Channel your aesthetic/cultural interests and environmental concerns by specialising in the design of products focused on sustainability, inclusion and interdisciplinary interaction.
This course in product design, taught in English, gives you the tools you need to create projects with a social, strategic and technological perspective for a multitude of sectors: furnishings, lighting, consumer electronics, packaging, personal accessories, tools and utensils, electrical appliances or wearables, to name but a few.
The course gives you an overall view of product design, from the first hint of an idea to launching a new product. With the help of our teaching staff, who have years of experience working as professional designers in the sector, you’ll learn how to meet the new aesthetic, technological and sustainable requirements people demand today.
You’ll develop your talent and creative skills in this 4-year course. You’ll have all the tools you need to draft and develop a professional project, presenting innovative solutions for the complexities of the modern world, combining aesthetic quality, function and a commitment to values.
There are 60 places available for first-year students majoring in Product Design. Of these places, there is no specific number assigned by pathway or language.
A degree in English for the student who wants to specialise in the design of sustainable and innovative products in a variety of sectors.
The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design opens doors for you to collaborate closely with professionals, designers with years of experience in the sector, developing real and speculative projects.
You’ll notice a gradual evolution in your skills and know-how: you'll develop a variety of projects, some simple, some technically complex, on a range of topics in many different situations. You’ll be in a position to specifically understand the needs of the market and the requirements of the people using your products, while gradually discovering everything you want to know about professional product design.
At the end of your 4-year course you’ll have acquired all the skills you need to create and showcase your ideas and projects as a professional designer, presenting your ideas in a fluent and competent way in a variety of specific professional contexts.
This course is for those who want to express their creative talent to the full, exploring the world of product design, acquiring in-depth knowledge on how product design works and how it can help improve the way we live in the modern world.
In particular, this course is for people who want to be proactive in finding solutions for the environmental, technological, aesthetic and cultural problems of our modern world, making the most of this opportunity to work in a professional sector that today is more focused than ever on meeting the sustainable requirements of product users.
You’ll learn to understand the increasingly global and hyperconnected reality of our world and evolve to become a key player in the collective endeavour to achieve universal well-being, creating products that combine the values of inclusiveness, sustainability, functionality, innovation and beauty.
Last but not least, the multidisciplinary environment of the IED community helps you to convey your ideas for a new product in the best possible way, in visual, verbal and written presentations.
You’ll have the opportunity to study at one of the most reputable design schools, learning from professional designers working in this specific field, using facilities and workshops equipped with everything you need to turn theory into practice while working on a range of projects.
You’ll acquire all the secrets, skills and know-how necessary to make your mark in fields such as ephemeral design, furnishings, consumer electronics, handicraft, lighting, mobility, window displays, home or personal complements and accessories. You’ll also have the opportunity to share interdisciplinary experiences with IED students studying other fields of design.
During this course, taught in English, you’ll develop your skills using a learning-by-doing method: every day you’ll find a study and work environment that actively encourages you to explore and develop your ideas as they take shape, gaining experience in digital and hands-on workshops.
What will you learn?
The first year introduces you to the basic concepts of design, project culture and methodology. You’ll learn to analyse and understand the context, using design to create and communicate.
Foundation Project I
Representation Techniques I
Project Communication I
An introduction to Marketing
Science Applied to Design
Colour and Form
Foundation Project II
Representation Techniques II
Project Communication II
Technical Drawing I
The History of Art and Design
What will you learn?
The second year is focused on developing your own unique creative style. You’ll learn to choose and use the best tools for creating and developing a product. You’ll prepare projects that explore the real needs of our modern world.
Multidisciplinary Workshop I
Technology for Product Design I
Representation Techniques for Product Design I
Technical Drawing for Product Design I
Computer Tools for Product Design
History of Product Design
Volume for Product Design
What will you learn?
In the third year you’ll work hands-on in the real world to gain experience working with companies operating in the sector. You’ll also work on more technical and complex projects, developing prototypes and calculating real production costs. You’ll collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, discovering how new materials, like biomaterials, nanomaterials or materials with zero impact on the environment, can be applied in a sustainable way.
Project Communication for Product Design I
Lab for Product Design I
Two Wheels Project
Computer Tools for Product Design II
Multidisciplinary Workshop II
Technology for Product Design II
Urban Materials Project
Marketing for Product Design
Personal Development Project
What will you learn?
