Interior Design

Master Courses - Barcelona

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This masters course equips students with the know-how and tools they need to take on projects within the hospitality sector, which are the backbone of the course. Students are faced with real situations posed by real clients, providing them with crucial experience that will help them excel in the professional market later on. 

The Masters in Interior Design includes a cross-curricular base followed by a specialisation, leading to one of two qualifications: 

a Masters in Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces or a Masters in Interior Design for Retail.

Students wishing to qualify in both specialisations will be able to take their second option in the following academic year without having to retake the cross-curricular part.


Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces

This specialisation provides students with the tools required to make these venues stand out, taking into account the experience of the venue's users and the commercial requirements. 

Interior Design for Retail

In retail, a venue's design is closely linked to the brand's image, making it a key part of the creative process. 

  • Credits
  • Start date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Attendance
  • Language


The objectives of the course are to:

- Work on all the points related to interior design projects for the Hospitality sector: from the conceptualisation of the idea and the creation of the concept to the drawing up of the proposal, including the design of all the technological solutions (selection of materials, sustainability criteria, lighting technology, etc.).

- Explore creative solutions and make the design innovative from a critical, contemporary perspective. Offer research into the formal, functional and technical aspects that will allow the students to take a qualitative leap in their careers.

- Improve the students’ ability to communicate graphically by working on presenting projects based on drawings, renderings and models.

- Train the students to give oral presentations to a professional audience or a customer.

- Train the students to interact with different types of professionals from this sector.

- Help the students to acquire their own creative project methodology so that they can have a career in this area of design or in any other.


The Master in Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces emphasises the application of theoretical knowledge. All the different subjects are, therefore, practised while developing design projects. This method leads to a high degree of cohesion between theory and practice, and contributes to reaching viable conclusions from the viewpoint of construction and economics. The work process is therefore necessarily active and applied to the realities of the profession but, at the same time, the students are given the freedom to develop ideas, experiment and frame hypotheses.

Observation, analysis and experimentation form an essential part of the learning process. This is why both the theoretical classes and the projects are supported by visits and guided tours led by the Master’s instructors. In this way, the students have the opportunity to learn about the architectural setting and the interior design of Barcelona from professionals in the city. They also visit the studios of local designers, who open their doors to the students to share their professional experience and their vision of design.


- Professionals with a minimum of two years’ experience, with a degree in a discipline related to design, preferably architecture, interior design or industrial design, who wish to learn the tools needed to effectively tackle an interior design project for the hospitality sector, in the context of an increasingly competitive and ever-changing market.

- Professionals from other fields that are not purely design. In this case, however, the students must be aware that they must acquire, on their own, an adequate knowledge of spatial design, how to create the concepts applicable to the project and be able to handle contemporary digital graphics design software. The possibility of these students succeeding will depend on their empirical training process and their self-teaching abilities.

- In all cases, the students must submit a CV and a portfolio containing projects from both their academic and professional fields. 



The Master develops the skills needed by designers. It offers the students a complete education, allowing them to tackle any kind of project related with the world of design. They will end their studies being able to propose, develop and implement new, innovative spaces in any area of design, even though the Master centres on interior design for hotels and gastronomic spaces. 

This type of project, which has a strongly commercial nature, is closely related to brand image and branding, so that the students will acquire the knowledge that will allow them to focus their profession on this sector.

In any case, the Master prepares the students both to add value to interdisciplinary teams in architecture and interior design studios and to work independently in their own studios.


So that the students can work on their Final Project for the Master (FPM) in a real-life situation in the labour market, we count on the cooperation of companies selected by the IED Master.

In previous years, the students worked with the Sercotel Amister Art Hotel Barcelona and Hotel W Barcelona.


Architects Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo and Lucas Echeveste Lacy form El Equipo Creativo (The Creative Team), a studio specialising in space design for gastronomy, and branded and retail spaces.

Their joint career started in 2010, with the design of the now emblematic restaurant Tickets and Ferran and Albert Adriá’s 41º cocktail bar. Since then they have produced a variety of projects, always related to the world of gastronomy, and their work has won numerous international design awards, such as the prestigious The Great Indoors Awards, FX International Award and the Best of the Year Award. Their projects have been published on web sites and in magazines in more than twenty countries.

Duration and frequency

24th September 2020
Frequency: Monday to Friday
Timetable: 6.30 p.m to 10.40 p.m

* The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master issues private degrees.