Yacht Design
First-level Specializing Master at the Politecnico di Milano, organized by POLI.design
XVI Edition
February 2017

The Politecnico di Milano Design School jointly offers this Specializing Master with  the POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano.  The program was founded to meet the strong demand for training in the pleasure-cratf segment.  The yacht's market requires professionals with specialist post-university training.


The Master is completely in English.

The Specializing Master provides the tools for managing the design and construction of sailing and motor boats, from project brief to definition of general plans, hydrostatic and

hydrodynamic calculations, fitting-out of interiors, deck and board equipment, boat systems, production in the yard and control of executive stages. Participation in the Specializing Master allows students to achieve the following training goals:
  • development of planning skills, in particular problem setting and problem solving skills in the leisure boat market;
  • development of specialised technical skills; acquisition of principles and procedures of construction methods and techniques;
  • development of skills related to production organisation and shipyard management;
  • development of the ability to work in a group and to present oneself with authority in the professional world;
  • ability to manage conflicts in the team and to encourage creativity.

Professional Outcomes
Upon completion of the Specializing Master, students are ready to enter the workforce as specialized professionals, including building on the training prior to entering the program. Over the years, professional outcomes have included assistant designer in specialist design studios, production assistant at shipbuilders, shipyard production manager, and quality-control supervisor.

Degree Awarded
Upon completion of the Specializing Master, students earn a first-level Politecnico di Milano Specializing Master Degree.

The Specializing Master is held at POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, via Durando 38/A, Milan, Italy.

The need to train people to work in the yachting sector is based on the rapid and exponential growth recorded by this sector in recent years. This growth has been further encouraged by the issuing of provisions to encourage the development of this market (from simplifying procedures for port construction, to reducing the tax burden on recreational boats over 10 m. etc.). For this reason, the sector shows today a strong professional vocation, with regard both to the skills necessary to the design of recreational boats, their components, and accessories, and to the management of the different stages of the production process.
In particular, the sector is going through a stage of strong growth and development in quantitative and economic terms, although full maturity has not yet been reached. This lag is explained partly by the current lack of executives able to manage and direct this phase of change.
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Coordination and Training Office

POLI.design - Consorzio del
Politecnico di Milano
Via Durando 38/a Milano
Tel. +39 02 2399 5911
Fax +39 022399 5970




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