Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation

The Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation provides you with the necessary tools, knowledge and resources to maximise your abilities and to learn how to use design as a reflection and personal positioning tool.

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The Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation provides you with the necessary tools, knowledge and resources to maximise your abilities and to learn how to use design as a reflection and personal positioning tool.

Branch of knowledge

Arts and Humanities

Degree

Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation, accredited degree awarded by Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC). Title verified by AQU Catalunya.

Mentions

Graphic design
Product design
Space design
Interactive Experiences design 

Duration

4 years

Schedule

Course 1 and 2 - from 9am to 2:30 pm
Course 3 and 4 - morning or afternoon (depending on electives)

Start date

September

Idioma

Catalan / Spanish
Some subjects in English

Places of new access

175

Credits

240 ECTS
(60 ECTS per academic year)

Price

157 €/ECTS
Financing and grants

Minimum grade 2020-21

5

At Elisava we want to train designers with a creative profile, with critical thoughts, with an exploratory vision of the world, who are capable of questioning and talking with other agents of the social, productive, scientific or cultural environment crosswise. We also want them to have a great decision-making capacity and influence in the strategy definition to create, develop and implement new elements of communication, services, products or environments for the society.

Study design in Barcelona

We believe in "doing" as an engine for change and innovation. Therefore, our educational model is based on project work, where all disciplines coexist and combine to obtain the most original and disruptive results possible. In the Elisava's Degree in Design and Innovation you will learn to generate ideas and overcome challenges that shape new paradigms and realities. We think of the School as a hub of connections and, therefore, we encourage and strengthen relationships with the business and institutional fabric, the design and engineering professionals and our alumni. Thus, you will have at your disposal a network of national and international contacts of first line, whether are taking an internship, participating in projects or doing an Erasmus programme.


Are you one of those who spend the day drawing on the margins of napkins? Are you interested in the analysis of color, light and shape? Do you like to rethink spaces and their functionalities? The Degree in Design of Elisava is made to your needs.

Degree in Design and Innovation objectives

The Degree in Design and Innovation puts at your disposal all the tools for you to become a designer or designer capable of solving problems and meet the needs of the individual's relationship with their environment, as well as using design as a tool for reflection and personal positioning. 

Recommended admission profile

Do you want to study design? If you want to enrol in this programme, it's important that you have a great intellectual curiosity and an interest in understanding the complexity of the world.  We also consider personal attitudes related to the capacities of representation, analysis, synthesis and communication, and we believe it is essential to have technical-artistic skills, as well as willingness and desire to work as a team. Are the disciplines that fit you best the ones related to arts and humanities? We value the interest in arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as creativity, imagination, innovation and interest in continuous learning. If you feel identified, you only need to have a good command of your own language and a good base in a foreign language.

At the end of the Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation you will have the necessary knowledge and competences to develop your working activity in a wide-range of sectors and to participate in all phases of the design process:

  • You will define your personal positioning of design from a social, environmental, political, ethical and aesthetic vision.
  • You will design scenarios to foresee future needs.
  • You will talk with professionals of other fields (Technicians, Artists, Scientifics…), and  manage your own knowledge of other fields in a resolutive way.
  • You will experiment with materials, processes and techniques to give value to the design project.
  • You will develop design projects in different working fields, as a freelance or in any business or institutional model.
  • You will effectively inform in each one of the design project phases.
  • You will apply the knowledge of the different design fields adapted to the evolution and the needs of the professional context.

Product Design

If you study this specialty of the Degree in Design and Innovation, you will obtain extensive knowledge in product design and/or industrial design. You will delve into fields such as furniture, lighting, automotive, packaging and object and accessory design. Also in the design of products, systems and services.

Graphic Design

This specialty of the Degree in Design and Innovation will train you as a competent professional and will allow you to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience in the field of graphic design and visual communication. You will be able to delve into areas such as art direction, corporate image, editorial design, web and application design, data and information design, packaging, illustration, typography or signage.

