Our History

40 years



We are IAAD. since 1978

IAAD. – INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ART AND DESIGN – is one of the leading centers of HIGHER EDUCATION in Italy and Europe in the field of design.

/ 1978

IAAD. introduces the first Italian post-secondary course in “Automotive Bodywork Architecure,” now “Transportation Design”, the institute’s flagship program made possible through important international partnerships.

/ 2012

IAAD. signs an important strategic partnership with the French group AD Education, an international network in creative and design fields. The opportunity for exchanges among students from the different partner schools multiply.

/ 2013

IAAD.’s three-year bachelor’s programs are officially accredited by MUR (the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) as Academic Diplomas of the First Level (180 CFA). The new headquarters are inaugurated in the Aurora district, within the Lavazza headquarters, with an area of 3,000 square meters available for teaching, exhibitions, conferences and events.

/ 2020

IAAD. takes on a new Managerial Director who, with the support of the AD Education group, plans to expand IAAD.’s growth to an international level while maintaining the values that led it to become one of the best design schools in Italy.

/ 2022

IAAD. launches new post-graduate training courses in both locations and introduces the innovative Bra-Very Bar project at the Fuorisalone Fair in Milan. IAAD.’s collaboration with Diversity Lab and Fashion Revolution opens the doors to new areas of research in which design plays a central role.