PRODUCT DESIGN

Courses

  • Summer Intensive Course
  • One-Year Course | Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Art Short Course
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
      II. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
      III. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      IV. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      (Summer break: July 24 - Sept. 5)

      SEMESTER program
        I. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
        II. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        III. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        IV. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        V. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
        VI. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

Product designers develop a wide spectrum of design solutions that meet current demands and anticipate the future needs of society.
Their designs must incorporate the effective use of materials and technology, allow for manufacturing constraints, and provide a clear advantage to existing solutions.
The "One-Year Course", which leads to the professional diploma, is noted for combining theory and practice, taking a process-oriented approach, and focusing on social and environmental responsibility.
The program consists of courses in design theory and practice, as well as support courses in the humanities, the physical and natural sciences, and the behavioral and social sciences.
The responsive curriculum maintains a balance between technical, aesthetic, and humanistic aspects and keeps pace with the leading edge of design technology by anticipating developments in the field.
The program participates in collaborative projects with industry challenging students with real-life design problems. Product design students have an active chapter, which plans lecture programs, and organizes field trips to corporate design offices.

 

Master Course

Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
    (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
    II. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
    III. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
    IV. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
    (Summer break: July 24 - Sept. 5)

    Semester program
      I. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
      II. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      III. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      IV. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      V. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      VI. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

Our Product Design Master Course is a graduate-level laboratory for post Product design. Students and faculty are actively exploring how to design new social conditions in which behavioral, material, technological, and natural landscapes are shifting. We are committed to developing new models of design practice that are multidisciplinary, collaborative, and team-based. We stress process, with an emphasis on research, conceptualization, communication, and appropriate form-giving. The program itself is a-year-long: curriculum consisting of studio, methods, and seminar course content that is integrated around studio-based projects. Projects range from the development of new urban industries to incubating independent publishing labels for hard and soft design. By providing research proposals, future studies, and case studies, we are promoting a new, more pro-active role for design education. Because design is a collaborative profession, most studio projects will be team-based. The final semester of the program is devoted to a master’s thesis in which the candidate will work more independently with a group of internal faculty and/or outside professionals to develop a thesis project that must advance the candidate’s chosen field of study. Like the program itself, the faculty represents a wide range of approaches to the practice of design. This means that students have access to currently practicing design professionals with backgrounds in fields ranging from architecture, graphic design, cultural anthropology, and psychology to Product, systems and environmental design. The Product Design department offers a unique faculty who share a common philosophy and commitment to the design process.

 

Art Short Course

Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2020: Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1
    Jun 29, Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: May 4, Jun 1, Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

In our Product Design course, students learn Italian creativity which produces various good designs, product concepts implied by techniques and shapes, product functions, product redesigning, product usage, and so on. With a specific theme and an already existing product, students analyze their functions, shape, and structure. And based on such analysis, students learn to practically realize, improve and/or correct their ideas. Depending on each student’s needs (level of knowledge, personal requests, class period, etc.), we can offer students learning experiences of various kinds of Italian designs from furniture design to other product designs.

 

2020 Summer Intensive Course

Course Schedule
    2020 Schedule (the school will be closed for a summer break from August 8 to August 16)

    2 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 16 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    August 23 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)
    September 20 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    July 26 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★

    only the following subjects: Painting & Drawing, Jewelry Making, Art History, Italian Home Cooking, Gelato Course, Italian language, English language.
Language
With English interpreter

Note: the "Summer Intensive Course" has the same contents as the "Art Short Course", but with a double number of lessons. Furthermore, it includes housing and extracurricular activities and services.

Overview

In our Product Design course, students learn Italian creativity which produces various good designs, product concepts implied by techniques and shapes, product functions, product redesigning, product usage, and so on. With a specific theme and an already existing product, students analyze their functions, shape, and structure. And based on such analysis, students learn to practically realize, improve and/or correct their ideas. Depending on each student’s needs (level of knowledge, personal requests, class period, etc.), we can offer students learning experiences of various kinds of Italian designs from furniture design to other product designs.

Summer Intensive Course fees include:

  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, one lunch ticket)
  • Bus tickets
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city.
  • Housing: shared apartments – twin room (single room at an extra cost*)
  • Housing utility costs
  • 4 daily meal + 2 coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week
  • Cultural activities: once every 2 weeks
    (e.g.: ceramic laboratory visit, antique market visit, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)
  • English interpretation during lessons with the teacher and visits.

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