Degree in design

SPECIALTIES

FASHION

The Fashion Design specialty will allow you to combine your creativity and dedication with an apprenticeship that will let you learn in depth the practical procedures of the industry, analyze its trends and understand their aesthetical and sociocultural value.

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GRAPHIC

The Graphic Design itinerary will give you the training required to navigate, either from the analogical or from the digital, through a series of languages that go from illustration and serigraphy to branding and interface design.

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AUDIOVISUAL

The Audiovisual Design specialty offers technical knowledge of audiovisual language without neglecting narrative rules and the experimentation possibilities surrounding them, all while exploring different audiovisual formats.

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INTERIORS

The Interior Design itinerary allows you to access the necessary tools for identifying user needs and the technological, ergonomic and sustainable requirements of the industry, in order to design the surrounding that are best fit for its demands.

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PRODUCT

The Product Design specialty will train you in the manipulation of different types of materials, while it will submerge you into the functional, aesthetic, spatial and ergonomic characteristics of products and objects.

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DESIGN MANAGEMENT (MULTIDISCIPLINARY INTEGRATION)

The Multidisciplinary Integration itinerary is focused on design management. This specialty opens the doors to a training centered in the different stages and complexities of the creative process, in order to make you able to respond to the demands of a XXI century company.

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TEACHERS

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STUDENTS

The students of the Design Management course dare to face the challenge of leaving their comfort zone to make something new every day.
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ALUMNI

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INFORMATION

Our official undergraduate Degree in Design (with 120 access places) follows the guidelines established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), and it allows our graduates to gain admission to master and postgraduate studies, and to acquire access to the national and international labor market.

The Official Degree in Design, taught from the 2008-2009 academic year onward, is composed of 240 credits, which are distributed along 4 years of 60 credits each.

SYLLABUS

The official studies of our Degree in Design have a duration of 4 years, and the first two have a generalist and transversal nature developed through compulsory subjects and basic training.

Starting from the third course, the students can choose among the different specialties: Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Audiovisual Design and Multidisciplinary Integration (Design Management).

 

Beyond the specificities of each and every design specialty, all our students will be able to develop the aptitudes that are fundamental to every designer thanks to a syllabus that is cemented in theoretical and conceptual knowledge, instrumental knowledge and project-oriented knowledge:

  • Theoretical subjects and subjects linked to the humanities, that structure thought, and form and contextualize the creative work of the students.

  • Instrumental subjects, that facilitate the control over the adequate technological tools and instruments.

  • Project-oriented subjects, that allow the assimilation of knowledge and the learning through professional activity.

Your participation in workshops tutored by designers will also complement your training during the Design Degree, giving you the possibility to learn with professionals of importance within the design field.

Meanwhile, the Final Degree Project (PFG), that is developed along the fourth year, is the stage in which you can apply and combine all the competencies that you acquired through the Degree. It is characterized by linking learning to professional practice, a nexus between academia and the labor market.

TUTORIAL ACTION PLAN

With the goal of helping and supporting you throughout your career, we devised a Tutorial Action Plan that will facilitate your learning and that will also ease your insertion in higher education.

It is, therefore, a combination of actions that will reinforce your learning throughout the academic course. During the first year it’s driven by the individual Mentorship Program, which helps with the insertion in the school, and, from the second year onward, by the Tutorship Program, in which a professor-tutor helps you with your academic path along the Degree.

During the development of you Final Degree Project, you will also be able to access a tutor and counselor program that will aid you in the implementation of the project, according to your main theme.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The interrelation between research, university-business knowledge transfer and learning are the basis of our Design Degree’s teaching method, which aims to facilitate the absorption of new knowledge and the application of creativity in an entrepreneurial context.

From the third year onward, you will have the possibility of being a part of one of the research teams from our different design units at ESDi, where you will be able to develop projects with avant-garde companies and to collaborate with other university groups of Europe and the rest of the world.

A differential element of ESDi’s design studies, in addition to the use of English in certain subjects and the mobility of professors and students, are the compulsory internships in companies during the last course. These internships can also be done overseas.

After passing all the subjects, you will have to develop your very own Final Degree Project, which will be exposed and defended in front of a tribunal composed of ESDi teachers and professional designers. Once you have graduated, you can continue your education through our vast offer of master and postgraduate degrees.

ADMISSION PROFILE

ESDi Higher School of Design has its own admissions system that aims to identify the candidate’s aptitudes, both academic and personal, and that allows us to know his or her profile in order to help with the decision making process.

At ESDi we’re looking for candidates that come from anywhere in the world. Candidates that gather the characteristics that we consider are key in a good designer: creativity, talent, analytical capacities, leadership and proactivity.

