Arts and Humanities
Undergraduate Degree in Design
The Undergraduate Degree in Design solves problems and satisfies the needs individuals create in their environment. Learn how to use design as a tool for reflection, positioning and transformation in the individual and social settings.
Presentation and objectives
Branch of knowledge
Graduate in Design – Bachelor’s Degree in Design, accredited degree awarded by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
Design of Interactive Experiences
Course 1 and 2 - from 9am to 2:30 pm
Course 3 and 4 - morning or afternoon (depending on electives)
Catalan / Spanish
Some subjects in English
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.
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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 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.
Competencies and specialisations
These are the main competences that you will develop during your four years of training at the Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Degree in Design specialisations to choose are:
This specialty of the Undergraduate 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.
If you study this specialty of the Undergraduate 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.
You must choose this specialty of the Undergraduate 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.
Choose this specialty of the Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate 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 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, 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 Undergraduate Degree in Design you may know:
- Verónica Fuerte from Hey Studio
- Gerard Sanmartí from Lagranja Design
- Ana Zelich from Mediapro Exhibitions
- Pau Garcia from Domestic Data Streamers
- Raúl Arribas and Gonzalo Sánchez from Kiwi Bravo
- Marta Vargas from Spotify (Suecia)
- Salustià Álvarez from Prada (Italia)
- Irene Fiol from Applus
- Albert Soler from H&M
- Alex Trochut (owned Studio – New York)
Internships and projects
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.
Study plan of the Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate 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.
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 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.
Management and teaching staff
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 (in extinction)
Methodology of the design
Mathematics for design
Fundamentals of the project I
Principles of drawing
Form, materials and techniques
Fundamentals of the project II
Services and consumer society
Matter and science
Fundamentals of the project III
Objects, figures and spaces
Architecture, design and modernity
Course 2 (in extinction)
Architecture, Design and Contemporaneity
Physics for Design
Projects I (Graphic Communication)
Projects I (Product and Space)
Projects II (Graphic Communication)
Projects II (Product and Space)
Graphic techniques and communication
Techniques I (Product and Space)
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)
Identity and brand
Tools and personal complements
Narratives of space
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