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.


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.

Branch of knowledge

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 ECTS per academic year)


161 €/ECTS
Financing and grants

Minimum grade 2020-21


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.

*Title verified by AQU Catalunya.

Course 1

Semester 1

General and scientifically based introduction to materials in engineering. Starting from basic atomic and molecular models of matter, the student will understand how the main families of materials (metals, polymers and composites, ceramics, biological materials) are formed and why they have their characteristic properties. This subject will allow the student to deepen and understand concepts such as bioengineering or the circularity and sustainability of materials.

Algebra and Calculus
This course provides a solid foundation in fundamental mathematical concepts and calculus tools applicable to engineering. The focus of the course is on the computational application of mathematics as a design tool. The course is divided into two distinct parts: algebra and calculus. In algebra, the emphasis is on geometric vision and transformations in space. In calculus, the focus is on the representation of curves and surfaces, on the one hand, and on the applications of derivatives and integrals, on the other.

Fundamentals of Programming
This subject introduces the student to the programming languages necessary for any current industrial design engineer: creation of variables, conditional sentences, control structures, function definition and object orientation. The theoretical and practical bases of this subject will be extended later in subjects such as Electrical and Electronic Technology or Technology and Interaction.

Artistic Expression
In the subject of Artistic Expression, students will deepen their basic skills in graphic communication through simultaneous work in drawing, photography and graphic design that will allow them to structure, communicate and give expressiveness to the communication of their engineering projects.

Design Methodology
The general objective of this subject is to offer a methodological basis for the design process in engineering, providing students with a wide-ranging work process to strengthen their research, experimentation, design and communication skills (both written and visual). In this sense, it provides the basic knowledge of systemic analysis and of the scientific method necessary to investigate and reason a product design and development process. 

Semester 2

Materials Physics
The subject Physics of Materials focuses on the physical properties of materials, mainly mechanical. Its knowledge will allow the student to make a correct and optimal selection of materials for the development of any product in industrial design engineering. The subject, which also deals with the sensorial, circularity and sustainability dimensions of materials, has a largely practical character in which the student will experiment in the laboratory with the different families of materials.

This subject establishes the basis for students to be able to solve the optimisation of a product at the structural and mechanical performance level by means of calculation and simulation. In this context, students will study 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
Introductory subject to 3D parametric modelling for the design and development of products and their communication. The subject focuses on 4 key aspects: recognising and modelling the different two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric shapes of a product using 3D parametric software; proposing different strategies in parametric modelling; solving problems in the modelling and joints of the 3D assembly; and organising the different components of the representation of a product in both 2D and 3D.

Electrical and Electronic Technology
This subject provides the student with the necessary knowledge to 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, services and systems.

Aesthetics and Design
The main objective of this subject is for the student to acquire the necessary knowledge for the historical, social, cultural and formal analysis of an object or design. Through the realisation of two projects, the student is expected to integrate this knowledge in the process of designing, developing and prototyping two objects that contain technological elements for their operation.

Course 2

Semester 3
Industrial Processes
Structural Calculation
Statistical Methods
Graphic Expression
Design and Experimentation Project

Semester 4
Materials Technologies
Computer Aided Manufacturing
Interaction and Technology
Technological Project Management
Development and Sustainability Project

Course 3

Semester 5

Advanced Materials
Mechatronics and Robotics 

Mention in Design and Materials
Materials Project

Mention in Development and Simulation
Simulation Project

Mention in Management and Data
Data Project

Semester 6

Mention in Design and Materials
Design and Biomaterials
Sustainability and Regeneration
Hybrid Materials and Sensorics

Mention in Development and Simulation
Structural and Multiphysical Simulation
Kinematic and Dynamic Simulation
Technical Implementation and Development

Mention in Management and Data
Manufacturing and Intelligent Systems
Connected Ecosystems
Data Analysis and Visualisation

Transversal Electives
Crossover Project
Graphic Design Project
Typographic Composition and Materials Workshop
Product Design Project
Industrial Processes and Digital Fabrication Workshop
Space Design Project
Details and Construction Systems Workshop
Interaction Design Project
Tangible Interface Design Workshop

Course 4

Semester 7
Design Research
External Internships I
External Internships II

Semester 8
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Communication and Academic Writing
Final Degree Project

Dr. Oscar Tomico Plasencia

Dr. Oscar Tomico Plasencia

Head of Studies
Jessica Fernández

Jessica Fernández

Coordinator of Industrial Design Engineering Projects Area
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. Joan Gómez
Joan Gómez

Dr. Joan Gómez

Professor of the Science and Technology Area
Coordinator of the Electronics and Interaction Laboratory
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

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

Dr. Javier Peña

General Director
Xavi Riudor

Xavi Riudor

Professor of the Science and Technology Area
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

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