Programs in Design & Architecture

WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS IN DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE ALL ABOUT?

The power of design transforms our daily lives, influencing how we react to our reality on a physical and emotional level.

As our urban environments and virtual behaviors evolve, design that challenges our understanding and adapts to our changing needs will hold the key to a better future. 

The Design & Architecture programs are a journey through the design process, from idea to implementation. Focusing on the customer and their needs, you will discover how to produce profitable and adaptable creations that have a strategic purpose and innovatively practical application. Using high-impact tech tools and led by a highly experienced faculty, you’ll be able to create clear, competitive and effective design solutions.

  

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If you would like to create a positive impact through the power of design, this is the area for you.

Reasons to choose this area

Get hands-on with design

Regardless of the specific program, creation is always at the heart of the learning process in the Design & Architecture area. By putting theory into practice, you’ll get to grips with innovative tech solutions and discover the real-world challenges involved with developing highly interactive design projects.

Approach problems critically

Taking a creative and critical approach to solving problems is present throughout the area. In today’s increasingly complex context, this will allow you to design interactive solutions that effectively address client pain points and overcome any challenges that arise—whether current or future.

Apply tech-tools for sustainable design

With design at the forefront of the fight against climate change, this area places a strong emphasis on developing sustainable solutions that are both profitable and fit-for-purpose. Much of this approach is rooted in the use of innovative technologies that aid you to fully realize your design vision.

Experience a multicultural environment

Modern design and architecture increasingly addresses the challenges of our globalized world. The Design and Architecture programs mirror this reality with a highly international student population, characterized by a diverse mix of viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. Alongside boosting personal development, this will prepare you for today’s market reality.

Learn from the best

Our dynamic faculty of world-class academics and sector professionals bring their extensive experience to a classroom environment. With many coming from the world’s top design, architecture and real estate companies, they are in a prime position to prove up-to-the-minute sector insights, while guiding you along your learning journey.

Gain real-world experience

Thanks to our numerous partnerships with world-class institutions, you will have the opportunity to experience what life is like working in top design firms, architecture studios or other relevant organizations. With these insights and specific sector skills, you’ll be better equipped to tailor your own future.

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE Programs

  • BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

    • Bachelor in Architectural Studies

      The Bachelor in Architectural Studies prepares students to transform the world and to make meaningful environments. With a project-based approach to learning and a diverse body of faculty and students, the program synthesizes creative, technical, environmental, and social considerations, and is driven by a forward-looking and entrepreneurial spirit.

      PROGRAM

      Degree

      DURATION

      5 years

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Segovia and Madrid

      INTAKE

      September

    • Bachelor in Design

      The Bachelor in Design is a comprehensive degree that seeks to challenge today’s physical, experiential, functional and emotional reality. It is aimed to flexible and audacious individuals who can seek creative solutions for a better and sustainable life, even when faced with limited resources.

      PROGRAM

      Degree

      DURATION

      4 years

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Segovia and Madrid

      INTAKE

      September

    • Dual Degree in Business Administration + Design

      The Dual Degree in Business Administration and Design is a demanding program for creative individuals with a passion for innovation and business, looking to produce lasting value within the corporate world. Embark on a unique learning journey where you harness the power of future-forward design, develop unparalleled business knowledge, and gain real-world, hands-on experience.

      PROGRAM

      Undergraduate Degrees

      DURATION

      5 years

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Segovia and Madrid

      INTAKE

      September

  • Master’s programs

    • Master in Business for Architecture and Design

      This Master bridges the gap between advanced design and the essential management skills needed to succeed in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry today. A program that addresses the design implication of business decisions.

      PROGRAM

      Graduate

      DURATION

      15 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid - Amsterdam - Online

      FORMAT

      Part-time

      INTAKE

      April

    • Master in Strategic Design of Spaces

      The Master in Strategic Design of Spaces is a forward thinking post-professional program that not only examines the profund changes ocurring in environments for work, retail, hospitality and learning, but also explores the tools and knowledge needed to innovatively design these spaces for the future.

      PROGRAM

      Graduate

      DURATION

      10 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      October

    • Master In Customer Experience & Innovation

      In the Master in Customer Experience & Innovation, students discover how to research, analyze, synthesize, design, test, and deliver multifaceted experiences and interactions with real product and service offerings.

      CAREER WORLD

      Connect

      DURATION

      10 Months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      October

    • Master in Real Estate Development

      It is a one-year advanced degree aimed at understanding the breadth and depth of the development process. With a foundation in the economic, financial, strategic, and legal aspects of real estate development throughout the world, this comprehensive course goes beyond traditional subjects of the field.

      PROGRAM

      Graduate

      DURATION

      10 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      October

    • Global Master in Real Estate Development

      This holistic degree has been designed to cover financial concepts such as investment and real estate management, with a focus on sustainability. Leading companies in the sector will guide explorations of every facet of residential and commercial land use, offices, hospitality, and the logistics of case studies.

      PROGRAM

      Graduate

      DURATION

      15 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid - Online - Mexico City - London

      FORMAT

      Part-time

      INTAKE

      April

    • Master in Visual & Digital Media

      The Master in Visual & Digital Media aims to bridge the gap between creative practice and business management, so that you can conceive, develop, execute, and manage all kinds of creative projects from start to finish.

