Graphic Design

Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

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The Undergraduate Degree in Graphic Design (240 ECTS) prepares visual designers capable of devising, programming and creating visual communication, both online and offline, to stimulate users.

The course offers an education on the creative processes of investigation, interpreting, conception and production with the objective of communicating, embellishing and finding innovative solutions for a product, a brand or a space through graphic language.

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

Methodology

The methodology is based on “learning by doing” and fosters interdisciplinarity between the areas of design, fashion, and management for creative industries through workshops and common projects and yearly projects, as well as the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary manner on the thesis project. The program provides a structured core curriculum, providing incremental learning goals to the students throughout the four years, leading to the thesis or degree final project for real companies.

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.

 As from the second year, the necessary technological and project managing tools are explored, to communicate simple and effective visual messages through the development of the own creativity and interdisciplinary methodological processes. Students concentrate on acquiring knowledge on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effect, Apple Final Cut, etc. Also, some elements are emphasised, such as typography in an editorial context, narrative language in audiovisual pieces and motion graphics.

In the third year students begin to contact with companies and also to develop more technical and complex projects, with prototypes and real costs implied, in addition to designs for corporate identity, packaging, signage, posters, etc.

During the fourth year students take a compulsory internship in a company and each one chooses a professional profile. Creative management acquires a great relevance through project management and the capacity of implementing the knowledge acquired in the previous years. In the end, the degree final project is developed in collaboration with real companies.

Job Opportunities
 
- Graphic designer
- Visual communicator
- Art director
- Typographer
- Branding specialist
- Corporate image, editorial, packaging, signage, posters, computer graphics, web pages, motion graphics
- Etc.
 

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.

Ricardo Feriche

Ricardo Feriche
His career is associated with art, design and photography direction. He works as an advisor to a range of groups, agencies and producers, such as National Geographic, El País, RBA, La Caixa, Planeta, Grupo Godó, Grupo Z, BBVA, Le Cool, Fundación Miró, Loewe, Bocento, Matador, Racc, Foment del Treball, Vueling, Hearst, Ara and Edipress. His work has been awarded prizes by the Society of Publications Design, the Society of Newspaper Design and the New York Type Directors Club for three years in a row.   

Borja Martínez

Borja Martínez
He began his academic career in Industrial Design in the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, and moved to London in 1999 to study Graphic Design at London College of Communication. In 2004, he returned to Barcelona to work at Gráfica and founded his own studio, Lo Siento, in 2005, where he began to develop various art direction and design projects for clients such as Audi, Acción Cultural Española AC/E, Museo Picasso, Roca, El Bulli, DHUB Museu del Disseny, Caixa Forum and Dauro, among many others.  

Caterina Barjau

Caterina Barjau
Studied Cinematography at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and later moved to Madrid, where she worked with well-known magazines such as El País Semanal, Marie Claire, InStyle, Traveller Conde Nast and México, to which Harper's Bazaar, AD Conde Nast, Icon, Men's Health and Vogue Spain were consequently added. With a background in the direction of actors and environment creation, she later resumed her activity in the audiovisual world. This added value enabled her to work in advertising and collaborate with international agencies to take photos and record films in different continents.

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