Programme details

What will you learn?

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The Bachelor's degree programme includes a focus on new behaviours and the meaning of production processes in relation to the following cross-disciplinary topics:

  • Environmental Sustainability: the prerequisite of every design and production activity, to be developed according to eco-design guidelines both by the product designer and the communication designer.
  • Social: a key issue for the Piedmont region that, in recent years, has distinguished the training offered by this degree programme. The design skills in this area are recognised at a professional and economic level; this is demonstrated by the collaborations with many organisations, both for- and non-profit, that are concerned with community development, educational projects and social inclusion to benefit vulnerable areas and groups of citizens.
  • Cultural Heritage: this is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary area in which the figure of the designer is called to act at the level of the product, process, and strategy, through specific skills that relate, for example, to service design, exhibition installation, outdoor design, light design, and communication.
  • Digital: an area that covers the skills needed to design complex, digital products, communications interfaces, but also processes linked to the interaction with machines, to digital manufacturing and to making.

How will you learn it?

Design e comunicazione

The degree programme, entirely Italian-taught, is organised into two teaching blocks with disciplinary laboratories relating to core knowledge and interdisciplinary laboratories concerned with gaining experience in project development. The programme includes, in particular: 

  • general training: the first year and the first semester of the second year will offer disciplinary laboratories on two-/three-dimensional representation and History and Culture of design. The aim is to optimise disciplinary knowledge once offered in individual courses. In the same way, from the first to the third year, a series of interdisciplinary design laboratories will be held where you will learn to control and manage design methodology, according to increasing degrees of complexity in the design requirements;
  • specialized training: after a first, general year and a first design lab in the second year, which is also aimed at all students, you will be invited to choose the path you wish to follow by choosing between product and communication design, when the September teaching load is being organised. These specialized paths last until the third year, during which you will attend specific labs for each of the two paths in the first teaching period, and themed labs in the second teaching period, confronting interdisciplinary design issues consistent with the product and communication specialisations;
  • training internship: this is mandatory and is a chance for you to engage with the world of work through a 300-hour work placement of which 280 hours are spent in companies, at agencies, or in professional studios, that you will choose from more than 400 organisations in the regional and national area. Thanks to this essential experience you will receive continuous support from PoliTO Stage&Job Office that, in collaboration with the degree programme internship board, will support you for information, contacts, and tutoring.


What you can do next

There are many educational and professional pathways, you can: 

  1. continue your studies with a Master’s degree programme, The Master's Degree Course in Systemic Design is active at the Polytechnic of Turin;
  2. apply for a Master's Programme in Eco Packaging Design or Interior, Exhibit & Retail Design;
  3. become a product designer, able to programme and manage product design and production activities, with a specific awareness on ethics, sustainability, and economy, with industrial and artisanal goods manufacturing companies, design studios, public and private bodies that produce and deliver services;
  4. become a communication designer, able to programme and manage the new communication forms and tools, controlling the development of digital images, using approaches and uses cognisant of IT and hypermedia tools, with professional studios, marketing and communication agencies, publishers, and public and private bodies that produce and deliver services.

Further information

  • Innovation Design Lab: where design drives innovation for entrepreneurship and sustainability.
  • virtuaLAB: the virtuaLAB was born in a complementary way to the Real Models Laboratory with which it interfaces in the reality of the laboratories dedicated to the Course of Studies in Design and Communication since 2001. 
  • ModLab Arch and ModLab Design are two "making" laboratories, located respectively in the Valentino Castle and the Cittadella Politecnica di Mirafiori; they are multidisciplinary spaces in which activities dedicated to the creation of models for design, architecture, urban planning and visual communication are developed.
  • MATto, material library of the degree course in Design and Communication: 1000 materials and semi-finished products of new generation collected and analyzed according to their technical characteristics, their possible sustainable use, the forms of presentation and sensory characteristics in support of local businesses and design courses and students of the Degree Course in Design and Communication.
  • Food Design Lab | PoliTO: operational tool of the Fighting Food Waste Design focus (FFWD) project of the Polytechnic of Turin on the themes of food design and food poverty.