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Specializing Master / III edition

Design for Food

Innovation Circularity Future

Design for Food specializing Master to train innovative and sustainable product-service designers through an experimental approach that combines design, theory, strategy and learning.

16.500 €
29 Jan. 2024 - 31 Mar. 2025
Available seats : 20
In partnership with: UNISG Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo
Reductions :  Agevolazioni


The Specializing Master Design for Food integrates extensive design skills with thematic and specific competences in the food area, related to humanities, gastronomic sciences, engineering and food technology.

It therefore provides a wide-ranging designing capacity on process and tools for the design of the food product-service system and a series of specific thematic in-depth useful for the understanding of culture, sociological and anthropological factors and also scientific and technological.

As a whole, it provides an explanatory and comprehensive overview of food systems, from agricultural production to food processing, from distribution to consumption, from planning to recycling in a circular economy perspective.

The Specializing Master trains design and consulting profiles who are able to integrate creative and operational skills, through the development of hard and soft skills, which train participants to work in multidisciplinary teams, in competitive and highly strategic contexts, in quick and dynamic private and public organizations.

In collaboration with


Master Board

Stefano Maffei Director
Franco Fassio Co-Director
Francesco Bombardi Co-Director
Giovanna Gigante Didactic Assistant

Advisory Board

Anna Meroni Politecnico di Milano
Nicola Perullo Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo
Giulia Menichetti Northeastern University Boston
Fabio Parasecoli New York University


Diogo Zonta Melani

I Edition

Helenza Zarate

I Edition

Giovanni Bruno

I Edition

Francesca Viale

I Edition

Gianmarco Capezzuto

I Edition

Hsin-Ning Wei

I Edition

Kentaro Sohara

I Edition


21 June 2023 for Italian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico



Training objectives

The Design for Food specializing Master aims to train professionals, entrepreneurs, independent innovators, civil servants with competences in the design and management of systems, processes and products-services in the food sector.

Professional profiles characterized by a profile combining the design and experimental approach of design with the thematic knowledge of the logics of the food sector in all its extension “from field to table”, including the traditional and more advanced production and distribution systems and with a specific attention to sustainability.

The sector already expresses forms, experimentations, experiences, innovation and project-oriented cases, requires a transversal expertise able to integrate in a strategic way the different design factors.

For this reason, the Specializing Master completes the design (in the disciplinary extension of systems, strategies, services, products-services, communication) and food engineering skills, brought by Politecnico di Milano, with the thematic and specific ones in the food area related to humanities, food technology and gastronomic sciences, brought by the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the socio-economic and environmental transformations of the sector
  • outline innovative models and strategic orientations for the specific sector
    design for sustainability;
  • understand and design the territorial impacts of food supply chains;
  • use theoretical and critical skills to define design opportunities;
  • understand and use the potential of the sector’s technologies, as well as the main elements of the production processes of the different supply chains;
  • design complex solutions and their articulation in terms of product, service, communication and space;
  • manage the main elements of food safety and planning;
  • manage all phases of the process of conception, design, development and implementation of an innovative solution in an advanced perspective that includes participatory approaches;
  • use specific design tools for design.

Didactic Plan

The Design for Food specializing Master is organized according to a mix of theory and practice that sees the alternation of lessons and hands-on activities on projects and exercises organized in the form of workshops or applied experiences, such as study-tours and compulsory internship.

The Design for Food specializing Master is structured according to an lesson plan that provides:

  • Frontal lessons: aimed to introduce the main themes of study and the acquisition of tools and methodologies for analysis and design development; the lessons are held by a Faculty with professors from the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, in addition to qualified external professionals;
  • Workshop: “hands-on” activities developed in studio (also in collaboration with external companies) aimed at the application of tools and methodologies for the development of product-service ideas;
  • Study Trips: educational trips aimed to approach the topics dealt with, through experiences applied to real contexts in the food sector;
  • Internship: 470 hours of training experience in a partner reality of the Master or suggested directly by the participants in agreement with the coordination of the Master.

Title Released

At the end of the course, the Diploma of Specializing Master in “Design for Food” by the Politecnico di Milano will be awarded.

The Specializing Master program grants 60 CFU (Formative University Credits) equivalent to 60 ECTS.

Employment Opportunities

The job opportunities for graduates are manifold. These will be practitioners whose profiles combine the design and experimental approach with specific knowledge of the underlying logic of the food sector in its extension “from field to table”, considering traditional and innovative production and distribution systems, with specific attention to sustainability.

For example, we can list:

  • R&D FOOD Project Manager: R&D managers for the improvement and implementation of food processing and production processes;
  • FOOD Service & Product Designer: professionals specialised in the conception and design development of sustainable food products and services;
  • FOOD Brand Manager: marketing managers for the development and implementation of innovative food product-service lines;
  • FOOD startupper/entrepreneur: inventors and self-employed entrepreneurs capable of transforming innovative ideas into sustainable new businesses in the agri-food sector;
  • FOOD Innovation Specialist: professionals and consultants of innovative food strategies and policies within companies, public institutions, research centres and third sector organisations.



The Specializing Master welcomes candidates with a Degree or Specialist/Master’s Degree in Design, Engineering, Architecture, Economics and/or Management, Social Sciences/Humanistic Sciences, Gastronomic Sciences, Agriculture, Food Technology, or to people with other types of degrees who have also gained significant professional and work experience and who wish to strengthen their professional path in the field of food innovation, acquiring and developing specific and qualified competences.

Selection will be made on the basis of the documentation sent, followed by a possible interview in English language (remotely). The selections will be made in chronological order with respect to the date of receipt of the application, until all available places are filled.


To take part to the selection process, the application form must be completed online within the following deadlines:

  • Italian/foreign citizens with a qualification obtained in Italy and Italian/U.E. citizens with a qualification obtained abroad within January 7, 2024
  • Non-EU citizens with qualifications obtained abroad by December 20, 2023


The Specializing Master costs € 16.500 (€ 16.000 participation fee + € 500 enrollment fee at the Politecnico di Milano) EXEMPT VAT ART. 10 DPR 633/72.




Send your application within February 28, 2023 to take advantage of the reduction -10%!

Deadline for sending the signed contract and payment of the deposit of the participation fee: no later than March 15, 2023. offers the community of Politecnico di Milano a 50% discount to be applied to the participation fee for a I and II level Specializing Master or Higher Education Course / Post Graduate Program / Continuing Education Course which manages and provides. The discount is for internal staff (i.e., structured teachers and technical and administrative staff) with active contracts at Politecnico di Milano and members of their household.


To benefit from the discount you will need to:

  • send the selection application to the chosen course with the relevant required documents;
  • successfully pass the selections;
  • send a copy of the applicant’s family status.


Current edition

Master Board

Stefano Maffei Director
Franco Fassio Co-Director
Francesco Bombardi Co-Director
Giovanna Gigante Didactic Assistant

Advisory Board

Anna Meroni Politecnico di Milano
Nicola Perullo Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo
Giulia Menichetti Northeastern University Boston
Fabio Parasecoli New York University


Current edition

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