Product Design

Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

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The Undergraduate Degree in Product Design (240 ECTS) offers the professional skills to undertake social, strategic and technological projects in furniture, lighting, consumer electronics, packaging, personal accessories, utensils, domestic appliances, wearables and a long list of other areas.

The program covers crucial criteria such as sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental impact (also known as ecodesign) and concepts with a powerful social impact such as Design for All. This specialisation also explores new financial and productive realities such as collaborative consumption, crowdfunding, digital production, rapid prototyping and 3D printing.

  • Credits
    240
  • Start date
    September 2021
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    Spanish

Methodology 

The course offers a formative path that teaches students to comprehend and anticipate the demands of the market, by negotiating with business intentions and translating them into a properly defined project that can be manufactured. It emphasizes the importance of the concept, in order to predict consumption trends and styles, based on an understanding of the demands of the market and social needs.

The course also gives the students a knowledge of production materials and technology so that they can bring their projects to life. In addition to a theoretical understanding of the project, the students focus on analysing technologies, function, ergonomics and usability.

Objectives 

The first year of the course focuses on acquiring the basic concepts of product design and its culture and methodology. The students are challenged to analyse and understand their environment, to create and to communicate.

The second year focuses on developing individual creativity and the students start to learn the tools of this speciality, such as mould making, mechanical and digital production systems, sketching, storytelling, Rhino, CAD and communicating through Illustrator, Photoshop and oral communication.

In the third year they start to spend time in companies and develop more complex, technical projects involving prototypes and actual costs. The product design, interior design and transportation design students work together in cross-departmental teams. They also study new materials, such as sustainable and smart materials, nanomaterials, etc.

In the fourth year they have compulsory internships with a company and select their individual professional directions. Great importance is placed on creative management, using project management and rethinking and modifying what is being made so that the users and the market really need it. Finally, they undertake a course-end final project with real companies, in which they first build prototypes and then, if successful, see them produced and launched onto the market.

Job opportunities 

- Self-employed designers, design departments, marketing, colour&trim or innovation for companies and design, engineering and architecture studios.
- Companies working on innovation and strategy.
- Creative and art departments in advertising agencies.
- Research departments in companies and institutions.

 
 

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Jordi Pla

Jordi Pla
  Graduate in Industrial Design from the Eina School in Barcelona and Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship from the Ecal School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He opened his own studio in 2008, creating products for Lékué, Escofet, WMF or Normann Copenhagen. In Switzerland, he carries out projects for companies such as Vacheron Constantin, Hermès, Baccarat and Remy Martin. 2018 FAD Association of Industrial Design (ADI-FAD) Silver Delta award.  

Sanna Völker

Sanna Völker
Designer of objects and furniture. Her designs often draw references to architecture and brutalism, manifested in furniture and objects of pure shapes. Human intervention in nature and society is a theme that she often explores in detail.  

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