Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering

The Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering provides you with all tools, scientific knowledge and technological resources to assume the changes in our social and industrial environment and turns them into realities, by connecting society, technology and business.

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The Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering provides you with all tools, scientific knowledge and technological resources to assume the changes in our social and industrial environment and turns them into realities, by connecting society, technology and business.

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Engineering and Architecture


Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering, accredited qualification awarded by Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)


Design and Materials
Development and Simulation
Management and Data


4 years


Course 1 and 2 - from 8am to 2pm
Course 3 and 4 - from 15.15h to 21h (depending on the electives the schedule can be extended)

Start date



Catalan / Spanish
Some subjects in English

Places of new access



240 ECTS
(60 ECTS per academic year)


161 €/ECTS
Financing and grants

Minimum grade


In the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering you will rethink the limits of design and industrial engineering in order to become a professional capable of turning the social and technological trends into opportunities of design, ideas into shapes; drawings into prototypes; experiments with materials into user experiences; technological prototypes into industrially possible designs; data into digital interactions, and value proposals into value propositions into economically, ecologically and socially sustainable business models.

Only in the "doing" is found the necessary engine to achieve the change and innovation that the new times require so much. Therefore, our educational model is based on project works where all disciplines coexist and combine to obtain unique and original results.

Study Industrial Design Engineering in Barcelona

In the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering you will learn how to generate ideas and overcome the necessary challenges and after those four years of training, your time at school will have made you a great designer and industrial engineer capable of shaping new paradigms and realities.

At Elisava, we think of our own school as a hub of infinite connections. For this reason, we keep in full contact with the business and institutional network, also with design and industrial engineering professionals in Barcelona and, above all, with our former students. Thus, we have created a network of national and international contacts of the highest level that you will always have at your fingertips. Whether it is to do an internship, to participate in projects or to enrol in an Erasmus programme, the great community that makes up Elisava will always be at your side.

A degree in Industrial Engineering and Design that is made for you

Do you think science is the magic of the 21st century? Do you want to be able to create new products, systems and services to solve everyday problems? Are you interested in aesthetics, industrian engineering, design and also technology? Elisava's Degree in Industrial Design Engineering is for you.

The role of the engineer in industrial design is crucial in today's society. Every day new materials are discovered, productive processes with infinity of possible applications. There are scientific and technological advances that make the social and industrial environment in which we live be in continuous transformation. Constant changes that require continually rethinking the meaning of products, systems and services.


Objectives of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering

The Degree in Industrial Design Engineering gives the necessary tools to understand these changes and turn them into realities at your disposal, acting as a bridge between society, technology and business. During the four years of training, you will develop your skills and aptitudes to become a professional capable of transforming social and technological trends in design opportunities, ideas in shapes, drawings in prototypes, experiments with materials in user experiences, technological prototypes in industrially viable designs, value propositions in sustainable business models economically, ecologically and socially.

Recommended admission profile

Do you want to take our Degree in Industrial Design Engineering? We consider it important that you have a great motivation and a remarkable intellectual curiosity. We also consider your good observing and critical capacity regarding the operation and assembly of different pieces of products, objects and utensils. Do you stand out in your technical and artistic skills? If the answer is yes, you just need to have a good predisposition to work as a team and a good command of your own language, as well as a good base in a foreign language.

The aim of the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering is to offer you the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to develop an experimentation creative attitude, with scientific and humanistic criteria, which are relevant and innovative. You will learn to set new realities to understand the historical, social, cultural, economic and technological context. Furthermore, you will learn to integrate formal sensibility as a fundamental part of the project process.

  • You will evaluate the properties of materials and their manufacturing processes in order to select them and characterise them.
  • You will apply modelling and simulation techniques to make decisions in the project development.
  • You will understand and apply data, from the most abstract ones to the more specific ones.
  • You will apply graphic expression techniques to visualise and communicate the product design and development.
  • You will use basic fundamentals of economy and business to manage an organization, whether it is on a freelance basis or in a company.
  • You will elaborate prototypes that will allow communication and the technical justification.
  • You will recognize scientific methods to include research resources into the decision making.
  • You will understand the current industrial reality to work in the professional setting.
  • You will identify emergent technologies that can give value to the project.

Design and Materials 

Technical, formal and creative design process. In the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering you will experiment with materials taking into account the current trends (social, cultural, aesthetic, technological, economical and environmental).

Development and Simulation

Creative process with vision to define technologies of product manufacturing and resource optimization. This mention of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering will teach you simulation of processes, structures and shapes before they exist.

