Foundation Year

1 year
8,500 EUR
Oct 2024
July 2024
Milan / Italy
Scuola Politecnica di Design

Program description

This educational path will enable foreign students who have attended school for 11 years, as well as those who attended an American high school but did not receive the necessary AP credits to enter Italian BA programs, or a British high school but did not receive the required number of A-Level credits to enter Italian BA programs, to integrate the minimal requirements set by the Ministry of Education and Research before enrolling in a university and acquiring the fundamental subjects needed to develop the necessary knowledge in the fields of artistic, audiovisual, multimedia, and design.

Additionally, participants will be able to engage with instructors, get knowledge about SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design's training methodologies, integrate theoretical and practical approaches, and investigate design best practices as well as the ideas of research and artistic production.

Program structure

  • Italian language and culture
  • Creative Writing workshop
  • History of art, design and Italian style
  • Specific course
  • Final test


The tuition fee is 8,500 EUR.

Requirements for applicants

The candidates are required to submit, by 10 th of October, the application for admission, attaching their high school diploma, along with their “transcript of record” of training activities carried out, Declaration of Value or CIMEA Certificates of Authenticity and Comparability, study visa (if applicable) and English language certificate. SPD reserves the possibility of checking the aptitude and motivation of students before enrolment. T

Language Requirements: English level B1/B2 of English.

About the university

Founded in Milan in 1954, SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design is the first school in Italy dedicated to design disciplines.

Thanks to the mix of its Italian roots and strong international orientation, SPD is now an international laboratory for sharing experiences and creating initiatives by maintaining a balance between function and expression, production and experimentation. This immensely fulfilling conversation with businesses, manufacturers, and the other players along the design chain is also demonstrated by the innovative work produced each year and the young professionals the school is able to give to the market.


At SPD, being creative is a daily task. It has accepted an amazing community of students from all nations and backgrounds ever since its founding in 1954. Everyone has an unparalleled opportunity: they collaborate with top-notch professionals, converse with numerous academic partners, and exchange experiences with emerging talent from across the globe.

All of this occurs in Milan, a city with a rich and easily accessible legacy of design and architecture, business and industry, communication, and the arts.


The school has had a very successful history, marked by remarkable recognition. It can be proud of its exhibitions at the Carrousel du Louvre, the Biennale di Venezia in 1986, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Medaglia d'Oro at the tenth Triennale in Milan, and even the Compasso d'Oro awarded by the ADI - Associazione Disegno Industriale in 1994. Not to mention the honor of receiving the SMAU prize for Industrial Design twice.

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