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Università Iuav di Venezia

Bachelor and Master in Product and Visual Communication Design. PHD in Design Sciences

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Mission Statement

From the Statute of the Università Iuav di Venezia:
   “[…] The University is the place where to elaborate, to spread and to critically learn the knowledge. Systematically combining education and research, organizes and develops scientific research, guarantees and coordinates the development of the didactic activity aimed toward the cultural and professional training of the students. The University develops and promotes the contamination of experiences through the integration of education and research activities and promotes the interaction of cultures”

International Role

Università Iuav di Venezia born in 1926 as Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), mainly related with architecture education and research. Since the beginning, thanks to the high education quality and unique location, IUAV has been recognized as an interesting international hub. Today IUAV maintain international relationship with Universities and Institution over the world. 70 at extra-european level and 200 at european level. 
Each year, WAVE (Workshop di Architettura di Venezia), an international teaching event is run with more than 1500 international students. In 2001 born the first bachelor level course of industrial design and multimedia, then in 2004 was created the first Master level course of Product and Communication Design. In 2017 was activated the Interior Design Course. Furthermore, is active a PhD in Design Sciences. Regarding Erasmus program, more than 90 students of Design (incoming and outgoing) has been exchanged at least 1 semester in the last 2 years. In the same period, 26 international internships have been done.

Design Teaching staff collaborated with colleagues from all around the world in the fields of education and research. Some examples of partnership:
•    Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina
•    Polytechnic School Graphic Expression, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
•    Faculty of Human Life Design, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan
•    Facultad de Arquitectura Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
•    Facultad de Arquitectura Urbanismo y Diseño, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
•    School of Design, East China National University, Shanghai, China
•    KISD Köln International School of Design, Gernany
•    Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft, Salzburg, Austria
•    Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, USI, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
•    Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, UCM University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
•    Levin College of Law    University of Florida, Florida, USA
•    School of Communication and Arts, Nebrija University, Madrid, Spagna
•    Iade – Instituto de Arte, Design e Empresa, Lisbon, Portugal
•    Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal
•    ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland 
•    Industrial Design Engineering, Technical University of Delft, Delft, Netherland

National Role

The Design bachelor and master courses of the Università Iuav di Venezia have a prominent role in the national context and are respectively classified at the first (bachelor) and second (master) place in the national ranking. The same courses are strictly connected with a strategic economic and industrial environment like the North-East of Italy. 

Main Focus

In BA and especially in MA focus on Design and research

Faculties and Departments

Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto – DCP

Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor in Industrial and multimedia design

Duration: 3 years

Title: BA in Industrial and visual communication design

Master Level Programs

Master in Product and Visual Communication Design

Duration: 2 years

Title: MA in Design

Research Activity and Main Areas

Main research areas:

. Design and emerging technologies

. Design and circular economy

. Health and wellbeing design

. Sport design

. Information design

. Interaction design

. Theory and History of design

Doctorate Level Programs

Doctorate in Architecture, city and design – track Design sciences

Duration: 3 years

Title: DA in Architecture, city and design


Bachelor: 480
Master: 160
Doctorate: 10

Exchange Students

Incoming: 25
Outgoing: 25
Others: 10

Teaching Staff

Professors: 54
Part-time Teachers: 39

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