Management and Data

This mention of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering will specialise you in the technical management of the project with technological and economical viability. Innovation and continuous improvement of the product, system or service. Management and usage of data to influence in the proves of design from start to finish.

Diseño y Materiales Grado en Ingeniería de Diseño Industrial
Desarrollo y Simulación Grado en Ingeniería de Diseño Industrial
Gestión y Datos Grado en Ingeniería de Diseño Industrial

Once the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering is finished, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to promote qualitative improvements in the activity of any company, study, R & D department, technical office or project of which you are a part. Or you can even start your own project and start a start-up in any field and sector of industrial engineering.

Some examples are:

  • Transport and mobility: design of cars or components for cars, electric bikes, electric scooters, airplanes and autonomous mobility.
  • Consumer electronics: design and development of products in electronic devices such as mobiles or tablets. Electronic accessories and intelligent fabrics.
  • Wearables: integration of new materials and digital technology in fabrics, electronic accessories.
  • Biomedical: material design for hospitals, replacements and lab tools.
  • Food: packaging design.
  • Sport: integration of technology in fabrics and electronic accessories.
  • Digital applications: design and development of websites, mobile apps, internet of things, augmented reality and virtual reality.
  • Sustainability: experimentation with biodegradable materials, circular design and recycling, environmental analysis of products.

90% of our students find work in the months following the end of the degree. In addition, 80% would repeat Grade and University*. *Source: estudis.aqu.cat/dades/web/inici 

Some alumni of the Degree in Industrial Engineering you may know:

  • Elena Vivas from Reebook
  • Meritxell Pujol from IKEA
  • Cesar Rojo from Cero Design
  • Mireia Vilalta from Danone
  • David Matanzas from AIRK Drones
  • Ivan Pajares from IDNEO
  • Oriol Berotmeu from Grifols
  • Eduard Niubo from Rucker
  • Alejandro Mesonero from SEAT – Head of Design
  • Marc Illan from Adidas - Senior Footwear Designer
  • Raquel Ojeda from LEGO (Denmark)
  • José López from OIKO
  • Aleix Inglés from Samsung (UK)

For Elisava, keeping in touch with the business and institutional sector is one of the basic pillars of training. 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, 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. When you have 120 credits, you will have the opportunity to take curricular and/or extracurricular internships in front-line companies. This experience will allow you to learn and acquire the knowledge and resources necessary to enter the labour market.

Another of the pillars that we promote to enrich training is the exchange and the mobility of students and teachers. Therefore, we work daily to promote the international relations of Elisava with other institutions, educational centres, universities and research centres around the world.  The proof of our work is that currently we have agreements with more than 70 universities. Among them are the most recognized and influential in the design and industrial engineering sector worldwide.

Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering (UVic-UCC, from the 2021-22 academic year)

The first course of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering is made up of subjects that will give you a global vision of the fundamental concepts of industrial engineering and design. During the second course we will give you a global vision of the profession's future. You will be able to experiment with the most advanced and emerging technologies.

Thus, during the first two years you will learn, on the one hand, the scientific-technical, expression and representation tools necessary for technical resolution, formalization and product development; and on the other, you will immerse yourself in the culture of aesthetics and design, necessary for the contextualization and formalization of the product necessary for the development of the profession.

The third year is a year of innovation where you will apply the knowledge obtained in the part of the design process in which you want to specialize, your mention. Also in this course, you will be able to carry out curricular internships or take a semester at a foreign university through the Erasmus program.

Apart from the subjects of your mention, during the third and fourth years, you will take compulsory subjects in the project area and others of a multidisciplinary nature in the field of business, industrial processes and programming and interaction in the product. These contents will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply strategies for innovation, management, entrepreneurship and new business models in the industrial engineering and product design fields.

The fourth year is a professionalizing year during which you will have to develop your Final Degree Project (TFG), where you will demonstrate your personal positioning through a project that integrates and demonstrates all the skills that you will have acquired throughout the Degree.

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Year 1

Semester 1

General and scientifically based introduction to materials in engineering, starting from basic atomic and molecular models. Study of the main families of materials (metals, polymers, composites, ceramics, biological materials) and their properties. In-depth study of concepts such as bioengineering, circularity and sustainability of materials.

Algebra and Calculus
Fundamental mathematical concepts and calculation tools applicable to engineering. Computational application of mathematics as a design tool. In algebra, the emphasis is placed on geometric vision and transformations in space. In calculus, on the other hand, on the representation of curves and surfaces, and on the applications of derivatives and integrals.

