Product Design

Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

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The Undergraduate Degree in Product Design, which is the equivalent of a University Degree (240 ECTS), prepares professionals to develop social, strategic and technological projects in the areas of furniture, lighting, consumer electronics, packaging, personal accessories, utensils, electrical appliances, wearables, etc.


Today, product design is evolving very rapidly and the professional outlets are multiplying. The fields in which product design is applied are very wide-ranging and include the liberal arts, company design and development departments, technology centres and R&D departments.


Product design is especially broad because it encompasses all our everyday surroundings and it therefore touches on criteria like sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental impact - ecodesign - and concepts that have a major impact on society, such as universal design. It also has to deal with new economic and productive realities, such as collaborative consumption, crowdfunding, digital production, rapid prototyping and 3D printing. All of these open up a wide array of creative possibilities that industrial product designers cannot ignore.


At IED Barcelona, the teaching is highly practical: the students explore new creative methods, become familiar with traditional materials (wood, plastic, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, etc.) and new materials, learn to handle them and transform them using every possible production process and experiment with new technologies and those that are more traditional.


The result is that they are trained to plan and develop any product both in terms of concepts and strategies and in terms of its production, production control and finishing. During the course, the students learn about all the topics demanded by the Ministry of Education.


Young industrial designers educated at IED are ready to develop cutting-edge creative techniques and trained to use the manual and digital 2D and 3D tools most often applied in industry. This allows them to extensively develop their creativity and communicate their ideas and how to implement them in any format to an expert audience.


Professional outcomes:

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.



Ex-IED DESIGN students work for:

Bertone, Frecan, Capmar, Projeckta, Zicla, Lamborghini, Hyundai, Grupo Pangea, Seat, Fun Lab, Orbitel, Cazaly Sylvain, Home Design, MTL Brands, BMW, McLaren, BM Lightning Design, Design Dies, Ubica, Estudi Interiorisme Salietti, Pia Capdevila, VMoto Europa, Scutum Logistics, Gama Ubica, Tarrago Cortés Interioristes, Ibisland Invest, Interiodista Decoración Digital, etc.

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  • Start date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    4 years
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Physical and functional characteristics are taught to obtain a product to be manufactured industrially and perform as intended with the highest efficiency and quality. Also acquirement of skills to value and solve problems, needs and requirements affecting the formalization of a product, determining its industrial quality and proper integration into the market.

Lastly, the comprehension that design is not only recommendable for companies to improve their efficiency and profitability: it also has a social function, because its intervention conditions environment quality and people’s life.

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.


Duration: 4 years

Start: September 2020

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 Mañá

Jordi Mañá
Product Designer. Applied ergonomics specialist. Technology and Innovation Director at Enertika.

Horge Pérez

Horge Pérez
Multidisciplinary designer. It was a member of the “Fabrica” team, the experimental study in design of Benetton.

Sebastián Alberdi

Sebastián Alberdi
Former student of IED Barcelona and designer at “Estudio Pensi”.

Joan Cinca

Joan Cinca
Member of the “Guimeraicinca” studio.

Beppe Benenti

Beppe Benenti
Profesional activity focused since 1968 in the private, public and interior architecture. Founder and vice-president of the Dseign for All Lab Foundation, with headquarters in Torino. Responsable, coordinator and co titular of the firm ALTRO DESIGN since 2000. His professional activity is focused in investigation and global design.

Alfonso Luengo

Alfonso Luengo
He’s a member of the design team of SEAT.

Markus Haub

Markus Haub
He has been a designer at Volkswagen and Renault during 10 years. He’s currently working as a freelance designer, artista and photographer and member of the design blog

Marc De Antonio

Marc De Antonio

Iñaki Remiro

Iñaki Remiro
He has worked as a designer and project manager for design agencies such as Martin Azua, Torrecilla or Henkel Packaging Design Department. He collaborated on innovation projects in retail and packaging with the renowned agency Coleman & Schmidlin, working for two years for brands like Nestle, Procter & Gamble and Danone.

Toni Parera

Toni Parera
He is currently working at Innou as Project Manager / Creative Director / Owner of the study. He has collaborated with Casualplay, Eddadesign, Magma design,Segui design, Grokcel, and Roca, among others. Project leader and director of industrial design and project control in factories in Shenzhen-Shanghai-Nanjing.