IED was founded in Italy in 1966 with the goal of providing the local creative industries with young professionals. The model proved to be a huge success and since then IED has opened 7 campuses in Italy, 2 in Spain and 2 in Brazil with desks in India and China (and more to follow) to enhance and reinforce the brand’s global reach.
IED’s philosophy believes that interaction between cultures generates creativity, which then becomes innovation. In an increasingly globalised world, IED aims to contribute to the “wealth” generated by cultural exchanges between different nations, with an international perspective that always keeps the quintessential Italian design expertise and approach in mind.
IED is much more than a mere school: thanks to its unwavering commitment to innovation, it represents the melting pot where new generations of experts are constantly created. IED forms a truly unique network of encounters, experiences, people and cultures. Our students develop a deep sense of belonging and their drive to innovate and share resources, ideas and contacts has forged a tight-knit alumni community.
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The “Learning by doing” philosophy is an absolute must. Participation in numerous laboratory activities and special projects with companies alternate with regular attendance at lessons.
IED belongs to Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Erasmus+, Socrates, ELIA, and many more international organisations. Numerous bilateral agreements with prestigious foreign universities provide students with the chance to take part in the exchange study programs and spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities or another IED location.
The IED network boasts over 1,900 lecturers: not only academic professors, but also successful professionals providing theory classes and practical project work based on their perspective and work experience. The goal is to convey knowledge by enhancing curiosity and self-learning skills.