School of Visual Arts
We live in a world where images and sounds pervade our existence, they are the main vehicle of messages, ideas, values and meanings in very different fields and contexts such as the various industrial productions, fashion, design, advertising but also culture, politics and society
Moving with professionalism and competence in this field means possessing an eclectic and transversal culture, based on an in-depth knowledge of the socio-cultural context and of the new technologies that continuously modify the role of images and sounds in communication.
Never before has technology - and our relationship with the digital world - changed society during this historical moment which is defined by many as phygital by the union of physical and digital. Words like Metaverse or Artificial Intelligence have entered the daily lexicon even without fully knowing their meaning or potential.
The explosion of digital services and products have increased the role of the interfaces that millions of users use every day. The metaverse and virtual and augmented reality technologies have created new immersive entertainment codes that also find a connection with art, music or fashion.
Highly interactive and multisensory environments - in the real or virtual world -where programmers, producers, modelers, animators, technicians, testers, marketing specialists create stories, characters, rules, objectives, levels or challenges to trigger relationships between objects and users. A multidisciplinary work that often requires participants to master several aspects and disciplines of creativity.
Working today with graphics, illustration, animation, photography, cinema, video, sound, or new media for advertising is therefore highly challenging because each of these areas requires contamination with new visual languages and never-ending experimentation.
The IED School of Visual Arts is the creative laboratory where you can learn the tools, linguistic and expressive registers, new technologies and methods necessary to develop a visual communication project. In fact, there are not only techniques to improve dexterity or the ability to use software but a methodology exists to understand the coherence between form and identity or the communication of a sign that will later become a symbol.
The constant updating of the technologies available to students make it a research laboratory in which to experiment and develop creativity both in relation to contents and in relation to languages. A place to be trained and qualified to enter the job market of today and tomorrow.
Have a look at our projects
In this section you can find all the projects developed by and with our students.
IED Barcelona with Open Arms United with Yachting to raise awareness in the luxury yacht industry about saving lives at sea
Students from different disciplines have created two proposals that combine design, solidarity and the superyacht industry which can be seen at the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) until 30 September.
Undergraduate Courses in Italy - Play it forward!
Very Early Bird Promotion - 15 % discount on tuition fees for Three-year and Five-year courses starting in October 2024.
Design, street art and good news for the planet: The making of
Discover how IED Barcelona and Madrid Visual Communication students joined Alpro and the GoodNews kiosks, painting the shutters of 10 establishments to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the planet in the second edition of Good Coffee for the Planet.
FRAGILE SURFACE IEDxArtribune
Artribune commissioned us to produce its magazine covers for the second year in a row
The artistic design talents of IED Barcelona students creates a new reflection for Cervezas Alhambra’s glass bottles
“Hanging By a Threat”, an installation made from used beer bottles that invites us to think about the impact of the consumer society, will be exhibited at the Disseny Hub Barcelona [Barcelona Design Hub] from 16 to 28 October, during Barcelona Design Week.
Sustainable design with a purpose, made in IED Barcelona
Students of the 2023 edition of the Master in Sustainable Design and Social Impact have launched innovative responses to challenges related to health, the circular economy, cultural identity and education.
IED, finalist in the gaudeamusPROJECTA awards
“Timeless” by Dar Rubinstein and “Giro” by Jacobo Cobián Sánchez, alumni of IED Barcelona and IED Madrid respectively, are among the 24 projects competing for these national awards that celebrate academic excellence in final degree projects in Graphic Design.
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David Leon Fiene IED Barcelona graduate and Professor created a story of identity, community and collaboration—shedding light on our similarities and differences, looking at things anew to celebrate our individuality and bring us closer together
Visual arts take to the streets
Final-year students of Graphic Design and Motion Graphics and Video from IED Barcelona presented their final projects, which highlight the power of design to capture new audiences, at Nau Bostik.
Career Interview 2023
The two-day in-presence event is back, enabling IED Roma new graduates to meet prestigious companies. A first and essential step towards the professional world.
IED Monograph: Yuto Taniguchi
Yuto Taniguchi is a professor assistant of Digital Creative Course in UEDA College of Fashion (Osaka, Japan) and he is active in NFT and fashion.
