Master's Degree in Design through New Materials

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 material 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 material design as a ground-breaking working field.

Degree

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

Drection

Laura Clèries

Language

English

ECTS Credits

60

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

Place

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

Price

€11,000 
(+€450 registration fee)
Financing and grants

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent in Design, Engineering, Architecture or Art.
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Can materials define the way our future is built? In the Master's Degree in Design through New Materials you will learn how to create new opportunities through new materials.

Everything around us are materials. Materials are now at the core of innovation, generating impact not only in industry, but on society and even cultural values. Materials are no longer defined at the end of the design process, but are part of the early design development. Moreover, consumers pay more attention to the materials they surround themselves with, they are far more literate and interested in materials innovation than before. Materials-driven innovation allows for new industries being developed, more sustainable solutions found, and more creative design processes put into place.

In this context, the Master's Degree in Design through New Materials aims to generate a new breed of ‘materials design specialists’ in transdisciplinary fields, providing a working knowledge and active mastery of new materials as agents in innovation. It joins rigorous and applied university knowledge in design through materials with industrial materials innovation, and it is held in Barcelona, home of social and technological innovation. With an international spirit, the programme includes one European Materials Exploration field trip at a selected city, up-to-date insights from relevant international materials-driven design experts, and a network of leading materials-related innovation hubs and industries.

The contents and methodology of the Master's Degree in Design allow to experience both theory of materials and hands-on workshops; to envision innovation from research to industry, from speculative to applied projects, and to adopt a scientific, creative and multidisciplinary attitude on the field. The profesional orientation of the master allows textile designers, product designers, engineers, architects or interior designers to produce 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 with focus on materials, sustainability,innovation, creativity and near-future inspired solutions.


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 master in design, 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. 

  • To generate a new breed of ‘materials design specialist’ professionals in transdisciplinary fields.
  • To train professionals on new creative ways of making and communicating.
  • To prepare professionals for the new opportunities arising from the consolidation of materials and related technologies as innovation boosters.
  • To train professionals in the development of projects with social, environmental and technological concerns.

The Master's Degree in Design through New Materials is structured for students to acquire, develop and exercise and specific abilities and competences, which cumulatively encompass the necessary skill-set to design, develop, optimize and efficiently communicate a project in terms of both materials-driven innovation, process based production and design solutions.

  • 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 in order to produce new material applications, new material developments or new material languages.
  • Be able to generate families of colour and trim as well as materials languages applied to brand and market placement.
  • Be able to generate a sound narrative and strategy in order to successfully position a material within the market or sector.
  • Be able to recognize the potential of new business models associated to the materials and related technologies being generated.
Laura Clèries, PhD
Laura Clèries

Laura Clèries, PhD

Director of the Master's Degree in Design through New Materials
Carlos Sáez
Carlos Sáez

Carlos Sáez

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Raul Nieves
Raul Nieves

Raul Nieves

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Dr. Pere Llorach
pere_llorach

Dr. Pere Llorach

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Saúl Baeza
saul_baeza

Saúl Baeza

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Dr. Oscar Tomico Plasencia
oscar_tomico

Dr. Oscar Tomico Plasencia

Co-director of the Master's Degree in Design for Emergent Futures
Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Clara Guasch
Clara Guasch

Clara Guasch

Collaborator of the Master in Design through New Materials
Cristina Noguer
Cristina Noguer

Cristina Noguer

Collaborator of the Master in Design through New Materials
Maria Boto
Maria Boto

Maria Boto

Collaborator of the Master in Design through New Materials
Seetal Solanki
Seetal Solanki

Seetal Solanki

Collaborator of the Master in Design through New Materials

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