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.

The 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 in the service of social welfare and progress.

Introduction

The teaching method followed at ESDi seeks a balance between three components: the theoretical foundations that form the basis of learning, the tools and languages that enable the ideas to be put into practice, and the approach to professional reality thanks to the collaboration with companies. This is conveyed through three different types of subjects: conceptual subjects, which provide knowledge and skills from the Humanities and Social Sciences; instrumental subjects, which show the tools and materials that are essential to understand the types of products to be designed; and project subjects, which teach the working methodology to design.

**The first two years are taught in English**. The 1st year is an immersion in the world of design, where the ability to express oneself is encouraged and the skills of observation and analysis are strengthened. The 2nd year serves to lay the foundations of design and to acquire the tools and languages specific to each speciality. In the 3rd year, the practice of the specialization is deepened, improving resources and discourses in the search of personal language. And the 4th year is to refine the quality of the project proposals by getting closer to professional activity, to develop the Final Project as a cover letter to the professional world and to carry out company internships.

Since 2008-2009, ESDi, as a centre affiliated to the Ramon Llull University, has been teaching the official Undergraduate Degree in Design, which is recognized and accredited by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The quality of the Undergraduate Degree in Design taught at ESDi is accredited by the AQU (Agency for the Quality of the Higher Education System of Catalonia).

Key facts

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

Duration
4 years.

Credits
240 ECTS (60 ECTS per academic year).

Number of places
120 places.

Price (per academic year)
9.480€.

Teaching period
September to June.

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

Undergraduate Degree + Diploma option
Undergraduate Degree in Design + Diploma in Interactive Design and Emerging Technologies.

Methodology

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 companies.

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.

Undergraduate 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).

Specialties

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Academic staff

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Francisco Gil, PhD.

Academic director

Graduate in Philosophy and Arts, specialising in History from UAB. Higher Specialist Diploma in Research. Postgraduate in Museum Management. Master’s Degree in Educational Research.
Doctor in Education.
Lecturer at different universities such as UAB, UIC, ESADE Business School, and international lecturer.

Elizabeth Ferrándiz, PhD.

Academic coordinator

Graduate in Fine Arts from UB, Postgraduate in Computer Animation Techniques and PhD in Psychology from UAB. Currently Academic Coordinator at ESDi, she has been head of studies of the Product and Interior Design Areas, and the Visual Communication Area at ESDi, as well as a member of the Department of Design Theory and Analysis, the TADD research group, and Academic Quality.

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Jorge Zuazo

Head of studies EAA Fashion Design

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion Design, specialising in Knitwear, from the University of Southampton through the EATM School of Fashion Arts and Techniques. Creative Director and founder of the brand Gazela Socks, he is also freelance Product Manager for different companies, such as Camper, TCN, Bobo Choses, Sivasdescalzo, Hoss Intropia, etc.

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David Pablo García

Head of studies EAA Interior Design

Interior designer from Elisava and Bachelor of Arts in Honours in Design from Southampton University. Head designer and founder of Satélite Interiors studio, he has been team leader in the interior design department of Mango and head of interior and industrial design at b720 Arquitectos. He teaches at several design schools and is head of the Interior Design EAA at ESDi.

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Carles Cabezón

Head of studies EAA Graphic Design

Graduate in Electronic Art and Digital Design from ESDi-URL, Technical Engineer in Computer Systems, Graduate in Advertising and Public Relations, Postgraduate in Graphic Design and Production, and Postgraduate in Advanced Graphic Design. Head of Studies at Graphic Design EAA and Director of the Master in User Experience and Interface Design (UX/UI) at ESDi.

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Isona Ten

Head of studies EAA Product Design

Graduate in Design, major in Product Design, from ESDi-URL. Founder of her own jewellery brand Isona Ten. She has worked as a jewellery and accessories designer at Fili Plaza, Nevado Complementos, Kdimension Company and David Howard Jewellery. She is a member and treasurer of the A-FAD board (Association of Artists and Artisans of the FAD).

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Encarna Ruiz, PhD.

Director of The Create Lab

Graduate in Journalism and PhD in Communication and Journalism from UAB. Master’s Degree in Art and New Media Curating from ESDi-URL. Specialist in Sociology of Design and Analysis in social trends, she is the Director of The Create Lab, the laboratory of social trends and colour linked to the International Colour Association Intercolor since 2012, and representative of Spain in this association.

