Ship and Yacht Design

Ship and Yacht Design undergraduate programme is aiming to build an international reputation and has been developed in conjunction with the industry to ensure essential skills in both the design and production of ships and yachts are covered. Students on this new programme will study basic design and engineering science underlying great design, along with the fundamental principles of naval architecture, construction methods and high-tech fibre reinforced composite materials. Planning and management processes for the efficient, effective production of racing sailing yachts, rigid inflatable boats, motor yachts, cruising yachts, patrol boats and commercial crafts are also key elements in the curriculum. A strong practical emphasis is present throughout the programme, allowing students to gain valuable knowledge of hands-on examples, design applications, and workshop experience in production methods and materials.

Career Opportunities

Suitable roles and positions for graduates include yacht design offices and yacht production yards, and opportunities in naval architect offices, equipment design, project management, technical management of new construction, design and production engineering, marine equipment design and manufacture.


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Sinisa Pranov
    Head of Department

    Born in the Republic of Serbia in 1965. Interior architect and educator with over 25 years of experience in the high-end design industry and higher education. Siniša completed his PhD at the National Technical University of Athens, awarded by the IKEA Foundation, and his undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade. He has integrated the highest calibre international methods of teaching into his courses. In conjunction with internationally acclaimed architecture firms, his professional work has received several design awards. His work been exhibited internationally in Berlin, Milan, Bologna, Athens, Monaco, Montevideo, and Montreal, and has appeared in eleven books, two journal monographs, and over 12 journal articles.

    His research interests lie in the area of public architecture, and interior design in the marine environment, ranging from theory to design to implementation. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of interior design, particularly furniture design on problems at the CNC solid wood furniture prototyping and fabrication.

    His current research focuses on teaching methods and innovations in curriculum design supported in part by UNESCO education sector, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
    Siniša has taken part on roughly ten conference and workshop program committees and served as the Program Chair for ADS Vietnam Design Institute 2015. He has served on the Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) Executive Committee 2016, the Steering Committee for the Van Lang University Interior Architecture Curriculum, and the HAWA Education Board 2016.
    Siniša is a member of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), International Association for Economics, Management, Marketing, Quality and Human Resources in Forestry and Forest-Based Industry (WoodEMA), and Association of Applied Artists & Designers, Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia (UPIDIV).

    Siniša is also a member of the editorial board and leader guest editor of the International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications (IJAAA) and the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Carmelo Cascino

    Academician and designer, he achieved his education in Industrial Design at the universities Sapienza of Rome and La Spezia, from 2002/03 to 2009. He is specialized in Boat Design at the University of Genoa, where he also completed in 2013 a PhD thesis on the subject Environmental Design in the maritime industry.

    During the Genoese period he contributed to various research projects in the areas of public transportation and Defence, involving the aforementioned academic institution and renowned Italian companies. He also conducted a study funded by the Liguria Cluster of Marine Technology (DLTM) concerning the design of an innovative system for marine environment monitoring, completed in 2015. He worked internationally with academic institutions in Italy, USA, China and currently Cyprus.
    His research and professional interests include land and sea means of transportation, Floating Architecture, and Environmental Design.

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Martina Callegaro