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Istituto Superiore di Design

The Istituto Superiore di Design (ISD) is the first Institute in Southern Italy that operates in the field of professional academic training for fashion, graphic and design. ISD was born in 1989 with the purpose of establishing an innovative teaching methodology, which is able to put together academic flexibility and a strong practical dimension, and which is able to train professionals willing to respond adequately to the needs of the labour market.

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About Istituto Superiore di Design

Today ISD is an international school of Design that offers a wide range of academic and master courses. Specialized in Graphic and Multimedia Design, Interior and Industrial Design, Fashion and Textile Design, the Institute welcomes students coming from all of Europe and all over the world.
All the courses, designed for national and international students, offer a service of simultaneous translation into English.

FAST FACTS – Why choose ISD Napoli:

  • ISD consistently scores the highest in student satisfaction in Naples and  Italy
  • ISD creates courses to meet the needs of our students
  • ISD offers a one-month free Italian course for all International Students
  • ISD have highly qualified teachers who are experts in their fields
  • ISD have small class sizes: students are privileged with personal attention and interaction with their teachers
  • ISD offers you an immersion experience
  • ISD has successfully been helping  students achieve their educational goals since 1988.
  • ISD is located in the heart of the city of Naples reachable easily via plane or via train from other big Italian or European cities
  • ISD offers a variety of programs such as, Undergraduate programs, Master Degree programs and Intensive programs


ISD LAB’s purpose is to organize the prerequisite synergies among the ISD training activities and the business world.

ISD LAB has been set up as a real professional studio that offers services to any corporate body or companies in the areas of concept, product, visual, packaging, web, interior and fashion design, through a wide and extremely professional planning knowledge.

Altogether, coordinators, teachers and external advisors, expert consultants in such different fields, students and ex students are involved in the searching, development and achievement of their promotional projects and others commissioned to the ISDLAB.

The creative group is established each time depending on the design topics it intends to work on. The group is finally acquitted at the end of the project.

The method

An updated learning process that helps the students to develop their talent at best. Frontal lessons and workshops with practitioners in the chosen field are combined with internships and guided tours in several companies and agencies which allow students to experience the working environment.

In the fields of fashion, communication and design, the “made in Italy” brand is from time a synonym of quality guarantee and creativity. The purpose of ISD is to teach students the great Italian traditional experience in these fields to create able, charismatic and successful designers that can compete with the most important designers of the past.

Excellence in Teaching

Innovative teaching methodologies and experience are the requirements whereby our Professors have been chosen. ISD Professors are University Professors, qualified and estimated professionals and experts. They are able to provide the students with applied and innovative abilities to face the continuous innovations of the business world.

Graduate Students’ Success

Thousands of students who have attended ISD courses are now working in fashion, design and communication companies. Many of them hold important positions in the business world and have already reached their professional goals, both in Europe and in the world.

90% of ISD students are able to find a job within six months after their diploma.

Relationship with the business world

The education is achieved through the analysis of real-life situations, visits, internships, workshops and events. ISD always interacts with different companies through the participation/cooperation of lecturers, consultants and testimonials who provide an important knowledge for the growth and the professional qualification of future designers. The participation and organization of exhibitions, fairs, parades, press conferences and meetings with companies allow students to spread their projects and their creative skills.

Foreign students

Our International Office is at students’ disposal to guide them through all procedures and provide them, before enrolling, with all the details on tuition and housing prices. A welcoming and supporting program is also provided, to facilitate them at their arrival, with some advices for their best possible stay in Italy.

For the list of programs and other opportunities in ISD, please browse these materials on the institute’s courses and application opportunities.

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