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Info 2023/2024

Degree type
Master degree course
Duration and credits
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Available places
Studenti EU
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Studenti non-EU
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
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The course in brief


The course, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan, offers multidisciplinary training. Communication skills combined with the ability to build and control innovative scenarios allow the yacht-designer to also work in the world of interior-design and cruise ships. The employment rate is very high both nationally and internationally.

Learning by doing

Design experience in major shipyards, Italy-US workshops, exchange program and double degree with ISD Rubika-Valenciennes, experimental aero-hydrodynamics sailing laboratory, prototyping of hulls in the laboratory, university regattas, educational cruises, and training internships in shipyards or professional firms.

Professional outlets

Freelance, employment in public and private entities, design firms and companies operating in the area of design, visual and multimedia communication. Boat and shipyards, companies in the nautical, naval and related subcontracting.

What you will learn

  • design workshops

    Boat design, refitting, construction techniques and production processes

  • aerohydrodynamics of the sail

    design of sail plan and hull appendages

  • history of science and technology

    from antiquity to the present day

Did you know that.

  • Unique in the national panorama and, because of its specificity, also unique in the European panorama
  • 90% of graduates find employment within one year of graduation
  • You can participate in an international workshop at Florida International University in Miami
  • You can get your dual degree through an agreement with ISD Rubika-Valenciennes Institute
  • You can attend workshops on sail aerodynamics and composite manufacturing technologies at the Lecco University campus
  • Many students have distinguished themselves in national and international design awards and competitions



The design of a boat, whatever its size, involves diverse and multifaceted knowledge. A boat is simultaneously a means of transportation and a living environment; it lives on the water and yet relates to the coasts. The range of objects of study and design presents a great variety: from the luxury yacht to the interiors of ships intended to accommodate tourism, but also schools or hospitals; from the performance boat, in which the design of the hull and propulsion are the most relevant aspects, to the design of the accessory, the component or new modes of transport on water.


The study of context, scenario building, and the ability to represent and communicate are part of the graduate's preparation, without forgetting the cultural roots and historical knowledge that characterize the field.
The student learns to understand contexts of use, outline trend lines, imagine modes of use, and create new services and products.


The graduate acquires the skills necessary to conceive, design and implement the interior/exterior design of recreational boats, manage the evolution of the project considering the production processes and the many dynamics involved in its realization, develop an ability to effectively communicate project and product content.


9008_Andrea Ratti
Welcome to the degree program in Naval and Nautical Design. In recent years we have brought into the nautical sector professional figures who have been protagonists of cultural enrichment and bearers of innovation in an industrial sector in which Italy excels worldwide. If you want to turn your passion for yachts into a profession, the course will provide you with the methodological and technical tools to do so. It will not be a walk in the park, but certainly a rich experience and an opportunity for growth in a privileged training context.

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Where we are

University Campus La Spezia
Viale Nicolò Fieschi 16/18
19123 La Spezia
+39 0187 751265

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University Campus La Spezia
Viale Nicolò Fieschi 16/18
19123 La Spezia



Notice of admission