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Info 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
CFU 180
Class L-4
Access Admission test
Available places EU Students 48
Non-EU Students 2
Locations LA SPEZIA
Language Italian
Teaching mode Frontale
Head of programme MARIO ZIGNEGO
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
Contacts Read more here

The course in brief


The Bachelor's Degree in Nautical Product Design trains the figure of the industrial designer in the nautical field, capable of working in companies, shipyards and technical studios independently or as part of a team, performing basic and executive design tasks or implementing the image of the shipyard. It also allows direct access to master's university courses in the area of design.

Learning by doing

Design has always been the professional activity that combines technical scientific knowledge with practical skills. 

The designer ranks among the creative world, among artisans and makers, through project preparation that takes the form of building models, prototypes and mock-ups. 

There will be teachings in the area of scientific-mathematical subjects, in the area of graphics and representation, in naval engineering, and in the history of design and architecture. The peculiarities of the nautical industry mean that the figure of the designer has basic knowledge of naval architecture, maritime art, navigation and safety at sea in addition to those specific to the category.

By participating in seminars, workshops and in-company internships you will experience teamwork and the complex relationship between product design and industrialization.

Professional outlets

The main employment outlets are occupations in the areas of the nautical industrial product. These can be carried out in public and private entities (Classification Registries), professional firms, design companies, shipyards, craft workshops (furniture, components, installations).

What you will learn

How things are made

The materials and techniques of construction and assembly

The history of boats and ... not only and their Masters

Through project reading experiences and critical analysis of works universally recognized as icons of Design and Nautical Design

Designers' tools

Software for modeling, rendering, 3D printing, graphics, but also colored pencils and Pantone

The Theories of Design

Design Spiral, Design Thinking, User Centred Design and others

The fundamentals of ergonomics

The scientific basis for the usability of boats, furniture and things in general

How to set up a project

It starts from concept, followed by sketches, then preliminary and executive design

Who you will work with

You will work with other designers, engineers, plant engineers, craftsmen, and in contact with shipowners and deelers in the nautical field


They work for sustainable product, life cycle and reuse of product and nautical product

Did you know that.

You will be able to participate in events and events as a protagonist

You will meet academic guests, famous designers and captains of industry

Group work is favored and encouraged

You will practice on projects of industrial partners collaborating with the University

You will gain direct professional experience with internships and apprenticeships


The Craft of the Designer

It is work prepared by a background that mixes technical, humanistic, and artistic skills.

We are a group of innovators who are transforming the world. We are a group of innovators who are transforming the world, bringing new ideas and new approaches.
You may not know that our craft includes:

  • interaction designer
  • car designer
  • fashion designer
  • art director
  • game designer
  • social innovation designer
  • exhibit designer
  • light designer
  • interior designer
  • yacht designer

With our bachelor's degree program, you will have the foundation to complete master's studies and enter these professions.

Course structure

There are 180 CFUs over 3 years, broken down the monographic courses and thematic and design workshops.

In the educational project they find space:

  • basic science subjects
  • matters characterizing nautical design
  • historical-humanities subjects


Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Nautical Product Design! You can become a key player in Italian Nautical Design. Students, faculty, tutors and all staff are strongly committed to orienting the 'design culture' towards Italian Style, sustainability, reuse and respect for the maritime environment.

Mario Ivan Zignego

Where we are

Administrative Seat - Genoa
. Polytechnic School - Department of Architecture and Design (DAD)
Stradone Sant'Agostino 37
16123 Genoa
+39 010 2095660

La Spezia University Campus Teaching Headquarters
Nicolò Fieschi Avenue 16/18
19123 La Spezia
+39 0187 751265