Interactive Experiences Design 

Choose this specialty of the Degree in Design and Innovation if you want to become an expert in the design of interaction and interactive experiences (web design, audiovisual design, multimedia design, user experience design, digital interface design, product design and interactive environments ).

Space Design 

This is the specialty of the Degree in Design and Innovation that you must choose if you want to become an expert professional and competent in the design of interior spaces -houses, bars, restaurants-, but also in the design of stands, exhibitions, interventions in the public space, scenography of events and shows, ephemeral montages or shop window design.

Grado Diseño Producto
Grado Diseño Gráfico
Grado Diseño Experiencias Interactivas
Grado Diseño Espacio

You must choose your mention of the Degree in Design and Innovation before starting the second year. During the third year you will be able to delve into the discipline you have chosen or create a more versatile profile by taking subjects of other mentions.

Upon completion of the Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to develop your work activity in a wide range of sectors and areas, participating in all phases of the design process:

  • Spatial Design (interior spaces - bars, restaurants, homes ... -, design of stands, exhibitions, interventions in public space, scenography, ephemeral assemblies, window dressing).
  • Product design and/or industrial design (furniture, lighting, automotive, packaging, objects and accessories, products, systems and services).
  • Graphic design and communication (art direction, corporate image, editorial design, web design, application design, information design, packaging, illustration, typography, signage).
  • Design of interactive experiences and interaction (web design, audio-visual design, multimedia, user experience, design of digital interfaces, product design and interactive environments).
  • Education and research in design (criticism, research, theoretical and pedagogical design development).

90% of the students find work in the months following the end of the Degree. In addition, almost 80% would take the degree again*. *Source: estudis.aqu.cat/dades/web/inici

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The collaboration with the business and institutional sector is part of the day to day of the School. That is why, during the four years of the Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation, you will have the opportunity to participate in academic projects, workshops and other activities carried out in collaboration with companies and institutions such as Hard Rock Café, Sony, Swarovski, HP, Desigual, Danone, SEAT, Santa & Cole, Sónar, Mira, MACBA, Fundació Arrels, Desis Network and Victoria & Albert Museum. In addition, from the 3rd course (or when you have 120 credits), you will have the opportunity to take curricular and/or extracurricular internships in frontline companies so that you can enter the labour market with all the necessary knowledge and resources.

At Elisava we believe that the exchange and mobility of students and professors enrich university education and, therefore, we promote the international relations of the School with other educational centres, universities and research centres around the world. Currently, we have agreements with more than 70 of the most recognised and influential universities in the world of design and engineering worldwide.


Undergraduate Degree in Design and Innovation (UVic-UCC, from the 2021-22 academic year)*


The Degree in Design and Innovation takes four years. The first course is made up of basic training subjects where the different disciplines of design are introduced and where you will discover the expression and communication tools that will make up your own language.

In the second year you will have to choose the mention in which you want to specialize. During this year, you will acquire the tools, you will know the materials and you will integrate the techniques of your specialty, as well as the design methodologies applied in disciplinary projects.

In the third year, you will be able to continue delving into the chosen mention or develop a more global profile taking subjects from other mentions. Also in this course, you will be able to participate in transversal projects, carry out curricular internships or take a semester at a foreign university through the Erasmus program.

In the last year, you will have to develop two global projects of a multidisciplinary nature in addition to the Final Degree Project (TFG) where you will demonstrate your personal positioning towards design through a project that integrates and demonstrates all the skills that you will have acquired throughout the Degree in Design and Innovation.

*Title verified by AQU Catalunya.

