Higher School of Design

Undergraduate Degree in Design

Design is an engine of innovation and social change, capable of transforming people’s daily lives. It seeks to find creative, aesthetic, functional, efficient, and ethical solutions to the needs that we create as individuals.

Why study

The Undergraduate Degree in Design trains professionals around the values of observation, analysis and reflection, creativity and artistic sensitivity, ethical and sustainable responsibility, social commitment and innovation.

What are the characteristics that define a designer? Above all, creativity, curiosity, and the ability to analyze the environment. Having a sensitivity for art and culture is almost essential, and also being aware of the trends that appear in different disciplines.

Key facts

Undergraduate Degree in Design, accredited degree awarded by the Ramon Llull University.

4 years.

240 ECTS (60 ECTS per academic year).

Number of places
120 places.

Price (per academic year)
5%‪ off ‪Commitment Fee‬‬ (ends 30 april) *Limited places*

Teaching period
September to June.

English (first two years) and Spanish (from the 3rd year on).

Double degree option
9.843€ Undergraduate Degree in Design + Bachelor in Smart Design.


The teaching method followed in ESDi balances three main components:

1 ⟶ Theoretical foundations which mean the learning basis.

2 ⟶ Tools and languages that enable the students to put in practice the ideas.

3 ⟶ Professional experience in enterprises.

Types of subjects

Conceptual subjects: theoretical subjects that provide knowledge and abilities in Humanities and Social Sciencies.

Instrumental subjects essential tools and materials to understand the types of products to design.

Project subjects: subjects that teach design specific work methodology.

Bachelor's Degree

The Undergraduate Degree in Design is an official bachelor degree approved and authorized by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). When shaping the study plan, we have taken into accoount the reccomendations suggested by international institutions and organisms such as BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations), ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design), ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) or IFI (Insituto de Formación Integral).


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and faculty

maja cecuk, directora académica esdi, grado diseño esdi

Maja Cecuk, PhD.

Academic Director

Elizabeth Ferrándiz, PhD.

Academic coordinator
encarna ruiz, grado en diseño esdi, esdi color lab

Dra. Encarna Ruiz

Director of the UD Design Theory and Analysis. ESDi Color Lab

Jorge Zuazo

Head of studies EAA Fashion

Isona Ten

Head of studies EAA Product and Interior Design
Marcelo de Medeiros, diseñador de calzado, cuenca&co, postgrado diseño de calzado barcelona

Marcelo de Medeiros

Industrial designer specialized in experimental materials and footwear
dani cantó, creative director

Dani Cantó

Multidisciplinary creative specialized in culture and fashion
sergio garcia borguña, industrial design, elisava, massana, undergraduate degree in design, product design

Sergio García

Co-founder of Casi estudio and Materic.org, specialised in circularity applied to industrial design engineering and design
carles cabezón, diseño gráfico, disseny gràfic, graphic design

Carles Cabezón

Graphic designer and engineer

Mikki Schindler (Miguel Larrea)

Social psychologist
miguel pang, ilustrador, illustrator, grado en diseño, grau en disseny, undergraduate degree in design, esdi barcelona

Miguel Pang

Illustrator awarded with the Golden Medal of the Society of Illustrators NY
luca pagliari

Luca Pagliari, PhD.

Plastic artist specialized in photography
alexandra maso, business strategist, postgrado en ilustración barcelona, estrategias creativas, comunicación visual

Alexandra Masó

Political scientist and market researcher
Jeffrey Swartz

Jeffrey Swartz

Art critic and curator
victoria sacco, artista, audiovisual, grado en diseño, grau en disseny, undergraduate degree in design

Victoria Sacco

Researcher and curator specialized in digital arts

Work placement

Academic work placement is a training activity which aims to complete and reinforce the student's knowledge through professional experience in a business environment. There are two types of student-university-company agreements:

1 ⟶ Work placement carried out under the corresponding agreement with a company or institution. "Work placement" (curricular internship), a compulsory subject with academic value (14 ECTS).

2 ⟶ Work placement carried out under the corresponding agreement with collaborating companies for educational cooperation internships, aiming to put into practice the knowledge acquired (extracurricular internships), without credit load.

Professional integration

The Undergraduate Degree in Design has a high level of professional insertion not only in industrial or commercial companies, but also in institutions. This is due to the importance that the designer position has gained, with companies focusing on creativity and innovation of their products and services in order to maintain their competitiveness.

Scholarships and grants

ESDi wants to facilitate the insertion of future students, promote academic excellence, and potentiate the professional and academic trajectories of students through the scholarships and grants program.