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THE DEGREE

Create a better reality

THE DEGREE

Create a better reality

The Bachelor in Design is a comprehensive program that seeks to challenge today’s physical, experiential, functional, and emotional reality. It has been designed for adaptable and audacious individuals who can transform reality into something better and more sustainable, independently of available resources.

The IE School of Architecture & Design uses a unique combination of solid design foundations, a demanding project-based methodology, and a focus on real-life challenges. The rigorous scientific and creative aspects of design are combined with a business perspective, allowing you to transform and improve people’s daily lives.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

1
Learn from a unique methodology

You will benefit from the unique combination of solid design foundations and a demanding project-based methodology. You will address real-life challenges that combine the rigorous scientific aspects of design with a business perspective.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

2
Work in the perfect space to experiment

You will have access from the very beginning to the Fab Lab, a space where creative ideas becomes reality. You will have the chance to experiment and develop your projects either using the latest digital technology or with traditional carpentry tools.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

3
Be part of an environment that drives innovation

Innovation is about collaborating and understanding social context. Diverse environments encourage more innovative and creative solutions. IE University has more than 130 nationalities represented on campus, which means that you will be sharing ideas, collaborating and working on projects with people from many different countries.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

4
Live Entrepreneurship

IE University is recognized in Europe and beyond for its entrepreneurial spirit and its expertise in business education. The management skills you will gain are essential to adapting effectively to the changing profiles of today’s design professionals.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

5
Be backed by the school of architecture and design

The IE School of Architecture and Design places emphasis on design, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Design students will be part of a community of professionals who consistently take a creative approach to architecture and design by thinking critically and outside of traditional boundaries when confronted with a challenge.

The Pillars of Design at IE University

Create a better reality

Benefit from a solid and comprehensive-learning methodology. This program unites theory and practice, bringing design culture and techniques together. With this combination, you will be able to bring your vision to life and create strong proposals.

 

You will become a well-rounded designer by learning about the history of design, methodology, and business management, as well as various representational techniques such as drawing for analysis, drawing for communication, and 3D visualization.

 

Design things that matter. Understanding business principles and the path from idea to the marketplace is a key principle that you will have in mind from the beginning to the end of your studies. You will learn how to create a business plan to transform your ideas into valuable solutions to improve people’s daily lives.

 

You will learn how to present your designs and manage the process in a sustainable way. We use many techniques, including design thinking, rapid prototyping, and design critiques to achieve the most innovative outcomes.

 

Acquire a scientific approach to understanding reality. In order to understand the complexity of today’s world and develop good design criteria, this program uses a transdisciplinary approach that relies on inputs and information from other fields, such as social sciences, technology, and sustainability. With this broad approach, you will become a skilled observer capable of interpreting needs in people’s daily lives.

 

Be in touch with realworld problems. Preparing designers to take on the world’s complex, rapidly changing, and unpredictable challenges requires lots of experience. Our project-based methodology encourages students to experiment and learn by doing.

 

You will have a chance to tackle real-world problems in collaboration with our Design Council. As our partners, industry members will share recent projects with you. Our students and faculty will do research, propose alternative plans, and create design proposals for members of the Design Council.

What is design at IE University?

Study Plan

The hunt for knowledge

Location

Location

If you choose to study the Bachelor in Design, then you will study the first two years in Segovia and the last two years in Madrid.

COMPONENTS CREDITS
Core Courses 60
Mandatory Courses 135
Elective Courses 30
Final Project 15
Credits needed to graduate 240

During your first year, you will have a broad introduction to the world of design and you will begin to develop the necessary skills to work and succeed as a designer. You’ll take a first look into the multidisciplinary aspects of the profession and you’ll benefit from our design studio methodology, defined by its practical approach and its combination of individual and collaborative work.

1st Semester

  • Introduction to Design Studio: Learning by Doing
  • Design History I
  • Design Skills I
  • Psychology and User – Centered Design
  • IE Module – Writing Skills
  • IE Module – Presentation Skills

2nd Semester

  • Introduction to Design Studio: Collaborative Design
  • Design History II
  • Visualization and Representation Techniques
  • Sociology and Culture
  • IE Module – Business Management

In your second year of study you will learn about the creative methodologies currently being used in professional practices, and you’ll develop a critical approach to your designs. The assignments will become more complex as you build up your skills; you will be expected to integrate information, concepts, and techniques from related disciplines.

1st Semester

  • Design Studio I: Focus on Visual Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Interactive and Digital Tools
  • Research Techniques
  • Ethnography
  • IE Module – Entrepreneurship

2nd Semester

  • Design Studio II: Focus on Product Design
  • Design and Criticism
  • Materials and Applications I
  • Sustainability
  • IE Module – Professional Skills

During the first half of your third year, you will continue developing your designer skills in five areas: design culture, techniques, applied sciences, business and project-centered design. You will build a theoretical framework and learn about materials and their different uses. You will take several elective courses, which will allow you to personalize your career path an experience more types of design. During this year, you will also be able to study abroad.

1st Semester

Design Studio III – Focus on Spatial Design
Processes and Design Theory
Materials and Applications II
Quantitative Methods
IE Module – Global Challenges

2nd Semester

  • Electives

The fourth year is all about consolidating knowledge. You will learn about the latest developments in creative technology and you will use them as tools for your design practice. You will learn about the latest trends in digital fabrication and study creative coding and programming from a designer’s perspective.

 

During this year we will also address the main issues regarding the dissemination of your work, reaching out to important stakeholders, working on your portfolio, and the storytelling of your projects.

1st Semester

  • Design Studio IV: Focus on Strategic Design
  • Contemporary Design Trends
  • Typography Layout and Presentation
  • Programming for Designers
  • IE Module – Design Management

2nd Semester

  • Management Skills
  • Management Information Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Strategy
  • Final Project

Note: this information is subject to change. Please contact the Admissions Department for an updated curriculum.

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