design
The course
 

Design, technology, and design cultures are integrated to support the development of innovative ideas. The Degree in “Food System Sustainable Design” (Class L-4) draws together different knowledge and disciplines to train professional figures expert in designing a wide range of artefacts for the food system. Thanks to a critical and conscious approach, the formation of the designer offers innovative solutions rooted within the challenges of contemporary society.

 

The course aims at emphasising the potential link between the culture of the design project and the food system, looking at consumption, management, production and circularity scenarios.  This is happening via teaming the two universities involved in the course, the University of Parma and Politecnico di Torino. Both belong to cities interested in planning cultural and scientific initiatives for the Unesco Creative Cities Network: in 2015, Parma was nominated for the gastronomy area, while in 2016, Turin for the design sector.

 

The main objectives of the Degree Course are the training of designers with substantial preparation on design methods, with an ability on formulating design choices based on environmental, social and economic sustainability, and with a significant background of technical-scientific tools to advance projects.

 

The professional figure that this Degree prepares can fully and systemically address the needs of the production world in designing new products, processes and systems with a view to economic, environmental and social sustainability. Within the training course, the pivotal focus is on the food system, including food products and the whole industrial, economic and social ecosystem: elaboration, production, transformation, distribution, market placement and consumption.

 

The Course provides an all-around experience. The training program is structured as follows:

 

- 1st year at the University of Parma

 

- 2nd year at the Polytechnic of Turin

 

- 3rd year: 2 distinct curricula (curriculum 1: "Design for industry and food product" at the University of Parma; curriculum 2: "Design for the social and environmental sustainability of the food system" at the Politecnico di Torino).

 

The course foresees methods of carrying out frontal teaching divided into "studios" in which teaching modules resemble single scientific-disciplinary foci. The workshops are of a design nature: students, after foundational theories, students are practising by developing a project. The proposed pedagogy is based on "learning by doing". 

 

Where we are
The Department of Engineering and Architecture is located within the university site commonly known as "Campus di via Langhirano", which is located about 4 km from the center of Parma in the direction of Langhirano and can be reached in the following ways: By bus from the railway station. Frequent connections are available from the railway station and the city center via lines 7, 14 and 21 (the latter excluding the month of August); journey about 25 min. Get off at the last stop inside the Campus. For more information, visit the website of TEP, the company that manages public transport in Parma. By car from the center of Parma. Follow the signs for Langhirano. After about 4 km, on the edge of the town of Parma, there is a large roundabout dominated by a viaduct: take the road on the right with the indication for the University. By car from Milan or Bologna (A1 motorway). Exit at PARMA. The Campus is on the opposite side of the city and can be reached via the following route: After the toll booth, keep to the right and follow the signs for "Tangenziale - SS 9 Via Emilia". After about 2 km, take the west ring road on the right, following the signs for Piacenza-Langhirano or Milan. After about 4 km take the junction on the right towards exits 10-19 and continue on the ring road (south) for about 7 km following the signs for Langhirano and the University ("U"). Leave the ring road at exit n. 15; at the next roundabout, take the road on the right with the indication for the Campus. By car from the Cisa motorway (A15). Exit at the PARMA OVEST tollbooth and after the exit AVOID the indication "Parma" (winding path) taking instead RIGHT following the sign "Pontetaro" thus entering the Via Emilia. Continue for 4 km until you reach a roundabout near the Hotel "Parma e Congressi": then take the ring road towards Parma. After 2.5 km take the junction on the right towards exits 10-19 and continue on the ring road (south) for about 7 km following the signs for Langhirano and the University ("U"). Leave the ring road at exit n. 15; at the next roundabout, take the road on the right with the indication for the Campus.