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  • Interior Design and Architecture
  • Product Design
Master / II edition

Sensorial Surface Design

Color, Material and Finish design for interiors and furniture

12.000,00 €
24 Oct. 2023 - 31 Dec. 2024
  • English
Available seats
In partnership with
  • ASSOPANNELLI - FederlegnoArredo


The Specializing Master in Sensorial Surface Design focuses on the design of the perceptive and technical aspects of surfaces as a privileged “place” for experiential interactions, research, experimentation and anticipation of aesthetic and socio-cultural trends. Starting from the functional and sensory qualities of surfaces, the Master’s course focuses on the design of the emotional identity of furniture products and interiors.

The specialised skills offered by the Specializing Master cover both the theoretical, technical and practical aspects linked to colour, materials and finishes and the intangible aspects linked to the sensorial experience and perception of value.


Master Board

Mario Bisson Director
Cristina Boeri Co-director


Training objectives

The training objectives of the Specializing Master are:

  • skills in designing the perceptual and technical aspects of surfaces;
  • design skills and management of the perceptual, sensory and emotional implications of furniture and interior design products;
  • specialist skills in CMF design;
  • ability to analyse trends and transformations in order to respond to the new needs of production sectors and markets.

Didactic Plan

The Specializing Master is based on a mix of theoretical lectures, testimonials and in-depth technical studies, correlated with practical activities and workshops that will be held in blended mode (online and in-presence).

At the end of the course, project works lasting a total of 105 hours in presence are carried out in small teams.

Types of activities

  • Introductory and specialised lectures by a highly qualified faculty made up of Politecnico di Milano professors, professionals and sector experts from the business world.
  • Testimonials and technical insights from designers and companies.
  • Practical activities and workshops to acquire project and management skills.
  • Project works carried out in small teams starting from project briefs with the support of companies, professionals and sector experts.
  • Students will have to choose between the 400-hour professional project or the 400-hour internship in companies and professional studios, with the aim of testing and expanding the skills acquired during the Master’s course in the world of work.

All the activities are conducted in English.

Didactic Modules

The master’s degree is divided into 7 teaching modules.

Modules 1 to 6 are delivered in blended mode (online and face-to-face): 2 full-time days per week (14 synchronous hours). Module 7 on Project works is delivered in face-to-face mode: 5 days a week full time (for a total of 105 hours).


1. Module: Basics

1.1. Design Culture
Introduction to Italian Design | Primary Design | Basic Design | CMF Design

1.2. Color Design
Colour: experiences and meanings | Color harmony | Color preferences | Color management and communication | Color palette

1.3. Material and Finishing Design
Materials and finishes, technical and emotional aspects

1.4. CMF Design
Qualistica | Soft qualities | CMF Design


2. Module: Trend research and forecasting

2.1. Perceptual and social aspects
Visual and sensory perception | Social and cultural context | Social forecasting | Visual and sensory perception | Social context and cultural context | Social forecasting | Social forecasting

2.2. Moodboard Design
Material boards and colour boards | Graphic techniques and software design

2.3. Colour Trend
Fashion and historical trend | Micro and macro trends

2.4. Trend Research and Strategy
Trend research tools and methodologies | Trend report


3. Module: Experience and Strategic Design

3.1. User experience
Research and practices | Methods and tools for experience evaluation

3.2. The strategic approach to innovation
Storytelling and Marketing | Design, branding and innovation


4. Module: Surface Design

4.1. Combining the technical and aesthetic, functional and emotional aspects of surfaces
Functional and emotional attributes | Perceived values and qualities | Re-design

4.2. Workshop


5. Module: Sensorial and Emotional Design

5.1. Designing the sensorial and emotional aspects of surfaces, furniture and interiors
Emotional characters | Soft qualities

5.2. Workshop


6. Module: Furniture Design

6.1. Product design and engineering
Production technologies | Innovations in aesthetics and use

6.2. Workshop


7. Project works
Delivered in presence (5 days per week full time for a total of 105 hours)

7.1. Project work: Surfaces

7.2. Project work: Furniture product

7.3. Project work: Interiors


Internship or professional training project: 400 hours.

Title Released

The Diploma of Specializing Master in Sensorial Surface Design by Politecnico di Milano will be awarded, with a course attendance rate of over 75%.

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

Employment Opportunities

The professional figure trained by the Specializing Master can work in the different sectors of Furniture/Interior design within company teams dedicated to CMF Design, Colour design, Material design and Surface design.



Candidates are admitted to the Specializing Master if they have a degree or Master’s degree in design, engineering or architecture. For the purposes of admission, the profile of candidates not belonging to the above categories may be evaluated by the management. For foreign candidates, equivalent qualifications in the respective study systems will be considered valid.


To participate in the selections you must fill out the online application form by the following deadlines:

  • Italian/foreign citizens with a qualification obtained in Italy by August 21, 2023;
  • Non-EU citizens with a qualification obtained abroad by July 21, 2023.


The cost of the Specializing Master is € 12.000, divided as follows:

  • € 11.500 cost of the Master;
  • € 500 enrolment fee at the Politecnico di Milano.




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.


Current edition

Master Board

Mario Bisson Director
Cristina Boeri Co-director


Current edition

Main partner I edition
Partners I edition


Main partner I edition
Partners I edition