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Master in Global design - IED Barcelona

Course Description

Students will work intensively together with the teaching staff in sessions where different typologies will be combined. The curse lecturers, who are prestigious active professionals, transmit the most recent contents from their own everyday experiences.

In order to properly develop the learning process of the course and guarantee a global design experience, the study plan has been conceived through the combination of different work methods:


Professors will introduce different subjects that will not only provide methodological knowledge but also analyse practices and cases. To reinforce knowledge acquisition, the teaching staff will monitor the development of research and analysis projects through in-person tutorials.


Students will be trained in using transversal tools that will back the whole design project, regardless of the field they will apply it to.


The methodology of IED Barcelona is based on the concept of “learning-by-doing”, by which students consolidate knowledge acquisition through the practice and experience in problem-solving and real professional challenges.

With this philosophy in mind, students will be part of intensive two-week immersions in different design disciplines.

In the first week there will be conferences, lectures and theoretical contents on the discipline. They will hear the voices of different professionals who will show their own work and offer their perspective on a particular subject related to the discipline. Students will develop their own research project on the topic.

Once the theoretical immersion is over, students will go into a practice immersion in workshops where they will develop projects under the monitoring of a professor. During this process, while projecting ideas and experimenting with materials in the search for innovative solutions, they will put the acquired theoretical and technical knowledge into practice.

This will enable them to gain in-depth knowledge and boost their personal approach.


The opportunity of an enriching experience: a chance to gain first-hand knowledge about the reality of design, through visits to workshops, shops and spaces that have become benchmarks in design in Barcelona, discussing with designers in their own studios. To be in contact with the real market helps students to relate the contents provided during the Master with the reality of professional practice.


As consolidation of the new knowledge acquired during the course, students have to develop a Master’s Final Project, where all the experiences of the course will come together.

Working in teams students are required to develop a whole global design process, from research to the final project presentation.

This project is based on a real commission and developed in collaboration with a company.

Visit the Master in Global design - IED Barcelona page on the Istituto Europeo di Design website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master in Global Design should present a portfolio with their work. After having evaluated the portfolio, the prospective students will have a personal interview with the coordinators.

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