In the fourth year you’ll put what you’ve learnt into practice in the form of mandatory work experience to define your own professional profile. Last but not least, you’ll develop a final project working with companies operating in the field, building prototypes which, if approved, will go into production to be launched on the market.
Design Management Project
Project Communication for Product Design II
Lab for Product Design II
Multidisciplinary Workshop III
Interior and Spatial design, Product and Service Design
Global Design - Junior
Design Strategy and Management, Product and Service Design
Design and Innovation
IED's commitment is to apply an innovation approach to creative economies through the training it provides in its centers in line with the NEB's themes and action priorities, sharing values, methodologies and tools.
IED Barcelona has been consolidating its position as a driving force behind innovation and social well-being through design education. "A collective dream" is a faithful reflection of this spirit.
IED was holding a creative lecture on the occasion of Moldova in Fashion Conference on November 19th 2022
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We are ready to kick off the first edition of the Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Design. The course will take place in Turin and will combine the topics of Mobility of the future and Cities in Flux.
We will take part in the Dutch Design Week 2022 (DDW22) supporting the exposition of the project Reverso, by IED Alumnus Francisco Lara. The exhibition will take place in Eindhoven from October 22th to 30th.
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From September 21 to 25, IED will participate in the 4th edition of CADi 2022: Pluriversos, organized by the Faculty of Art and Design of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP).
A Ministerial Decree has published the modalities for applying the provisions of the new law.
In October 2000, Queen Elizabeth II came to Milan and on her itinerary there was a visit to the Istituto Europeo di Design.
After two years, returns IED Roma Graduation Ceremony, to celebrate the latest graduates in the presence of teachers, families and friends. Two hundred and sixty-one diplomas were awarded.
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The Francesco Morelli Foundation establishes a prize for students graduating in the summer session of the academic year 2021-22.
Istituto Europeo di Design publishes the winners of the scholarship contest for the Master of Design and Innovation Programmes (MDI) at IED Madrid and IED Barcelona.
Organised by Barcelona Centre de Disseny, the graduates of the class of 2021 were actively involved in two restaurants along the route.
Two projects from the interdisciplinary subject Food Design System have been presented at the latest meeting of EDIVI.
"TAKING YOU BEYOND”, THE IED ALUMNI EVENT IN VIA SCIESA MILAN FROM 7 TO 11 JUNE.
This May IED is in New York City, with students and Alumni presenting their projects and winning awards at both NYCxDESIGN festival and the Creative Week.
Students take us through their thesis projects, from behind the scenes to company satisfaction.
Gabriele Chiave knows no boundaries. As a lifelong observer of the world around him, Gabriele is driven by the comprehensive nature of design and a desire to ignite meaningful interaction between product and consumer. After Studying industrial design at IED Milano, he has worked in Marc Sadler Studio and the IS European Design Center. These experiences helped Gabriele master the subtle nuances and delightful balance between form and function, industry and art, structure and experimentation. Gabriele exudes this foundation at Marcel Wanders, where he has worked since 2007. Evolving to become Creative Director, he now oversees all projects in product and interior design, and art direction for some of the most renowned international design brands such as Kartell, Poliform, Moooi, Flos, Cappellini and many others.
“From a small farmer in the Philippines to a businessman in London, climate change is affecting everyone”.
IED students will explore alongside members of ONCE possible responses to the difficulties faced by this community with relation to everyday objects.
The installation has succeeded in recreating an oasis of calm and a connection with nature in Poblenou’s Parc del Centre.
What will the world of the future be like? What kind of vehicles will we use? Where will we live? How much will everyday objects change?
The summit will take place on 26 and 27 November at the Disseny Hub, which will feature three projects by IED Barcelona alumni.
‘478’ is the installation with which IED Barcelona was present in the special edition of Llum Barcelona.
‘Join it’, a system of sustainable production by IED Barcelona Product Design students has won the 4th edition of the Social Ideas Contest for the Greek island of Lesbos.
‘Flink’ responds to the challenge to design an innovative proposal for the kitchen sink and tap space, including new features, all within a period of eight hours.
'Castellers' is a proposal inspired by the colours and shapes of the long-standing Catalan tradition of the 'castells', or human towers.
A collection of clay pavement tiles that serve as a street filter system.
The projects chosen are the result of a creative process developed in different stages: from research to the final proposal.
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IED Network offers 109 scholarships for its Master courses held in Italy and Spain.
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Interior Design and Product Design students explore new concepts of spaces, services and products capable of reconnecting humans with nature.
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