Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters


Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters, degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and ELISAVA


Joaquim Matutano i Ros and Daniela Hartmann (English Edition) and Joaquim Matutano (Spanish Edition)

ECTS Credits



From September 2019 to February 2020 (Spanish Edition)
From February 2020 to July 2020 (English Edition)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.


English edition: 6,050 € (plus 400 € in concept of registration fee)
Spanish edition: 5,270 € (plus 400 € in concept of registration fee)
Financing and grants


Admission requirements

  • University degree or university graduate degree in design
  • Proven professional experience
  • Proficiency in graphic representation sofwares for architectural space
  • Access and admission

How can you give meaning to domestic spaces and work environments? How do new economic and social conditions affect the solution of architectural problems?


The Interior Space Design Private Perimeters Postgraduate programme is a professionally oriented course that teaches key foundations and technical skills and allows students to build a competitive portfolio. This programme gives students the opportunity to actively participate in crafting their education and developing their own critical approach with each course of it.

Students expand their training as designers of interior environments with a focus on spaces and design atmospheres for domestic interiors defined by real physical boundaries.

To design truly habitable structures of today, the course fosters a critical response to  functional and aesthetic requirements as well as a new sensibility in order to understand the relationship between human behaviour and the interior of our immediate surroundings.

The studio-based, research-oriented programme combines a theoretical overview with several  practical projectswhich are developed during creative workshops. One of the intentions of the course is to sensitise students to the major impact of environmental issues and awaken a greater interest in sustainable solutions for the design of interior space.

The core project of the programme is based on the design of a private domestic space in a specific context, taking into account all the elements necessary for its development, the level of living conditions, lighting, furniture, materials and finishes, sustainable aspects, the construction and production processes as well as visualization and communication of the project.

Students will learn about their active and proactive role as designers within the interactive processes in which other professionals are involved and they will get to know the complexity of production systems and building techniques. Students will increase their creative ability and will obtain a substantial vision in all the areas related to the profession.

Through active and proven methodologies, the Postgraduate programme in Interior Space. Private Perimeters prepares students to successfully tackle the challenges of the professional world.

Module 1: Interior design criteria

  • Theoretical approach concerned with critical reflection upon professional practise and creative processes of interior design
    • Methodologies and introduction to research
    • Design process: explore and analyze client/user requirements and brief, project development, budgeting, project management and project communication.
    • Theoretical reflections: houses today, spatial criteria, colour, etc.


  • Views (of people with experience involved in or close to the process of interior design)
    • Builder’s view.
    • Client’s view
    • Photographer’s view.
    • Editor’s view.


  • Lectures
    • Renowned interior designers, architects, designers and other professionals involved in interior design present their own work


  • Field Trips
    • Visit to exemplary built architecture and interior design examples that show the high value of the design process and an excellent result of a domestic interior design.


Module 2: Tools

  • Furniture and buidling materials for interior design
    • Selection criteria for materials and their application systems.
    • Knowledge of technical, practical and aesthetic functions of materials and products.
    • Field trip to Materfad the materioteca of the FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) to learn about innovative materials and production.
    • Sustainable materials, products and systems for the health and air quality in an interior space.


  • Installations and comfort in a domestic interior. general implementation of installations
    • Implementation of installations in the domestic interior design project.
    • Plumbing and sewer system.
    • Electrical installation and Lighting
    • Ventilation and gas.
    • Heating and air conditioning.
    • Home automation and telecommunications.
    • Energy efficient installations


Module 3: The design of an interior space

  • Workshops
    • The several workshops promote a conceptual and experimental approach to design through a hands-on learning method. It usually begins with a presentation to provide the theoretical foundation that aims to deepen the comprehension of a specific subject
    • During the workshop, students will develop an intense quick draft resolution or a physical object
      • Kitchen design
      • Furniture design
      • Experimental space


  • Main project of the course
    • The project is based on the development of an interior design of a private domestic space. Special attention is given to the selection of a built environment that would allow a maximum degree of approximation to a real case.
    • A free-thinking attitude is expectedly paired with a courageous decision-making in order to generate powerful and innovative ideas where empathy and emotions are reflected in the results.


Perseverance, curiosity, motivation and risk-taking are determinant factors to achieve a high performance and exceptional results. Tutors will be attentive to the sensitivity of the students, guiding them through the design process and help them manage their personal cultural background.

Throughout the years, we have addressed various interior design projects with very different themes and have succeeded to inspire students to transform their knowledge and skills into creative ideas, obtaining a variety of outstanding results.

  • Delve into the characteristics of specific production of the different sorts of design in relation to the space
  • Assimilate the emerging social and cultural values that are the basis of the criteria of implementation by the disciplines that articulate them: ergonomics, ecology, economics, sociology, anthropology and its incidence in the whole process of the project
  • Correctly interpret and translate the requirements of a brief and the user’s needs into a functional programme
  • Creatively apply the knowledge that corresponds to the uniqueness of the design
  • Assess the impact of new technologies and new materials in the re physical space conditioning
  • Knowledge of certain factors that may influence the interior design, such as: new technologies, new social models, changing patterns of behaviour or specific programmes
  • The ability to give space a differentiating character, by mastering sensitive matter such as light, materials and colour.
  • Ability to organise and plan a space
  • Mastery of work phases and professional planning of projects
  • Ability to work as a team and autonomously
  • Ability to create functional and aesthetically interesting solutions to complex problems
  • Time management
  • Mastery of good graphic and verbal communication in order to additionally emphasise the value of a project
  • Ability to be proactive beyond the usual solutions
Joaquim Matutano

Joaquim Matutano

Co-director and Professor of the Master’s Degree in Interior Design

Director of the Postgraduate in Interior Space Design: Private Perimeters

Daniela Hartmann

Daniela Hartmann

Co-Director of the Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters.

Loft para un escritor
Loft para un escritor

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Loft para un escritor

Juan Carlos Berrocal, Eduardo Pastor

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Loft para un escritor

Juan Carlos Berrocal, Eduardo Pastor
Casa y taller
Casa y taller

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Casa y taller

Elena Madariaga, Araceli Majón

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Casa y taller

Elena Madariaga, Araceli Majón
Loft para una joyera
Loft para una joyera

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Loft para una joyera

Various authors

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

Loft para una joyera

Various authors

Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters


Various authors

Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters


Various authors

We use our own and third-party cookies to improve your experience.

If you continue browsing, we consider that you accept our

cookie policy