IJ֮

The School

The School

Recognised as one of the Best Postgraduate Design Schools in the world.
Our vision is to support next-generation designers to change the future. We are a visionary school of design research and experience, an open and interdisciplinary environment to work on visionary projects with avant-garde companies. Through the ‘learning by designing’ method, we support talents in developing the mindset to find creative solutions in future scenarios.

Why IJ֮?

Envisioning Future and Inspiring Life & People all over the World, through Design.

Are you obsessed with Design, in all its forms, and by the Future? Come to IJ֮!

1. A PLACE FOR ENVISIONERS

The visionary school of design research and experience supporting the next-generation to be system game-changers and leaders of tomorrow, encouraging young talents to use imagination and creativity to shape the world and create the change.

2. CROSS-KNOWLEDGE PROFILES

The school has always focused its pedagogical approach on vertical knowledge as well as on horizontal skillset, contaminating different areas of knowledge and providing students with a long lasting curriculum.

3. REAL INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

An open international and collaborative environment where talents can work with faculty and companies on future based concepts through disruptive and cross-disciplinary design approaches.

4. UNIQUE EXPERIENCE & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Learning methodology based on multiple activities: lectures, workshops, labs, bootcamps, and customisable study plan. Connections with companies and professionals, masterclasses with designers and Alumni. Highest Certified Placement rate.

5. ICONIC POSTGRADUATE DESIGN SCHOOL IN THE DESIGN CAPITAL

Full range of Postgraduate courses with Italian and International accreditation. Based in Milan, the world’s capital of fashion and design. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic Schools.

You can collaborate with some of the most cutting-edge brands in fashion, product design, interaction design, luxury goods, and more. In workshops, internships, and/or field experiences, you will work directly with companies to address the most contemporary design challenges in fresh and original ways. And you will do so under the guidance of faculty members who are experts and opinion leaders in their fields.

At IJ֮ you can make connections that will accelerate your career, be inspired by collaborative projects and develop your skills and talents in a self-directed way. Whether you wish to get a traditional job or launch your own startup company, IJ֮ will make sure you successfully break into the fashion or design industry.

The Visionary School of Design Research and Experience

Learning by Designing
We believe that working on projects is the best way to learn, where learning means seeking, investigating and developing ideas. That’s why 90 %of our curriculum is based on cross-disciplinary workshops.

Multiculturalism
Currently, more than 50 nationalities are represented in IJ֮ and 93% of our students are International. We believe that a multicultural community offers the best environment to exchange ideas and enrich your knowledge of design; keeping an open mind will help you see and explore a diversity of options, inspirations and concepts with a global perspective.

Faculty Excellence
At IJ֮, you will work side-by-side with prominent international designers and thought leaders who bring the pulse of the design world into the classroom and share their knowledge of the latest design.

Multidisciplinary Approach
Many of the most innovative design solutions are created by bringing different design tools, skills and perspectives together. You will share your design vision with your international classmates across disciplines and learn to combine their ideas in your own fresh expressions.

History

In the early Eighties, Milan emerged as the epicenter of Italian design. Yet, no one in the city was teaching design in a formal way. Top art critics and designers recognised an extraordinary opportunity to fill this void and mentor the next generation of designers. In 1982, they founded IJ֮, Italy’s first postgraduate design school.

The founders envisioned a school where students and faculty members from all over the world could meet and exchange ideas. A school that would aim to enrich, spread, and update the design culture while combining advanced knowledge and visionary projects.

In the early years, leading designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Denis Santachiara and Philippe Starck were involved as lecturers and workshop leaders. IJ֮ quickly developed a strong reputation on the international stage for its “learning by designing” method and its humanistic approach, which puts process ahead of results, and places human beings as the centre of any project.
Today, IJ֮ continues to involve top names in the design world as mentors and visiting professors. Students are free to express their personalities in a context that promotes both diligence and mistakes as first steps towards creating a successful project. The school has stayed true to one of its founding principles: rather than just offering new solutions, design should also reveal new problems.

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