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The naval and nautical designer is the creative hub within a complex process of making small and large vessels.

All of the University of Genoa's degree programs related to this field are located at the University's La Spezia campus; this fosters sociability, discussion and conviviality among students in the same field, as well as frequent lectures, workshops, regattas and other sea-related events.

What will you study

The course synergistically uses the skills and knowledge of the departments of the two universities that participate in the preparation of the graduate: scientific and technical skills peculiar to the field (naval architecture, construction and systems, fluid dynamics, etc.) are supplemented by knowledge in the area of representation, communication, and history. In project laboratories, the knowledge acquired in the different courses is tested.

Teaching is developed through lectures and project laboratories. In most subjects, credit is obtained by working on a final project. 

In the second and final year, students undertake an internship lasting about 300 hours at shipyards or design studios.

After graduation

The Naval and Nautical Design graduate


Who is it?

  • Designer in technical offices of shipyards - project/product liaison
  • designer in studios or design firms developing accessories for the industry
  • designer of exteriors or interiors of ships and pleasure boats in freelance work
  • production coordinator in boatyards
  • designer of rehabilitation, upgrading and maintenance of existing vessels
  • contract designer for cruise ships

Can also operate as a self-entrepreneur.

What does he do?

Designs nautical products by integrating aesthetic qualities with formal and functional ones; controls mass and 'one off' production processes; strategically manages the project thanks to the forecast of market scenario evolution and the ability to communicate design and product contents; operates on a wide scale of intervention starting from nautical accessories up to interior design.

Where does it work?

He works in technical offices of boatyards; in studios or design companies for the development of nautical accessories; in technical offices for the renovation, redevelopment, and maintenance of existing boats; in manufacturing industries for interior fittings for cruise ships, superyachts, and the hotel sector.