Fundamentals of Programming
Programming languages in industrial design engineering: creation of variables, conditional sentences, control structures, definition of functions and object orientation. Programming applied to engineering: examples in different fields such as mathematical resolution, tangible programming, robotics, motion analysis, data visualisation and app programming.  

Artistic Expression
Basic graphic communication skills through drawing, photography and graphic design work to structure, communicate and give expressiveness to the communication of engineering projects.

Design Methodology
Methodological basis of the design process in engineering, in order to strengthen research, experimentation, design and communication skills. Basic knowledge of systemic analysis and the scientific method necessary to investigate and reason a product design and development process. 

Semester 2

Materials Physics
Learn the physical properties of materials, mainly mechanical, in order to make a correct and optimal selection of materials for product development in sustainable industrial design engineering. In the science laboratory you will experiment with metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.

Calculation and simulation of the optimisation of a product at the structural and mechanical performance level. Study of the statics of mechanical systems, the bases of kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms and the application of power balance to solve mechanical systems and specific technical problems.

Computer-Aided Design
Introduction to 3D parametric modelling for product design and development and its communication. It focuses on 4 key aspects: recognising and shaping two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric forms of a product using 3D parametric software; considering different strategies in parametric modelling; solving problems in modelling and 3D assembly joints; and organising the different components of the representation of a product in 2D and 3D (ENG).  

Electrical and Electronic Technology
Observe and understand the different technologies associated with electrical and electronic circuits, magnetic phenomena and different types of motors. The theoretical basis will be combined with practical cases of tangible programming, applicable to the different stages of development of products, systems and services.

Aesthetics and Design
Learning to understand objects from the culture of form, acquiring the necessary knowledge for the historical, social, cultural and formal analysis of an object or design. By carrying out two projects, this knowledge is integrated into the process of design, development and prototyping of everyday objects with technological elements.

Year 2

Semester 3  

Industrial processes  
Introduction to manufacturing processes for the different families of materials: ceramics, metals, polymers and composites. From moulding to additive manufacturing, including machining, injection moulding and cold forming. The technological aspects of the design and development process of a product and the technical decisions of a product are studied in depth, defining the materials of which it is composed and the manufacturing processes (ENG). 

Structural Calculation  
Dimensioning structural elements subjected to combined stresses, analysing mechanical systems (products) and evaluating the loads that act and the stresses they cause. Students will learn to calculate the stresses and deformations in elastic regime and to dimension elements with the appropriate safety factor, applying the corresponding failure criterion to each material. 

Statistical Methods  
Methodology necessary to be able to carry out statistical calculations in the descriptive and inferential area. Proper application of data collection methods, working with random variables and being able to define probability distributions. Carrying out confidence intervals to guarantee the reliability of the data, linear regression and correlation techniques to make hypotheses based on the data collected.  

Graphic Expression  
Basis for graphic communication using sketch drawing techniques and CAD programmes. Starting point to achieve knowledge of graphic representation in engineering through the creation of industrial assemblies and the exploded view of their components, including the representation applying the regulations for manufacturing plans, tolerances and finishes.  

Design and Experimentation Project  
Introduction to the project from a more explorative and experimental point of view, with scientific knowledge as the starting point for research. The role of the technical documentation of scientific research in justifying the decisions taken will be explored in depth. A briefing or problem to be solved is proposed in order to implement project techniques and methodologies that allow a solid value proposal to be reached.  

Semester 4  

Materials Technology  
Study and understand the principles that govern the behaviour of matter from an optical, thermodynamic and fluid point of view. Analysis of optical phenomena such as reflection/refraction, scattering and polarisation with existing materials. Heat transmission: conduction, induction, convection and radiation, as well as the fundamental notions of fluids and their behaviour on a micro and macro scale.  

Computer Aided Manufacturing  
Design of products for their manufacture and assembly: design of parts for the production process, solving the systems of joints and mechanical assemblies of the product and generating the corresponding technical documentation. Industrial technologies and digitalisation systems for their manufacture will be studied in depth.  

Technology and Interaction  
Technology and user experience. Methodologies for specifying the architecture of interactive products, systems and services, in order to attend to the whole life cycle: usability, functionality, manufacture, distribution and rejection. User experience techniques to make design decisions, adapting the product to the different cultural, social, economic, ethical and gender perspective realities (ENG).  

