Acquire the skills to you need to create products for a variety of sectors and the know-how to design them for a specific user and environment, with the ergonomics, social value, technology and materials required
This 4-year course gives aspiring product designers the resources they need to fully comprehend and anticipate market requirements to become qualified, versatile and creative professionals, with in-depth knowledge of the technologies, materials and aesthetic-emotional concepts, and the innovation and management skills required to get ahead in the modern product design world.
The core of the course is project-based, giving you hands-on experience designing user experiences and product solutions for a wide variety of fields (lighting, consumer electronics, wearables, packaging, personal accessories, tools and utensils, furniture, household appliances, food, service design, and more). The course includes challenges that become more complex as it progresses, so you’re ready to develop your final project in the fourth year.
You’ll work hand in hand with your lecturers, all professionals in the world of design, and participate in workshops, visits and master classes.
Learn the ins and outs of product design: analyse the market, client and competition, develop and present ideas in viable creative projects, build digital and physical prototypes.
The IED Kunsthal Bilbao course model is based on a collaborative strategy, with four principle concepts: learning from those who know, learning by doing, learning on demand, learning from reality.
The course is both theoretical and experience-based, with the emphasis on developing projects, to acquire all the knowledge and skills a professional product designer needs.
It’s a complete learning experience with a distinct humanistic vocation: you’ll acquire not only the technical and artistic know-how you need but also all the necessary skills to start working in the product design world.
If you see new ways of doing things, imagine new services and solutions that could make life easier, this is the course for you. In short, it’s for those who want to take the first steps in their professional career devising, creating and shaping the products we use.
If you love drawing, constructing 3D objects and furniture, using the latest technology, if you stand out from the creative crowd, come up with ideas but wonder how to make them happen, if you find yourself examining your environment and imagining how you could improve it, this BA in Product Design is for you.
The course covers every stage of product design, adopting a methodological approach that combines theory with practice, actively encouraging your creative talent to let your ideas take shape in the form of digital and physical prototypes. The course is organised to present you with a series of challenges, the difficulty of which increases as you progress with the help of your lecturers, all professionals in the design world.
What’s more, you’ll be studying at a unique school in Bilbao where design has played and continues to play a key role in the urban, economic and social dynamics of the city.
What will you learn?
During most of the first year you’ll work with students specialising in other areas of design to acquire a grounding in design methodology and the skills you need to use plotting and communication tools in a creative design process.
This approach lays the foundations on which you’ll build all your subsequent work as a professional designer, developing projects as the course progresses.
You won’t have to wait long to get your first experience with real projects in the very first year of the course.
We believe the best way to learn to design is to learn hands-on working on a range of real projects from the start, using all the tools you’ll need as a professional designer. That’s why we start designing from the word “GO”, adapting the tools you use to suit your level and the knowledge you acquire as you make progress.
Science Applied to Design
Design Fundamentals /
Method and Process
Design Fundamentals /
Product Projects 0
used in Product Design
The Basics of Colour
Form and Volume
The History of Art 1
Design Fundamentals / Theory
Materials and Technology 1
Analogue and Digital Sketching
What will you learn?
You’ll be studying fewer subjects with other design students and concentrating on more product-specific subjects. You’ll work on four different types of projects, finding solutions to new challenges in the modern world of design.
You’ll be working on outdoor furniture, small household appliances, tools and utensils, and take a first look at more technological products.
You’ll gain more and more hands-on experience with tools, and explore 3D development.
Photography and Audiovisual Design
Project II / Technical Project
Project III / Ergonomics
Project IV / Styling
Project V / Furniture and Home
The History of Product Design
Materials and Technology 2
Computer Tools 2
What will you learn?
You’ll be studying very specific subjects in depth to acquire expert knowledge of tools like 3D design and digital sketching, and you’ll also start using video and animation in your projects.
The syllabus this year features a very high level of design methodology to put any kind of project on the drawing board, and we’ll also look into personal, artisanal design.
