

-         Fab labs with all kind of tools and equipments such as 3D Printers, laser cutters, woodworking… guided with technicians and facility managers that helps and assist students to produce their best work;

-         Sound labs , studies wit equipments for recording, listening and production sound;

-         Interactive Labs are environments where students can investigate new media formats with different kind of video, spaces and sound formats, as well as new technologies such as Virtual Reality, Extended Reality or Augmented Reality;

-          Rendering Lab are spaces where students can work with softwares that allow them to envision their designs in a digital space in order to create solutions even for the metaverse;

-         Photostudio where photography professionals can use for digital and analogue shoots with the different light effects assets. There is also a high-quality dark room allowing students to gain experience in developing and printing their own analogue photographies in Fine-Art quality.

-         Modeling Lab allow students to check their project hypothesis and use the technical tools required for the experimentation, representation and communication of projects. In this lab there are different areas: the traditional area (band saw, lathe, sander and boring machine for wood), fast modeling area (with machines for manufacturing polyurethane and Styrofoam), the prototyping area (with a CNC – numerical control machine, laser cutter and a vacuum machine), 3D prototyping area, mechatronics area (Arduino platform) and painting area. Machines and equipment are used under the supervision of lab technicians and assistants.

Each school has its own Library and Archive providing access to collections, services, and spaces up do date in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching missions.

Student life


IED is  a rich, vibrant, and diverse community of dedicated academics, creative and professionals. The facilities are designed to be places to connect with other students and faculty members who share their passions, interests, and drive to explore the challenges that face society today.

Every year, the school has more than 100 nationalities in the classrooms making it the perfect place to exchange visions, understand other perspectives and explore new cultures. 

At IED, education is interwoven with real life. Students take advantage of occasions that give a front-row seat to scholars, luminaries, and leaders making history. They participate in conferences, performances, and series that will reshape the way they experience and think about the world.

 

IED supports students and alumni as they explore, prepare for, and choose meaningful careers.

Get access to a wide array of information on and resources for the academic and non-academic job markets through the Career Service . We offer a wide range of events, programs, and one-on-one advising. Job market workshops and series are provided multiple times per year, and Career Services works to plan dedicated recruiting events with organizations in a broad range of fields.

Around the world, our alumni are engaged in and leading meaningful work in academic institutions, nonprofits, think tanks, private companies, international organizations, start-ups, etc.

IED also offers a platform for alumni led by our IED Alumni office that fosters synergies between students and many kinds of companies offering job opportunities, learning activities or exchanges of visions with others alumni from different IED sites around the world. 

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design is one of the top universities in Milano, Italy. It is ranked #101-150 in QS WUR Ranking By Subject 2024.

QS WUR Ranking By Subject

  • 2018
    #101-150
  • 2019
    #151-200
  • 2020
    #151-200
  • 2021
    #201-220
  • 2022
    #151-200
  • 2023
    #101-150
  • 2024
    #101-150

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The first step is to verify the language requirements and academic requirements.

Different courses have different requirements based on the course you would like to undertake. If you wish to study in IED and you want to apply for undergraduate courses we are glad to inform you that all our undergraduate programs start from scratch, you are going to learn everything from the bases, there is no need to be already skilled to attend our UG courses, the most important thing is to show us your passion and motivation. For the Master courses, there are other requirements depending on the course.

For specific master programs, IED might require additional application documents including a portfolio and an Essay, but there are some programmes that introduce you in a short period of time to a new field of design without need of previous knowledge. 


As part of your application, for some of our postgraduate programs, you are asked to provide a digital portfolio that summarizes your creative identity. The portfolio will allow you to show the most relevant parts of your personality through your work. You will document your creative work across various fields, through pictures and a set of keywords or a short introductory text (500 words maximum).

Your portfolio can include drawings/illustrations, graphic design projects, photos, videos, and any documentation regarding your own interests. IED is more interested in the creative process and method used, rather than the end result. Make sure to include it as well on the portfolio.

The creative pieces of work you choose should indicate your creative potential and, if possible, provide some insight into your chosen area of study.

The creation of a visual framework is highly appreciated (presentation or slideshow). 


For many years, IED has been involved in supporting the most motivated and brilliant students, by providing scholarships, grants, and bursaries based on merit and financial eligibility. We support young creatives through a dedicated set of scholarships, promotions, and financial aid. Scholarships are awarded on the merits to particularly deserving and motivated students, usually evaluated through the submission of project work, These scholarships can cover  up to 100% of the tuition fee.

International students should start to look for their program approximately 12 or 6 months before starting their studies, to collect enough information and all the required documents. The application is entirely online, We have three different intakes October, January and April based on the typology of the program you would like to attend. Although enrolments are open until the above-mentioned intakes, to comply with the Ministerial entry requirements and its strict quality level, and to guarantee effective interaction among teaching staff and students, IED has a restricted number of available places. To ensure a place in the class, students must have completed the enrolment procedure. Therefore, we strongly suggest starting the application process as soon as possible.

 

The Career Service office is available to companies wishing to recruit young creatives from IED: recent graduates and Master’s students, but also former students who are now experienced professionals, through continuous collaboration with the IED Alumni office.

The Career Service submits CVs and portfolios according to recruitment requirements, supports businesses in the selection of candidates, organizes interviews, and sets up training internships. Every year, in order to bring businesses and potential candidates together, the Career Service organizes one or more Career Days in which recent graduates are introduced to the companies for the first time and other selection sessions that include project activities to test the aptitude and skill of graduates directly in the field with real briefs.
On the other hand, the IED Alumni office fosters synergies between students and many kinds of companies offering job opportunities.

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