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Antoni Mañach

Department of Design Theory and Analysis

Graduate in Philosophy from UB, PhD© in Design Ethics. Lecturer in History of Design, Fundamentals of Design and Design Ethics. Author of the code of ethics of the Spanish Network of Design Associations (READ).

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Mikki Schindler

Department of Design Theory and Analysis

Social psychologist from the Diego Portales University in Chile, Master in Psychosocial Research and Intervention from the UAB and PhD© in Psychology from the UAB. His line of research focuses on Science and Technology Studies (STS).

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Marcel·lí Pérez

Industrial engineer specialising in the textile sector

Industrial Engineer in Textile Industries from ETSEIT-UPC, Postgraduate in Operations Management by ICT, and Management Development Programme by IESE Business School. He has extensive experience as a manager in the areas of Operations and Product in the textile / clothing / fashion sector. He has been responsible for planning at Benetton, product development manager at DBApparel Spain, and quality and sourcing manager at Desigual.

Teaching collaborators

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Ignacio Quirós

Media producer

Media producer with over a decade of experience in television production and events. BA Film and Media Studies by Columbia University and Master in Documentary by ESCAC.

Gabriela Cohn

Designer and artist

B.A. in Graphic Design, Graduated with Honours, Cum Laude. Award in Design and Marketing from Betzalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem. Master in Fine Arts / Trier University, Campus Idar Oberstein, Germany.

She combines her teaching activity with Graphic Design and Contemporary Jewellery Creation in her studio in Barcelona. Her pieces have been exhibited both in art galleries and at international fairs and meetings in Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, France and Belgium.

Dr. John Correa

CEO & co-founder of Bambai

Bachelor of Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana from Colombia. Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Tecnocampus-UPF and PhD in Economics from the UdG. CEO & co-founder of the alarm company Bambai, he is a university lecturer on topics related to entrepreneurship and business creation.

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Gennís Senén

Product designer and co-founder of Banzai Turba

Graduate in Design, major in Product Design, from ESDi-URL. Co-founder and product designer at the object design studio Banzai Turba, with which he has carried out projects for Paloma Wool, Curated By, Laagam, Simon, Kaimok and Bastida, among other brands.

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Dr. Luca Pagliari

Visual artist specialising in photography

Laurea in Art and Photography from the Università del Progetto and PhD in Business Economics from the Università Luigi Bocconi. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of visual arts and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world. In addition to his artistic activity, he works as an independent curator and as a consultant for schools, cultural institutions and art companies.

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Dani Cantó

Multidisciplinary creative experienced in culture and fashion communication

Graduate in Audiovisual Communication, Master in Digital Marketing and E-Commerce, Postgraduate in Film and Pop Music Criticism, and Postgraduate in Photojournalism. A multidisciplinary creative specialising in culture and fashion, he is a content creator in the Public Programmes, Education and Exhibitions departments at MACBA. A music photographer, he has photographed Barcelona’s underground scene for Mondosonoro, Heineken Música, Vice Magazine, Rockdelux, and Primavera Sound, among others.

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María Bendito

Art Historian

Graduate in Art History and Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Art Theory and History from the UB. She has worked at the Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica and MACBA, and is the author of several articles on the dynamics and meanings of the transformation of art and new approaches. Her area of research is the transformation of visuality between the Modern and Contemporary Ages.

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Sara Sanz

Photographer

Graduate in Fine Arts – Engraving and Photography, and Master’s Degree in Teacher Training: Drawing from UB. She has a multidisciplinary profile, combining experience in the artistic field of teaching and cultural mediation with her own projects in photography and visual arts.

Beatriu Malaret

Director and co-founder of Cipsela SL

Graduate in Philology and Master’s Degree in Post-Nietzchean Philosophies from the UB, Postgraduate in Multimedia Digital Journalism from the UPC and Master’s Degree in Design and Communication from Elisava. Expert in Learning Experience Design, New educational methods and models, Learning and development for the creative industries, and Consultancy and training in design, fashion and innovation management.

Internships

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 ⟶ Convenio de prácticas de cooperación educativa por ejercitación de conocimientos (prácticas extracurriculares), sin carga crediticia.

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 & 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.

Student projects

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