University Master in Design

With this University Master in Design and Communication you will be able to carry out research activities and receive training in design strategies.

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With this University Master in Design and Communication you will be able to carry out research activities and receive training in design strategies.


University Master's Degree in Design and Communication.
Awarded by UVic-UCC.


Albert Fuster, PhD

ECTS credits


Course length

September to June


(+€500 registration fee)


Spanish (and some classes in english)

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent to an Engineering, Architecture, or similar.

The University Master in Design is an advanced, specialized and multidisciplinary training aimed at professional specialization and initiation into research activities about design and from a design point of view. Also, since it is an University Master's Degree, provides access to a doctoral programme in a related area.

The design is understood as a tool for reflection, for generating knowledge and for transforming the world around us. The programme trains professionals and researchers with the necessary skills to carry out design projects in all kinds of contexts, enabling the communicator and the designer in the conception of design strategies, in their formalization in concrete projects and in the analysis and reflection on the own practice of design.

The focus of learning lies in the development and acquisition of creative, critical and methodological skills to develop their profession in research and innovation. Upon completion of the University Master in Design, the student will have obtained a deep understanding of current design, communication and visual and material culture, as well as the challenges presented in these areas.

Our graduates acquire analytical and instrumental skills that allow them to complement their professional profile obtained after their university degree. Thanks to the acquisition of advanced research techniques (focused on research through design and speculative design, as well as in the generation of knowledge and critical thinking), University Master graduates can aspire to qualified professional positions, managing teams, directing projects or teaching in areas related to design and communication.

University Master in Design 

The University Master in Design is part of the offer of university postgraduate courses at Universitat de Vic - Central de Catalunya (UVic - UCC). Therefore, it is an university master's degree that allows subsequent access to a doctoral programme in the field of design. It is structured in 60 ECTS credits (European credit transfer system), in which a credit is equivalent to 25 hours of the work carried out by the student. The teaching activity usually takes place in the afternoons, from Monday to Friday, from the end of September to the middle of June.

Student profile for the University Master in Design

The group of students is very varied in terms of previous training and is usually composed of graduates in design, architecture, communication, sociology or advertising. The geographical origin also is diverse, University Master in Design students usually come from Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Portugal, China and from many parts of Spain such as Galicia, Andalusia and, of course, from Catalonia. Due to its other university character, the University Master in Design complies with the official requirement that it allows to apply for scholarships in Spain and in different Latin American and European countries.

Study Design in Barcelona

If you are a creative, analytical, critical and passionate person, our University Master in Design is the graduate degree you are looking for. It will qualify you as the communicator and designer you have always dreamed of being. Through our master's degree you will be able to acquire the necessary tools for the conception of design strategies and for the development and application of all kinds of projects. 

Our University Master in Design aims to transfer theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in order to train design specialists who are effective, critical and able to adapt to new trends and changes in the sector. 

If you are interested in this field but you still do not know where to study design, you should know that Elisava is among the most nationally and internationally recognized design schools. We are backed by our years of experience and the quality of our educational system, supported by the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia. 

The programme is structured in two semesters. For each subject, a theoretical and/or practical project work is carried out and is presented according to the premises defined in the teaching plan of the subject.

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MODULE 1 Narrative in design and communication

Explore the new contents that generate the narrative between two complementary disciplines, design and communication:


MODULE 2 Theory and Practice of research in design

The aim is to raise a critical reflection on how to approach a design project, and its different points of view, with the different types of research in design:

• Research on design which has as the object of study the design activity itself or its results.
• The historiography of design or the methodology of design as examples of disciplines that deal with this type of research.
• Research through design refers to research activities, in which it is designed to investigate.


MODULE 3 Optional (to choose two)

This module raises the possibility of directing the training towards a professional aspect or towards academic research to continue with the research work.


MODULE 4 Master's Final Thesis

The Master's Final Thesis (TFM) module consists of the development of a research project in design and communication. The TFM is the latest academic project, in which the knowledge acquired during the master's degree is put into practice and revalidated.

The University Master in Design combines the following training activities: master classes, seminars, theoretical-practical work, experimental workshops, supervised work and independent work. The projects are developed in groups or individually. For each subject, a theoretical and/or practical project work is carried out and is presented according to the premises defined in the teaching plan of the subject.

Elisava places great emphasis on the application of an Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIQ_ELISAVA) that facilitates compliance with all the obligations deriving from the Framework for the Verification, Follow-up, Modification and Accreditation of its Official Titles (VSMA, according to its initials in Spanish); System that links these processes of quality assessment to the management of the entire life cycle of the degrees. This System is always under revision and continuous improvement in order to adapt it to the changing reality of the School. In this space, then, all the information related to Elisava's quality policy and the most important measures related to the improvement of its management and services, as well as information on the operational development of the degree, satisfaction indicators and all the activities linked to this degree.

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The profile of the professors corresponds to the different profiles of subjects and projects that take place in the University Master in Design.

On the one hand, we have a professional faculty, with extensive work experience in Spain and abroad, trained to conceptualize and execute innovative projects that could fit into the typology of real professional projects, but at the same time maintain an experimental character. The most frequent teaching dynamics are the seminar or the group and individual correction sessions.

We also have a profile of PhD professors whose main focus of teaching is the training of students in design research tasks, both for design and through design. These professors seek to generate knowledge through the development of design projects of various types and combine master classes with seminar activities and workshops.

A third type is made up of professors, mostly doctors, whose function is the transmission of theories and models, this teaching staff focuses on theoretical or methodological aspects and usually teach master classes and facilitate discussion sessions.

All of these profiles can also be involved in a fourth profile, which is that of the Master's Final Work tutor. This is a researcher or a professional who guides the student in the development of their final Master's Project. Depending on the type of work to be carried out (a professional project, a research one, the corroboration of hypotheses, etc.), the professor will place more emphasis on formal aspects or theoretical research.

University Master in Design teaching staff:
Dr. Eva Pujadas, Dr. Efraín Foglia, Dr. Rafael Pozo, Dr. David Casacuberta, Dr. Francesc Ribot, Dr. Ariel Guersenzvaig, Dr. Laura Clèries, Dr. Danae Esparza, Dr. Juan Jesús Arrausi, Dr. Antoni Llacer, Ezio Manzini, Raul Goñi, Rebeca Font, Damian Micenmacher.

Dr. Albert Fuster
Albert Fuster

Dr. Albert Fuster

Academic Director