During the first year of the course, students examine two closely related fields of knowledge.
The first is interior design, which includes the essential knowledge of materials
and technologies; themes and problems linked to the design of space and furniture systems;
and the functional needs of users. Also explored is design culture, including how
it has developed in the history of architecture and in its relationship with the arts.
The second field of study explores techniques of three-dimensional modelling
and representation such as architectural drawing and relief, digital drawing, 3D modelling,
rendering, photography, image processing, and design representation techniques. The teaching
objective is to promote comprehension not only of the technical demands of space, but also
of its emotional and communicative impact.
During the first year, students will get to know and experiment all phases in designing an interior
space of medium difficulty, learning to manage it with a full awareness of each step - from
conception to representation and implementation - including the various spatial, functional,
technological, and legislative aspects.
36 hours - 6 cfa - 1st Semester
This module aims for students to practise and develop their ability to implement their own ideas, helping
them to find a source of inspiration, understand production in terms of both interior and product design,
and conduct personal research to be able to respond to design queries put forward by a client.
The module focuses on various key aspects such as: the importance of pre-design research (observation)
and the summary of complex and contemporary characteristics; morphological research (observation
of nature, basic design etc.); technological research (use and intuitive performance of materials, simple
production methods, modelling and materialisation of ideas); historical research; and the reference
literature (study of artefacts, study of the masters of design). In short, the module exercises the malleable
qualities of the future designer.
Digital Drawing - Architectural Relief - 80 hours - 8 cfa - 1st and 2nd Semester
This module is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on relief in Architecture, with the objective
of enabling students to read and interpret a space, perceive its distinctive features, and turn these into
a graphic representation. Each student will explore and experiment with the tools needed to measure
and render through visual relief, freehand proportioning, and instrumental relief techniques. The second
part of the module deals with digital drawing and aims to teach basic knowledge of the AutoCAD 2D
software for drawing ideas and designs.
Both theoretical and practical lessons aim to enable students to be able to fully and independently
use the software and work with precision and speed in the fields of interior and product design.
Interior - Product - 80 hours - 8 cfa - 1st and 2nd Semester
An Interior Design project is not just a simple answer to functional needs, but also the result
of articulated research that begins with the analysis of features and is expanded through construction
of form, expressive language, and the choice of materials. A quality space, therefore, is not only a beautiful
invention, but above all an effective answer to technical rules and the relationships between parts,
proportions, and measurements. The module is divided into two parts which offer students the chance
to take their first steps into the world of interior design. In the first part, the main objective is to learn
the minimum living requirements imposed by the law; standard furniture measurements and minimum
distances and dimensions. The second part deals with spatial, aesthetic, functional, and constructive
aspects in order to coherently and completely develop an architectural idea in all its complexity.
History of Architecture and Furniture
80 hours - 8 cfa - 2nd Semester
This module contributes to students' historical-critical knowledge of interior Architecture. It enhances
their understanding of space as a blend of volume, decoration, and furniture and as an expression
of different cultural areas and specific historical situations. Interior and Furniture Architecture from
ancient times until today's trends are examined in terms of the design and historical aspects
of their distribution, the arrangement of individual rooms, decoration, and the organisation of furniture
and everyday objects in relation to how taste, art, and fashion have evolved.
Through a chronological study, students will be able to historically place the different styles, identify
specific aspects of a living-space, and develop their own critical knowledge of the history of furniture
aimed at designing interior spaces.
3D Digital Modelling and Techniques (Rhino)
80 hours - 8 cfa - 2nd Semester
The course is divided into thematic modules that deal with the following topics: solid modeling for design, 2D drafting, models for Rapid Prototyping, and visualization of the design product.
The first module aims at understanding the elements that contribute to the creation of design models. It includes the study of digital solid modeling techniques for products. The second module offers an in-depth examination of the path that leads from the 3D model to the drafting of technical drawings and their layout. The third module demonstrates how to create drawings for project production, then builds rapid prototyping models. During practice sessions, the student is required to produce files for cutting plotters and the 3D printers. The last module deals with fast techniques for displaying the product through software dedicated to managing materials and lights.
Project representation Techniques
40 hours - 4 cfa - 2nd Semester
The module aims to teach students the basics of visual communication, layout, and the tools required
for image and vector processing using 2D and 3D design software. Students will thus learn how
to optimise the presentation of interior and industrial design projects as well as ensure these can
be properly understood and appreciated. Lessons begin by looking at the basics and continue through
to more complex elements.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
Loretta Di Paola
Materials and Technologies for Interior Design
60 hours - 10 cfa - 1st and 2nd Semester
The study of materials fits into a broad and continuously evolving framework (including social,
environmental, cultural, perceptive, and technical aspects). The programme provides a solid basis
for the use and processing of traditional and innovative materials, encouraging students towards
independent research. Materials are the core focus of study, including their technical characteristics,
derivative elements and components, and their expressive and productive possibilities, as well as their
recycling and final reuse. To this end, an examination of the traditional materials used for interiors
is provided (metal, stone, glass, wood, paper, laminates, ceramic, plastic), as well as examples of designed
spaces, with particular attention given to the quality of comfort of the interior space which the designer
must take into account. Colour is a basic ingredient of perception and therefore of a design as a whole,
and this is addressed through the identification of colour system samples. For assessment, research
is performed of real or prototyped design samples (colour, texture and samples).
Perception Theory and Psychology of the Form
24 hours - 4 cfa - 1st Semester
The module provides the conceptual tools for understanding the relationships between the study
of psycho-perceptive and semiotic processes and students’ own design and artistic interests
in the fields of visual communication and design. The theoretical lessons cover perception theory
and the basic semiotics of design, while classroom practical work focuses on the semiotic analysis
of design objects, giving students the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to correctly use signs
and develop understanding, meaning, and communication skills of design products and processes.
40 hours - 4 cfa - 2nd Semester
The module deals with the visual communication of design through the photographic language, providing
not only the grammatical and syntactic laws, but also the techniques to investigate
the link between photography and the design project. The programme provides suitable foundations
for object enhancement. Aspects examined in this module include photographic surveying
and the necessary support for architectural surveying operations. This is aimed at extracting useful
information from the photographic image for the metric and figurative determination of architectural
works. Much attention is also given to descriptive still life photography and creative/advertising still life,
with particular reference to the value of the composition, the interpretation of the design product,
and lighting in relation to material. The final objective is to provide students with the necessary skills
for the creation of professional interior design and still life photographic sets. All theoretical lessons
are consolidated through practical exercises in which a photographic project is fully developed through
each single phase: research, shooting, and post-production.
- Laura Primangeli