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Course Offerings

The PhD programme in Design calls for a commitment on the part of graduate students that spans a variety of learning experiences. These include attending courses and seminars for a total of 40 credits. Specifically, design-research PhD candidates are invited to attend:

  • courses on research given by the Politecnico di Milano Doctoral School, where they build interdisciplinary skills germane to professional research;
  • specialization courses offered by the PhD programme in Design on issues in design research, where they build disciplinary expertise;
  • hands-on seminars held by the PhD programme in Design, where they refine their design skills;
  • courses and seminars at other universities (including non-Italian institutions) on a specific sub-discipline or research area, designed to build high-level specialist skills and provide knowledge and tools for developing their own research topics.

All doctorate-level courses offered by the Politecnico di Milano are held in English. At the end of each course, the candidate receives a letter grade (A=excellent; B=very good; C=good; D=pass). The grading scale for each course is established by the professor in charge.

Courses and Seminars offered by the PhD programme in Design (Characterizing Courses)
In the PhD programme in Design, Characterising Courses provide 30 of the 40 credits related to structured teaching activities. Candidates are required to take courses; assessment procedures will be specified by the professors in charge of the courses.

Courses offered, Edition XXXII >>link

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester
Language
Credits
Design for social innovation Davide Fassi, Teresa Franqueira 1st/1st Eng. 5
Tools for research in design Anna Meroni, Lucia Rampino, Cabirio Cautela 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research in design. Academic case histories Raffaella Trocchianesi 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research methodologies in design Paolo Volonté, Davide Spallazzo 1st/1st Eng. 5
Networked innovation for design fields Silvia Pizzocaro, Erik Von Bohemia 1st/1st Eng. 5
Organization of scientific seminars Luca Guerrini 2nd/1st Eng. 5

Courses offered, Edition XXXI

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester
Language
Credits
Design lessons 1 Alessandro Biamonti 1st/1st Eng. 5
Tools for research in design Anna Meroni, Lucia Rampino 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research in design. Academic case histories Raffaella Trocchianesi 1st/1st Eng. 5
Qualitative research methodologies Paolo Volonté, Fatina Saikaly 1st/1st Eng. 5
Public engagement and communication for science and research Paolo Ciuccarelli 1st/1st Eng. 5
Organization of scientific seminars Luca Guerrini 2nd/1st Eng. 5

Courses offered, Edition XXX

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester Language Credits
Design Lessons 1 Alessandro Biamonti 1st/1st Eng. 5
Tools For Research In Design Lucia Rampino e Anna Meroni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research in Design. Academic cases history. Raffaella Trocchianesi 1st/1st Eng. 5
Design Lessons 2 Alessandro Biamonti 1st/2nd Eng. 5
Communicate the Research Paolo Ciuccarelli 1st/2nd Eng. 5
Organization Of Scientific Seminars Luca Guerrini 2nd/1st Eng. 5

Courses offered, Edition XXIX

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester
Language
Credits
Design Lessons 1 Alessandro Biamonti 1st/1st Eng. 5
Tools For Research In Design Lucia Rampino e Anna Meroni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research in Design. Academic cases history. Raffaella Trocchianesi 1st/1st Eng. 5
Design Lessons 2 Alessandro Biamonti 1st/2nd Eng. 5
Communicate the Research Paolo Ciuccarelli 1st/2nd Eng. 5
Organization Of Scientific Seminars Luca Guerrini 2nd/1st Eng. 5

 

Interdoctoral courses offered by the PhD School
Every year, the PhD School holds interdisciplinary courses aimed at all Politecnico di Milano PhD students.
Design PhD students are required to attend at least one of these (for a total of 5 credits). 

Suggested courses, Edition XXXII >> link

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester Language Credits
Scientific and scholarly writing Ken Friedman, Luca Guerrini 1st/1st Eng. 5
Interactive virtual prototyping – Methods and tools Monica Bordegoni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Collaborative research methodologies Abraham B. Shani, David Coghlan 1st/1st Eng. 5

Suggested courses, Edition XXXI

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester Language Credits
Design for social innovation Anna Meroni, Davide Fassi, Teresa Franqueira 1st/1st Eng. 5
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Suggested courses, Edition XXX

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester Language Credits
Methods and models for the decision making Alberto Colorni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Tools For Research In Design Lucia Rampino e Anna Meroni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Interactive virtual prototyping – Methods and tools Monica Bordegoni 1st/1st Eng. 5
Research management Tullio Tolio 1st/1st Eng. 5
Collaborative research methodologies Abraham B. Shani 1st/1st Eng. 5

Suggested courses, Edition XXIX

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester Language Credits
Design of emotion Margherita Pillan 1st/1st Eng. 5
Nurturing Design Sciences with humanistic Knowledge Salvatore Zingale 1st/1st Eng. 5
Design thinking – management and production of ideas Nicola Crea 2nd/2nd Eng. 5
Specialist courses
5 of the mandatory credits can be obtained by choosing from Interdoctoral courses organised by the Ph.D. School, or among other courses provided by other Ph.D. programmes of the Politecnico and/or external entities. In choosing these courses, prior approval of the supervisor and of the Ph.D. Director is mandatory.

The attendance of specialist courses, workshops, schools, seminars cycles is strongly encouraged and (if these seminars, workshops are certi ed and evaluated) may permit to acquire credits according the modalities established by the Board of professors and previous approval of the study plan submitted by the candidate. The acquisition of at least 5 credits is mandatory.

Course Title Instructor Year/Semester
Language
Credits
Course to be chosen at the School of the Design, the PhD School or elsewhere (compulsory)   1st/2nd Eng. 5
Course to be chosen at the School of the Design, the PhD School or elsewhere (optional)   2nd/1st Ita/Eng. 5

The course plan may also include not-for-credit courses, on an elective or supplementary basis.