Beyond these qualities, we want to promote and complement the potential of young people who, in a not-so-distant future, will be the ones leading the innovative processes, bringing their added value to companies, being the head of complex projects and design teams, and playing an important part in the 4.0 industry.

INTERNSHIPS IN COMPANIES

One of the most effective and rich ways to strengthen our teachings is to give our students the possibility to experiment in the labor market, get to know its processes and get acquainted with its values. Moreover, it gives the students a first-person knowledge of their professional future.

This way, the link university-business is one of our foundational goals. ESDi implements an internship program in companies, compulsory for fourth course students of every itinerary, which aims to complete and reinforce the training of the student with his or her participation in the entrepreneurial world. This program is regulated by the Royal Decree 592/2014, of July 11.

The internships can be from 120 to 220 hours, the equivalent of 14 ECTS credits. After these compulsory Design Degree internships, there is a possibility to continue the bond with the company through a second internship agreement.

For more information, please contact practiques@esdi.edu.es.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

No person with the calling of design or the creativity for it should be left out of the field due to economic reasons. That is why we, in ESDi, want to facilitate the insertion of future students, promote academic excellence and potentiate the professional and academic trajectories of students through our scholarships and aids program. Currently, close to 20% of our students have been benefited by this program.

Scholarships

The future Design Degree student is eligible for the scholarships awarded by public administration. More information at: http://www.gencat.cat/agaur.

  • Excellence scholarships, depending on academic records.

  • Scholarships given out by the Generalitat de Cataluña and the Spanish Government.

Grants

Thanks to a series of agreements signed with institutions linked to the center, our students can access the following grants:

  • Grants for children of workers of companies, institutions and organizations that have collaboration agreements with ESDi.

  • Grants for ESDi students who have serious family issues.

  • Grants for students that belong to large families.

  • Grants for students with brothers or sisters that are registered at the school or at any other Ramon Llull University affiliated center.

ADMISSIONS AND INSCRIPTION

The admissions process at ESDi can be done throughout the year, even if the most common and advisable is to do it twelve to six months before the start of the academic year, in September.

 

It’s important to keep in mind that the places for each specialty are limited and are covered rigorously by order of reservation, which is why some groups might be close several months before the start of the academic year.

 

There are two periods of enrolment:

1st Period – for students with all subjects passed at the ordinary examination session in June.

2nd Period – for students who take the extraordinary examination session in September.

 

The admission process can change according to each student’s access route, specified below:

1. Admission for students from the Spanish education system

Admission process
  • Filling in ESDi’s specific pre-enrolment form

  • Taking a specific vocational test (with no cost for the student).

  • According to the results of the test, if necessary, there can be an interview to analyze the academic record.

  • Portfolio presentation (optional).

  • In case of being accepted, the student will have to pay the reservation fee within 15 days after receiving the acceptance notification (from June, onwards).

  • Enrolment in the corresponding period (June or September).

All the official academic documentation should be presented in Spanish or English.  For the rest of the languages, it is indispensable to provide a legal translation to Spanish or English that includes the official stamp from the school of the home country.

2. Admission for candidates from European Education systems, Switzerland, International Baccalaureate or China.

Admission process
  • Filling in ESDi’s specific pre-enrolment form.

  • Sending a motivational letter. In the letter, the applicant must say the reasons for his or her interest in studying design and by which he or she requests his or her admission in ESDi. Optionally, he or she can also provide information about design projects that he or she have made (images can be attached).

  • Doing an online or a face-to-face interview to consider the suitability of the applicant and his or her level of maturity to study for a Degree.

  • Only if it is necessary, to present the official Diploma of the program’s teaching language (Spanish) or to do a level test during the online or face-to-face interview.

  • To get the National Distance Education University’s (UNED) credentials for University entrance.

  • In case of being accepted, it will be necessary to make a reservation fee within 15 days after receiving the acceptance notification.

  • Enrolment in the corresponding period (June or September).

3. Candidates who are citizens of any country in the European Union, or resident in Spain, which come from non-European educational systems and do not have signed reciprocity agreement with Spain, contact the admissions department / academic secretary (secretaria@esdi.edu.es)

Admission process
  • Filling in ESDi’s specific pre-enrolment form.

  • Sending a motivational letter. In the letter, the applicant must say the reasons for his or her interest in studying design and by which he or she requests his or her admission in ESDi. Optionally, he or she can also provide information about design projects that he or she have made (images can be attached).

  • Doing an online or a face-to-face interview to consider the suitability of the applicant and his or her level of maturity to study for a Degree.

  • Only if it is necessary, to present the official Diploma of the program’s teaching language (Spanish) or to do a level test during the online or face-to-face interview.

  • Getting a validation of his or her studies through the Spanish Ministry of Education.

