Degree in Design

The Degree in Design solve problems and satisfy the needs individuals generate in their environment. Learn how to use design as a tool for reflection, positioning and transformation at both the individual and social settings.

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The Degree in Design solve problems and satisfy the needs individuals generate in their environment. Learn how to use design as a tool for reflection, positioning and transformation at both the individual and social settings.

Branch of knowledge

Arts and Humanities

Degree

Graduate in Design – Bachelor’s Degree in Design, accredited degree awarded by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Specialisation

Graphic design
Product Design
Space Design
Design of Interactive Experiences

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/English

Places of new access

170

Credits

240 ECTS
(60 ECTS per academic year)

Price

152,50 €/ECTS
Financing and grants

Court note 2018-19

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At Elisava we believe that you must decide your own path. In our Degree in Design we will rethink together the limits of design and all its disciplines so that you have all the necessary tools, knowledge and resources to make the most of your time at the School. We want you to boost your abilities and build the profile of designer or designer you want to be step by step.

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 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 objectives

The Degree in Design 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. During the four years of training, you will develop your skills and aptitudes to be a design professional with the ability to decide and create new communication elements, products, services and social environments that improve people's daily lives, as well as the ability to dialogue with experts from other disciplines and to face current and future challenges.

Recommended admission profile

Do you want to access Elisava to study our Degree in Design? 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. 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.

These are the main competences that you will develop during your four years of training at the Degree in Design:

  • Developing a creative attitude of experimentation (drawing, building, expressing, testing, prototyping ...) with the aim of drawing conclusions and exploring relevant and innovative contributions.
  • Knowing how to detect and question the needs of users and interpret the historical, social, cultural, economic and technological context to obtain a personal and creative vision of design, with which to configure new realities that anticipate future problems.
  • Preparing a design project that is consistent with a personal positioning to express concerns (social, environmental, political, ethical and aesthetic).
  • Identifying the potential to value it and also detect the shortcomings to improve them, in addition to learning to work autonomously and in teams, in an organised manner and optimising the available resources.
  • Resolving complex design projects dialoguing with professionals from other fields (engineers, architects, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, etc.) and managing their own knowledge of other disciplines in a decisive way.

The Degree in Design specialisations to choose are:

Graphic Design
Graphic Design

This specialty of the Degree in Design 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 deepen in areas such as art direction, corporate image, editorial design, web and application design, data and information design, packaging, illustration, typography or signage.

Product Design
Product Design

If you study this specialty of the Degree in Design you will obtain a wide knowledge in the product design and/or industrial design. You will delve into fields such as furniture design, lighting, automotive, packaging and objects and accessories, as well as in the design of products, systems and services.

Spatial Design
Spatial Design

You must choose this specialty of the Degree in Design if you want to become an efficient, competent professional in the design of interior spaces –homes, bars, restaurants–, or in stand design, exhibitions, public space interventions, set design events and shows, ephemeral assemblies or shop window design.

Interactive Experience Design
Interactive Experience Design

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

The Degree in Design specialisation will be chosen before the beginning of the second year. During the third course you will be able to delve into the discipline that you have chosen or create a more polyvalent profile by taking subjects from other specialisations.

Upon completion of the Degree in Design 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, as well as all types of 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 and most are satisfied with their current job (score: 8/10). In addition, almost 80% would take the degree again*. * Source: estudis.aqu.cat/dades/Web/Inici

Some alumni of the Degree in Design you may know:

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 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. 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.

Study plan of the Degree in Design 2018-19 course

Here you can see the complete study plan with a list of all the subjects that make up our Degree in Design. If you prefer to see everything at a glance, click on this link so you can download the table with the summary of subjects per course. If you prefer to delve into the content of each subject, you can start reading.

Structure and contents

The Degree in Design takes place in four years.

The first course consists of basic training subjects where the different disciplines of design are introduced and where you will discover the tools of expression and communication that will shape your own language.

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

En el tercer curso, podrás seguir profundizando en la mención escogida o bien desarrollar un perfil más global cursando asignaturas de otras menciones. También en este curso, podrás realizar prácticas curriculares o cursar un semestre en una universidad extranjera a través del programa Erasmus.

En el último curso, tendrás que desarrollar dos proyectos globales de carácter multidisciplinar además del Trabajo Fin de Grado (TFG) donde demostrarás tu posicionamiento personal frente al diseño a través de un proyecto que integre y demuestre todas las competencias que habrás adquirido a lo largo del Grado.