Design that reaches new audiences by working collaboratively
The Box of the Gran Teatre del Liceu was the stage on which In the beginning everything was white, one of the four new small-format operas from the Òh!pera project, which has seen the participation of IED Barcelona, was performed from 5 to 9 July.
IED Monograph: Talia Zoref
Forbes 30 Under 30 Talia Zoref has become known for creating Art during Fashion Weeks worldwide, meeting and sketching celebrities including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams and others.
IED Monograph: Daniele Cavalli
Daniele Cavalli is a multidisciplinary artist: music, food, art, photography and fashion are all part of his work.
Best Thesis Awards 2023 – IED Barcelona
Preserving biodiversity through design and connecting memories by way of a new audiovisual language are some of the themes addressed in the final projects recognised by the Best Thesis Awards 2023.
ADG Laus Awards 2023: 1 silver and 5 bronze for IED
The awards, which each year recognise the best graphic design projects in a range of categories, have recognised the talent of four students from IED Barcelona and two from IED Madrid.
International Motors celebrates 75 years of Land Rover - Defender with a futuristic exhibition in collaboration with IED.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Defender, International Motors has decided to involve students from the Master's program in Graphic Design at IED Firenze by launching a contest last month in which students designed a special livery.
Design, street art and good news for the planet
IED joins Alpro and the GoodNews kiosks to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the planet with a creative and activist action aimed at emerging graphic talent.
IED Barcelona celebrates the 2023 Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony
Students in their final year of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), IED Diploma and Foundation Course in Global Design will bring their academic stage at the school to a close on 19 June at 6 pm at Aribau Multicines.
Ayman Nkira working with Autodesk
Student at IED Milano in the second year of the CG Animation course.
Solutions to social problems with design + AI
Within the framework of CBI4AI, students from IED Barcelona, Esade and UPC have developed six projects that aim to construct resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable and inclusive industrialisation, and foster innovation in the healthcare environment.
Strategic Design for Business Realities
IED Barcelona’s Master in Design Management students have met with representatives from Nacar Strategic Design Agency, Fujitsu, Hatch Studio, HP and NTT Data in the framework of the latest Career Forum session.
IED Books: Massimo Canevacci
The first IED Books appointment with Massimo Canevacci: an Italian academic, ethnographer and critical thinker, will present his latest book "Stupore Indigeno. Le culture native in Brasile tra rituali iniziatici e sfide digitali".
Government of Catalonia Institutional Graduation Ceremony
On 22 May, students from the class of 2019-2023 Bachelor’s Degrees will come together at the Victoria Theatre to graduate.
IED Barcelona participates in the 30th anniversary of Sónar+D with Slow Light
The installation, which proposes a creative response to the climate emergency, will be open to the public from 15 to 17 June in the festival’s renewed Project Area.
IED Barcelona, Design Partner of UPPER GRACIA
Graphic design students from the Barcelona school create the visual identity of the shops in the Upper Gràcia area.
No design, no festival!
Until 21 August, the Albert Musons Cultural Centre will showcase the exhibition of the shortlisted posters for the Festa Major de Gràcia. Among the proposals exhibited are two creations by IED Barcelona students.
Towards energy self-consumption
IED Barcelona installs solar panels on the rooftops of its Point One facility that will save up to 40% of electricity.
Enrolment facilitations for Master Courses and Master of Arts
IED decided to reward those students who commit up front with a special Early Bird discount.
A Sant Jordi marked by intergenerationality and solidarity through design
Once again this year, IED Barcelona collaborated with the ASTE association to deliver almost a hundred roses, accompanied by a print inspired by this festival, to the residents of three care homes in the district of Gracia.
WATCH THE SUBURBS! IED dresses up Florence with the art of Talia Zoref
An Open-Air exhibition with the drawings of the young Israeli artist Talia Zoref in 20 suburban areas of the city from April 24.
Books, roses, dragons and design
Two IED Barcelona alumni have created an augmented reality experience to celebrate the Sant Jordi festival in the Gràcia neighbourhood.
The crafts and technology pairing, on tour in Catalonia
The video Change to live – New Crafts Digital Revolution II by Jordi Cussó, Teacher at IED Barcelona, is part of the ‘Mostra on the Road’ exhibition, an initiative to bring the activity of the 4th edition of the International Crafts Audiovisual Exhibition to the Catalan territory.
