Undergraduate Degree in Design

The Undergraduate Degree in Design 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 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

Graduate in Design, accredited degree awarded by Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)

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

170

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 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. 

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 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.

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 delve into areas such as art direction, corporate image, editorial design, web and application design, data and information design, packaging, illustration, typography or signage.

Product Design

If you study this specialty of the Degree in Design, 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.

Space design 

This is the specialty of the Degree in Design 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.

Interactive Experiences Design 

Choose this specialty of the Degree in Design 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 ).

You must choose your mention of the Degree in Design 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 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

Some Alumni of the Undergraduate 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 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. 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 from 2021-22 academic course 

Structure and contents

The Undergraduate 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

In the third year, you will be able to deepen the chosen mention or develop a more global profile by taking subjects from other mentions. Also, you will be able to participate in transversal projects, take curricular internships or take a semester in a foreign university with the Erasmus program.

In the last course, you will have to develop two global multidisciplinary projects in addition to the Bachelor Thesis (TFG, by its initials in Spanish), where you will demonstrate your personal positioning in front of the design through a project that integrates and demonstrates all the competences that you will have acquired throughout the year. 

*In process of verification by AQU Catalunya.

Course 1

Semester 1
Discover
Fundamentals of Product Design
Fundamentals of Space Design
Design processes
Introduction to Design

Semester 2
Build
Fundamentals of Graphic Design
Fundamentals of Interactive Experience Design
Introduction to the Transversal Project
Design History

Course 2

Semester 3
Workshop I
Communication I
Project I
Contemporary Art and Design
Context and User

Semester 4
Workshop II
Communication II
Project II
Design and technology
New Social and Economic Models

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 
Tona Monjo
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Tona Monjo

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

Coordinator of the Graphic Design Area
Mariana Eidler
mariana_eidler

Mariana Eidler

Coordinator of the Global Project Area
Salvador Fàbregas
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Salvador Fàbregas

Coordinator fo the Tools, Materials and Techniques Area
Cristina Taverner
Cristina Taverner

Cristina Taverner

Academic Coordinator of Collaboration with Companies 
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
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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