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The degree courses taught at the Faculty are based on design laboratories lasting for two or four months, and is organised according to the learning by doing principle.

Courses are project-oriented from the first year, enabling students to directly apply what they have learned in the theory sections of the course. Students develop the capacity to transform the concepts they learn into drafts and to get used to the pace and deadlines of professional working life.

This way of organising graduate courses is completely new for Italy and has been elaborated and adopted after having examined and considered international research and experiences in the field of education and learning. The aim of adopting the new model is to improve teaching and learning, but also to offer students a better preparation for professional work.

Some key principles of the model:

Learning by doing
Students are encouraged to elaborate and question theoretical concepts in real projects. The encounter between theoretical knowledge on the one hand, and concrete project experiences on the other triggers critical reflection and, hence, enhances learning and deepens knowledge.

Development of project-oriented study plans already during the first year
Knowledge and skills acquired in the course are applied directly in the project. This way students are prepared for their future professional working-life, its pace and deadlines.

Interdisciplinary and pluralistic education
Various disciplines, teachers representing different “schools” and international professional experiences contribute in each project, in a pluralistic approach to teaching, learning and project-work.

Learning English
English courses are held. Particular attention is paid to the specific vocabulary of the scientific field.

Studies and apprenticeships in Italy and abroad
Alongside the Erasmus-programme, through particular apprenticeships agreements, students and researchers have the opportunity to participate in apprenticeship programmes. The Faculty has signed 38 agreements of collaboration with European universities and 108 Erasmus scholarships and 20 agreements regarding international (also extra-European) academic collaboration, apprenticeships, research and teaching; during the academic year 2008/2009 160 students have participated in the apprenticeship programmes (45% went abroad).

Good balance between the number of teachers and the number of students
In all laboratories, in addition to the teachers from the directly involved disciplines, recently graduated students who have entered into professional working-life, junior lecturers (one every 15 students): this gives students the opportunity to achieve continuous support and assistance.

New technology
New technology is used frequently in the education. This way students learn to use new technology as a creative tool in studies, research and working-life.

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Foto di una studentessa che presenta il progetto 'Across the edges' a una scuola estiva
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