Designing to build a better world
Until 30 April, Disseny Hub Barcelona is showcasing “IED Barcelona Manifesto”, an exhibition that brings to life the School’s global, human, strategic and transformative vision of design aiming to respond to the great challenges of contemporary society.
IED Design Week 2023
Memory, Transformation, Technology, Space and Materials. IED invites you to discover the links between between these powerful words and and the plentiful of events arranged for Milan Design week, the biggest annual design event in the world.
IED Master Experience 2021/2022
IED Master's thesis projects for the academic year 2021/22 are now finally available online
The Minister of Education visits IED Barcelona’s stand at the Saló de l'Ensenyament
On the occasion of the inauguration of the fair, Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray talked with Andrea Marchesi, Director of the Design School.
Design, light and energy needs under discussion on Italian Design Day
A panel of experts moderated by IED Barcelona analysed the role that design energy has for people and the environment in the round table “Light and Energy: Habitat and city”.
IED virtual meeting
After a very successful in person event we decided to expand the chance to have a friendly dialog with Rodion Usaev, IED Milano graduate in Product Design, who is an expert in the field of industrial design.
The quality that enlightens
Italian Design Day 2023 theme is "The quality that enlightens" - Design energy for people and the environment
Undergraduate scholarships in Italy and Spain 23/24
Give space to your creativity and your ideas! Participate in the competition for the assignment of 194 scholarships for the three-year, post-diploma and foundation courses provided in the Milan, Cagliari, Florence, Rome, Turin, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and at the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts of Como.
Design that combines craftsmanship with technology at MWW23
This year, the IED Barcelona multidisciplinary workshops week focused on the union between Craft & Tech.
Minimum energy consumption praised at Llum BCN
Slow Light by IED Barcelona is a collaborative proposal that works without electricity and delighted the festival’s jury.
International Scholarship Competition - Master courses
57 scholarships to support young talents interested in attending a Master course in Italy or Spain.
IED Barcelona expands XR Lab equipment with Pico
Two more models of virtual reality glasses: the Pico Neo 3 Pro EYE and the Pico Neo 3 Pro.
IED Milano Alumni in Sound Design. Word-wide famous Dj, Producer, Performer and Sound Designer.
IED Milano Alumni in Video Design. Worldwide famous beauty blogger and co-founder of the Youtube channel ClioMakeUp.
20 years of a collective dream through design
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.
Anticipating future design scenarios
IED Barcelona organised the round table "What's the next point?" in a bid to imagine what future design scenarios will be like from the perspective of training, taking the city of Barcelona as a case study.
Manuel Alberto Claro
IED Milano Alumni in Photography. Frequent collaborator of the film director Lars Von Trier.
Celebrating two decades of history of IED Barcelona
On the occasion of this celebration, “A collective dream” will be showcased; a display through the history of the school by way of outstanding projects carried out by its students.
Three IED Theses selected for the ADI Design Index 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
Register to our Spring Semester courses and save 15% on the tuition fee!
Next February be part of our inspiring Semester courses and develop new skills in an international and engaging environment!
IED WINNERS AT ARTS THREAD GLOBAL GRAD SHOW WITH GUCCI
We are happy to communicate IED winners within the Global Design Graduate Show - Arts Thread 2022 in partnership with Gucci
Video Game Student Awards: 'Dirty Paws' game awarded, as part of a 2022 dissertation in Media Design
Recent graduates Alice Roncella and Edoardo Bertora (SpaceDuck Studio) take the 'Strano Award' with a game of strategy and competitive thinking on the first PRESS START - Video Game Student Conference.
Scholarship Competition Undergraduate Courses 2023-2024
44 Scholarships for IED Undergraduate and Foundation Courses in Italy and Spain
Master's Degrees Scholarship Contest - September 2022
IED’s three sites in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao, launch 7 Scholarships for the Academic year 2022/2023
Different visual identities for a pilot project at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
Master Courses Scholarships
19 Scholarships and 5 Classroom Tutor positions available for IED Master Courses
Coming soon IED in the sixth edition of Visual Merchandising Workshop Latin America, México 2022
Next September 22nd & 23rd, IED will participate in the sixth edition of the Visual Merchandising Workshop Latinamerica with the experts Anna Sabater and Marc Guitart.
