Interior and Furniture Design
Undergraduate Courses - Florence
The global market has a growing demand for evolved Interior Designers with competences both in the architectural composition of a space and in the design of furniture elements, in order to organise and improve the relation among space, objects and people.
The three-year course in Interior and Furniture Design trains professionals able to participate in the whole design process: from the first sketches to the final project. The goal is training The course trains Interior Designers specialised in furniture, who are able both to manage and carry out a project focused on the organisation of spaces and interior decoration, with a design-oriented attitude.
Title – The First Level Academic Diploma is recognized by MIUR (Ministry for Education, University and Research) and equated with the Bachelor’s Degree issued by Universities.
The third millennium designer is a professional who can deal either with craftsmanship and new technologies. The markets are demanding more and more customisation possibilities boasting technology in the production chain. The recent makers phenomenon set the interaction between the new open-source technologies and self-production design processes, making innovation more attainable and affordable.
Methodology and structure
The methodology alternates frontal lectures and lab activity through individual or multidisciplinary team projects. The project activity, which is both theoretical and technical is developed in close collaboration with professors and asserted professionals of the industry.
The programme develops theoretical and practical knowledge of domestic and living spaces, focusing on technological tools, production processes and materials. A proper understanding of the company values, according to the contemporary market, is required.
The course has a specific focus on the craftsmanship process of Italian production from a cultural and historical perspective, analyzing the subsequent economic impact on Italian small-medium enterprises and for the international luxury market.
Students learn tools and techniques related to the formal and functional representation of the product from freehand drawing to technical design, up to the production of three-dimensional models of the product, exploring the digital image, visual works and perceptive paradigms to develop artistic languages.
Students also learn the project methodologies, products distribution and marketing strategies and they get a deep in materials and prototyping techniques. Moreover, the program focuseses on supply-chain technologies and technological manufacturing processing, giving a complete overview on the Made in Italy production chain.
Interior Designer, Furniture Designer, Product Designer, Concept Designer, Materials, Components and Technical Devices Researcher.
- HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
- HISTORY OF DESIGN 1
- DESIGN METHODS
- MATERIAL TYPOLOGIES 1
- TECHNICAL DRAWING
- MODELING TECHNIQUES 1
- GRAPHIC DESIGN
- DESIGN 1
- PERCEPTION THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF THE FORM
- INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL MARKETING
- MATERIALS TYPOLOGIES 2
- DRAWING TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES
- MODELLING TECHNIQUES 2
- HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
- DESIGN 2
- PRODUCT DESIGN
- 3D COMPUTER MODEL-MAKING TECHNIQUES
- SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
- HISTORY OF DESIGN 2
- DESIGN MANAGEMENT
- DESIGN 3
- VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE
- PHENOMENOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
- CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
- LAYOUT AND TECHNIQUES
- DESIGN 4
The design matrix takes the form of the four IED Schools: Design, Fashion , Visual Arts and IED Management.
Each IED location houses four completely independent schools: what unites them is the common denominator of design culture and shared inspiring principles.
IED teaching methods require that all the schools:
• forge strong bonds with the local production and operation systems in their regions;
• interface with their benchmark sectors;
• evolve depending on the growth standards of their underlying markets and professional situations.
For these reasons, rather than just keeping in step with their times, the IED training courses are often thriving trend anticipators. IED represents a conceptual innovation hub. A number of professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to provide the input for a cross-fertilisation between areas and disciplines. The outcome is excellence. Evidence of this value is found in IED’s essential role in such leading events as Milan Salone del Mobile and Milan Fashion Week.