Studying at SPD means plunging yourself into a living, dynamic and international environment where foreign students make up to 70% of the total student population and cultural differences are highly valued.
SPD offers a diverse range of educational programs designed to cater to students with varying backgrounds and interests. Our educational offerings encompass Bachelor of Arts programs, Master of Arts degrees, and Preparatory Courses.
Bachelor of Arts Programs
Our Bachelor of Arts programs provide students with the opportunity to explore their creative passions and develop a strong foundation in their chosen fields. These programs include Design, Automotive and Transport Design, as well as Communication, Culture, and Business.
Master of Arts Degrees
SPD’s postgraduate education offers a comprehensive selection of Master of Arts degrees, each spanning 2 Academic Year, across seven distinct departments. These departments include Product Design, Interior Design, Transportation and Car Design, Communication Design, Designing Digital Cultures, Food Design, and Event and Exhibition Design. Our Master of Arts programs are tailored to provide advanced knowledge and practical skills in specialized design disciplines.
Recognizing the importance of establishing a strong foundation for students who may not have a design background, SPD offers Preparatory Courses in three key areas of interest: 3D Design Tools (four months in duration), Car Design Tools (four months), and 2D Design Tools (two months). These Preparatory Courses are thoughtfully designed to equip graduate students with essential design skills, software expertise, theoretical knowledge, and methodology through a combination of lectures and workshops.
Every year SPD hosts a series of engaging lectures featuring esteemed international speakers, and we are pleased to inform you that these lectures are open to the general public, providing a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and inspiration.
The project-based approach applied at SPD promotes cooperative learning and encourages students to get in touch with professionals and companies. Throughout the year they are engaged in different projects – either intensive one-week workshops or studio experiences lasting the whole semester – allowing them to acquire a global vision of the profession, round off their design thinking and build solid skills.
Each student is reviewed by the tutors at least on a weekly base to allow a constant improvement of the proposals. Class critique is also encouraged to build stronger awareness of the pros and cons of each design.
The close collaboration with professionals, brands and institutions enables the students to get ready for the relationship with the client.
All SPD courses have limited seats, and admission is a competitive process that involves evaluating the candidate’s portfolio (for Master’s program applicants), background, and a motivational interview.
The Bachelor of Arts programs, which have a duration of three academic years, starts in October of each year. On the other hand, the Master of Arts programs start in January and conclude by July of the following year. The Preparatory Courses, preparing students for the Master’s programs, begin in September and conclude in December.
Classes are conducted in English, and regular attendance is mandatory for all programs.
SPD’s programs demand a full-time commitment from students, requiring them to actively participate in classes, engage in individual and group study, and complete either an internship or the final Master’s project, depending on the program.
To support students in their educational journey, SPD offers scholarships and tuition waivers in collaboration with academic partners. These opportunities are available for high-potential candidates seeking financial assistance.
The Academic Office is available for information on entry and enrolment procedures. In order to facilitate international applicants, the admission and enrolment process can be conducted on-line and the personal interviews can be taken at distance and via Skype.
The school staff provides foreign students with help in obtaining visas, health coverage and accommodation.