About IED
"We founded the Istituto Europeo di Design in 1966 under a guiding idea that ever since has inspired didactic methods and educational pathways: the philosophies of "knowing" and "knowing-how to" must grow and mature together. We conceived and built the school of projects: an authentic and modern culture. Over decades of practice, we have dug into knowledge, analysed all processes of doing and verified theories.

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Now we fully understand what carrying out an idea right up to its concrete realisation means, and today we teach how to do this. Five seats – and the intention of becoming more and more projected towards a consolidated international dimension – giving evidence of our history and the spirit that has led our activities to the present day."

-IED President Francesco Morelli


Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) is the leading Italian institute for the training of professionals in Design, Fashion, Visual Art and Communication. IED’s international network, the only network of its kind in Europe, is constantly growing. We are one of the world's most accredited fashion and design schools, with over 40 years’ experience in the field, 8000 students each year and over 70,000 graduates. We are the most popular destination for international students with 35% of its students coming from 85 countries.

Our instructors guide students along an education pathway that creates links between theory and practice, logic and experimentation, strategy and pragmatism. The school’s curriculum fits well with the modern "project culture," the core of a flexible education pathway that is based on the blending of "knowing" and "knowing how." Theory lessons are always connected with creative brainstorming sessions, workshops and collaboration with various enterprises operating in each specific reference sector. In order to answer to current market demands for competent professionals, our study curricula are constantly updated and taught by selected professionals coming from each specific field.

Partnerships with foremost enterprises is a fundamental part of IED's education strategy, which characterises the entire education pathway of both courses and special end of the academic year events as well as generating strong personal motivation in students to invest in their own success. Every year around 100 companies collaborate with us, in a variety of ways, towards the training of our students. Every single course is run in direct contact with and with support from companies operating in related fields of interests.

IED offers courses in various languages, including Italian, English and Spanish. For courses in English, we offer One Year intensive Certificates, Three Year Diplomas and One Year Masters programs. Students may take their class at one or more of our 10 campuses, located across 7 cities: Milan, Rome, Turin, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona and Sao Paulo. A range of short courses is also available in January/February (winter courses) and June/July (summer courses).

If you are seeking a career in Fashion, Design, Visual Art or Communication, the experience of studying in the heart of the European fashion and design industry, as well as at one of the worlds leading design schools, is an experience like none other. Moreover the IED’s systematic approach to the professional world, our teaching methodology, as well as the synergy between our schools (thanks to seminars, projects, exhibitions, events) assure a complete general and specific preparation for one’s professional career as a designer.