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Postgraduate in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling

Basic data


Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling, degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.


Ricardo Guasch
Patricia Von Arend

ECTS Credits



From February to July.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.




Year 2018-19: 4,900 € (plus 500 € registration fee)
Year 2019-2020: 5,270 € (plus 400 € in concept of registration fee).

Admission requirements

• University degree or university graduate degree.
• Professionals with experience in the fields related to the master.
• Basic training in 3D and interior design softwares.
• High level of Spanish and English.
• Academic and professional resume.
• Motivation letter.


Hotels are a strategic importance sector for tourism; it is a sector that generates an important economic activity. In the current environment, where there is a fierce competence, and a demanding clientele that is becoming more critical and selective, hotels do not only sell accommodation and good service but intend to offer a special and unique experience to their hosts, whether answering with excellence to the expectations of a specific collective or surprising them with new experiences.

In this context, interior design for hotels has a major role. It is a new opportunity: interior design has acquired a major role in the value chain of the hotel business. Moreover, this is a wide area: the ways of travelling and the habits have recently evolved in an extraordinary way, in all the ambits, from the low cost to the high luxury. This is what has motivated the creation of a specific Postgraduate Diploma specialized in interior design for hotels and new hostelling.

This course is not only designed to provide knowledge about the sector and its specialization from a honest and responsible vision, but for teaching and practicing the methods and key aspects that bring us to creativity and innovation, in a sector that is reinventing itself. This is an exciting world, where the aim is not only to distribute spaces and to create attractive atmospheres but to analyze new habits and to research and develop original concepts.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling is structured in the following thematic areas:

Module 1 – References

Models of the welfare culture
Trends and new economy
The exercises are solved through the analysis of study cases. They include indexation, recording and analysis.

Module 2 – Components

  • Interrelationship between a management model and the spatial organization. Vertical organization vs. Horizontal organization. Case Study.
  • Public spaces:
    • Representation: lobby, hall, atrium, reception and restrooms.
    • Meeting: venues, libraries, conference rooms, ballrooms.
    • Food & Beverage: bar, lounge, dinning, club, breakfast, break area, terrace.
    • Leisure: game rooms, gyms, wellness centre, spa, wine cellar, cocking lab, film library.
  • Services spaces. Facility services.
  • Private spaces:
    • Transition spaces: halls, stairways, landings, corridors.
    • The room: model roomsuitesjunior suitesfamily rooms, aparthotel, shared.
    • The bathroom. Models and evolution. New experiences.

The lessons are related to workshops.

Module 3 –Spatial organization at the service of the concept.

  • Organization of a hotel from a management model and a concept.

The lessons are related to workshops.

Module 4 – Contract

  • Fit Out. The finishes.
  • Furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E). To cause surprise. To design the perfect welcoming place. To wake up the senses. The strength of evocation. The comfort notion. The compulsory functionality.
  • Signage. Ways, evocations and attractions. Concept application.

Projects with real customers: design of a model room. Teamwork in collaboration with medium or big hotel chains.

Module 5 – Final Project

  • Casuistry: extension, renovation, transformation or rehabilitation.
  • Thematic: wellness, academic and geriatric, sportive, gender, low cost, corporative vs. conjugal, familiar, touristic, singles, private club (Soho), etc.


  • To train students so they become professional experts in this current subject and they are able to provide creativity and specialized technical knowledge when facing the demands that the increasing diversification of the types of temporal accommodation poses.
  • To offer to the planner the necessary tools to provide answers and to make proposals regarding the different types of hotel business in all their contemporary versions, which are closely linked to the economic patterns and to the attitudes and personal dreams and expectation of the different social groups.
  • To know all the work phases of a professional project within the scope of the programme.
  • To take advantage of the academic context of the course, so as to boost the rigour at the same time as the experimentation. To master the ad hoc terminology. To open new paths to innovation and research, to index, to record and to analyze models.
  • To establish an exchange dynamic system between the participants of the course: students, tutors, speakers, social and economic agents who have been invited, etc.


  • Ability to generate innovative and creative proposals within the scope of the programme.
  • Analysing skills in order to do documentary research on the specific field of this study program.
  • Understanding of the business casuistry of the sector at the present time.
  • Ability to assess a professional order of the sector in any of its typologies and recognize the real needs of the client.
  • Command of the entire creative process from the conceptualization to the execution of the project and its perceptive maintenance.
  • Resolve the integration of all the technical facilities and equipment that converge in the project.
  • Control of the various disciplines involved, such as furniture, applied graphics, lighting, etc.
  • Good resolution in the public expression of ideas and own projects.
  • Knowledge of the work and execution phases of a professional project in the corporate interior design field.
  • Command of the relationship with the agents involved in the project.
  • Aptitude for teamwork.

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