We have been a pioneer center in Design studies for almost 30 years. Affiliated to the Ramon Llull University, ESDi Higher School of Design is located in a historical building in the center of Sabadell.
As a leading school in formal Design education, ESDi has been selected during the past two years as the best Catalan center to study design, according to the prestigious BBVA ranking. We are the only center within Spain to give academic training in six curricular disciplines of the Official Degree in Design: Fashion, Audiovisual, Product, Interior, Graphic and Design Management (Multidisciplinary Integration), and we are also pioneers in Smart Design education. Through our courses, our students have the opportunity to obtain a double degree: Official Degree in Design + Bachelor in Smart Design.
Nothing shows our leadership better than the success of our alumni, the professionalism and drive of our faculty, and our constant bond with the business and industrial sectors, one of our main principles. An academic and multidisciplinary environment define us, with constant activity inside and outside classrooms. We have maintained, from the first day, a commitment to those who dare to redesign the world and build its future.
Do you need reasons to make up your mind and place your trust in ESDi? Here are 9 good ones:
Official Degree and the possibility to obtain a double degree: Official Degree in Design + Bachelor in Smart Design. We are also the only center within Spain to teach 6 design disciplines.
Pioneers in Smart Design studies and Digital Humanities.
Wide international network. We are present in more than 20 countries.
More than 14.000m2 of facilities in a historical building located in the center of Sabadell.
Workshops and laboratories equipped with avant-garde technology. In addition to the workshops, labs, video and photography sets, open spaces and technological classrooms, we have three Self-Labs and one Help-Lab (additive manufacturing and 3D printing, immersive and holographic virtual reality in partnership with HP, and digitalization of textile design and manufacturing processes).
High employability and fast insertion in labor market: 95,5% of our alumni are able to find work within a year of their graduation.
University-Business bond, with projects and collaborations with important brands: Mango, TV3, Seat, Yerse, Ajuntament de Sabadell, eMobike and Harley-Davidson, among others. Research and innovation inside and outside the classrooms.
Competent and motivated staff, connected to the industry and its businesses. Students and alumni with projects that are recognized by the most important fairs, expositions and contests in the sector.
Scholarships and grants. No person with vocation and drive should be left out of the educational system.
In order to meet social and industrial needs, the Foundation of Textile Design (FUNDIT) was created in 1989 as a way of contributing to the Catalan industrial fabric, providing companies with the best talent in design. FUNDIT is comprised of administration organizations, entrepreneurial associations and distinguished companies from the sector (Ministry of Industry, Generalitat de Catalunya, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sabadell, among others).
In this context, ESDi Higher School of Education was founded by FUNDIT that same year, and built in the former Docks of Sabadell, a historical building in the center of Sabadell.
In 1992, ESDi became one of the first educational centers in Spain to teach bachelor studies in design, granting the university-specific degree of “Undergraduate in Design”, by the Ramon Llul University. In 2000, the center signed its academic merger with the School of Fashion Arts and Techniques (EATM) in Barcelona, thus strengthening its fashion training. From the course 2008-2009 onward, ESDi teaches the Official Undergraduate Degree in Design as an affiliated center of the Ramon Llull University, following the guidelines of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This substantial shift allows our students to access master and postgraduate programs, and to branch out to the national and international labor market.
Even though ESDi’s origins lie in the fashion industry, the center has progressively incorporated training in 5 other curricular disciplines: Graphic, Product, Interiors, Audiovisual and Design Management (Multidisciplinary Integration). ESDi also teaches Official University Masters, which are not only professionalizing, but also grant access to the labor market and doctorate studies.
During the 2015-2016 course, ESDi incorporated the Bachelor in Smart Design to its educational offer, thus becoming a pioneer institution in the academic training of said field, which has a notable importance in current trends and a high number of present and future occupation opportunities. That same year, ESDi developed an important strategic initiative with the creation of EFPA, the School for Advanced Professional Training.