Florence boasts some of the world’s most important artistic and cultural heritage, but it is also a city with a long history in Italian design. Today Tuscany is home to major manufacturing excellence that has given the region an enviable international reputation in fields ranging from fashion and artistic craftsmanship to design and technological innovation.
IED in Florence
For almost 50 years, the Istituto Europeo di Design has been operating in the fields of education and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication and management. Today, the IED is an ever-expanding international network that issues first-level academic diplomas and organises three-year courses, master’s courses, continued professional development and advanced training courses.
Master’s course in Alto Artigianato
IED Florence’s master’s course in Alto Artigianato combines design processes with know-how and skills pertaining to high-end craftsmanship.
The program is a unique experience in the cradle of made in Italy quality, connecting tangible and intangible experiences related to Italian quality and artisanal processes.
Through different workshops offering a trans-disciplinary approach, the students will face innovative production processes according to the values of the artisanal environment, defining advanced craftsmanship concepts. The Renaissance bottega (workshop) of the craftsperson becomes an innovation-oriented workshop with connections to the genius loci of Florence and Tuscany.
This holistic experience into Tuscany “Saper Fare” will work on various high-end products, such as home details and furniture or personal accessories as wearable artefacts in line with lifestyles. The workshops will focus in particular on new performances of the artefact and innovation processes for the high-end manufacturing chain.
The master proposes a “new state of self-awareness”, aimed at spreading understanding among students about the quality of craft products as valuable experiences deriving from traditional know-how (saper fare) and emerging innovative processes. This background enables new designers to manage design strategies, re-design concepts and new design visions based on “Made in Italy” production systems.
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