Postgraduate in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling

Acquire professional training in interior design through the hospitality industry, a flourishing area whose business activities claim great creativity and extensive knowledge of their specific circumstances.

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Acquire professional training in interior design through the hospitality industry, a flourishing area whose business activities claim great creativity and extensive knowledge of their specific circumstances.


Postgraduate Degree in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling.
Awarded by UVic-UCC.


Ricardo Guasch
Patricia Von Arend

ECTS Credits


Course length

February to July


(+€450 registration fee)
Financing and grants



Access and admission requirements

Official bachelor's degree or equivalent related to Design of Spaces. Knowledge in 3D interior design software, CV and motivation letter.
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The Postgraduate in Interior Design for Hotels and New Hostelling is designed to provide knowledge about the sector and its specialization from a honest and responsible vision, and teaching and practicing the methods and key aspects that bring us to creativity and innovation, in a sector that is reinventing itself. This is an exciting world, where the aim is not only to distribute spaces and to create attractive atmospheres but to analyze new habits and to research and develop original concepts.

Hotels are a strategic importance sector for tourism; it is a sector that generates an important economic activity. In the current environment, where there is a fierce competence, and a demanding clientele that is becoming more critical and selective, hotels do not only sell accommodation and good service but intend to offer a special and unique experience to their hosts, whether answering with excellence to the expectations of a specific collective or surprising them with new experiences.

In this context, interior design for hotels has a major role. It is a new opportunity: interior design has acquired a major role in the value chain of the hotel business. Moreover, this is a wide area: the ways of travelling and the habits have recently evolved in an extraordinary way, in all the ambits, from the low cost to the high luxury. This is what has motivated the creation of a specific Postgraduate Diploma specialized in interior design for hotels and new hostelling.


Module 1 – Components 

Interrelationship between a management model and the spatial organization. Vertical organization vs. Horizontal organization. Case Study.

  • Public spaces:
    • Representation: lobby, hall, atrium, reception and restrooms.
    • Meeting: venues, libraries, conference rooms, ballrooms.
    • Food & Beverage: bar, lounge, dinning, club, breakfast, break area, terrace.
    • Leisure: game rooms, gyms, wellness centre, spa, wine cellar, cocking lab, film library.
  • Services spaces. Facility services.
  • Private spaces:
    • Transition spaces: halls, stairways, landings, corridors.
    • The room: model roomsuitesjunior suitesfamily rooms, aparthotel, shared.
    • The bathroom. Models and evolution. New experiences.

The lessons are related to workshops.

Module 2 – Spatial organization at the service of the concept

Hotels and new hostelling. Organization of a hotel based on a management model and a concept.

  • Historical origins and references
  • Models of the culture of well-being
  • Trends and new economy. The lectures are related to an exercise of a projective nature consisting of a proposal for an innovative restaurant model based on the concept, in a given place. Organization of a hotel from a management model and a concept.

Module 3 – Hotel project

Project with real customers.

  • Casuistry: extension, renovation, transformation or rehabilitation.
  • Thematic: wellness, academic and geriatric, sportive, gender, low cost, corporative vs. conjugal, familiar, touristic, singles and private club.

Module 4 – Contract project. Model room

  • Fit Out. The finishes.
  • Furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E). To cause surprise. To design the perfect welcoming place. To wake up the senses. The strength of evocation. The comfort notion. The compulsory functionality.
  • Signage. Ways, evocations and attractions. Concept application.

Projects with real customers: design of a model room. Teamwork in collaboration with medium or big hotel chains.

  • To train students so they become professional experts in this current subject and they are able to provide creativity and specialized technical knowledge when facing the demands that the increasing diversification of the types of temporal accommodation poses.
  • To offer to the planner the necessary tools to provide answers and to make proposals regarding the different types of hotel business in all their contemporary versions, which are closely linked to the economic patterns and to the attitudes and personal dreams and expectation of the different social groups.
  • To know all the work phases of a professional project within the scope of the programme.
  • To take advantage of the academic context of the course, so as to boost the rigour at the same time as the experimentation. To master the ad hoc terminology. To open new paths to innovation and research, to index, to record and to analyze models.
  • To establish an exchange dynamic system between the participants of the course: students, tutors, speakers, social and economic agents who have been invited.
  • Ability to generate innovative and creative proposals within the scope of the programme.
  • Analysing skills in order to do documentary research on the specific field of this study programme.
  • Understanding of the business casuistry of the sector at the present time.
  • Ability to assess a professional order of the sector in any of its typologies and recognize the real needs of the client.
  • Command of the entire creative process from the conceptualization to the execution of the project and its perceptive maintenance.
  • Resolve the integration of all the technical facilities and equipment that converge in the project.
  • Control of the various disciplines involved, such as furniture, applied graphics and lighting.
  • Good resolution in the public expression of ideas and own projects.
  • Knowledge of the work and execution phases of a professional project in the corporate interior design field.
  • Command of the relationship with the agents involved in the project.
  • Aptitude for teamwork.
Dr. Ricardo Guasch Ceballos

Dr. Ricardo Guasch Ceballos

Director of the Master's Degree in Interior Design for Hotels, Bars and Restaurants
Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Interior Design. Work Spaces
Co-director of the Master in Interior Space Design
Patricia Von Arend

Patricia Von Arend

Collaborator of the Master’s Degree in Interior Design for Hotels & New Hosteling