Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

doctoral programme in

architecture, city and design


design sciences



Palazzo Badoer

San Polo 2468




041 257 1787/1865



site of PhD students



coordinator: Raimonda Riccini


faculty body


Monique Arnaud, Laura Badalucco, Alberto Bassi, Medardo Chiapponi, Massimiliano Ciammaichella, Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Paola Donati, Walter Le Moli, Mario Lupano, Simonetta Morini, Gigi Pescolderung, Michele Sinico, Marco Zito

other universities

Carlo Vinti


Giovanni Anceschi, Rocco Antonucci, Carlo Severi






The Doctoral programme in Design Sciences aims at:

• promoting the understanding of the theoretical, historical and methodological issues of design in all its aspects;

• building capacity of independent research and of collaborative work;

• providing candidates with competences that will enable them to interact with the production system and to collaborate with institutions and enterprises in the development of innovative and competitive projects.

During the three-year doctoral programme, candidates will be encouraged to identify and formulate research questions that are relevant to the field and discipline of design and that also intersect other fields of knowledge (such as psychology, computer science, architecture, arts, social sciences, economics, technology, etc.), with a particular focus on contemporary issues and on experimental research and team work.

In addition to developing critical reflection with regards to the figure and the role of the contemporary designer, candidates will be encouraged to explore diverse practices and methods – including action research – in order to investigate the relationship between technological innovation and the innovation of design processes and methods, in both fields of product and communication design, with an emphasis on their contexts of use, their social and cultural meanings, and on users.


The Design Sciences curriculum is the only programme in Italy including a humanist research area, especially dedicated to the history of design; candidates focusing on this area will carry out historical research and investigate history as a fundamental requisite for the construction of memory, as a tool for critical awareness and as a stimulus to the contemporary discourse about design.

The Design Sciences programme is focused on the following research areas:

> Design and contemporary material culture: this area deals with the investigation of design’s contribution to the shaping of material culture, with the support of advanced technologies (e.g. nano, micro, smart).

> Design of knowledge in contemporary communication: this area deals with the design of information and with the investigation of its relevance to the understanding of the great contemporary changes, particularly those changes brought about by the continuous development of digital technologies.

> Contamination of design practices: Theatre between digital technology and video: this area focuses on design practices aimed at building and communicating theatrical staging by means of digital technologies and video shooting.

> History of Design: this area deals with historical research based on the study of documentary sources, with particular attention to industrial products and to communication design, to the relationship between design, companies and institutions, and to the mediation of design culture.

For the 30th cycle (starting in 2014-2015) a grant is also activated for conducting research in the following area:

> Fashion design: this area deals with the investigation of the different dimensions of fashion design, with an emphasis on the Italian creative industries, in the fields of textile and clothing.


The Design Sciences curriculum offers graduates in Design, from both the Universitą Iuav di Venezia as well as other Italian and international schools, the opportunity to progress through an innovative research programme at the crossroad of diverse perspectives.

This unique programme is the only one in Italy giving space to the disciplinary aspects of the history and criticism of design and to the intersection of design and theatre.





>> the Design Sciences curriculum presented by Raimonda Riccini