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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci ®

History of Design


Duration: min. 1 week
Lessons: 6
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Participants: min. 2 participants; if there should be only one participant, she/he will get 4 lessons instead of 6 lessons in 1 week, 9 lessons instead of 12 lessons in 2 weeks and 18 lessons instead of 24 lessons in 4 weeks.
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Course centers: Milan - Rome

The "History of Design" course is offered in our Milan school.


The course tells the story of industrial design from its origins, to more recent times, through the main people and movements that have marked the history of modern world design. Students will have the opportunity to analyze the most famous creations, from the 'Lambretta' scooter, to the lamps of Giò Ponti, from the Bauhaus to magazines of the sector, with a focus on current Italian design.

A historical retracing of the development of design, provides a study of the historical, social and economic context of the movements which have marked history from the year 1900. After gaining a general knowledge of the international processes of the development of industrial design, the teaching will focus on the Italian experience and its contemporary development in space and architectural design. The course will also analyze concepts of form, series, type, standard and system, in relation to the developments dealt with in the course.

History of Design, Milan

Course Program:

  • From production by craftsmen to industrial production
  • From manufacture to industry. The transition phase: Wedgwood and Thonet
  • William Morris and the Arts & Crafts
  • Design, Standard, Series
  • Peter Behrens e la AEG
  • Walter Gropius e la Bauhaus
  • The Fiat case
  • Dante Giacosa and the 500
  • Vespa Piaggio and the Lambretta Scooter.
  • Marcello Nizzoli and Olivetti
  • Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
  • Franco Albini
  • Giò Ponti
  • Marco Zanuso
  • Ettore Sottsass jr.
  • Bruno Munari
  • Enzo Mari
  • The 'Triennale', magazines of the sector, the Golden Compass and the ADI


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Read about the experiences of our students!

The experience of Roya Nadafi

Roya Nadafi - Corso Arte e Moda: Storia del Design a Milano

  • + Name: Roya Nadafi
  • + Country: USA
  • + Course: History of Italian Design

My experience with the History of Italian Design course in Milan:

"I really liked the friendly staff of the school both in Firenze and Milano. Everybody was trying to help to accommodate and put together a reasonable content to the lectures based on my time and interest.

What I really liked was the one – one attention I have received from my instructors customizing the lecture base on the topics I picked and they really guided me through the important element of the content. They empowered the lecture artfully, to encourage a sense of curiosity, creativity and inspiration relevant to the topic. They were right to the point with the questions I asked and were very helpful to work around it whenever I was short in my Italian. I also, really enjoyed having the design lectures in Italian language in Milano."

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Address: Via Darwin 20  IT - 20143, Milano, Italia
Telephone: (+39) 02-8324.1002 - Fax: (+39) 02-8942.5256
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Passionate about art, fashion or design?

The Leonardo da Vinci schools offer the possibility to study Italian language and, at the same time, discover Italian traditions, such as art, fashion and design. In particular, our schools in Florence and Milan have studied a special offer. For more information visit: art courses in Italy.

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