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

Think. Sketch. Make. The one year Master’s in Product Design at Domus Academy combines the study of theory with direct experience. In addition to honing the “problem solving” skills required for all designers, students also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each design challenge. As students learn to follow their intuition and promote their aesthetic vision, they cultivate awareness of the reasons behind design choices. Through workshop collaborations with eminent professionals from local studios and businesses, students experiment with design methodologies and develop a deeper understanding of product design.


Degree Length
One year; Fall & Spring Intakes

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
Fall Intake: June 15, 2018
Spring Intake: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: Early Sept 2018 – Mid July 2018
Spring Intake: Mid Jan 2019 – Late Dec 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 Product Design aims at training students to grow into individuals capable of developing remarkable professional skills and willing to play an active role while proposing new intuitions, aesthetic visions and cultural values. The course is structured as an exploration of research and design experiences, which does not only provide the “how to do” tools but helps each and every individual to find the reasoning behind their doing. Besides the “problem solving” skill, typical of the Design Culture, students are also encouraged to develop a “problem setting” approach, in which the practical knowledge becomes part of the individual capability for critical elaboration. The program reinforces a Design Direction vocation, namely the capacity to integrate the design choices of a product or service in a broader vision of management and in a corporate strategic project.

The Domus Academy Master in Product Design offers a path of research, experience and design, which combines the theoretical richness of an expert and innovative didactic system with the close and concrete collaboration of firms and professionals. 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.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have:

  • Demonstrated an individually driven conceptual research project using research methods and techniques appropriate to professional standards in design practices;
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the professional field and its restraints, developed the ability to deal with requests 9 and being able to interpret his/her own work in this context;
  • Demonstrated a critical and personal development in envisioning advanced process related to the project;
  • Effectively demonstrated a reflective and evaluative approach to their own work allowing them to act independently in identifying, implementing and sustaining individual research and practices at a professional level;
  • Demonstrated innovative approaches to design built on knowledge and awareness of the field;
  • Demonstrated self and professional management skills in terms of interaction in a multi-cultural domain, teamwork and time constraints at a professional level;
  • Demonstrated an ability to effectively communicate concepts, methods and design proposals in spoken, visual and written form.

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
The Master trains professionals capable to create and design products for different sectors of the industrial system. Participants develop skills likely to introduce them in design firms, in architecture and design studios, and in research environments.

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 lasting eight weeks each that include courses and workshops, followed by a 8 weeks internship period and a final portfolio presentation. For a full description of the program structure see Product Design Master’s Degree.

Core Workshops – Required

  • Envisioning Workshop
  • Advanced Design & Processes Workshop

Elective Workshop – Choose one

  • Product Strategy Workshop
  • Design Of Spaces Workshop
  • Tangible Interactions Workshop
  • Free Choice Workshop

Courses

  • Design Culture
  • Research And Design Methods And Tools
  • Visualization Tools
  • Business For Design
  • Personal Branding

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 deposit payment date.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
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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
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 1
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 1
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Exams: Module 1
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Fall Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 2
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 2
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Exams: Module 2
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Winter Holiday Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 3
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 3
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Exams: Module 3
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Winter Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 4
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 4
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Exams: Module 4
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Internships Begin: Module 5
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Internships End: Module 5
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Exams: Module 5
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Final Exams
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Graduation & Program End

Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 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
October 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 deposit payment date.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
December 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
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 1
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 1
Coming soon
Exams: Module 1
Coming soon
Winter Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 2
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 2
Coming soon
Exams: Module 2
Coming soon
Spring Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 3
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 3
Coming soon
Exams: Module 3
Coming soon
Summer Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 4
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 4
Coming soon
Exams: Module 4
Coming soon
Internships Begin: Module 5
Coming soon
Internships End: Module 5
Coming soon
Exams: Module 5
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.