Learning by doing

Discover the rich heritage of Richemont Maisons and learn from leading experts in the world of luxury product design.
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Master
Specialising
In
  • Jewellery Master
  • Watches Master
  • Accessories Master

LEAR
NING

at Creative Academy in Milan

(January - July)

7 months

&
INTER
NSHIP

Granted to deserving students

(September - November)

3 months

=
DIPL
OMA

Course duration:

10 months

TOP
20

Each year we select only twenty of the most talented students from the best schools around the world. Inspiring individuals who have the desire to work in luxury design and want to live an international learning experience.

Course
Structure

  • Seminars

    Leading professionals, Richemont Maisons CEOs and Creative Directors run our unique seminars that focus on product design for watches, jewellery and accessories. You will learn about the luxury industry, our Maisons and Arts & Crafts, and enhance your skills in manual rendering, sketching, gouaches painting, and digital 2D and 3D rendering.

  • Projects

    Hands-on experience is at the heart of our programme, and you will work on real-life design projects coached by Richemont Maisons’ Creative Directors. Each year, Creative Academy selects inspiring student design proposals to be created by master artisans and exhibited to the public during Milan Design Week, a great way to apply your skills and know-how.

  • Visits

    Your time at Creative Academy extends far beyond the classroom. You will have exclusive access to events in the world of luxury, trade shows, ateliers, and our Maisons’ headquarters.

  • Internship

    After seven months of theoretical and practical learning in Milan, we offer the most deserving students an extraordinary internship at one of the Richemont Maisons design studios. This is where you can apply your skills, expertise, and knowledge in the work environment.

Projects
&
Exhibitions

Any
questions?

2022 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES

Milan Design Week 2022: the students of Master 2022 unveiled their design objects collection inspired by the charm of the starry sky and imbued with contemporary design, respect for the environment, and Italian excellence. Eligo Studio has curated the development of the design projects and the exhibition.

Location: Palazzo Litta, Milan

Master craftsman : Simone Crestani (Glassmaking)

Material: Borosilicate Glass

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2019 - UN-REVEALED | SHAPING SECRETS

Milan Design Week 2019: the students of Master 2019 conceived design objects that shaped secrets and encrypted messages revealed to the visitors to the exhibition. The collection sought to break the contradiction intrinsic to every secret that, once shared, loses its secrecy. The project was realised under the guidance of the design duo Zanellato/Bortotto.

Location: Via Brera 5, Milan

Master craftsman: Giordano Viganò (Marquetry); Mario Dossi and Roberto Fumagalli (Plasterwork)

Material: Wood and plaster

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

In collaboration with: iGuzzini

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2018 - ARK & CRAFT | CONTEMPORARY DESIGN ON CERAMIC

Milan Design Week 2018: the students of Master 2018 have realised a collection of design projects on ceramic inspired by Noah’s Ark: real and imaginary animals, myths, tales, and traditions that are treasured in a contemporary ark, a sophisticated structure that showcased ceramic plates conceived by the students under the guidance of Eligo Studio.

Location: The garden of the Triennale, Milan

Master craftsman: Laboratorio Paravicini (Fine Pottery)

Material: Ceramic

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2017 - NATURAL TALENT | WOOD PROJECTS

Milan Design Week 2017: the students of Master 2017 challenged themselves with the development of designs inspired by wood, the natural material par excellence. The poetic collection of wooden artifacts pay tribute to the power and beauty of Mother Nature, and was realised under the creative direction of Eligo Studio.

Location: Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan; Homo Faber 2018, Venice

Master craftsman: Giordano Viganò (Marquetry) and Carlo Meloni (Woodturning)

Material: Wood

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

In collaboration with: Museo Poldi Pezzoli

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2016 - VESTAE

Milan Design Week 2016: this capsule collection created by the students of Master 2016 takes its name from the Goddess of domestic life. Inspired by wellness, the collection was showcased at the Albergo Diurno Venezia in Milan, a public restroom of the early twentieth century and symbol of Milanese well-being. The project was curated by Eligo Studio.

Location: Albergo Diurno Venezia, Milan

Master craftsman: Busatti (Fine Weaving); Cose della Natura (Well-being products); Valobra (Soap-making)

Material: Waffle fabrics, natural sponge and soap

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2015 - THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET | OBJECTS IN EVOLUTION

EXPO MILANO 2015: led by Ugo La Pietra, the students of Master 2015 exhibited an imaginary table installation rooted in respect for the biodiversity and traditional activities within the Mediterranean communities. The twenty places set reflected the number of Creative Academy students and Italian regions.

Location: Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan

Master craftsman: Ceramiche Puzzo (Fine Pottery); Massimo Lunardon (Glassmaking); Opendot (Polymaterial Design)

Material: Ceramic, glass, and polymaterial

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2014 - FAIRY TALES

Milan Design Week 2014: the students of Master 2014 created original marionette stage sets inspired by the magical realm of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. Set designers from the marionette Carlo Colla & Figli Company, who have refined this enchanting craftmanship over three generations, assisted the students. Each project represents a magical encounter between the poetics of the miniature and the fairytale world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Location: Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique, Milan

Master craftsman : Carlo Colla & Figli Company (Marionette Theatre Scenery)

Material: Paper

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2013 - LES FLEURS ENCHANTÉES | BLOOMING CREATIVITY

Milan Design Week 2013: the students of Master 2013 produced an enchanting collection of flowers in vases that reinterpreted the natural, imaginary, feminine, and uplifting world of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. Thirteen dreamlike creations that have come to life thanks to the collaboration with expert Milanese artisans, under the creative direction of the design duo Edoardo Perri and Dario Riva.

