IAAD’s “Interior Design” Department was founded in Turin in 1978 and, on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, expands its thematic horizons in order to confront the new challenges of the contemporary world.



The identity of the First Level Academic Diploma in “Interior Design” continues to focus on the spatial and material quality of spaces and furnishing systems, along the lines of the Italian design tradition, promoting the comparison with process and language innovations introduced both by new project managing tools and production, and by the pervasive connectivity that makes furniture and living spaces more and more sensitive and interactive.

Considering both well-being and user’s needs as central elements of the technical-creative process of the designer, in the border space between the world of theory and that of the project there are three thematic lines, representing the multiple facets of contemporary design. 


The central issue about research in the interior design world: the achievement of a high spatial quality through a clear interpretation of the project plan and user needs, distribution inventions, functional flexibility and a conscious use of materials.


The transformation processes of matter as a fundamental part of the project development path, considering both the traditional methods and the new tools related to mass customization and its formal and aesthetic implications, capable of generating new languages. The production chain of objects and systems redesigned in the virtuous view of circular economy, so that the innate mankind propensity to renew spaces doesn’t interfere irreparably with the environment.


The environmental comfort of the user as an essential point for the correct design of the interior spaces, which is implemented through the control of natural elements (light, air, water); the adaptation of architectural and plant devices; the conscious spatial declension of the organic sources of the plant world. The critical use of new tools derived from the digital revolution – from the new systems of connection between objects (Internet of Things), to the interaction interfaces with users – considered as a function of its spatial implications.


Quality of the project, authorship, multidisciplinarity, attitude to research and knowledge sharing are the aspects that characterize a modern course of Interior Design, capable of training professionals equipped with the right tools to confront the challenges of the market and the contemporary world.

The study plans deal with humanistic subjects such as art history, architecture and design, sociology and semiotics of design, moving then to more specific topics such as design of spaces and furnishing systems; home design; exhibit design; design of sustainable processes; ergonomics; Science and technology of materials – supported by the modeling laboratory; digital representation techniques – including technical drawing, parametric modeling, rendering and video making.

Thanks to the active support of numerous partners – from companies to professionals, through presentations, company visits, workshops, seminars, internships, projects and degree theses – the IAAD Interior Design Department is able to offer its students opportunities to try challenge themselves alongside the most renowned national and international companies operating in the field of design.

  President of Department: Aldo Cibic Strategic Director: Marco Rainò Coordinator of the First Level Academic Diploma: Walter Nicolino


I level Academic Diploma in Design (DIPL02) Specialization in Interior design

Seat: Turin/Bologna Language: Italian  

Three-year course syllabus

scientific-academic area

learning environment



Sciences of communication

Design semiotics

Representation methods and tools

Projective and descriptive geometry

History and culture of design

– History of arts and techniques

– History and culture of design

Mathematics and physical sciences

Design physics

Science and technology of materials

Science and technology of materials






Basic Design

Basic design

Space design

– Furnishing

– Interior design

– Space design

Systems design

Integrated product design

Production technologies

Production technologies

Product design / Space design

Characterizing subjects annually activated by Academic Board






Analysis and representation of shape and project

Representation techniques and languages


Multimedia for design

Project representation and communication techniques


– Modelling

Sciences and languages of perception

Theory of perception



Professional activity management

Professional activity management

Sociology and anthropology of design

Sociology of design

Image graphic design

Image graphic design

Communication design

Communication design



English language

















total CREDITS 180

Interior design, schedule for the current academic year

The opening of the academic year is expected in the first week of October, with the usual ceremony.

The ordinary lessons begin 1 week after, according to the time-schedule, and take place from Monday to Friday, while activities on Saturday can occasionally be inserted. Any extraordinary lectures and seminars are provided with due notice.

Lessons ordinarily follow the schedule published on the Notice Board before the beginning of each semester.

It’s a good idea to check the daily schedule posted on the Notice Board to check for any changes and classrooms in which lessons take place.


Academic Year Opening

  • 2nd and 3rd years: October
  • 1st years: October

I Semester

  • 2nd and 3rd years: October / January
  • 1st years: October / January

Design Workshop – only 2nd and 3rd years

  • February

II Semester

  • February / May

Exams and thesis:

  • I ordinary session: February
  • II ordinary session: June (1st and 2nd years)
  • II ordinary session: June (3rd years)
  • I extraordinary session: June
  • II extraordinary session: September
  • Thesis Ordinary Session: June / July  

Weeks off ordinary lessons:

  • February (1st years)
  • January / February (2nd and 3rd years)
  • June

During these weeks, students are required to ensure the availability to participate in any additional classes or catch lessons. The schedule is subject to changes which will be duly communicated.

Interior design, information on exam sessions for the current academic year

Students are admitted to the examination sessions (2 per academic year) only if they are up to date with payments, are not over the minimum attendance required and – if any – have successfully passed the midterm checks for each subject.

In case of failure of one or more examinations in the ordinary session, students will have access to the call of the extraordinary exam sessions (2 per academic year).

The procedures to access the exam sessions are contained in the Institute Regulation, given annually to students and available at the Didactic Office.

Exams and thesis: – 1st ordinary session: February  – 2nd ordinary session: June (1st and 2nd years) – 2nd ordinary session: June (3rd years) – 1st extraordinary session: June  – 2nd extraordinary session: September  – Thesis Ordinary Session: from June to July 

Interior design, thesis

To achieve the qualification at the end of the third year of the course, IAAD students must submit two theses: a Specialization thesis and an Individual thesis, in addition to the Personal Portfolio.

The Specialization thesis different for each specialization, to be carried out in working groups, is the realization of a project specified by the Institute, consistent with the various issues of the syllabus.

The Specialization thesis is held under the supervision of the Department Coordinator and the 3rd year professors, with the support of external interventions – partner companies and their referents.

The Individual Thesis consists of an individual project that the student will perform in total autonomy, identifying a theme, a partner with its referent (External Mentor) and a supervisor in the faculty IAAD (Academic Mentor).

The ordinary session of the thesis is planned for each year in July.