  • In case of being accepted, it will be necessary to make a reservation fee within 15 days after receiving the acceptance notification.

  • Enrolment in the corresponding period (June or September).

F.A.Q.

  1. What’s the title given out by the center? The University Degree in Design, official title granted by the Ramon Llull and by the Ministry of Education in six itineraries: graphic, product, fashion, audiovisuals, interiors and design management (multidisciplinary integration). You can consult at the Spanish Ministry of Education’s University Registry (RUCT).Once the studies are finalized, the graduate has access to a continued education program that includes: masters, postgraduate degrees and workshops in all the design fields. These studies are focused both on the creative side and on the managerial perspective of design. There are also specialized studies centered on the art and new technologies field.
  2. In which language are the classes? During the first year, the classes are taught in Spanish. From the second year onward, they can be taught in Catalan or in Spanish, depending on the professor’s criteria. English is introduced in some subjects from the first year on.
  3. How many students are there per class? The number of students per class is determined according to the typology of the subject: conceptual, instrumental or project-related.
  4. Are the classes during the morning or during the afternoon? During the first, second and third year, the academic hours are on the mornings, with complementary activities on the afternoon. On the fourth course, the classes are carried out on the afternoon (first four-month period). From Monday to Friday, students can use the classrooms and workshops from 15.00 to 20.00. By the end of the four-month-period, coinciding with the exams, the school is open on some Saturdays.
  5. Can you solicit the acknowledgement of credits if you have taken university studies of formative cycles? What’s the process? You can solicit acknowledgements and validations depending on the Access way to the center. The Academic Coordination area will evaluate, in each case, through the academic file and the themes of the subjects.In the case of students that come from formative cycles, the Academic Coordination will take into consideration the validation tables approved by the Generalitat of Catalonia. You must present the academic file of the ongoing or approved formative cycle.
  6. Can you do internships in companies? Students can sign up for internships in companies once they’ve approved 120 study credits. The internships are considered, in the syllabus, with a 14 credits study load and are mandatory in order to present the Final Degree Project. Moreover, once the curricular internships have been finished, the student can also do extracurricular internships.
  7. While you’re studying, can you sign up for exchange programs? ESDi has an International Relations department that manages exchanges with universities under different programs: Erasmus+, Free Moving and internships abroad. The center recommends that internships are undertaken between the third and fourth year of the Degree.
  8. What’s ESDi’s level of labor insertion? ESDi’s level of labor insertion is 95,5% for former students who have been graduated for a year. ESDi has a Job Center that promotes labor insertion and the improvement of our student’s and graduate’s professional careers. Every 15 days, the center sends a job listings email to the graduates.
  9. When can I visit ESDi in order to get more information? The Admissions service receives visitors on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00h to 19:00h.You can also arrange an appointment through 93 745 70 40 or sending an email to admissions@esdi.edu.es
  10. Which are the access requirements in order to study ESDi’s Design Degree? To have passed the Selectivity test or to have a Higher Degree Formative Cycle (from any specialty).
  11. What are the requirements for students from outside of Spain? a. For students from countries that are members of the European Union or that have international agreements with Spain: have a title from your country that allows you to access Degree (or equivalent) studies (high school diploma and UNED credential). b. For students from countries outside of the European Union or with which Spain has not undergone international agreements for the acknowledgement of titles in a reciprocity regime: have the homologation of your high school (or equivalent) studies or confirm your homologation request.
  12. What is the admissions and enrolment process I have to follow in order to sing in to ESDi’s courses? The first process is to formalize the pre-enrolment, filing a form both available in our website or on ESDi’s facilities. After that, ESDi’s Admissions Department sets up a day and an hour for you to visit the schools, have an interview and do a vocational text, or present your academic file.The Ramon Llull University has a particular pre-enrolment and admission system for every center (previous to the presentation of the access requirements established by the university law), and for that it is independent to the pre-enrolment process of the Catalan system.Once the student has been granted admission to the center (from January to May), he must pay the place reservation. Once the Selectivity test is passed, or the student has gained other type of credential or homologation for his or her degree, he or she can enroll during July or September.
  13. Is there any financing possibility in order to facilitate the payment? Students who are interested in studying in ESDi can approach the Sabadell Bank in order to inquire about the agreement between the entity and the school, credit with low interest, agreements with La Caixa or Santander Bank, which collaborates with the Ramon Llull University.
  14. Are there scholarships? ESDi has, through its Foundation, a specific scholarship and grant program in order to facilitate access to Degree studies.Moreover, students can choose between Generalitat scholarships or grants for students who are starting out with university studies. You can access the Agencia de Gestión de Ayudas Universitarias y de Investigación website in order to gain more information: Generalitat de Catalunya – AGAUR.

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