Location: Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique, Milan

Master craftsman : Caterina Crepax (Paper Design); Fiori di Latta and Industreal (Laser-cutting)

Material: Paper, metal, leather, wood, and plexiglass

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2012 - MAN AT THE CENTRE | FROM DESIGN TO THE ART OF PAPER

Milan Design Week 2012: Montblanc invited the students of Master 2012 to work as designers and visionaries in the discovery of one of the most versatile of materials: paper. The students conceived paper artworks that captured the values of the Maison, and combined savoir faire, tradition and experimentation. The project was developed under the guidance of Edoardo Perri and Carlo Giordanetti.

Location: Montblanc Boutique, Milan

Master craftsman: Angela Simone (Paper Jewellery Design); Caterina Crepax (Fashion Paper Design); Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo (Creative Bookbinding); Luisa Canovi and Piera Nocentini (Papier-mâché)

Material: Paper

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.

With the support of: Montblanc

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2011 - LES VOYAGES EXTRAORDINAIRES

Milan Design Week 2011: the students of Master 2011 conceived unique decorative and everyday use objects on the theme of Les Voyages Extraordinaires, the new High Jewellery collection by Van Cleef & Arpels inspired by four of Jules Verne’s major novels. Designer Ugo La Pietra oversaw the design process.

Location: Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique, Milan

Master craftsman : Gabriella Sacchi (Fine Pottery); Luigi Cermenati (Woodworking); Alessandro Rametta (Metalworking); Michele Moro (Metacrylate Processing)

Material: Ceramic, wood, metal and methacrylate

In partnership with: Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

With the support of: Van Cleef & Arpels

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2010 - UNDER THE SIGN OF THE PANTHER

Milan Design Week 2010: Cartier commissioned to the students of Master 2010 to design the setting up of the windows of its historical Milanese boutique, in via Montenapoleone. The students’ goal was to reinterpret one of the most emblematic and powerful icon of Cartier’s imagery: the panther. The students drew inspiration from the history of the relationship between this legendary symbol and the Maison. The winning project was displayed in the boutique windows during the Milan Design Week.

Location: Cartier Boutique, Milan

With the support of: Cartier

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2009 - TRINITY PROJECT | ALL ABOUT YOU FOREVER

Milan Design Week 2009: Cartier invited the students of Master 2009 to develop and implement its boutique’s windows to promote the Trinity de Cartier ring. The winning project was displayed in the boutique windows during the Milan Design Week.

Location: Cartier Boutique, Milan

With the support of: Cartier

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2008 - THE WORKSPACE OF THE FUTURE

Milan Design Week 2008: the students of Master 2008 designed the future workbench for the Maison’s jewellery polishers. Safety and ergonomics in the workplace are fundamental for the Maison, for this reason the students had to consider the precise technical specifications: the space’s partition, the machines’ movements, the emergency system, the handiness in cleaning, the reduction of noise. The project was led Poli.Design professors: Matteo Ingaramo, Magali Jallot, and Cédric Leborgne.

Location: Triennale Bovisa, Milan

In partnership with: Poli.design

With the support of: Cartier

2007 - FOOD À PORTER | NUOVE ARCHITETTURE DEL CIBO VELOCE

Milan Design Week 2007: the students of Master 2007 combined the worlds of food, luxury, and design, conceiving different versions of Food Bags. Each designer has declined the theme freely, choosing materials, colours and shapes to blend aesthetics and functionality. The prototypes were exhibited next to the table collection that the master of the culinary avant-garde Ferran Adrià has produced for his restaurant El Bulli.

Location: Sole 24 Ore headquarters, Milan

In partnership with: Sole 24 Ore

With the support of: S. Pellegrino, Siemens, Riva, Villeroy & Boch, Krios Italia

2006 - NATURALLY PLATINUM

Milan Design Week 2006:  the students of Master 2006 were commissioned by Platinum Guild International Italia to create personal objects that explored the platinum essence: a pure, elegant and eternal nature. After a series of conferences where the young designers discovered more about this unique material, the students were asked to reflect on the impressions given by this metal: an absolute symbol of exclusiveness and luxury. The project was developed under the guidance of the international designer Matali Crasset.

Location: Club degli Orafi, Milan

With the support of: Platinum Guild International Italy

2005 - SHAPES OF TASTE

Milan Design Week 2005: the students of Master 2005 created chocolate product designs to celebrate the 180-year anniversary of the Italian brand Caffarel that started from a personal interpretation of “what is a moment of pleasure?”. The students designed new shapes for the chocolates and conceived original proposals for the packaging, evoking a world of emotions and sensations. The project was developed under the creative direction of Matali Crasset and tutored by Michel Bourgeois.

Location: Superstudio Più, Milan

With the support of: Caffarel

2004 - MANUALMENTE | CREATIVE ACADEMY FOR FAI

For the art exhibit “Manualmente”, organised by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), the students of Master 2004 created a series of objects to be sold in FAI bookshops. The young designers combined FAI brand identity elements with more practical features of the products, such as cost-effectiveness, use of poor materials, production possibilities in large series, and easy storage. The project was led by Fabrice Paget.

Location: Villa Panza, Varese 

With the support of: Fondo Ambiente Italia