      CAREER WORLD

      Connect

      DURATION

      10 Months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      October

  • Dual Degree programs

    • International MBA + Master in Customer Experience and Innovation

      This rigorous dual degree provides valuable real-world experience and technical expertise. You’ll learn how to transform the customer experience, think outside the box and apply what you’re learning in real-world situations. With access to IE University’s resources and support, you’ll be empowered to create lasting customer experiences as you reach new professional heights.

      DURATION

      19 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

    • International MBA + Master in Real Estate Development

      This specialized Dual Degree in real estate and expertise in management, presented by industry experts, will help you shine amongst your peers as you embark on your future career path and become an empowered leader in your chosen field.

      DURATION

      19 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

    • International MBA + Master in Visual and Digital Media

      With the Dual Degree International MBA and Master in Visual & Digital Media, you’ll master the latest digital media while creating strategies that stand out and capture customers’ attention to drive engagement. What’s more, when matched with the IMBA, you’ll gain the management expertise needed to thrive at the top tier of the digital media industry.

      DURATION

      19 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

    • Master in Management + Master in Customer Experience and Innovation

      Students graduate with the management knowledge and global perspective that today’s companies are looking for, putting them in a prime position as they enter the job market. You can join them by taking this crucial step toward becoming a conscientious professional with the technical, organizational and business skills necessary to excel in the global marketplace.

      DURATION

      18 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

    • Master in Management + Master in Real Estate Development

      This intensive Dual Degree will offer you a comprehensive foundation in the economic, financial, strategic and legal dimensions of real estate development all over the globe. You will receive a holistic look at international real estate, global competition and the development of cities.

      DURATION

      18 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      FORMAT

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

    • Master in Management + Master in Visual and Digital Media

      A Dual Degree in Management and Visual & Digital Media teaches students to create inspiring visual content to lead successful projects in the 21st century. In this program you will gain a firm grounding in project management, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance, before focusing on sparking your creativity with courses in interactive storytelling, graphic design and visual production.

      DURATION

      18 months

      LANGUAGE

      English

      LOCATION

      Madrid

      PROGRAM

      Full-time

      INTAKE

      January

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE CAREER PATH

The Design & Architecture programs open the door to a rich and fulfilling career in the design and architecture sector—or empowers you to impact behavior through design in diverse organizational contexts. While each program follows a practical approach to provide in-demand design and management skills, you also have access to the Talent & Careers Department to develop your personal brand and offer you unrivalled professional opportunities.

✓ Interior designer
✓ Art director
✓ Architect
✓ Strategic space designer
✓ UX designer
✓ Real estate consultant/corporate real estate manager
✓ Business development manager

✓ Asset manager
✓ Development manager
✓ REIT specialist
✓ Design strategist
✓ Workplace consultant
✓ Co-working/co-living designer
✓ Brand consultant
✓ Capital markets consultant

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE SECTORS

These programs can lead to high-impact career trajectories in a variety of sectors, including:
  • Architecture
  • Urban design
  • Landscape
  • Interior design
  • Civil engineering
  • Territorial planning
  • Built environment technology
  • Urban strategy and management
  • Spatial experience design
  • Spatial intelligence
  • Design management
  • Construction management

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE COMPANIES

Many of our students go on to launch their own firms and startups around the world, while others choose to bring their design, architecture, and digital media talents to established multinational companies that need design-led solutions to reinvigorate their processes and customer bases.
  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • U+I Regeneration Rethought
  • Patrizia
  • Foster + Partners
  • Inditex
  • Grosvenor
  • Pentagram
  • Fjord
  • Saffron

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Ethics-based design

As businesses are increasingly expected to take a more solid ethical stance, the design and architecture industry must react to this—while also driving progress in their own right. Promoting social justice and sustainable solutions are positive trends we’re experiencing across the business world, and designers are well positioned to make a lasting impact.

A focus on the user

In the world of architecture and design, the user experience should always be foremost in the mind throughout the design process. Regardless of whether you’re building an app, aesthetic product or creating a large physical space, how the intended user interacts with your design is key to creating solutions that meet client expectations.

Sustainable urban development

The role of design in urban settings is quickly emerging as a key factor in the fight against climate change. Combined with the overarching trend of taking increased individual and organizational environmental responsibility, this represents one of the most impactful aspects of modern urban design. Through planning, design and tech solutions, we can better assess risks and produce more resilient urban developments.

"One of the takeaways is the nationalities. There are 60 of us and 35 nationalities. I think you never get the chance to be that international in the classroom."
Stephanie Hinemann Garza, Mexico and Germany
Master in Visual & Digital Media Alum

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE INSIGHTS

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Architecture: Taking a Holistic View | IE

ARCHITECTURE: TAKING A HOLISTIC VIEW

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The City as a Living Room | IE

THE CITY AS A LIVING ROOM

Interactions among inhabitants and visitors are the essence of a city. Cities that encourage social interaction are healthier and happier. Hence the current trend of designing “third places” that encourage social relations. The goal is to provide settings for interaction—urban living rooms—to address the growing challenge of loneliness among city dwellers.

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SARA FLYNN: “CREATIVITY IS A WAY OF THINKING”

Creativity and skills are a fundamental tandem in any artistic process. Creativity is how you approach the reality of your environment, but you also need skills to create, experience, and grow the creative process. In this interview with Andrea Caruso, Professor at the IE School of Architecture and Design and co-founder of the Ciszak Dalmas studio, ceramic artist Sara Flynn talks about how her career illustrates this approach.

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