Possibility of simultaneous registration to two higher education courses.
A Ministerial Decree has published the modalities for applying the provisions of the new law.
IED SALUTES THE QUEEN
In October 2000, Queen Elizabeth II came to Milan and on her itinerary there was a visit to the Istituto Europeo di Design.
Take advantage from the special promotion available for our Summer courses
Book and complete now your enrollment process to one of the IED and Accademia Aldo Galli Summer courses, offered in Italy and Spain, and you will benefit from a special discount on the tuition fee.
Graduation Ceremony IED Roma
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.
Scholarships for 2022/2023 Second Level Academic Diploma programmes.
10 scholarships to promote the talent of young creatives.
D&AD 2022, creativity of IED Milano awarded in London with three Pencils
With the awards earned for the campaigns created as part of both the Undergraduate Programme in Communication Design and the Postgraduate Art Direction Lab, IED is still the most awarded Italian creative school internationally in the area of Communication, also ranking among the top ones in the world.
The Francesco Morelli Foundation establishes the Francesco Morelli Grant Award
25 candidate Development Plans 18 admitted to the evaluation 8 Development Plans awarded
IED Smart Creativity
We are pleased to share the creation of a brand new platform addressed to our creative community – IED Smart Creativity.
Best Thesis Awards 2022-IED Barcelona
The four proposals, from the areas of Design, Management & Design Strategies, Fashion, and Visual Communication, convey the interests and concerns of a new generation of designers.
IED Milano Alumni in Illustrazione e Animazione | Freelance illustrator worldwide considered among the finest of his generation.
Master Tales: Master Alumni testimonials at the click of a button.
This will be a series of meetings and interviews to tell what happens after graduating from a master's degree.
IED Master Experience
Students take us through their thesis projects, from behind the scenes to company satisfaction.
IED at Milan Design week 2022 with “Absolute Beginners”: a tribute to ten visionary women.
Exhibition open to the public from 6 to 12 June 2022 at the Fuorisalone in the BASE Milano spaces.
More Than Monday | Inspirational Stories
With the month of May restart the events of More Than Monday | Inspirational Stories,the digital conference cycle dedicated to the IED community.
IED GOES TO NY
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.
A project paying homage to theatre wins “On the Rise 2022” Graphic Design award at the OFFF festival
‘Llantiol Teatre’ by Thinh Truong, third-year Motion Graphics student at IED Barcelona, has received the Wix Playground in the best Graphic Design category.
International Design Day: Embrace uncertainty
‘Suspended in transition’ is the theme proposed for this year’s edition; a motto that encourages designers to embrace uncertainty as an arena from which to reflect, to step out of their comfort zones, and to explore alternative futures.
A journey across world literature through the redesign of book covers
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home".
IED Amaze Project 2022
14 design, fashion, visual arts and communication creations are the protagonists of the new Amaze! app release
Talk on ‘Designing the Metaverse’ within the framework of Mobile Week Barcelona
How do we construct and explain stories? How do we use technology to improve new realities and formats? How do physical space and the virtual environment coexist? What aspects define good design in virtual worlds?
IED Barcelona at Saló de l’Ensenyament and Futura 2022
IED Barcelona will be part of the Saló de l’Ensenyament from 16 March to 20 March.
The Herstory of Design
Women have written key chapters in the history of art and design, not always receiving the public recognition that their contributions to these disciplines have deserved.
IED design for social transformation in “Design for Inclusion”
IED students will explore alongside members of ONCE possible responses to the difficulties faced by this community with relation to everyday objects.
Scholarship competition 22/23 - Undergraduate
IED Network offers 182 scholarships for its Undergraduate courses held in Italy and Spain.v
‘Treequency’ gives a voice to the trees at Llum BCN 2022
The installation has succeeded in recreating an oasis of calm and a connection with nature in Poblenou’s Parc del Centre.
IED Open Days Undergraduate
IED and Accademia Galli present the Open Days dedicated to the Undergraduates and Post-Diploma courses of Milan, Cagliari, Florence, Rome, Turin and Accademia Galli in Como.
