Domus Academy
Information Design Master's Degree 2018/19
One Year

The Master in Information Design has a multidisciplinary approach that brings together visual design, data analysis and creative coding. Students will develop a skillset and a mindset to understand different cultural, social and economic contexts, translate complex information into engaging visual forms and narratives that are readable by different audiences, to support comprehensive communication strategies.


Degree Length
One year; Fall Intake

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 word essay)
Curriculum vitae/Resume
Digital portfolio
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Early Sept 2018 – Mid July 2019


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5.0+ or equivalent.



Program Aims & Objectives
The Master in Information Design has a multidisciplinary approach that brings together visual design, data analysis and creative coding. Students will develop skillsets and mindsets to understand different cultural, social and economic contexts, translate complex information into engaging visual forms and narratives that are readable by different audiences, to support comprehensive communication strategies. Through a balance of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, the Master in Information Design provides fundamental data analysis competencies and in-depth design skills that allow students to tackle complex scenarios, from the assessment of communication needs, to the proposal and prototyping of design solutions.

Moreover, Domus Academy ensures that students attending the academy become aware of the great opportunities surrounding them, such as the fact that Milan is an international and design-oriented city with a lot of famous design studios and agencies, research labs, trade fairs and companies. Students at Domus Academy come from about 50 different countries and this fact makes it an international school where different cultures can be met; Domus Academy is part of an international network of universities and the faculty of the academy.

Learning Outcomes
The expected learning outcomes of the Master in Information Design are:

DATA SKILLS

  • Knowledge and control of the data-stack: from raw data to analysis and representation
  • Knowledge of the data analysis pipeline: tools and methods to gather, clean, transform, filter, store, format and explore data
  • Knowledge of data modelling fundamentals for the representation of complex phenomena through data
  • Fundamentals of data theory, biases and statistical concepts
  • Experience with digital data formats and with the tools for their manipulation
  • Experience in the management of data sources, structures, and formats

DESIGN SKILLS

  • Ability in the development of interpretative design processes: from raw data to the design of clear and engaging visualizations
  • Control of the design process: from research and analysis to concept and information design development
  • Infographics and visualization: paradigms, approaches and tools for data representation
  • Fundamentals of visual perceptions and graphic design for data visualization
  • Critical analysis and assessment of design results in terms of clarity and visual appeal
  • Development of concept-driven designs: from the exploration of provided themes to the proposal of task-centered solutions
  • Prototyping of interactive data visualizations through digital tools and creative coding
  • Development of personal approaches to the creation of engaging visual narratives
  • Collaboration with related disciplines (sociology, statistics and data science, computer science, interaction and product design, service design) for the development of high-complexity projects

Degree & Certification
Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Domus Academy’s accreditation has helped build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Domus Academy’s accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Career Opportunities
Graduates from the Master in Information Design may seek employment at established firms, such as corporations, business and communication consultancies, service companies, design
studios, as well as NGO’s government agencies, research institutions, or start their own consulting business. Graduates can occupy a position in digital design, data and information
visualization, interface and user experience design, information design, wayfinding, visual design.

Declaration of Value
In order to receive the Academic Master Degree at the completion of the program students holding a non-Italian Bachelor Degree are required to have their degree validated prior to starting the program. In order to do so, students must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued in order to ask for the so called “perfezionamento documenti”, consisting of:

  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Diploma*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Academic Transcripts*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Bachelor Degree*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Undergraduate Academic Transcripts*
  • “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” (Declaration of Value) of the student’s High School Diploma & Bachelor Degree. (The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification obtained in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies)

For a complete list of Italian representative authorities worldwide please see here. The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be issued to the student.

*Please Note: All Consulates vary and they may have slightly different requirements. You must contact the Consulate, which holds jurisdiction where the diploma/degree issuing school is located.

The program is organized in four main modules including DNA kicks, courses and workshops, followed by a fifth module providing a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation. For a full description of the program structure see Information Design Master’s Degree.

Core Workshop

  • Experience Design
  • Information Design

Elective Workshop – One to be chosen among:

  • Envisioning
  • Product Strategy
  • Experience Design
  • Information Design

Free Choice Workshop – (8 credits)

Internship


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Application Deadline
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Milan independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in is followed by a brief program orientation.
Coming soon
DA Academic Orientation Days
DA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
Coming soon
Final Exams
Coming soon
Graduation & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$35,000
Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee. 
Contact SAI
Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,500
Visa
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$200 / course $200 / course
Housing
SAI can provide recommendations.
$800 / month $1,500 / month
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$600 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Academic Master’s Degree awarded by Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)
  • Master’s Diploma from Domus Academy
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.