Sustainable Design and Social Impact



Start date

October 2023




On campus


10 Months



Course coordinator

Markel Cormenzana, Jon Marín



A course to turn your personal talent as a designer into projects that make a difference, working for an enterprise, organisation, or as an activist.

In the transition to a circular economy we have to come up with new concepts, designing and developing new products and services that have a positive impact in a social, economic and environmental context.

This is our commitment, and this Master's Degree in Sustainable Design and Social Impact gives you the necessary skills to create sustainable designs. You’ll learn how to use critical and holistic thinking and acquire the specific tools and resources you need to make it your job to make a difference.

The course takes a skill-development approach to learning based on a number of challenges and projects. You’ll be working with local activists and associations on projects to find solutions to the challenges we face in modern cities today: housing, health, climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem resources, the social solidarity economy, taking action against waste, and more.

Information to decide

A comprehensive, project-based learning experience in sustainable design, to turn your personal interest into professional development in a field that needs new designers.

The Master's Degree in Sustainable Design and Social Impact is structured in blocks of related and convergent content to progressively acquire the necessary skills and know-how to meet the course goals.

Techniques and methods such as the flipped classroom or challenge-based learning, combined with theoretical and practical sessions, visits, workshops, round tables and lectures make it a dynamic, predominantly project-based learning experience.

Creative people interested in the potential of design as an instrument of change to find solutions to social and environmental challenges.

The course is for industrial design engineers, product designers, fashion designers, textile designers or engineers who want to further their career in design. Architects and interior designers interested in sustainability-oriented product design and learning new creative methodologies will find the course both interesting and useful.

In this Master's Degree in Sustainable Design and Social Impact you’ll learn through challenges, developing projects with a competency-based approach. You’ll put the new skills and know-how acquired into practice in projects. And you’ll do so with the help of a teaching staff of professionals from all over the world who have already made their mark in the sector. You’ll study a wide range of subjects and disciplines, such as town planning, material experimentation, the social solidarity economy, biology, art, fashion, and more.

And you’ll use design as a vector of personal and professional transformation to create social, environmental and economic value.

Last but not least, studying at IED Barcelona is a unique learning experience in an international environment, where you’ll be rubbing elbows with people who have the same passion and vocation in a city leading the field in sustainable design and social innovation.


Every subject studied during the course gives you content for your final project, a practice-based thesis in which you’ll explore and consolidate the knowledge acquired in the following thematic blocks:

Good Sustainable Design

Basic Design Toolkit

Designing Systems

Sustainable Design as an Economic Driver

Sustainable Materials and Processes


Quantifying Environmental Aspects

Service Design




Markel Cormenzana

Course Coordinator

Jon Marín

Researcher and teacher in business sustainability and creativity

Course Coordinator

Andreu Belsunces

Researcher, teacher and consultant in design, technology and digital culture