Product Design

Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

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The Undergraduate Degree in Product Design (240 ECTS) provides future professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to design products bearing in mind the user and their surroundings, ergonomics, social value, technology and the materials needed to create a “good design”. 

The course covers various fields such as lighting, consumer electronics, wearables, packaging, personal accessories, utensils, furniture, domestic appliances, food, service design and more. It also explores new financial and productive realities such as collaborative consumption, crowdfunding, digital production, rapid prototyping and 3D printing.

 
  • Credits
    240
  • Start date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

Methodology 

Product Design 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 this degree is focused on acquiring basic concepts of design, culture and project methods. Students learn to dare to create and communicate.

The second year is concentrated on developing one’s own creativity individually, and starting to study the speciality tools, such as: modelling, productive, mechanical and digital systems, sketch and storytelling, Rhino, Cad and communication using Illustrator, Photoshop and oral communication.

The third year means the beginning of collaborations with companies and new, more technical and complex projects, with prototypes and real costs. Work is developed in transversal teams composed by students of Product, Interior and Transportation design. In addition, new materials will be studied such as sustainable or technological materials, nanomaterials, etc.

During the fourth year students take a compulsory intership in a company and each one chooses a professional profile. Creative management acquires a great relevance through project management and rethinking, modifying and refining projects to respond properly to users’ and market’s needs. Lastly, the degree final project is developed in collaboration with real companies, where prototypes are produced. In successful cases, those prototypes will evolve and manufacture to be launched into the market.

Job Opportunities

- Self-employed designers, design departments, marketing, colour&trim or innovation for companies and design, engineering and architecture studios
- Product Manager for companies working on innovation and strategy
- Creative and art director  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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