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ELISAVA has always been committed to innovation, staying ahead of the curve of modern society, and consistently ensuring rigorous training, closely linked to the business fabric and the international context. The School’s model is unique in our country thanks to the interaction between design and engineering. Creativity and technology interact uniquely in the official degrees offered (the Degree in Design and the Degree in Engineering in Industrial Design), where the two disciplines complement each other.
This framework has been ideal for developing a strategic methodology designed to tackle future challenges: the Simultaneous Studies. This plan aims to provide undergraduate students with training in Design and Engineering in Industrial Design, allowing them to obtain both degrees in a period of 17 quarters.
The Simultaneous Studies offers a complementary profile which brings together the creative skills acquired in ELISAVA’s Degree in Design and the technical background enhanced by the School’s Degree in Engineering in Industrial Design. Students in this dual track will acquire skills that are clearly desired by the business world, and they complete their education as engineers and designers. This is a unique programme — essential and future-proof — especially valuable in the workplace, which increasingly seeks professional profiles that can comprehensively take on the design and product development sides of a project.
Design and Engineering for the future
The teaching plans of both ELISAVA degrees stand out for their differentiating project culture. The two academic programmes have their own identity but are interrelated, and their coexistence gives shape to the project — understood as a nexus of an array of elements that cannot be seen in isolation but as part of a single connected texture. This interaction between courses of study allows our students to naturally acquire the skills that are essential in today's project world, namely teamwork and knowing how to interact with the various agents involved in the project process.
In this sense, the Simultaneous Studies prepare future professionals for the entire project process, from the inception of the first ideas to the technical development prior to realisation, at which stage the engineer also acquires a relevant role.
On the one hand, Design studies foster students’ creativity by instilling a thoughtful vision of society and providing strategic responses to global problems. On the other hand, Engineering in Industrial Design studies essentially aim at developing technical proficiencies, providing the required tools to physically and efficiently carry out the design of the product in question.
This plan allows future graduates to simultaneously acquire the basic tools of both disciplines, thus generating a two-track thinking process. Students are thus immersed in both fields of knowledge, as distinct as Design and Engineering.