Italian Design Summer School: Art, Society and Industry

IDSS 2023, the 15th Edition

Year 2023
Credits Programme without credits
Starting date Aug 27, 2023
Finishing date Sep 10, 2023
Application deadline Jun 30, 2023 (Expired)
Course overview
The ITALIAN DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL (IDSS) offers a unique opportunity to experience the Italian atmosphere and understand how the Italian culture and tradition of “Disegno” has led generations of Italian designers. The inspiration from these unique environment has brought the creation of innovative and beautiful objects that are internationally successful. The integration of the two approaches, industrial and craft, makes Made in Italy products unique and implies extreme attention to detail that contributes to their excellence. Italian design became famous worldwide for its unique balance between aesthetics and functionality, expressed through many industrial products, as furniture, cars,motorbikes and household devices. Italian designers take their inspiration from a special artistic atmosphere existing in Italy, whose roots could be found in Giotto's painting and Michelangelo's sculpture, just to mention two of the most known Italian artists of the past.
Subject area
Sciences and technology
Admission qualifications
The course is addressed to students and professionals interested in industrial product design.
Study plan

Sunday, August 27 2023. A Welcome Lunch will be offered upon students' arrival at the residence Dove Vivo–Bologna Mover. A guided visit to the historical centre of Bologna will follow the welcome lunch.

Lessons of experts in the different disciplines connected to industrial product design and seminars of professional designers will be given. A number of visits to firms and institutions representatives of Made in Italy and to artistic, cultural and historical sites will be organized as an important part of the didactics of the course. Particular emphasis will be given to typical industrial productions of Emilia–Romagna region, so firms such as Lamborghini (cars), Ducati (motorbikes) and La Perla (fashion) will be visited. The artistic peculiarity of Bologna will also be illustrated, through visits to the historical centre of Bologna, the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Bologna and the MAMBO (Museum of Modern Art of Bologna) Museum. 

In order to immediately apply the contents of the course, a significant number of hours will be dedicated to project works during which students will develop an industrial product in collaboration with local manufacturing enterprises. Computer lab and tutoring will help students to expand and reinforce their skills and competencies. Students are kindly invited to bring their laptops too.  

Saturday 09/09/2023. The final exam will take place in the Fresco Room of the CEUB Medioeval Caste. The ceremony of the certificate delivery to students will follow in the afternoon.

Sunday 10/09/2023.A private bus will transfer the students in the early morning to Bologna.