Technological Project Management  
Different business models, ways of managing a project and market studies. Techniques for managing teams, leading departments. Tools and resources for delegating tasks and monitoring objectives. Emphasis on management with a gender perspective.  

Development and Sustainability Project  
Introduction to industrial ecology projects through the application of sustainable, economic and social analysis techniques, applied to the life cycle of a product, system and/or service. Study of existing methodologies and current regulations, and preparation of documentation for technical feasibility.  

Year 3

Semester 5  

Advanced Materials  
Study of the different families of materials (ceramic, metallic and polymeric) within a framework of sustainability and circularity of materials. Design and development of new circular technical materials through the revaluation of waste. Creation of new materials suitable for additive manufacturing or the creation of composites.  

Optimisation of the mechanical behaviour of a product with simulation tools. Analysis of complex mechanical mechanisms and systems, dimensioned for their function and to comply with the corresponding safety factor. Definition of the boundary conditions and material properties with simulation tools to obtain the stresses and displacements of the garment.  

Mechatronics and Robotics  
History of robotics. Definition of the technologies associated with robotics, as well as the different types of robots, and domestic and industrial applications. Knowledge of complex mechanisms, analysis of forces, speeds and degrees of freedom, analysis of critical positions, optimisation of mechanisms and technical redesign applied to robotics.  

Electives - to choose 1 subject (see end of syllabus) *  

Semester 6  

Electives - to choose 4 subjects (see the end of the syllabus) * Semester 4  

Year 4

Semester 7  

Design Research  
Introduction to design research and the techniques and tools of scientific research applicable to the design and development of a project. Research methodologies for the design process taking into account the different cultural, social, economic, ethical and gender realities. The context of application will be the previous research of the final degree project with the aim of guiding the first explorations and arriving at a value proposal (ENG).    

External Internships I and II  
Application of the knowledge and skills obtained during the degree in a professional environment, whether in institutions, companies or research centres. Development and reflection on professional identity in a practical way and in context.  

Semester 8  

Electives - to choose 1 subject (see end of syllabus) *  

Innovation and Entrepreneurship  
Definition and development of a business plan for the Final Degree Project or any other project created at school or personally. Analysis of its life cycle, assessing its industrial implications, business organisation, financing and profitability in the current legal-fiscal framework, in order to achieve a successful situation (ENG).  

Communication & Academic Writing  
Tools and strategies for visual, oral and written communication of a project, aimed at the scientific community and society in general. Application in the Final Degree Project or any other project to be developed, both at an academic and business level (ENG).  

Final Degree Project  
Development of the Final Degree Project based on the student's own proposal or in collaboration with institutions, companies or research centres. It will have a theoretical foundation, a research methodology, a formal and technical development, an economic viability study and a final documentation and presentation. 

Elective subjects

Design and Materials Mention  

Materials Project  
Design and development of a product (or applied technology) based on a material and its properties. Creation of a functional prototype that integrates the researched material, the integral communication of the research and the results in a scientific, cultural, social and economic context.  

Design and Biomaterials  
Study and experimentation with materials of biological origin and/or materials suitable for biological interaction or biomaterials. Introduction to advanced biological materials, implantation in living systems, and tissue engineering. 3D and 4D printing for digital fabrication of living tissues and systems. Natural microstructures and nanomaterials.  

Sustainability and Regeneration  
Holistic view of sustainability and in-depth analysis of the life cycle of a product, system or service. Interpretation of data on the ecological, economic and social impact of the process of design, manufacture and use of products, systems and services as a principle for regenerating the local economic, social and industrial fabric.  

Hybrid and Sensoric Materials  
Exploration and creation of hybrid materials, combining organic and inorganic materials, and techniques such as screen printing, printed electronics, textiles and additive manufacturing. Exploration of external layers with interactive properties on the body in the form of wearables and second skins.  

Development and Simulation Mention  

Simulation Project  
Management and development of a real engineering project through virtual validation of the product. Application of digital technologies used by industry, and emerging simulation tools that support manufacturing, assembly and use.  

Structural and Multiphysics Simulation  
Design based on simulation and finite element analysis. Structural simulation as a validation and design tool. Design generation from topological optimisation and multiphysics simulation.  

Kinematic and Dynamic Simulation  
Creation of complex kinematic connections of mechanical systems. Evaluation of the technical requirements necessary for the design and operation of a product. Interpretation and evaluation of the results obtained in a kinematic and dynamic simulation of a mechanism. Optimisation of the movement of a product.  

