The First Level Academic Diploma in “Social Innovation Design” is aimed at creating a new generation of creative leaders able to understand and manage the increasing social challenges of our era.

In recent years, investments in new models aimed at accelerating innovation and private and institutional funding in the social field and third sector have created the need for a growing number of professionals able to operate successfully in these contexts.

Students will acquire useful skills in order to activate and manage innovation and change processes based on the intersection of design, social innovation, and management. Through the study of the evolution of social sciences, they’ll develop critical thinking necessary to identify, analyze and tackle current social challenges, pinpointing the actors to be involved in the change process.

Within this approach, design act as the necessary tool in order to devise strategies aimed at generating and coordinating innovation within public entities, companies, third sector and individuals for the shared solution of social, economic and environmental challenges. The course is also characterized by lessons aimed at building the foundations of culture and analysis of social and economic processes and of the functioning models of companies and organizations.

The acquisition of contemporary tools for economic analysis and business management is essential for the effective implementation and management of innovative processes. The course combines theoretical and conceptual lessons with application disciplines developed through exercises and innovative projects carried out in collaboration with national and international partners.


I level Academic Diploma in Design (DIPL01) Specialization in Innovation Design

Seat: Turin Language: Italian

Three-year course syllabus

Academic science sector

Subject area

basic educational activities


Sociology and anthropology of design

  • Sociology and anthropology of design
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Sociology of design

History and culture of design

History and criticisms of contemporary design

Design and communication psychology

Design and communication psychology

Computer and multimedia techniques

Basic computer science

History and culture of fashion

Art history





characterizing educational activities


Systems design

  • Systems analysis
  • Systems design
  • Product system design
  • Design of services
  • Process innovation

Design methodology

  • Design elements
  • Methodology
  • Design methodology

Economics and Business Management

  • Economics and Business Management
  • Industrial economics
  • Business organization
  • Project management
  • Design management

Environmental design

Environmental design

Basic design

Basic design



other educational activities  

Computer and multimedia techniques

Digital image processing

Communication techniques and languages

Communication strategies

Economics and fashion marketing

Economics and fashion marketing

Production technologies

Technological innovation

Economics and Business Management

Business organization

Systems design

Typological innovation

  Management of professional activity
  • Management of professional activity
  • Profession organization and management



English language




Self-chosen activities













total CREDITS 180


Innovation 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.

Innovation design, informations about the exam sessions of 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 

Innovation 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.