Dr. Albert Fuster
Albert Fuster

Dr. Albert Fuster

Academic Director
Dra. Danae Esparza
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Dra. Danae Esparza

Head of Studies
Dra. Daria De Seta
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Dra. Daria De Seta

Spatial Design Area Coordinator 
Tona Monjo
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Tona Monjo

Coordinator of the Interactive Experience area of ​​the Degree in Design
Dr. Francesc Ribot
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Dr. Francesc Ribot

Coordinator of the Graphic Area
Professor of the Degree in Design
Mariana Eidler
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Mariana Eidler

Coordinator of the Project Area of ​​the Degree in Design
Professor of Projects
Salvador Fàbregas
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Salvador Fàbregas

Coordinator of the Expression Area and professor Drawing and Projects of the Degree in Design
Cristina Taverner
Cristina Taverner

Cristina Taverner

Academic Coordinator of Collaboration with Companies 
Professor of the Degree in Design
Dr. Paolo Sustersic
Dr. Paolo Sustersic

Dr. Paolo Sustersic

Coordinator of the International Mobility Area
Professor of the Degree in Design
Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi
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Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi

Coordinator of the Pedagogical Area
Professor of the Degree in Design
Laura Quesada
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Laura Quesada

Professor of Degree in Design 
Dr. Roger Paez
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Dr. Roger Paez

Co-director of  Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces (MEATS)
Joaquim Matutano
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Joaquim Matutano

Professor of Degree in Design
Co-director of the Master’s Degree in Interior Design
Ramón García
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Ramón García

Professor of the Degree in Design 
Dr. Romualdo Gondomar
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Dr. Romualdo Gondomar

Professor of Degree in Design
Dr. Rafael Pozo
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Dr. Rafael Pozo

Professor of the Degree in Design
Dr. Toni Llàcer
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Dr. Toni Llàcer

​​​​​​​Professor of the Degrees in Design and Industrial Design Engineering
Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig
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Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig

Professor of Degree in Design
Director of the Master in Design and Communication
Ricard Ferrer
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Ricard Ferrer

​​​​​​​Professor of Degree in Design
Director of the Master's Degree in Furniture Design
Stefano Colli
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Stefano Colli

Profesor of the Degree in Design 
Juan Albert
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Juan Albert

Professor of the Degrees in Design and Industrial Design Engineering
Gastón Lisak
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Gastón Lisak

Professor of Degree in Design
Martín Azúa
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Martín Azúa

Jordi Sàbat
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Jordi Sàbat

Professor of Degree in Design

2nd Course

1st term

2nd term

3rd term

3rd Course

1st term

2nd term

3rd term

4th Course

1st term

2nd term

3rd term

Curriculum before the 2018-19 course

If you started the Degree before the 2018-19 course, this is the curriculum that follows your Degree and the subjects that you will study.

 

Course 1

 

1st Quarter

Methodology of the design

Mathematics for design

Fundamentals of the project I

Principles of drawing

 

2nd Quarter

Applied geometry

Form, materials and techniques

Fundamentals of the project II

Services and consumer society

 

3rd Quarter

Matter and science

Fundamentals of the project III

Objects, figures and spaces

Architecture, design and modernity

 

Course 2

 

1 Quarter

Architecture, Design and Contemporaneity

Physics for Design 

Projects I (Graphic Communication)

Projects I (Product and Space) 

 

2 Quarter

Digital Laboratory

Projects II (Graphic Communication) 

Projects II (Product and Space) 

Graphic techniques and communication 

Techniques I (Product and Space) 

 

3 Quarter

Drawing for Design 

Processes and Sustainable Products 

Projects III (Graphic Communication) 

Projects III (Product and Space) 

Techniques II (Graphic Communication)

Techniques II (Product and Space) 

 

Course 3

 

Product, context and user

Academic uses in specific terminology in English I

Design, economy and company

Design management

Global Project I

 

Course 4

 

Global project II

New trends in design

Academic uses in specific terminology in English II

Technology, interaction and society

Innovation

Degree’s Final Thesis (TFG)

 

Electives

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Editorial

Identity and brand

Advertising

 

DIGITAL INTERACTION

Editorial

Visual narratives

Interaction

Digital experimentation

 

PRODUCT DESIGN

Interior equipment

Tools and personal complements

Product experimentation

Mobility and transport

Packaging

 

SPACE DESIGN

Habitat

Narratives of space

Contract

 

Specialisations

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic communication I

Graphic communication II

Graphic communication III

Graphic techniques I

Graphic techniques II

Graphic techniques III

 

DIGITAL INTERACTION

Digital interaction communication I

Digital interaction communication II

Digital interaction communication III

Digital interaction technology I

Digital interaction technology II

Digital interaction technology III

 

PRODUCT DESIGN

Product communication I

Product communication II

Product communication III

Product technology I

Product technology II

Product technology III

Interaction and Product

 

SPACE DESIGN

Space communication I

Space communication II

Space communication III

Techniques for space design I

Techniques for space design II

Techniques for space design III

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