The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design is equivalent to a University Degree (240 ECTS). Taught in English.
This course 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.
The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design has the goal of providing innovative and efficient solutions with a commitment to sustainable development.
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 select their individual professional directions and have compulsory internships with a company. 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.
Product Design 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.
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.
– 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:
Alessi, Nestlé, Marcel Wanders, Zicla, Home Design, MTL Brands, McLaren, BM Lightning Design, Design Dies, Ubica, Tous, Karim Rashid, Fab Lab, etc.
The department has collaborated with the following companies:
Vitra, Roca, Alstom, Médicos sin fronteras, Donuts, Interface, Ferrari, BMW, Seat, Mercedes Benz, Casa Decor, Volvo, Unopiù, Frecan, Primavera Sound, Orbea, Panasonic, Derbi, Renault, Zicla, Decoexpo, Hyundai, Toyota, Panatta Sport, Illy, Capmar, Piquadro, Entitat Metropolitana del Transport, Japan Tobacco International, AHEC, Elite Gourmet, Vmoto, Omega Z, I+ED Lab, Idearideas, Architecture for Humanity, Volta Motorbikes, Casa Gracia BCN, Los Cármenes, etc.
Product and Service Design
Sustainable Design and Social Impact
Product and Service Design
Digital Product and Service Design
Product and Service Design, Fashion Design and Styling, Graphic Design and Visual Communication
Textile and Surfaces Design
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.
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Two projects from the interdisciplinary subject Food Design System have been presented at the latest meeting of EDIVI.
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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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
'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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The project is one of the designs selected by a jury of 43 international experts in the first round of this prestigious competition.
IED Network offers 109 scholarships for its Master courses held in Italy and Spain.
Istituto Europeo di Design presents the new concept vehicle designed by the students of the Master in Transportation Design in collaboration with Suzuki.
Interior Design and Product Design students explore new concepts of spaces, services and products capable of reconnecting humans with nature.
The project evokes the evolutive process of the natural world, focusing on the irregularity of the biophilic and organic patterns.
Virtual innovation is gaining increasing importance, and for creatives, it is a great tool to transform and improve society.