Master in Design through New Materials

An approach to 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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An approach to design and innovation, sustainability and creativity through new materials. An experimental and transdisciplinary course that values material design as a ground-breaking working field


Master's Degree in Design through New Materials, degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and Elisava.


Laura Clèries



ECTS Credits


Field trip

5 days workshop in a European city. Traveling expenses are not included.

Course length

Sep 2019 to Jul 2020
Tu, Th, Fr, 5:00-9:15 h.


Master's classes take place in Elisava and Materfad (Barcelona Design Hub).


Year 2019-2020: € 11,000 (plus € 400 registration fee).
Financing and grants

Admission requirements

Degree in design, engineering, architecture, etc.
Access and admission

Could materials define the way our future is built? Understanding new materials in order to create new opportunities.

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 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 (Elisava) with industrial materials innovation (Materfad, materials innovation hub and library), 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 course 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.

This Master's course aims:

  • 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 course 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.

At the end of the course, the student will:

  • 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.
Dra. Laura Clèries

Dra. Laura Clèries

Director of Master's Degree in Data and Design
Blanca Guasch

Blanca Guasch

Marta González
Dra. Marta González

Marta González

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials
Carol Rius
Carol Rius

Carol Rius

Professor in the Master in Design through New Materials
Heloise Buckland
Heloise Buckland

Heloise Buckland

Professor of the Master in Design through New Materials

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