Continuing Study Programs

This section describes the admissions rules for international applicants interested in the IED Professional Specialization Programs. The PSP of the Istituto Europeo di Design are intended for:

– Introductory PSP: An initial approach to the disciplines of design. Programs intended for anyone who wants to discover their passion and talent.
– Advanced PSP: For people who wish to complement their education in order to respond to the demand for new qualified professionals.

For admission to one of the IED’s Professional Specialization Programs, the following conditions are required:
a. Applicants must have a Curriculum Vitae that fits the requirements described in the previous point (Introductory PSP and Advanced PSP).
b. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

c. Applicants must know the language in which the program is held. Students whose native language is different from the official program language must show evidence of an accredited intermediate level, both written and spoken. For programs in English, they must present a TOEFL or other similar accredited certificate of an intermediate level. For programs in Spanish, if the applicant does not have an accredited certificate, they may have an interview via Skype (Skype IED Barcelona: master.iedbarcelona / Skype IED Madrid: master.iedmadrid).

2.1 Admissions Process

For admissions to the IED Madrid
To register for the Specialization Programs at the IED Madrid, applicants must send an email indicating their program of choice and the following documentation:

a) Curriculum Vitae (résumé).
b) Letter of interest explaining the reasons why you want to study this program.
c) Project portfolio (up to 3Mb) or a link to your personal website or blog, only if the applicant has previous design studies or similar experience.
d) Personal interview, as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordinator.
This procedure is necessary to verify whether the applicant’s profile is appropriate for the requested program.

For admissions to the IED Barcelona
If you fulfill these requirements, you can apply for admission directly to the Master’s program (2. HOW TO REGISTER) or you can request an interview with the Information and Orientation Service for assistance and support in choosing the most appropriate education for you and to learn the details about the organization, content, objectives and professional scenarios for each of the possible directions.

2.2 Registration

To register for the IED Madrid
To register for the program (reserving your place) at the IED Madrid, you must submit the following documentation to the IOS:

1. Photocopy of your national photo I.D., foreign I.D. or passport.
2. Registration form, completed with your personal information and signed.
3. Signed internal regulations.
4. Copy of the registration fee payment receipt

At this time, the IED will send you a student certificate that you will need to obtain a student visa if necessary.

Payment of the program fee must be made prior to the beginning of the program (for more information about payment methods or scholarships, contact the IED Madrid SIO – Department of Information and Orientation.

To register at the IED Barcelona
The first step to registering for a professional specialization program is to fill out the registration form, which you can find on the IED websites: IED Barcelona
For the pre-registration form, go to the program you are interested in and click on the “Program Pre-registration”link.
A few days later, you will receive a response from the IED indicating the other documents you have to submit to confirm your admission. After interviewing with the Information and Orientation Service, the IED will send you an acceptance letter.
The next step is to pay the registration fee, which will reserve your place in the class and you will then be officially enrolled. You can then apply for a student visa with the registration certificate if necessary.
The last step is to pay the program fee, which must be done one month prior to starting classes.

To register for the program, please follow the deadlines provided by the Information and Orientation Service.

The program and registration fees will only be refunded if the program is cancelled or your student visa is denied. If this is the case, you must submit a letter from the Spanish Embassy where your visa was denied.

5. Professional Specialization Program Diploma.
Upon completing the program, if the student has attended at least 85% of the classes and their final project has been approved, they will receive a Professional Specialization Program Diploma.

If you are from a country outside the European Community, you must apply for a student visa at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country. There you will find important information and the documentation requirements for obtaining a Visa. In any case, the IED Hospitality Department can also assist you: IED Barcelona: IED Madrid:


Participate in the Program Presentation
Before beginning classes, you will be invited to participate in the presentation of the program, where you will be provided with specific program information.

Please contact the Master’s Department of the Information and Orientation Service if you have any questions: IED Madrid: / IED Barcelona:

Once you have completed these steps, you will officially be an IED student. Your new experiences are about to begin. Welcome to the IED!