Master in Design and Communication

The Master's Degree in Design and Communication will allow you to develop research activities and will train you to devise, formalize, analyze, and reflect on design strategies.

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The Master's Degree in Design and Communication will allow you to develop research activities and will train you to devise, formalize, analyze, and reflect on design strategies.

Degree

University Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Design and Communication (MUDIC), official Master's Degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

Direction

Ariel Guersenzvaig

ECTS Credits

60

Course length

Sep 2019 to Jul 2020.
Monday to Friday, 5:00-9:15 p.m.
Training complements:
Mornings of the 1st trimester

Price

Year 2019-2020: € 10,500 (plus € 400 registration fees)

Seats offered

25

Language

Spanish

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent to an Engineering, Architecture, or similar.

The University Master's Degree in Design and Communication is an advanced, specialized and multidisciplinary training aimed at professional specialization and initiation into research activities about design and from a design point of view. Also, since it is a University Master's Degree, provides access to a doctoral program in a related area.

The design is understood as a tool for reflection, for generating knowledge and for transforming the world around us. The program trains professionals and researchers with the necessary skills to carry out design projects in all kinds of contexts, enabling the communicator and the designer in the conception of design strategies, in their formalization in concrete shapes and in the analysis and reflection on the own practice of design.

The focus of learning lies in the development and acquisition of creative, critical and methodological skills to develop their profession in research and innovation. Upon completion of the University Master's Degree in Design and Communication, the student will have obtained a deep understanding of current design, communication and visual and material culture, as well as the challenges presented in these areas.

Our graduates acquire analytical and instrumental skills that allow them to complement their professional profile obtained after their university degree. Thanks to the acquisition of advanced research techniques (focused on research through design and speculative design, as well as in the generation of knowledge and critical thinking), University Master's Degree graduates can aspire to qualified professional positions, managing teams, directing projects or teaching in areas related to design and communication.

The University Master's Degree in Design and Communication is part of the offer of official postgraduate courses at Pompeu Fabra University. It is structured in 60 ECTS credits (European credit transfer system), in which a credit is equivalent to about 25-30 hours of the work carried out by the student. The teaching activity usually takes place in the afternoons, from Monday to Friday, from the end of September to the middle of June.


The University Master's Degree in Design and Communication was audited in July 2018 by the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya), which in its report has highlighted several strengths:

  • The high satisfaction of all the groups of interest: students and graduates with the received training, and both professors and employers with students.
  • The good assessment of multidisciplinarity by different groups of interest.
  • Close contact between professors and students.
  • The personal tutoring.
  • Infrastructure, resources and equipment.
  • The results of the main rates: efficiency (100%), graduation (100%), abandonment (0%), and high labor insertion.

The indicators that emerge from the surveys we do regularly show that 9 out of 10 students of our the last editions recommend the program.

The group of students is very varied in terms of previous training and is usually composed of graduates in design, architecture, communication, sociology or advertising. The geographical origin also is diverse, University Master's Degree in Design and Communication students usually come from Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Portugal, China and from many parts of Spain such as Galicia, Andalusia and, of course, from Catalonia. Due to its other university character, the MUDIC complies with the official requirement that it allows to apply for scholarships in Spain and in different Latin American and European countries.

The course is structured in three trimesters.

  • The first trimester responds to the needs of students to know and understand the new contexts of design.
  • The second trimester focuses on theoretical-methodological issues and applied research (research in, through and for design).
  • The third trimester is dedicated to the Master's Final Project and to acquire advanced professional skills.

For each subject a theoretical project and/or practical work is carried out and it is presented paying attention to the premises defined in the educational plan of the subject. Subjects of the University Master's Degree in Design and Communication are:

1st Trimester

2nd Trimester

3rd Trimester

The University Master's Degree in Design and Communication has been evaluated and is accredited by the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya) within the Accreditation Program of university centers, which affects all the degrees, university master's degrees and doctoral programs taught by the universities that make up the Catalan university system.

This evaluation was carried out by an external evaluation commission that has determined that the MUDIC complies with all the standards. In this evaluation, completed in July 2018, six dimensions of the program have been evaluated:

  • quality of the training program,
  • relevance of public information,
  • effectiveness of the internal quality management system,
  • adequacy of the teaching staff,
  • effectiveness of learning support systems,
  • quality of the results.

The commission has determined that the MUDIC reaches very first-rate levels (and its heading towards excellence) in various relevant aspects such as:

  • teacher coordination
  • dedication of the teaching staff,
  • academic results.

During the accreditation process of the University Master's Degree in Design and Communication, an external committee made up of academics, employers and students from the field of design and communication from other universities, visited the facilities of Elisava and made different face-to-face interviews with representatives of the different groups of interest around to this degree (students, ex-students, professors, industry employers and management team). The commission also reviewed documentary evidence (teaching plans, internal statistics, Master's Thesis and subjects, etc.) that show the quality of the master's degree.

Elisava places great emphasis on the application of an Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIQ_ELISAVA) that facilitates compliance with all the obligations deriving from the Framework for the Verification, Follow-up, Modification and Accreditation of its Official Titles (VSMA, according to its initials in Spanish) ; System that links these processes of quality assessment to the management of the entire life cycle of the degrees. This System is always under revision and continuous improvement in order to adapt it to the changing reality of the School. In this space, then, all the information related to Elisava's quality policy and the most important measures related to the improvement of its management and services, as well as information on the operational development of the degree, satisfaction indicators and all the activities linked to this degree.

The profile of the professors corresponds to the different profiles of subjects and projects that take place in the University Master's Degree in Design and Communication.

On the one hand, we have a professional faculty, with extensive work experience in Spain and abroad, trained to conceptualize and execute innovative projects that could fit into the typology of real professional projects, but at the same time maintain an experimental character. The most frequent teaching dynamics are the seminar or the group and individual correction sessions.

We also have a profile of PhD professors whose main focus of teaching is the training of students in design research tasks, both for design and through design. These professors seek to generate knowledge through the development of design projects of various types and combine master classes with seminar activities and workshops.

A third type is made up of professors, mostly doctors, whose function is the transmission of theories and models, this teaching staff focuses on theoretical or methodological aspects and usually teach master classes and facilitate discussion sessions.

All of these profiles can also be involved in a fourth profile, which is that of the Master's Final Work tutor. This is a researcher or a professional who guides the student in the development of their final Master's Project. Depending on the type of work to be carried out (a professional project, a research one, the corroboration of hypotheses, etc.), the professor will place more emphasis on formal aspects or theoretical research.

MUDIC's teaching staff:
Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi, Dr. David Casacuberta, Dr. Jonathan Chacón, Dra. Laura Clèries, Dra. Danae Esparza, Dr. Ramon Faura, Dr. Efraín Foglia, Dr. Albert Fuster, Dr. Romualdo Gondomar, Dra. Viviana Narotzky, Dr. Javier Peña, Dr. Rafael Pozo, Dra. Eva Pujades, Dr. Carlos Scolari, Dr. Oscar Tomico, Dra. Daniella Wilde, Andreu Belsunces, Mery Cuesta, Martín Azúa, Nuria Garuz, Mercè Graell, Xavier Grau, Raúl Goñi, Andrés Hispano, Enric Jaulent, Marc Panero, Francesc Ribot, Félix Pérez-Hita.

Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig
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