Parametric design, or how to push the boundaries in the fashion industry
Third IED Barcelona Master Talk 21/22
International scholarship competition for Undergraduate courses 22/23
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design and “Aldo Galli “ Academy of Fine Arts and Kunsthal Centro Superior de Diseño SL have offered 46 scholarships to support those talents who want to attend an Undergraduate or Foundation course abroad and boost their training path with an experience in Italy or Spain*. The scholarship will cover 50% of the tuition fee!
Italian Design: The bridge between beauty, technology and humanity
How design inspired by Italian culture can help restart Europe in the next decade?
Connecting with the mind and body through light
‘478’ is the installation with which IED Barcelona was present in the special edition of Llum Barcelona.
From new crafts to virtual identities
An interactive installation to create our own virtual identity and an immersive journey through a 3D “wonderland” are the proposals that IED Barcelona and IED Milan presented at the SónarCCCB 2021, driven by Sónar.
Reacting to shock: Transformative Resilience. IED and the Global Goals Jam 2021
For the fourth year, IED is participating in the Global Goals Jam, which will take place in both Milan and Rome following the pandemic period. It will be a research and design journey around Transformative Resilience, the theme chosen by the Research Centre.
MILAN, HOME TO THE FIRST IED INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS
ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN PRESENTS WITH ARIA THE DESIGN OF THE CAMPUS THAT WILL BE BUILT IN THE AREA OF EX MACELLO.
Student Mario De Libero among the winners of Olivetti Design Contest
Mario De Libero, a graduate of IED Firenze, is among the finalists with the font Otello Sans in the fourth Olivetti Design Contest.
Best Thesis 2021: Creativity as a force for change
The projects chosen are the result of a creative process developed in different stages: from research to the final proposal.
IED is an official partner of the New European Bauhaus Initiative
IED - Istituto Europeo di Design is one of the official partners of the New European Bauhaus Initiative, selected by the European Commission. Find out more in this news.
scholarships competition for 22/23 master courses
IED Network offers 109 scholarships for its Master courses held in Italy and Spain.
More Than Monday | Inspirational Stories
This is a virtual meeting place dedicated to relationships, inspirational content, and trends in the contemporary and learning world.
Stations of a near future: Experience within a Hyperloop station
A project focused on the current needs of cities and their citizens, the integration of technology and respect for the environment.
IED triumf with a double win at the ADCI Awards 2020
IED Roma and IED Milano are the undisputed protagonists in the Students category - winning first and second place respectively - at the ADCI Awards 2020, which is the most important prize for creativity in advertising communication.
IED presented two projects at Sónar+D CCCB
IED presented the MixCities and 2020+20 projects at the extraordinary edition of Sónar+D, which took place on September 18th and 19th at the CCCB.
IED Dean Riccardo Balbo at ICCSD under the auspices of UNESCO
IED Dean Riccardo Balbo at ICCSD Advisory Committee 2020
IED Next and Amaze Project
Due to the pandemic on 2020 the digital exhibitions took the place of the classic end-of-year physical showcases: IED has made a virtue of necessity.
Illustrious Italian personalities 'sneak' into the Consulate
IED Barcelona has been involved in the new headquarters of the Italian Consulate in Barcelona, with a graphic proposal.
Best Thesis 2020
Innovative alternatives for mobility, spaces to reconnect with nature, sustainable fashion collections and new services focused on user experience.
New graduates compete at the Annecy Animation Festival
The short film '3 minutes to live', with which Emanuele Motti and Vittorio Ascolani graduated in Illustration and Animation, is competing at the prestigious 2020 Annecy Festival in the 'graduation films' category.
IED launches the Smart School
Istituto Europeo di Design is setting up a temporary distance learning plan with live-streamed lectures, on-line tutoring, video handouts and digital materials to overcome the shut-down of schools.
IED Roma Design Award 2022: find out all the winners
The 'Alice nella Città' Film Festival has teamed up with the Istituto Europeo di Design to award prizes for the most innovative ideas and projects developed at the school campus in Rome. Special guests, actress Paola Minaccioni and illustrator Zuzu
IED presents two projects at Sónar+D 2019
Sono by IED Barcelona students and A Swarm of Corrupted Seed by Federico Russo from IED Milano at Sónar+D
From the Master Course in Graphic Design to the World’s Best Typography Award
Leonardo Traina selected by the Type Directors Club of New York, the leading international typography organisation