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The Milano School of Design

About the School · location and buildings

Via Cerva 24

Basement: Theory Classes and Labs
1st floor: Library, Material Lab and Cafeteria
2nd floor: Theory and Drawing classrooms
3rd floor: IT rooms
4th floor: School staff and 1 Drawing classroom
5th floor: Meeting Room

Classrooms are divided into:
- theory classrooms for lectures and seminars
- design classrooms for drawing and design workshops
- computer rooms

Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Virtual tour:

Can I have lunch at School?

Yes, in the Cafeteria on the 1st floor. It is equipped with vending machines offering sandwiches, snacks, hot and cold beverages.

Who can I turn to at School?
  • The School Director is the highest rank at School and supervises the work and activities of all staff, both administrative and academic
  • The Director of Education supervises the academic experience and represents the faculty of Istituto Marangoni
  • Programme Leaders are members of the academic management team. They coordinate tutors in terms of programme delivery and monitor processes and procedures to make sure the school’s high-quality standards are met. You can refer to your Programme Leader for support in your academic career, as well as to highlight issues or provide suggestions on how to improve the programme
  • Faculty members, including teachers and tutors, will support you all the way through your educational journey
  • The Academic Service oversees the organisation of timetables and exam sessions. It provides support to students at School and guidance on timetables, deadlines, School regulations, time management and career monitoring
  • Istituto Marangoni Life Office will support you from the moment you decide to be part of the Istituto Marangoni Community, to your very first days on campus, when you learn to navigate the IM culture, all the way through your graduation. It connects you with the relevant service at the earliest stages of your experience
  • The Career Service supports students and alumni, offering guidance at every step of their career journey, providing practical advice and helping the students connect with the industry
  • The ICT Office provides support to access the Onelogin platform and any other student login and software-related issues
  • The Admissions Office provides dedicated assistance during the application processes
Do I have a student email?

As a Marangoni student you have a reserved online platform – One Login – to access a student's intranet, together with a dedicated App and a personal email account.

You have also a Student ID, which you can find among your admission documents.

From the moment your classes start, you must use this account only (the e-mail address is created as:

Please check your account frequently, as it will be used to send all messages and updates about the school.

Please find a step-by-step video tutorial here

I’M SOCIETY App for Students

Istituto Marangoni has released a customised application which will make your school experience easier and more entertaining. You will have direct access to you student badge, course timetables, news & events, messaging, social feeds, information, and the school map

Please find a step-by-step video tutorial  

The application is available for download on iOS App Store and Google Play Store. You will be requested to download the I’M SOCIETY App to be part of our Community and enjoy unique events, experiences and opportunities.


What do I find at School and what should I bring?

Here is some pre-arrival information on resources and materials you can refer to before your get to school. Note that Istituto Marangoni offers several facilities for students, such as computers, scanners, on-site copy machines, school email accounts, access to dedicated student Extranet on-line resources for research purposes.

HARDWARE: You can use the school’s internet connection. At School you will find multi-function laser colour printers, that can also be used to scan and send documents to email addresses or USB drives. Apple hardware is recommended but not required. Also, we recommend you consider bringing the following (not required): a usb-c to usb adapter, an adapter for drawing tablets (Wacom), external webcams, external hard drivers etc...; a Bluetooth ergonomic mouse (for i.e. Logitech mx master) to prevent wrist pain and improve in-app features (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign…); a drawing tablet (fashion design course only) to draw freely with Adobe applications instead of using a trackpad.

SOFTWARE: You can access the full Adobe Creative Cloud package, Microsoft Office 365 Education Web Access and Virtual Lab platform, where you can run cloud apps without installing them onto your computer such as Clo3D and other apps suggested by the teachers. iMac computers in laboratories and classrooms can be used freely in case of failure or temporary unavailability of your personal MacBook|pc. We suggest that you to bring a laptop with RAM Memory at least 16GB to 512GB storage (such as an Apple MacBook Pro 13” with Apple Chip M1. Visit the Apple website to obtain a discount with the Unidays Account).

Is there anything I can read/watch before my classes start?

All courses provide reading lists of required, recommended or additional reading resources. Some will be required for theoretical subjects and will be made available at the school’s library, along with selected and exclusive online resources. However, we recommend that students purchase the books required for assessments. You can start with these (not required, but recommended): 

Product Design

Ashby, M. and Johnson, K. (2014) Materials and design, the art and science of materials selection in product design. Oxford: Butterworth-Heineman

Caggiano, S. (2016) Design Languages, ebook, Ancona: StreetLib.

Forty, A. (1992) Objects of desire: design and society since 1750. New York: Thames & Hudson

Interior Design

Newspapers: Interni, Wallpaper, Elle Decor, Frameg

Neufert E. (2013) Enciclopedia pratica per progettare e costruire, Hoepli

Ambrose, G. e Harris, P. (2012) Basic Design 07: Grids. Lausanne: AVA Publishing SACadArtifex (2016) AutoCAD 2017: A Power Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users, CreateSpace, Independent Publishing Platform

Gombrich, E. H.,The Story of Art, any edition

Visual Design

Ambrose, H. (2010) The visual dictionary of Graphic Design. London: Ava Publishing

Ambrose, G. (2011) Basic Design Layout. London: Ava Publishing

Sanoff,H. (2018) Visual research methods in design. London: Routledge (Kindle Edition)

Falcinelli, R. (2014) Critica portatile al visual design, Milano: Einaudi

Falcinelli, R. (2017) Cromorama, Come il colore ha cambiato il nostro sguardo. Milano: Einaudi

Brito M. (2013), Your Brand the next media company, Que Pub, Indianapolis

Munari B. (2015), Square, Circle, Triangle, Edizioni Corraini, Mantova


Abstract: The art of Design (Netflix Docuseries)

Design Is One: The Vignellis by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra (2012)

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight by Wendy Keys (2009) 

What about the Academic Year Calendar and precise schedule of classes?
  • Winter break - Christmas holidays
  • Spring Break - the week of Easter
  • Summer break - two weeks around the date of August 15

Within the academic year there are also additional days of holiday, during national holidays:

  • November 1
  • December 7th-8th
  • May 1st
  • June 2nd
The exact schedule will be available approximately ten days before classes start.


Classes period:

  • Semester 1: from 25th of September to 3rd of February '24
  • Semester 2: from 19th of February to 22nd of June

Exam sessions:

  • from 5th to 17th of February
  • from 24th of June to 5th of July
  • from 2nd to 14th of September


  • on the 1st of November 
  • from 7th to 8th of December 
  • from 23rd of December to 6th of January
  • from 28th of March to 6th of April
  • on the 25th of April
  • on the 1st of May