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A unique Bachelor in Design

The study plan for the Bachelor in Design at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in Design aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in Design will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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Bachelor in Design Study Plan

Year 1

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Introduction to Design Studio: Learning by Doing
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Design History I
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Design Skills I
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Psychology and User - Centered Design
Type Basic
ECTS 6
IE Module -Writing Skills
Type Basic
ECTS 3
IE Module -Presentation Skills
Type Basic
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Introduction to Design Studio: Collaborative Design
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Design History II
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Visualization and Representation Techniques
Type Basic
ECTS 6
Sociology and Culture
Type Basic
ECTS 6
IE Module -Business Management
Type Basic
ECTS 6

Year 2

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Design Studio I: Focus on Visual Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Design Methodology
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Interactive and Digital Tools
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Research Techniques
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Ethnography
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
IE Module -Entrepreneurship
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Design Studio II: Focus on Product Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Design and Criticism
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Materials and Applications I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Sustainability
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
IE Module -Professional Skills
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Year 3

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Design Studio III: Focus on Spatial Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Processes and Design Theory
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Materials and Applications II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Quantitative Methods
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
IE Module -Global Challenges
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

2nd semester: Exchange option

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Electives
Type Elective
ECTS 30

Year 4

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Design Studio IV: Focus on Strategic Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Contemporary Design Trends
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Typography, Layout and Presentation
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Programming for Designers
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
IE Module -Design Management
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Final Project
Type Mandatory
ECTS 15
Design Narratives
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Portfolio Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Fabrication Technologies
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Components
Credits
Basic Courses
60
Mandatory Courses
135
Elective Courses
30
Final Project
15
Credits needed to graduate
240

*This study plan may be subject to change.

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DESIGN IN A NUTSHELL

FIRST YEAR

During your first year, you will have a broad introduction to the world of design and you will begin to develop the necessary skills o 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.

SECOND YEAR

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.

THIRD YEAR

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.

FOURTH YEAR

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.