Your projects will include handmade fashion accessories made of materials such as ceramics, wood and fabrics.
An Introduction to Animation
Project VI / Lighting
Project VIII / The Urban Environment
Product Design Trends
Contemporary Art and Design
An introduction to UX
Project VII / Services’ Project
Project IX / Interactive Project
Materials and Technology 3
Computer Tools 3
Product Design Management
Participation in Activities
What will you learn?
During the first semester of your final year you’ll put the finishing touches to methodology, design, expression techniques, rendering tools, video and animation and product presentation, etc.
During the second semester you’ll work on your Final Project, a very personal project with significant social content, making good use of the know-how and skills acquired.
Project Portfolio and Communication
Project Design Management
Scenic and Event Design
Virtual Modelling / Animation and Rendering
The Project and Project Documentation
Technology and Design / Digital Fabrication
Work Experience II
Carlos Alonso Pascual
Jaime De los Ríos
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
Las Manuelas - Art Series is the newest edition of the Las Manuelas Project supported by IED
Devices to detect visual problems in developing communities, provide geriatric care in rural areas, and diagnose lung cancer in its early stages.
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You are going to take part in a practical task dedicated to all those young talents who are interested in Fashion, Visual Arts, Design, and Communication.
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.
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IED was holding a creative lecture on the occasion of Moldova in Fashion Conference on November 19th 2022
Il Giro del Mondo in 80 Giorni - 150 anni dopo (Around the World in 80 Days - 150 Years Later) (book by graphic designers from IED Rome), the start-up Potap (a family of filters to purify water, by two product designers from IED Milan) and the tech fashion collection LAGRANDE: SISTEMA are officially competing for the prestigious Compasso d'Oro Award
IED Milano Alumni in Product Design. He's considered one of the most important Italian contemporary designers.
Two IED projects made it to the finals of the historic Umbria-based manufacturer's international competition reserved for students attending Art and Design Academies around the world.
First place went to the start-up Swarmix (by Edoardo Amato, Enrico Canella and Giacomo Pizzoni), focusing on the preservation and repopulation of bees.
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.
44 Scholarships for IED Undergraduate and Foundation Courses in Italy and Spain
From 5 to 27 October, the second edition of the marathon dedicated to the social impact of design welcomes the students of the three-year course in Product design to talk about "The Future is Rail", a project that outlines trains according to the needs of travelers and was born together to Legambiente
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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25 candidate Development Plans 18 admitted to the evaluation 8 Development Plans awarded
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.
Valentino Bosetti, Francesco Magenta and Gaia Zarantonello (IED Milano) are the authors of the 'Vertical' project, awarded at Cumulus Green.
The IED Madrid course has finished this year, but the good news is still coming in. This time it’s awards for the Design school and students.
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.
Light Identities: 'TES' is the project selected as the best one among the 10 Product Design dissertations carried out as part of a partnership with the well-known Made in Italy brand
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.
Graduated at IED, Simone Bonanni is now an awarded designer that works for international brands. Find out more about his projects in this article.
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.
Cross Cultural Chair is a project that blends anthropology with design and draws on the importance of seating and ways of sitting according to different cultures.
Interior Design and Product Design students explore new concepts of spaces, services and products capable of reconnecting humans with nature.
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Virtual innovation is gaining increasing importance, and for creatives, it is a great tool to transform and improve society.
Suzuki, Honda and Azimut deliver the brief to the students.
IED supported Alumni Bodin Hon and Dilara Kan - the duo founder of Yellowdot Design studio - in their participation at Le Off - Paris Design Week
Five multidisciplinary projects were put on display at Global Grad Show and IED Alumnus Ghassan Salameh appointed as guest curator proposing two exhibitions.
IED participates in Dubai Design Week 2018 with Stalactite, a project by Master in Sustainable Design from IED Barcelona, and also offers a workshop in collaborative design.
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London Design Festival celebrates and promotes the city as the design capital of the world.