POLI.design operates in the field of design acting as an interface between universities, companies, and professional organizations, institutions and bodies.
It develops training programmes for young graduates and professionals, as well as training programmes for companies that are closely focussed on innovation. It operates from the perspective of internationalisation, establishing partnerships of purpose with universities, schools, bodies, institutions, enterprises, and companies on a case by case basis.
The cornerstone of POLI.design lies in the disciplines of design and of the related professions. This dimension of design is broader and more systematic than ever; it takes on strategic importance and contrasts not just with the product dimension, but also the dimension of communication, services, spaces, fashion, and events.
It is a flexible structure that draws on the deep reservoir of internal skills at the Politecnico di Milano. It puts advanced teaching and research methods to the test, consolidates and anticipates the professional skills needed to adapt to the new demands of a society undergoing a radical transformation, and brings the supply of training and research developed in a university context into line with the demand for innovation present in the world of production and in society.
POLI.design, founded by Politecnico di Milano, has access to the deep reservoir of multidisciplinary skills in the first and most important technical university in Italy.
Together with the School of Design and the Department of Design, it forms the Politecnico di Milano Design System, which is a pool of resources, skills, facilities, and laboratories that is among the most important in the world.
POLI.design is based in Milan, a universally known and recognised international centre of excellence for design. The permanent structures, cultural institutions, fairs and showrooms, publishing industry, schools, displays, exhibitions, and events that the city has to offer are numerous and contribute to creating a culturally lively and dynamic climate that can enrich professional and training courses, providing a broader experience of design in all its most up-to-date forms, from the perspective of constant innovation.
Relations with the professional sphere are endorsed by the presence of three of the most important associations of design professionals on the board of POLI.design:
- ADI Association for the Industrial Design
- AIPi Italian Association of Interior Designers
- AIAP Italian Association of Visual Communication Design
The Politecnico di Milano School of Design is now the largest international university for training product, communication, interior, and fashion designers, both in terms of the number of students, and in terms of the number of teachers.It is active on two locations, Milan
, with two very recently built campuses. Some figures describing its extent: around 5000 students
, more than 400 professors
and around 400 teaching assistants
, subject experts and honorary fellows; more than 900 graduates
working as professional designers or employed in manufacturing and service companies.