Elisava’s Pedagogy Department establishes a monitoring process to enhance the quality of teaching practices and improve learning.

Our faculty implements actions at strategic, organizational and methodological levels in the areas of pedagogy and teacher support, aiming for the best possible implementation of the Teaching-Learning processes in order to promote academic excellence.

The Annual Innovation Programme implements actions based on a systemic approach to bring about substantial, sustainable, impactful and lasting changes.

We are currently designing the project for a university that is conceived as a HUB School. Elisava conceives of the school as a platform to stimulate student learning and to expand their creative, critical, technological and entrepreneurial capacities, all while connecting them with environments and people that offer them continuing, quality learning experiences.



Developing a teaching culture that implicates the entire community.

Designing, developing and monitoring innovation processes in pedagogy.

Sharing Elisava’s identity, its pedagogical DNA with the internal and external communities.

Pedagogic principles

Elisava: design and engineering to impact the local context, society and the planet.

  • We are a university faculty conceived as a global network that acts as an innovative agent in its cultural, social and business environment.
  • We train adaptable, critical and proactive people, capable of facing obstacles, interpreting reality and managing uncertainty. Profiles with competencies to lead team projects, to solve problems with rigor and ethical values, and to explore creative solutions in a society in constant evolution.
  • We carry on projects in collaboration between companies, institutions and NGOs, between different courses and disciplines using innovative, experimental and constructive methodologies.
  • We are an open, flexible and critical platform for people dedicated to teaching, researching and disseminating, with the purpose of generating and transferring knowledge to future professionals in the fields of design and engineering, as well as business and the environment.
  • We promote the personal and professional growth of the entire community, considering their interests and expectations. We use innovative, experimental and constructive methodologies that ensure the quality of learning through collaborative projects with companies, institutions and NGOs, expanded with international actions and transversal activities between courses and disciplines.
  • We promote the integration of design and engineering so that knowledge is transdisciplinary, participatory, applicable to society and generates impact.
  • We have an expert and multidisciplinary teaching staff, with a vision on the learning proposition. People who promote projects of an international, professional, academic and research level, centered on students, whose objective is the regenerative development of individuals, society, culture and the planet.
  • We research in the intersection between design, engineering and different fields of knowledge, interacting with teaching and professional practice, with the aim of innovating and transferring the results to society.

Latest news

Latest activities of the Elisava Pedagogical Area, click on the drop-down menu for more information.

XII CIDUI Congress of Teaching Innovation

Elisava’s participation in the XII CIDUI Congress on Teaching Innovation (Lleida, July 4-6, 2023).

The International Congress on University Teaching and Innovation is a singular and significant reality, a space for collaboration between the universities of Catalonia, open to the rest of the Spanish and world universities. This new edition of the congress is entitled: “Improving learning experiences: transformation and challenges”.

The congress focuses attention on the need to seek strategies to promote quality environments that favor greater personalization and transversality of the training process.

On behalf of Elisava, the coordinator of the first year, Salva Fàbregas, and the pedagogical coordinator, Juan Arrausi, participated with the oral communication: “Moderate of the focus groups. Guidelines and creative dynamics for the monitoring of pedagogical quality”.

This oral communication is accompanied by an academic article on the design and deployment of the Focus Groups carried out in Elisava to monitor teaching quality. The new degrees in Design and Innovation and Engineering in Industrial Design are currently in their third year of development. Follow-up actions have been carried out to guarantee the quality of the teaching-learning processes with the participation of the students. The dynamics, methods and results have been shared with the university community within the framework of the pedagogical innovation processes of our faculty.

Jornades d’Aprenentatge Rebel, Training challenges and adaptation to complexity in higher artistic education

On October 27 and 28, the conference Jornades d’Aprenentatge Rebel took place, under the title: “Training challenges and adaptation to complexity in higher artistic education.” The Conferences have been organized by the Campus de les Arts (a project that brings together, since 2019, different universities and 19 faculties, including Elisava and higher artistic education centers that teach degrees and postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of fine arts, design, music, theater, dance, cinema and conservation and restoration) and the activity has taken place at the ESMUC facilities in Barcelona.

Elisava participated in the session on “Teaching methodologies and learning styles” with the presentation: “Shared teaching in the classroom 1+1=3”. Elisava professors Salva Fàbregas and Juan Arrausi have shared an experience of good practices developed for 3 years in the first year of the Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation:

+ Challenge: The joint use of drawing with photography and drawing with three-dimensional form to discover codes, media and materials to understand design. The approach is carried out from analysis, through the understanding of the main concepts to reach the generation of genuine proposals.

+ Processes: To the teaching-learning activities focused on the instrumental, we incorporate reflective processes that the students themselves monitor about how they learn, from whom, and how they apply it to the design process.

+ Problem: The participating teachers have specialist profiles in Design and Fine Arts, but they aim to achieve a profile of generalist and versatile students.

+ Pedagogical methods: Analysis of concepts and actions, self- and co-evaluation complemented by demonstrations to facilitate the processes of joint construction of shared knowledge. We incorporate some phases of approach to learning to make it unique, meaningful and lasting.

We have called the two learning experiences:

+ “Complementary learning”, since it is bidirectional, from drawing and from photography.

+ “Vice verse learning”, since it is a reciprocity, between the drawing and between the 3D form.

With these 2 types of learning we get students to face one of the most complex skills “learning to understand” for themselves. They face the achievement of this competence through the interaction of several agents: 2 teachers, the same student, the rest of the students in the class-group and the 2 complementary and vice-versarial learning methods.

The name of the talk is 1+1=3 because the students not only add unrelated learning, but also add understanding through shared action and reflection.

The experience of the Conference was very enriching for all attendees, since teaching practices from various artistic teaching environments were shared.


Find below present reports, results and actions carried out by the Elisava’s Pedagogy Department.