Postgraduate in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban

Get knowledge of industrial furniture design to meet the needs of users in their work spaces, contract and street furniture.

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Get knowledge of industrial furniture design to meet the needs of users in their work spaces, contract and street furniture.


Postgraduate Degree in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban.
Awarded by UVic-UCC.


Ricard Ferrer

ECTS Credits


Course length

September to February




(+€500 registration fee)
Financing and grants

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent to Architecture, Product Engineering, Product Design or Interior Space. Professional experience and planning domain or 2D and 3D design.
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How can we create furniture able to solve the needs of the home or work environment? In the Postgraduate Degree in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban you will learn the language and the basic references to innovate.

The Postgraduate Degree in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban develops, specifically, professional practices that configure the profession of "furniture maker" or furniture designer. This discipline has some peculiarities that differentiate it from other design specialties. It requires knowledge of a language and its own references, which are present in each piece of furniture, a code refined over time. This allows us to communicate uses and attitudes, while effectively offering solutions for those objects that shape the relationships in our domestic or work environment.

This immersion in the reality of the furniture, from both the present and the past, opens the doors to the industrial reality of a sector that is today one of the references in the production of avant-garde objects. With its own fashions and trends, new materials and technologies, it allows us to move forward and innovate.

The postgraduate degree identifies and connects different professional profiles. The tasks and projects to develop respond to realistic proposals. The teachers responsible for counselling students and monitoring projects are professionals, and the various speakers and scheduled visits respond to this same spirit.

The Postgraduate in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban will help you have a full overview of the specific furniture for installations, collectivities and urban elements.

The Postgraduate in Furniture Design for Communities, Contract and Urban is specifically addresses issues relating to the industrial-production furniture geared toward furnishing spaces for institutions, whether public or private.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of coming up with creative furniture solutions that help create the conditions for developing core activities outside the home, such as auditoriums, lecture halls, offices, hotels and restaurants, sports facilities, urban spaces, etc. The postgraduate programme is structured in the following modules:

Furniture and the workspace

  • Types, work and representation areas, the symbolic sense of furniture in the workspace, waiting and reception areas. Technical chairs, auxiliary industry, materials and manufacturing techniques, seat ergonomics, systems for desks and filing cabinets.
  • Furniture and hospitality, accommodation and residential spaces
  • Types of furniture, reception areas, custom equipment, furniture in hotels and residential spaces, uses and types adapted from the home environment. The technical specs in the contract.

Furniture and urban space

  • Types, materials and maintenance, the custom project, furniture as organisers of public space, unique elements.
  • Furniture in the new multi-purpose public spaces.
  • Open-air venues for public entertainment events require products with proven effectiveness that are versatile and also scalable to the growing demand for multipurpose spaces. These products incorporate innovative features that fit in perfectly into the architectural design.


Various market strategies to meet the needs of lighting in the workplace. Lighting and urban space, light as signage.

Materials and Technologies

  • Advanced processes and research of new materials to foster innovation and competitive products that meet stringent environmental working conditions.

Sustainability and Ecodesign

  • How these parameters integrate in the design process of new products, criteria to consider when designing a new piece of furniture.
  • International regulations and main certifications.
  • Enable students to work in a group or in collaboration with technical offices, adapting to new situations and evaluating the specific needs of a client based on the analysis of their catalogue and product.
  • Incorporate the different techniques and methodologies that allow projecting without gaps or mismatches between the conceptual and constructive aspects, developing in turn the specific practices that make up the profession.
  • Acquire expert observation habits to detect past and present attributes, which determine the characteristics of the codes that allow us to identify innovative solutions or objects.
  • Achieve an advanced knowledge of the sector identifying the reference manufacturers and designers, as well as the current lines or trends, anticipating the future scenarios and uses.
  • Know and master the specific formal language of the sector to establish a fluid and coherent dialogue with the user, properly incorporating the desired attributes in the developed projects.
  • Know the processes, technologies and materials, as well as the auxiliary industries involved, to generate real innovation in the industry, providing viable and technically and commercially realistic solutions.
  • Consolidate a Portfolio, with the projects developed in the course, that shows the competences acquired by working on specific aspects for each student such as the personal brand.
  • Mastery of the product design tools; tools oriented to the furniture industry; conceptual and methodological tools; knowledge tools of techniques of representation, processes and associated production materials; which can be used in:
    • Furniture projects for industrial and manufacturers of domestic furniture.
    • Tailored furniture projects for homes.
    • Industrial furniture projects for collectivities.
    • Urban furniture projects.
    • Upholstered furniture projects.
    • Projects of unique furniture elements which are representative for collectivities.
    • Lighting projects.
  • Mastery of the formalization and associated codes in projects applied to different disciplines.
  • Mastery of work phases and professional project planning.
  • Mastery of competences to develop projects in work groups.
  • Use of the necessary resources and codes to communicate with the different agents involved in the process (clients and collaborators).
Ricard Ferrer
ricard ferrer

Ricard Ferrer

Professor of the Product Area