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Info 2021/2022

Degree type
Bachelor degree course
Duration and credits
Admission test
Available places
Studenti EU
Studenti non-EU
Studenti EU
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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Course video

The course in brief


The degree program is divided into three years and two curricula.

At Genoa, the curriculum in Product and Communication Design prepares the professional to operate between the moment of conception and the moment of production, taking into account aesthetic, functional and environmental aspects; it also prepares you to design communication and graphics with analog, digital and multimedia tools for contemporary forms of information dissemination. The curriculum allows you to participate in the selection for the double-degree course with Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

At La Spezia, the curriculum in Design of Boating trains a figure capable of working within the recreational boating industry with particular specificity in the area of boat design, construction and refitting.

Learning by doing

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

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

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 professions in the areas of industrial product, boating, and communication. These can be carried out in public and private institutions, professional firms, design companies, boatyards, artisan workshops, publishing and advertising companies, exhibition organizations, museums and galleries.

What you will learn

  • How things are made

    The materials and techniques of construction, assembly, and mating

  • The history of things and their Masters

    Through design reading experiences and critical analysis of works universally recognized as iconic

  • Designers' tools

    Software for graphics, modeling, rendering, 3D printing, as well as colored pencils and Pantone

  • The Theories of Design

    Spiral design, Design Thinking, User Centred Design and others

  • The fundamentals of ergonomics

    The scientific basis for the usability of objects

  • How to set up a project

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

  • Product designers

    They will work on packaging, extended-user products, robot interfaces, mobility design, and... much more

  • Communication designers

    They will work on websites, advertising, social communication, apps and... much more

  • Nautical designers

    They will work on sailboats, powerboats, exterior layouts and interior fittings and... much more

  • all designers

    They will work for sustainable product, life cycle and reuse

Did you know that.

  • You will be able to participate in events and happenings as a protagonist
  • The curriculum in Product and Communication Design allows you to participate in the selection for the dual degree pathway with Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • You will meet guests from academia and industry
  • Group work is favored and encouraged
  • You will practice on projects of industry partners who collaborate 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, 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


For each curriculum there are 180 CFUs in 3 years, articulated the monographic courses and thematic and design workshops.

In the educational project, space is found:

  • basic science subjects
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  • characterizing design subjects
  • historical-humanities subjects
  • differentiated subjects for the two curricula


9274_Silvia Pericu
Welcome to the Degree Course in Product and Nautical Design! You can become a protagonist of Industry 4.0, of the new frontiers of communication, of Italian Design. Students, faculty, tutors and all the staff are strongly committed to orient the 'design culture' towards sustainability, reuse and respect for the environment.

Course Coordinator

Where we are

Genoa Branch - curriculum in Product and Communication Design
Polytechnic School - Department of Architecture and Design (DAD)
Stradone Sant'Agostino 37
16123 Genoa
+39 010 2095660

La Spezia Branch - curriculum in Boating Design
University Campus La Spezia
Viale Nicolò Fieschi 16/18
19123 La Spezia
+39 0187 751265

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Sportello Unico Studenti Politecnica
Stradone S. Agostino 37, Genoa

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