Three year course


Learning by doing is the principle at the root of the Three-year courses at Raffles Milano, a training experience that structures the mind, provides a solid technical foundation and unleashes a desire to broaden your life horizons


3 years





Start Date



Italian / English

Course leader



Born in 1947 and graduated in 1969 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. From 1975 to 1979 he worked for ICF De Padova and in parallel he started to collaborate with Vico Magistretti, one of the masters of Italian Design. From 1978 to 1984 he lived in London and in that period he was among the founders of Alias and Director of Artemide G.B. In 1992 he founded Nemo with Cassina, and in 1999 Forcolini.Lab. In 2005 he founded Oylight. Over the years he designed for Alias, Artemide, BBB Bonacina, De Padova, Caimi Brevetti, Cassina, Gervasoni, Luceplan, Luci Italia, Joint, OY light, Pomellato and Zumtobel. From 2001 to 2007 he was National President of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale). In 2007 he was a member of the Italian Design Council and since 2008 he is a member of the ADI Design Jury. From 2009 to 2016 he was Scientific Director, Ceo and Vice President of IED. In 2018 he is appointed by MIBAC member of the Study Commission for the identification of public policies to support and develop Design, and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he is appointed Ambassador of Italian design in the world. Since 2017 he is Scientific Director of Raffles Milano. In 2020 he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro alla Carriera. His projects are in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Design Museum of the Triennale di Milano and the ADI Compasso d'Oro Collection. He has exhibited in Madrid, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Cologne, Tokyo, Sydney, Santiago the Chile, Moscow, Oslo, Naples, Milan, Toronto and Brussels. Commissione di studio per l’individuazione di politiche pubbliche di supporto e sviluppo al Design, e dal Ministero degli Esteri Ambasciatore del design italiano nel mondo. Dal 2017 è Direttore Scientifico di Raffles Milano. Nel 2020 ha ricevuto il Compasso d’Oro alla Carriera. Suoi progetti sono nelle collezioni del Cooper Hewitt Museum di New York, nel Museo delle Arti decorative di Parigi, nel Museo del Design della Triennale di Milano e nella Collezione del Compasso d’Oro ADI. Ha esposto a Madrid, Los Angeles, Londra, Amburgo, Colonia, Tokyo, Sidney, Santiago, Mosca, Oslo, Napoli, Milano, Toronto e Bruxelles

Product design:
designing objects, systems and solutions


Without design, the world would be a much poorer, more tiring place. The discipline of design can be defined as ‘pervasive intelligence’ that invites us to find new meanings and new solutions, and that educates people to generate value and values for the world around them. Design has always been a powerful driver of social and aesthetic progress and of thinking.

Professional opportunities

Design is an essential factor for every firm that makes the quality of its products a hallmark of its market positioning. That quality comprises the product’s conception, usability and emotional appeal, its ability to cater for the requirements of environmental sustainability, a suitable choice of materials and the product’s life cycle. And the designer is the lead actor in the process of defining the product’s main characteristics. At the end of this course, students will be able to find opportunities for work or structured professional placement in all sorts of different fields of industry, wherever innovation converges with the quality of products, services and processes.

Who should attend

The course is for applicants with a secondary school leaving diploma. Ideal students in this course aspire to transform their creative characteristics into the abilities to think, to conceive, to execute and to communicate projects, products and services. The course provides them with the research tools, methodologies and processes they will need to be able to govern the complexity of designing. As design is interdisciplinary by nature, the course will introduce students to the tools they need to interact with various experts in managing the process, from the product’s conception to its market commercialisation.


The first year curriculum is designed to enable students to learn the tools of basic design, perception and the human senses, familiarity with materials, history of design, design theory and representation, designing 1. The second year features a strong component of design labs, workshops, interdisciplinary labs and site visits to firms. The third year is devoted to analysing future trends and scenarios, new opportunities for design, with the city as a theatre for design. The last semester focuses on developing a design thesis in partnership with firms.


– Basic design.
– Art and design history
– Material design
– Researching scenarios and developing concepts
– Representing and communicating products and services
– Physical and cognitive ergonomics
– Perceived quality and sensations
– Design and sustainability
– Strategic marketing/product and communication
– Design management

Student of the Year

At the end of each academic year, Raffles Milano rewards the best talent of every course and every year.
The award is given to the student who has distinguished him- or herself in terms of his/her academic career and portfolio, according to the assessment both of an internal committee of teachers and of an external committee of professionals who are invited to assess the portfolio (the student’s anonymity is protected)


They are well-founded professionals, authors of projects that have made their mark, and with many years of teaching experience. They have a wide and truly international vision. They are part of a cohesive and productive group, and they love discussing the progress of courses, the opportunities that present themselves on the run and the performance of individual students.

Alice Barki

Industrial designer

Aldo Bottoli

Color and Perception designer

Christian Buzio


Valeria Calfa

Visual designer

Giorgio Caporaso

Carlo Dameno


Pasquale Di Meglio

Design director / Visual designer

Francesco Dondina

Graphic designer

Gianluca Ferrauto


Monica Ferrigno


Andrea Davanzati Forges

Carlo Forcolini

Scientific Director

Stefano Frattini

Visual designer

Marco Frigerio


Lorenzo Gecchelin

Architect and Designer

Chiara Grandesso

Graphic designer

Vittorio Libertucci

Laura Licari

Laura Lisi

Translator / Interpreter

Pierluigi Masini

Journalist / Writer

Stefano Moscatelli


Massimo Mussapi


Matteo Origoni


Paolo Orlandi


Paolo Ranzani


Marco Rossano


Anna Santi


Patrizia Scarzella

Architect / Journalist

Sara Selmi

Industrial designer

Luca Stalla


Isabella Steffan


Amelia Valletta

Design strategist

Orio Vergani

Gallerist / Curator

Giulio Vinaccia


Motoki Yoshio


Marianna Zocca

Service designer


Applications for admission can be made by downloading the form and sending it to or made by calling the school directly.

Admission Fee
Applicants for admission must pay a fee of 150 euros.

Admission documentation
– letter of motivation
– passport or identity card for Italian students or EU-EFTA citizens
– receipt of payment of the admission fee of 150 euros.

The candidate will be contacted for an Admissions interview after their submission of the Application documents. If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive an Admittance letter, which is non-binding for the Candidate.

Candidates, if the result of the interview was positive, are sent the official acceptance response of the admission request, which remains non-binding for the Candidate.

Download the application form click here and together with the other documents send to:

Confirmation of enrollment 
Candidates will be eligible to enroll with us after receiving their Admittance Letter from the Institution. Successful applicants will have 30 days to fill out the enrollment form and pay an enrollment fee to secure their position in the program


Annual fees valid for registrations from 1 January 2021:
Students from the European Union and EFTA
Registration fee + annual fee according to the six categories of ISEE family income brackets:
I Income bracket up to € 30,000
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 6,000
II Income bracket from 30,001 to 40,000 euros
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 7,000
III Income bracket from 40,001 to 70,000 euros
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 9,500
IV Income bracket from 70,001 to 100,000 euros
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 12,500
V Income range from 100,001 to 125,000 euros
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 16,000
VI Income bracket over 125,000 euros
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 18,000

Non-European Union and Non-EFTA students
Tassa di iscrizione: 3.000 euro
Annual tuition fee: € 18,000
Raffles Milan can accept the submission of income documents by students to assess their suitability with respect to the determination of the membership bracket

Information Request
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