Trends Research

Continuing Study Programs - Barcelona

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The Postgraduate in Trends Research helps students to develop a critical mind so as to pinpoint the driving forces behind the change in consumer society and the new opportunities this entails for companies. 

Today’s product advertising, marketing and development models fail to keep up with the pace of social evolution and the way we live our everyday lives. Because of this, never has it been more important for a professional in any field to keep in touch with the consumer’s culture, expectations and experience.

The Postgraduate lays out the knowledge and tools students need to identify the major consumption trends, understand their impact and apply them successfully to business contexts. It is structured in a series of complementary modules that follow the chronology of research project development and includes a practical assignment to be carried out in collaboration with a real organisation.  

  • Credits
    30*
  • Start date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    3 months
  • Attendance
    part-time
  • Language
    English

Methodology

The Postgraduate is divided into complementary modules that follow the development stages of research projects: History and Theories of Consumption, Consumer Behaviour, Industry Structure and Applying Consumer Trends Research to Decision-making.

Class time is divided into theoretical classes taught by renowned practitioners, workshops, excursions around the city to explore innovative businesses in situ and discussions with professionals to learn from their opinions and knowledge.

The entire process ends with an individual practical project that is continuously developed over the duration of the course. 

Objectives

The aim of the Postgraduate is to help students to construct the critical vision required to identify why things happen, which forces are driving change and how these changes represent new opportunities for businesses.

Identify major consumer trends based on a variety of online and offline sources.

Analyse consumer trends by learning to identify how and why they come about.

Understand the impact they have or will have on different sectors of the economy.

Student profile

Graduates and professionals who, beyond a mere curiosity that proves essential in today’s world, are eager to take on the knowledge and skills needed to play a leading role in designing concepts, services and products to suit new consumers.

It proves of particular interest to professionals who wish to turn trend research into their field of expertise or those who wish to work in marketing, publicity or design and would like to learn how to capitalise on the value of trends in their daily tasks.

Access to the course will be limited to candidates who are able to show proof of a university degree or equivalent. Candidates who lack the requisite university qualifications may access the course based on their professional achievements. In this case, IED Barcelona will, at its own discretion, decide as to the type of qualification they will be given.

Job opportunities

Forecasting, branding, trend research, data mining, social media monitoring, product development, advertising, innovation consultancy or a career in research in the public sector or for nonprofit organisations, among other options.

*Credits

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 adopts a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). IED Master only awards its own private degrees.

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.

Noelia Morales

Noelia Morales
Trained as a lawyer, Noelia has wide-ranging experience of marketing and product development with top consumer companies . Her interest in consumer trends led her to found Nouvel in 2004 with the aim of helping companies to face the challenges of innovation. Noelia gives talks and lectures and cooperates with IESE, UAB and international business schools. Coordinator of the CSP in Trends Research.

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