Course 1

Semester 1
Discover
Fundamentals of Graphic Design
Fundamentals of Interactive Experience Design
Design processes
Introduction to Design

Semester 2
Build
Fundamentals of Product Design
Fundamentals of Space Design
Introduction to the Transversal Project
Design Histories

Course 2

Semester 3

Context and User

Mention in Graphic Design
Workshop I. Typography and Technical Processes
Communication I. Formats
Project I. Graphic Design
Contemporary Art and Graphic Design

Mention in Product Design
Workshop I. Craft Materials and Processes
Communication I. Product Drawing and Representation
Project I. Product Design
Contemporary Art and Product Design

Mention in Space Design
Workshop I. Construction Materials and Components
Communication I. Representing Space
Project I. Space Design
Contemporary Art and Space Design

Mention in Design of Interactive Experiences
Workshop I. Creative Code
Communication I. Audiovisual Narratives
Project I. Interaction Design
Contemporary Interactive Art and Design

Semester 4

Design and Technology
New Social and Economic Models

Mention in Graphic Design
Workshop II. Typesetting and Materials
Communication II. Strategies
Project II. Graphic design

Mention in Product Design
Workshop II. Industrial Processes and Digital Manufacturing
Communication II. Product Photography and Art Direction
Project II. Product Design

Mention in Space Design
Workshop II. Construction Details and Systems
Communication II. Narrate the Space
Project II. Space Design

Mention in Design of Interactive Experiences
Workshop II. Tangible Interface Design
Communication II. Interactive Environments
Project II. Interaction Design

Course 3

Semester 5
Material Experimentation
Personal Identity
Personal project
Critical Theories

Semester 6
Visual experimentation
Crossover Project
Context Project

Course 4

Semester 7
Transversal Project
Research and Design
New Trends
Design Management

Semester 8
External Internships
End of Degree Project
Communication and Academic Writing

Dr. Albert Fuster
Albert Fuster

Dr. Albert Fuster

Academic Director
Dr. Danae Esparza
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Dr. Danae Esparza

Head of Studies
Dr. Daria de Seta
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Dr. Daria de Seta

Spatial Design Area Coordinator 
Luis Eslava
Luis Eslava

Luis Eslava

Coordinator of the Product Area
Raúl Goñi
Raúl Goñi

Raúl Goñi

Coordinator of the Interactive Experiences Area
Dr. Francesc Ribot
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Dr. Francesc Ribot

Coordinator of the Graphic Design Area
Mariana Eidler
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Mariana Eidler

Coordinator of the Global Project Area
Salvador Fàbregas
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Salvador Fàbregas

Coordinator fo the Tools, Materials and Techniques Area
Dr. Ramon Faura
Ramon Faura

Dr. Ramon Faura

Social and Experimental Sciences Area Coordinator
Cristina Taverner
Cristina Taverner

Cristina Taverner

Academy – Business Relations Area
Professor of the Product Design Area 
Dr. Paolo Sustersic
Dr. Paolo Sustersic

Dr. Paolo Sustersic

Professor of the Context Area
Professor of the Spatial Design Area
Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi
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Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi

Coordinator of the Pedagogical Area
Laura Quesada
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Laura Quesada

Professor of the Tools, Materials and Techinques Area
Dr. Roger Paez
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Dr. Roger Paez

Professor of the Spatial Design Area
Tona Monjo
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Tona Monjo

Professor of the Undergraduate Degree in Design
Joaquim Matutano
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Joaquim Matutano

Professor of the Spatial Design Area
Ramón García
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Ramón García

Professor of the Spatial Design Area
Dr. Romualdo Gondomar
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Dr. Romualdo Gondomar

Professor of the Tools, Materials and Techniques Area
Professor of the Product Design Area 
Dr. Rafael Pozo
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Dr. Rafael Pozo

Professor of the Graphic Design Area
Dr. Toni Llàcer
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Dr. Toni Llàcer

​​​​​​​Professor of the Context Area
Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig
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Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig

Professor of the Global Projects Area
Ricard Ferrer
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Ricard Ferrer

Professor of the Product Area
Stefano Colli
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Stefano Colli

Professor of the Spatial Design Area
Gastón Lisak
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Gastón Lisak

Professor of the Global Projects Area
Martín Azúa
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Martín Azúa

Professor of the Product Design Area
Jordi Sàbat
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Jordi Sàbat

Professor of the Tools, Materials and Techniques Area

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