Digital technology is having a huge impact on society, economy and businesses. From planning tools to practices and processes, the role of digital technology is all pervasive, reshaping the business landscape for companies, organizations, institutions and individuals. Internet, automation, artificial intelligence, genetics, biomedical technology as well as the new space race: these are all challenges but they are also new opportunities which are causing dramatic changes in the fabric of modern society, and the pace of change will be like nothing before.
It is, therefore, vital for companies and individuals to use their innovative abilities to transform themselves, turn these changes to their own advantage and – not least – reshape the marketplace.
In recent years, the level of investment in innovation has increased: new models for accelerating innovation have attracted private sector investment while the Polytechnic, Boot Camp and the accelerator network have received significant support from the public sector. This shows that there is an ever-increasing demand for innovation professionals who can successfully navigate this new landscape.
As innovation is more and more becoming a strategic process today, the new IAAD Master in Innovation Design has been specifically designed to bridge a gap in the current educational offering.
The Master’s key objective is to form professionals who can act as producers and facilitators of innovation for both start-ups and organizations – companies, institution and ONG – combining a global perspective with a deep understanding of the local context. The participants will develop the mental tools to think across boundaries and introduce innovation into traditional areas, such as business development, strategy, human resources as well as research and development.
The training approach is inspired by two key features that revolve around the Italian heritage from the Renaissance until today: interdisciplinarity and beauty. On the first aspect, interdisciplinarity is regarded as the ability to draw knowledge from several other fileds like design, technology, creativity, social skills, entrepreneurship and communication; on the second aspect, beauty and aesthetics values permeate every step of the creative process from an initial intuition to the final product/service, and therefore it can boost and generate added value.
The Master Program brings together six different themes – design, technology, creativity, social commitment, communication, and entrepreneurship – with the aim of learning from and interacting with each other, and this results in an innovative approach that is internationally regarded as the one ingredient that makes Italy stand apart.
The themes are explored through various modern approaches and subjects: Human Centered Design Thinking, practice of Service Design and Agile, platform e system design, open innovation, small signal analysis, technological foresight, generation of ideas within the organization, stakeholder analysis, storytelling based on data, lateral thinking, problem-solving.
Interdisciplinarity is a key concept that underlies the innovation of the Department. To blend various areas of knowledge – from art and humanities to technology and economy – is fundamental to the program’s teaching methodology. What’s more, the students will have the opportunity to act as trend scouts, providing support to projects carried out by other IAAD students as part of their coursework.
One of the distinctive traits of IAAD method is the constant collaboration with sector-specific companies and firms in order to realize bound projects. Both the partner companies’ business requirements and IAAD’s teaching requirements converge in these projects, creating a situation that is doubly positive: aspiring designers have the opportunity to work with companies that are leaders in their sectors and companies can monitor and invest on future talent. This system also allows simulating working conditions in a professional environment: work is conducted under specific deadlines, correcting projects during their execution phase by following client feedback, through the team and objective-oriented work.
Guido earned his Master’s Degree at the London School of Economics thanks to a scholarship from the Italian Government, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University in 1999, at the peak of the Internet hype. He founded two tech companies before turning twenty-eight, and three in total, based in Italy, Ireland, and the USA. The largest of these companies became an international e-commerce enabler with offices in four countries and a team of 50 people from 15 different nationalities. Guido lived in Silicon Valley for 4 years and closed funding rounds with investors from Italy, Switzerland and the USA. As a recognized pioneer in his field, he introduced concepts to the European market that became tech standards, including the idea of end-to-end e-commerce outsourcing. In addition to his passion for technology, Guido has been a successful athlete: he raced with the Italian National Ski Team and represented his country over two seasons at the Europa Cup.
// seat: Turin
// duration: 400 hours – 9 months (November 2019-July 2020)
// language: English
Mode of study: full-time (a mixture of lectures, workshops, frontal lessons and group work). Lessons are taught Monday to Friday – extra classes may be scheduled on weekends – compulsory attendance. The Master’s key objective is to form professionals who can act as producers and facilitators of innovation for both start-ups and organizations – companies, institution and ONG – combining a global perspective with a deep understanding of the local context. The participants will develop the mental tools to think across boundaries and introduce innovation into traditional areas, such as business development, strategy, human resources as well as research and development.
Every edition of the Master includes the development of a thesis in collaboration with a company of the sector. The project path starts with a briefing with the company, followed by intermediate presentations and feedback from company referents, and ends with the final discussion of the Thesis.
REQUIREMENTS AND ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Master Program can be accessed by graduates and postgraduates. Admission depends on the evaluation of the candidacy, to be presented thorough a cover letter, curriculum vitae and portfolio. IAAD reserves the right to ask the candidate, when deemed necessary, an additional interview at the head office or via Skype.
Applications have to contain these documents:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover letter
- Portfolio (not mandatory)
The Master Coordinator, assisted by an academic board will evaluate the candidacies received. IAAD reserves the right to ask the candidate, when deemed necessary, an additional interview at the head office or via Skype. The result of the application will be communicated by the Career Guidance Office to each candidate.
IAAD offers 5 scholarships to be assigned to candidates according to curriculum and portfolio evaluation.
The available scholarships are:
- 1 worth 100% of the tuition fee
- 2 worth 50% of the tuition fee
- 2 worth 20% of the tuition fee
Scholarships will be awarded with merit criteria from a board selected from the Direction and from the Master Program Coordinator.
Will be specifically evaluated:
- Personal portfolio (not mandatory)
- Degree type and work experience
- Cover letter
Candidates who pass pre-selection will be invited for an interview at the head office or via Skype. In case of tied candidates, IAAD can decide to divide the assigned scholarship.
Applications can be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or by traditional mail to IAAD Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design, Via Pisa 5, 10152 Torino – Italy.
For further information on Master contents, professor board and scholarships please contact Career Guidance Office:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +39 011 54 88 68
Application rounds for Autumn 2019 (NOVEMBER) entry
First Admission Round
- Online application period opens: January 1, 2019
- Admission application deadline at midnight CET: May 31, 2019
- Notification of Selection Results: June 15, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: July 5, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of application fee: July 5, 2019
Second Admission Round**
- Online application period opens: July 15, 2019
- Admission application deadline at midnight CET: September 1, 2019
- Notification of Selection Results: September 15, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: October 1, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of application fee: October 1, 2019
**Please note that the second application round must be considered as an extra application round.
International students are highly encouraged to apply during the first admission round – which is the main one and it is open many months before the beginning of the Master course in order to give students to manage all the Enrollment process in time.
Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their Student Visa before the Master course starts.
EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the First round.
The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need to get the Student Visa.