Global Design Degrees

Two countries. Two design credentials. One unforgettable experience. The best of Italian design approach blended with the California innovative creative industry.

The Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool offers undergraduate degrees like no other: an immersive, hands-on experience in European and American design. You’ll learn the Italian design approach in Milan, the world capital of design. And in San Diego, California, you’ll examine the influence of contemporary design on technology, lifestyle, and sustainability.

Enroll in one of two exciting global design degree programs - and spend part of your degree learning about design in its birthplace, Italy, and another part in San Diego, where you will get a contemporary view of design’s influence on technology, lifestyle, and sustainability. In both locations, you’ll take courses taught by industry experts to build your theoretical foundation. You’ll apply your classroom knowledge as you create actual projects with real companies. Internships will give you an inside perspective on how your field really works. Upon program completion, you will receive a WASC-accredited bachelors degree from NewSchool of Architecture & Design and a certificate from Domus Academy in Milan.


Domus Academy students have worked directly with such renowned companies as BMW Design Group, Crea International, Sound United, Elica, Fiat, Swenyo, Frog Design, FutureBrand, La Triennale di Milano, Matteo Thun & Partners, Pambianco, RCS Media Group, Studio Urquiola, Co-merge, and Whirlpool.

Program Options

So much more than a typical bachelor’s degree, this truly global experience will open more doors—to your own creativity, to career possibilities, and to the world. It will give you firsthand knowledge of two design cultures and expand your contacts within the international marketplace, so you can prepare for a global career in design. Choose from Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design and BA Product Design degree options - and whether you would like to start the degree in San Diego, California or Milan, Italy:

  • Start your degree in US: Spend 2 years studying in San Diego, followed by your third year in Italy - and then, return to San Diego for the fourth year to finish your degree
  • Start your degree in Italy: Spend 2 years in Italy, followed by 2 years in San Diego

Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design

Are you inspired to solve the design challenges of everyday life? In this program, you can begin to design interior spaces that are both beautiful and functional. You will learn to identify, analyze, and find answers to interior design problems as you work on real-world studio projects.By collaborating in teams with your multicultural classmates, you will broaden your approach to design and prepare for your own professional design practice. You’ll take an interdisciplinary, human-centered approach to design solutions that support a diverse customer base. You’ll explore how to create sustainable, environmentally sound interior environments that improve occupants’ quality of life.

You could launch a career in:

  • Interior design for commercial or residential spaces
  • Exhibition design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Green building design

Bachelor of Arts in Product Design

Equal parts insight, ingenuity, and intuition go into making a well-designed product. In this program, you’ll explore product design concepts across a range of disciplines, cultures, and industries. And you’ll begin to develop innovative design solutions for both community and industrial needs. Through coursework, you’ll investigate the techniques, tools, and processes of product design so you can learn to distill the best solution from multiple possibilities. You’ll study the research methodologies that will help you analyze emerging market needs for new product systems. Through hands-on workshops, you’ll learn by designing. As you work on intensive assignments, you will build prototypes, select materials, and explore evolutions in manufacturing and production. Collaborating in multicultural teams will help you develop skills in leadership and cooperation.

You could launch a career in:

  • Product design
  • Design research
  • Brand strategy
  • Exhibition design


There is no better place to pursue a truly superb design education than Milan, where you’ll be immersed in a stimulating artistic culture and a thriving commercial design industry. You’ll have opportunities to meet some of Italy’s finest artisans and designers, and you’ll visit production and manufacturing facilities responsible for renowned Made in Italy craftsmanship. Finally, you will have the chance to explore streets lined with the most important flagship stores of design, like Cappellini, Driade, and Kartell.


Great cities are the engine of innovation and San Diego has always been at the forefront, leading the country in game-changing creativity and technology. NewSchool’s campus lies in the heart of the East Village design district, where innovation, design, education and the arts converge and architects and designers are transforming once-empty industrial spaces into creative studios, offices, and residences.

First cohort intake: Fall 2017 for first time freshmen cohort.

Two countries. Two design credentials. One unforgettable experience.