NewSchool and Domus Academy-Milan Launch Global Design Degree

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Students can earn two design credentials after studying design in contemporary design mecca of Southern California and Milan, Italy, the world capital of design

Domus Academy (Milan)

Sabrina Dipietrantonio


NewSchool of Architecture & Design (San Diego)

Lauren McDaniel


SAN DIEGO, Calif., and MILAN —January 26, 2016—The Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool), in collaboration with globally-acclaimed Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy, have jointly announced the launch of two Global Design Degrees. The degree will allow students the opportunity to spend two years studying in San Diego, a rising contemporary and creative location for design in Southern California, and up to two years studying in Milan, Italy, the world capital of design. Upon graduation, students will earn two design credentials: a bachelor’s degree from a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)-accredited institution, NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, through its Domus Academy School of Design, as well as a diploma from Domus Academy in Milan. In addition, students will have had one unforgettable experience that combines the best of Italian design blended with the California innovative creative industry. The Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool is now accepting applications for fall 2016 for a Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design or a Bachelor of Arts in Product Design.

“In Milan, Italy, students are immersed in the birthplace and world capital of design, while San Diego offers a contemporary view of design’s influence on technology, lifestyle and sustainability, so it really is the best of both worlds,” said Alberto Bonisoli, Chief Academic Officer and Interim Domus Academy Head of Institute. “The collaboration between The Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool in California and Domus Academy in Italy is so much more than a typical bachelor’s degree; this truly global experience will open more doors—to students’ own creativity, to career possibilities, and to the world, providing firsthand knowledge of two design cultures and expand contacts within the international marketplace.”

In both countries, students will take courses taught by industry experts to build theoretical foundation and apply classroom knowledge while creating actual projects with real companies. Students have worked directly with renowned companies such 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.

The two universities also collaborate for a San Diego-based Italian design experience through the Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, a partnership with Domus Academy in Milan. The San Diego program offers three immersive hands-on degrees on its California-based campus that also bring in world-renowned faculty from Milan and focus on human-centric design philosophy and project-based learning through real life projects and clients.

“Design in Italy has always been a strategic asset for companies, and the success of “Made in Italy” was due to the magic encounter between visionary entrepreneurs and designers and the competency of the best craftsmanship and production technicians,” said Elena Pacenti, Director of the Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool. “The entrepreneurs of the furniture and goods industries understood that they could differentiate their brands and products by design. The dialogue between entrepreneurs and designers gave birth to the famous Italian innovative products. We want to instill this concept of ‘design as a mindset’ for our students, and give them an international experience so they can be prepared to solve any kind of problem in any field—from buildings and products, to interiors and graphics.”

The new Global Design Degree serves as an extension of both NewSchool and Domus Academy’s continued commitment to global design thinking and innovation, encouraging cultural diversity in the classroom.

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About Domus Academy:

Founded in 1982, Domus Academy is an internationally renowned, innovative design academy, based in the heart of Milan, a world capital of design. Domus Academy connects students with the design industry so they can take their career to the next level. Its one-year master’s programs span a wide, multidisciplinary range in the design field, from interior design to product design, fashion and architecture. Students learn from professional and talented designers, work on practical projects with leading companies and make invaluable connections with prestigious firms. Domus Academy has been named among the world’s top graduate schools in Masterclass: Product Design, Fashion & Textile, Interior Design and Architecture; selected by Businessweek as one of the best design schools in the world; and selected by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of architecture and design. Domus Academy is a member of Laureate International Universities network – a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Through this network, students are able to collaborate with award-winning design schools around the world including: Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand; Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, California. For more information about Laureate International Universities, visit

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