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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
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
INTRO TO DESIGN STUDIO I: LEARNING BY DOING
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN HISTORY I
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN SKILLS I
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
PSYCHOLOGY AND USER CENTER DESIGN
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
PRESENTATION SKILLS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
WRITING SKILLS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
INTRO TO DESIGN STUDIO II: COLLABORATIVE DESIGN STUDIO
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN HISTORY II
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
VISUALIZATION AND REPRESENTATION TECHNIQUES
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
SOCIOLOGY AND CULTURE
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
IE HUMANITIES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus

YEAR 2

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO I
Type Core
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN METHODOLOGY
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
ETHNOGRAPHY
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
INTERACTIVE AND DIGITAL TOOLS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO II
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN AND CRITICISM
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
SUSTAINABILITY
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS I
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
HABILIDADES PROFESIONALES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 3

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO III
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
PROCESS AND DESIGN THEORY
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS II
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO IV
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN TRENDS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
TYPOGRAPHY, LAYOUT AND PRESENTATION
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
PROGRAMMING FOR DESIGNERS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN MANAGEMENT
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 4

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ELECTIVES, ELECTIVES ABROAD
Professors
Type Electives
ECTS 30
Syllabus

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN NARRATIVES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
PORTFOLIO DESIGN
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
FABRICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
FINAL PROJECT
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 15
Syllabus PDF
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.