Requalification Course for the Elisava's Degree in Design

Requalification Course for the Degree in Design for graduates of the Higher Degree in Design (UPF's own degree). Course 2020-21/2021-22

Elisava currently offers, among other studies, the Degree in Design in the branch of knowledge of arts and humanities, an official degree from Pompeu Fabra University approved within the framework of the European Higher Education Area. The Elisava Degree in Design has been fully recognized as an official university study since the 2009-10 academic year.

Consequently, the Requalification Course aims to ensure that all students who, since 1995, have completed the Higher Degree in Design (GSD), a degree from Pompeu Fabra University, are equated with graduates of the Degree in Design (GDIS).

The current Degree in Design - arts and humanities - offered by Elisava is the result of the experience accumulated in the different curricula of the GSD that have been offered since the 1995-96 academic year and in the Degree in Design - engineering and architecture- currently endangered. As a result of this background, the current GDIS curriculum is very similar to that of the GSD, sharing the essence, methodologies and approach of the future graduate. However, it is necessary to emphasize the obvious need to update knowledge in the field of the new technologies and social models, as well as the disappearance of the subjects of scientific type, when unfolding the new plan in the branch of Arts and Humanities. It is for this reason, and by the fact that we adapt the current curriculum to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area, that the requalification course involves taking respectively, according to the curriculum carried out in GSD (the of 1995 or 2001), five or three compulsory subjects that correspond to those fields of Design that were not contemplated in the respective curricula plus the realization of a Final Degree Project given that the current academic arrangement explicitly stipulates that this must be carried out in a mandatory manner, not being the subject of any type of recognition by another project already carried out.

Therefore, depending on the GSD curriculum carried out at that time, the Requalification Course involves taking a series of subjects at the end of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.

For graduates of the 1995 Plan

In relation to the graduates of the 1995 Plan, they must take three subjects that address the context of design and its links with other disciplines of a social, scientific or ethical nature. These are "Context and User I", "New Trends" and "Technology and Society", subjects in which students rigorously carry out research into the cultural, social and technological context that allows them to develop a personal vision of design. In addition to the “Final Degree Project”, graduates from the 1995 Plan must also take two subjects that allow them to research and prepare their Final Degree Project , “FDP Research” and “FDP Transversal Workshop”.

2nd term of the 2020-21 academic year (January to March 2021)

  • Context and user I (4 ECTS)
  • New Trends (4 ECTS)
  • FDP Research (4 ECTS)

3rd termof the 2020-21 academic year (April to June 2021)

  • Technology and Society (4 ECTS)
  • FDP Transversal Workshop (4 ECTS)

1st term of the 2021-22 academic year (September to December 2021)

  • Final Degree Project (16 ECTS)

Total credits to be taken: 36 ECTS

For graduates of the 2001 Plan

On the other hand, graduates from the 2001 Plan must take two subjects that could not be recognized in the Degree in Design, such as “Transversal Project I”, a compulsory subject where students work in transdisciplinary teams to do in front of complex projects where it is necessary to interpret the knowledge of other disciplines; and also the subject “Technology and Society” that allows to understand the social implications of the technological environment. In addition to the “Final Degree Project”, the graduates from the 2001 Plan must also take a preparation subject for the FDP, “FDP Transversal Workshop”.

2nd term of the 2020-21 academic year (January to March 2021)

  • Transversal Project I (8 ECTS)

3rd term of the 2020-21 academic year (April to June 2021)

  • Technology and Society (4 ECTS)
  • FDP Transversal Workshop (4 ECTS)

1st term of the 2021-22 academic year (September to December 2021)

  • Final Degree Project (16 ECTS)

Total credits to be taken: 32 ECTS

This requalification course will be developed over three terms spread over two academic years. In the first two (corresponding to the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the 2020-21 academic year) the compulsory subjects will be taken, and in the third (coinciding with the 1st term of the 2021-22 academic year) the Final Degree Project. The program provides an attendance of about three hours per week. Check the schedule here.

At the end of this requalification course, the degree of Graduate in Design will be obtained from Pompeu Fabra University, in accordance with current Spanish university regulations.

Important note: according to the current academic regulations, the application for a degree cannot be made effective, under any circumstances, until the end of the 2021-22 academic year (June 2022), which is the time when the first promotion, who began their studies in GDIS Arts and Humanities, will be graduated.

You must have successfully completed and finished the curriculum of the Graduate in Design (1995 or 2001) and have applied for the degree from the Elisava Academic Management Unit. This requalification course is only open to students who have completed this degree from Pompeu Fabra University taught at Elisava School of Design.

If the demand for places exceeds the available supply, the selection of candidates will be made in application of the order of their academic record, regardless of the curriculum studied at GSD. All other candidates will be placed on a waiting list.

If once this year's registration has been completed and it has not been possible to access the Course, the application will have to be made again for any future editions that may be carried out under the same conditions as those set out. The waiting list will be cancelled from one year to the next. Elisava reserves the right to offer this Requalification Course in the future.

Candidates must complete the application for admission addressed to the Academic Director of Elisava School of Design. This application can be downloaded here and must be submitted in person or by post or e-mail to the Academic Management Unit –UGA– at deadline from 19 to 23 October 2020, both inclusive.

Elisava’s postal address is La Rambla, 30-32. 08002 Barcelona. Due to the current situation arising from the COVID-19, the UGA’s opening hours must be consulted at all times by sending an e-mail to

Applications received by certified mail will be accepted, provided that the postmark certifies that the shipment has been made within the aforementioned period.

No applications will be accepted outside the established period.

Once the deadline and submission of applications has ended, between 9 and 13 November 2020 (both inclusive) Elisava will inform the applicants that they have been admitted so that they can formalize the registration in the Academic Management Unit of Elisava between 16 and 20 November 2020, both inclusive, and make the corresponding payment until 4 December 2020 (inclusive).

If the candidate indicated in the previous point does not carry out these procedures within the established deadlines, it will be understood that he/she resigns from the position and it will be assigned to the first candidate on the waiting list in the order of academic record, and so on. In due course, they must register between 14 and 16 December 2020 (both inclusive) and pay the registration fee by 31 December 2020 (inclusive).

If, at the end of the enrolment period for a specific academic year, you have not been able to access the course, the application will have to be re-submitted for the next edition (if applicable).

Students from the 1995 Plan: € 6,055
Students from the 2001 Plan: € 5,550
Members of the Elisava Alumni Association will have a 15 % discount.

Dr. Albert Fuster Martí
Academic director
Elisava School of Design

Barcelona, ​​July 2020

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