Implementation and Technical Development  
Management of the product life cycle during development, technical validation and production by means of a case study. Development-based industrial implementation for the manufacture, function and assembly of components, under the standards of manufacturing processes and quality.  

Management and Data Mention

Data Project  
Integration in the company of a process of innovation and control of the production system to be competitive in today's changing context. Application of processes to experiment and validate the integration of innovation, to be able to make the right decisions, implement them and organise human teams.  

Intelligent Manufacturing and Systems  
Digital technologies for the development, manufacture and distribution of a product, system and service. Application in the contexts of Industry 4.0, the maker world and the new digital craftsmanship.  

Connected Ecosystems  
Fundamentals of communication between devices (wifi, bluetooth or radio-frequency communication). Creation of architectures for the management of data captured by sensors and processing of this information with basic artificial intelligence systems.  

Data Analysis and Visualisation  
Tools for the analysis and correct visualisation of data, in a panorama in which there is more and more information. Creation of different visualisations and representations, with an artistic approach. 

Transversal Elective Subjects of the Degree in Design

Crossover Project  
Development of cross-cutting projects: work with teams from different design specialities and interpretation of knowledge from different fields. Communication strategies using different media (ENG). 

Graphic Design Project  
Learning the structure of the phases of a project: from the research and analysis of a specific assignment, to the study of graphic systems, the application in different supports and, finally, the phase of standardisation and production.  

Product Design Project  
From the human to the machine. Approach to speculative and technological product design. Specific project methodologies to design prospective proposals. New Realities: Rethinking Post-COVID 2025 and Global Warming 2030 scenarios. Technology and well-being: Designing products through the monitoring of health data to improve people's lives.  

Space Design Project  
Development of methodologies that allow the definition of the project of spaces for public use in the different phases, from the relationship with the site on a physical, cultural and social level, to the distribution of spaces and construction details.  

Interactive Experience Design Project  
Review of concepts and theoretical perspectives and a tour of interactive projects in the field of design, digital arts and electronic arts. Ideation and construction of a physical interface that responds to possible future scenarios.  

Processes and Materials Workshop: Graphic Design  
Advanced text composition, kerning control, tracking and P&J, design and use of complex grids and typographic font design. Knowledge and recognition of materials, supports for graphic production and their relationship with production systems.  

Processes and Materials Workshop: Product Design  
Learning through theoretical and practical exercises to learn about and experiment with new industrial processes and materials, digital manufacturing technologies and new materials.  

Processes and Materials Workshop: Design of Spaces  
Workshop to learn details and construction systems, and to carry out the control of the sustainability of a project (environmental and well-being impact in the context of space).  

Processes and Materials Workshop: Designing Interactive Experiences  
Conceptualisation, design and construction of a prototype that, from its different components, allows students to acquire knowledge about creative programming with Arduino, electronic circuits, and the manufacture of interactive objects to link the physical world with the digital world. 

Dr. Oscar Tomico

Dr. Oscar Tomico

Head of Studies
Jessica Fernández, PhD

Jessica Fernández, PhD

Head of the Master in Engineering in Industrial Design
Professor of the Master's Degree in Research for Design and Innovation
Marta Janeras

Marta Janeras

Coordinator of the Development and Simulation Area
Dr. Jonathan Chacón

Dr. Jonathan Chacón

Coordinator of the Development and Simulation Area
Dr. Juan Crespo
 Juan Crespo

Dr. Juan Crespo

Head of Science and Technology Area
Dr. Martin Andreas Koch

Dr. Martin Andreas Koch

Professor of the Science and Technology Area
​​​​​​​Coordinator of the Science and Technology laboratory
Dr. Marta González
Marta González

Dr. Marta González

Head of the ​​Materials Area
Dr. Anna del Corral

Dr. Anna del Corral

Academic coordinator of the Expression, Representation and Data Area
Dr. Laura Clèries
Dra. Laura Clèries

Dr. Laura Clèries

Scientific Director
Director of Elisava Research
Professor of the Materials Area
Dr. Javier Peña
Javier Peña

Dr. Javier Peña

Managing Director
Xavi Riudor

Xavi Riudor

Director of the Master's Degree in Product Design and Development and the Postgraduate in Product Development. Professor of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering
Guillem Martin Casacuberta
guillem casacuberta

Guillem Martin Casacuberta

Professor of the Science and Technology Area
Dr. Pere Llorach

Dr. Pere Llorach

Professor of the Materials Area
Coordinator of Sustainability and Equality Agent