Master in Design through New Materials - Beyond

The Master in Design through New Materials focuses on design and innovation, sustainability and creativity through new materials. An experimental and transdisciplinary course that values materials design as a ground-breaking working field.

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The Master in Design through New Materials focuses on design and innovation, sustainability and creativity through new materials. An experimental and transdisciplinary course that values materials design as a ground-breaking working field.


Master's Degree in Design through New Materials.
Awarded by UVic-UCC.


Laura Clèries



ECTS Credits


Field trip

5 days workshop in a European city (depending on the overall health situation). Traveling expenses are not included.

Course length

September to July


Master's classes take place in Elisava and some workshops in other distributed spaces. 


(+€500 registration fee)
Financing and grants

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent in design, engineering, architecture or art.
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Everything around us is materials. They are at the core of innovation, being defined at the early decision of design development, generating an impact that influences industry, society and even cultural values. Material-driven innovation allows for new initiatives being developed, more sustainable solutions found, and more creative design processes put into place. The Master in Design through New Materials will allow you to create new opportunities through new materials and design and define how our future is built.

We aim to generate a new breed of ‘materials design specialists’ in transdisciplinary fields, providing a working knowledge and active mastery.

Study design through new materials in Barcelona

If you are thinking about studying design, but you are still not sure about which school or city to choose, you should know that Barcelona is one of the best destinations of you want to become specialised in design and innovation of materials. 

Barcelona is the cradle of design and an international referent. Attracted by the latest trends and the complete ecosystem that is developed in the city, designers and creatives around the world have stablished their place of business here. The valuable legacy that great artists left behind contrasts with the trace of new creators and designers, thus creating unique synergies. Creativity, transversality and the open spirit can be breathed in every corner of the city.

Why study a master in design of new materials?

Studying a design master, with the particularity of being focused on design through new materials, gives the student an interdisciplinary and conciliatory vision. The designer specialised in this field observes, studies and develops design form a unique point of view.

The innovation of materials is becoming more important in a changing sector that finds itself in the permanent quest of new realities. There is no doubt that new materials define the way reality is built. Thus, it is a profession with a clear vision of present and future.

Through our master in design through new materials, students will acquire the necessary tools to become designers and creators that the sector requires. Upon finishing the training experience, and because of its theoretical basis and the practice in real projects, students will be prepared to successfully face any challenge.

The Master in Design through New Materials is structured for students to acquire, develop and exercise specific abilities and competencies. These abilities cumulatively encompass the necessary skill set to design, develop, optimise and efficiently communicate a project in terms of materials-driven innovation, process-based production and design solutions. We want you to:

  • Be able to analyse future socio-cultural scenarios and contextualise new materials in a global context.
  • Be able to select and apply materials, technologies and manufacturing processes in design and the specific nature of the development processes.
  • Acquire the skills for the ideation of applications of new materials.
  • Be able to evaluate sustainability aspects and environmental impact of materials for industry application.
  • Be able to experiment with new materials and related technologies to produce new material applications, new material developments or new material languages.
  • Be able to generate families of colour and trim and materials languages applied to brand and market placement.
  • Be able to generate a sound narrative and strategy to position a material within the market or sector successfully.
  • Be able to recognise the potential of new business models associated with the materials and related technologies being generated.

This Master in Design through New Materials wants to provide you with the practical tools to bring your ideas to life. Combining a theoretical and practical approach, with a constant encouragement of investigation and analysis, our goals are:

  • Training professionals on new creative ways of making and communicating.
  • Preparing professionals for the new opportunities arising from the consolidation of materials and related technologies as innovation boosters.
  • Training professionals in developing projects with social, environmental and technological concerns.

We will help you create a Final Master Project —on an entrepreneurial basis or for an industrial partner— that results in a new material, a new product collection, or a new architectural project focusing on sustainability, innovation, creativity and near-future inspired solutions.

Materials in context, material narratives

The cultural and social aspects of materials. Market trends. Futures-research methodologies and building future scenarios and narratives.

Materials foundations

Materials families. Metals, ceramics and beyond: towards a new ontology of materials. Scientific and creative views on physical properties. Materials processing.

Materials in use

Materials selection. Understanding applications of materials in different sectors, from automotive to health or materials for interior design.

Materials innovation

Current views on materials innovations. Materials research and materials development trends include advanced high-tech materials and nanotechnology to bio-based low-tech materials.

Materials experimentation

A series of workshops on materials making. From craft to industry.

Materials industry and sustainability

Production in the 21st century. Sustainability – from life cycle to new business models.

Materials languages, materials interaction

Colour, materials and finish design. Materials aesthetics trends. Languages and narratives, visual storytelling, styling, media. The emotionality of materials. Sensory qualities. Tangible and intangible properties.

Materials strategies

Market placement; strategy, patent, IP, business models.


Laura Clèries
Director of Elisava Research and Professor of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering.


  • Pere Llorach, Head of the Sustainability area of the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Elisava).
  • Clara Guasch, Director (Girbau Lab) - Materials, Sustainability & Innovation. Previously at IKEA.
  • Maria Boto, Microbiologist. Leader of the Color Biolab (University College Ghent).
  • Saúl Baeza, Product and Fashion Designer with focus on new materials. Founder (Does Work) and Editor (Visions By magazine). 
  • Raul Nieves, Creative technologist, specialist in digital materiality.
  • Cristina Noguer, Researcher, Designer and Strategist. 
  • Luis Eslava, Head of the Product Design area at the Undergraduate in Design (Elisava), Founder and Owner (Luis Eslava Studio).
  • Sara Gonzalez de Ubieta, Research and Development (Nanimarquina).

Invited speakers:

  • Christope Guberan, Product Designer (Studio Guberan).
  • Studio Klarenbeek and Dros.
  • Seetal Solanki, Founder (Ma-tt-er).
  • Ruth Jonsara, Director of the Healthy Materials Lab (Parsons School of Design).

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