Now this is a master's program we can get down with. This month, Milan's esteemed design university, the Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD), is launching its Master Course in Food Design program, a one-year multidisciplinary program developed to cover 11 different areas of design and culinary arts.
But wait! Despite taking place in Milan, a city that prides itself on being one of the great food capitals of the world (also hosting the food-themed World's Fair in May), classes will be taught in English in order to accomodate international students as well as Italians. "To date 25 students, coming from 13 different countries all over the world, are enrolled and we still have only a couple of seats," says Antonello Fusetti, SPD's director and the head of the new program, which, in addition to having a partnership with the nearby International University of Languages and Media, is also sponsored by power-player corporations like PepsiCo and the German food company Bahlsen.
The program, which kicks off March 30 and ends next February, will include a mixed cast of faculty members stemming from all areas of the food and design world: all-star designers like Stefano Giovannoni — best known for his iconic Alessi pieces — alongside chefs, food critics, entrepreneurs and managers from food companies. The format will include lectures, design workshops, excursions (aka rad field trips!), and a three-month intership for all students.
Given the one-year span of the program, it's definitely an intense one, with a mandatory focus on 11 different subjects, such as food and the agriculture system, food science, food and wine culture, object and food design, food-venue design, packaging design, etc. If you think you've got what it takes, applications are currently being accepted for next year's class, but be ready to shell out; tuition for non-EU students will set you back approximately $17,450 (15,600 euros).
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