Dual Degree in Business Administration + DesignBoost businesses with design
Creative and analytical, and want to shake up traditional businesses by coming up with human-centered solutions.
A hands-on program that prepares you to come up with strategic business solutions and practical solutions to complex problems by merging the corporate world with a profound understanding of how products and humans work.
- an innovator manager
- a strategy and innovation consultant
- a creative officer
- a user experience designer
- a customer experience researcher
- a business (model) designer
- a brand strategist
**Students who complete a Dual Degree at IE University receive two undergraduate diplomas upon graduation. Both programs are fully compliant with the Bologna Process and accredited by the Spanish Government and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Segovia and Madrid
You will study the Dual Degree in Business Administration & Design in Segovia and Madrid. You will spend the first two years at the campus in Segovia, before moving to Madrid for year three, four and five.
Dual Program in Business Administration and Design
Bachelor in Business Administration and Bachelor in Design
Centres of study and Number of places
Centro de Estudios Superiores IE (Madrid)
Bachelor in Business Administration – 500 places
Bachelor in Design – 60 places
Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y de Comunicación (Segovia)
Bachelor in Business Administration – 200 places
Escuela Técnica Superior de Estudios Integrados de Arquitectura (Segovia)
Bachelor in Design – 60 places
Total number of credits: 480 (240 + 240) ECTS*
Distribution of credits and subjects**:
Core subjects – 120 ECTS
Mandatory subjects – 243 ECTS
Elective subjects – 90 ECTS
Final Project – 27 ECTS
Area of knowledge
Economic Sciences, Business Administration, Marketing, Trade, Accounting and Tourism
Cultural Industries: Design, Animation, Cinematography and Audiovisual Production
Spanish ministry’s registry of universities, centres and degrees
*European Credit Transfer System
**The character of the subjects is defined by the Spanish legislation
***Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León
MAP YOUR OWN PATH TO SUCCESS
Companies need great design to stand out
We live in a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive business landscape. New products and services are unleashed on the market every single minute. In this fast-changing environment, creating new products and services that meet the needs of the people and add value to their life is a challenge. Customer expectations are soaring as global corporations such as Amazon and Google provide innovative digital solutions, blurring the lines between hardware, software and services. For example, both companies' voice-activated assistants—Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa—have integrated users’ real and virtual lives, bridging the gap between hardware and software. Users can now control everything from boiling the kettle to opening their garage doors at the click of a button on their smartphones.
There is a clear link between good design and business success across various industries including consumer goods, retail banking and medical technology. In fact, design is already an integral part of existing businesses—human-machine interactions, AI and engineering psychology are just a few examples. For example, Audi is pioneering a human-powered and self-driving hybrid car, while Dyson’s unique vacuum designs ensure their products stand out for both form and function. Clearly, functionality and good design are crucial to leaving a long-lasting impact on potential customers.
Bridge the gap between businesses and people
Nowadays, people expect and demand practical, functional, and convenient products and services. Design is the crucial tool that enables businesses to innovate and disrupt not only products and services, but whole industries, with the aim of improving user experience. Using insights, data, and active listening, you will learn to understand people’s motivations and behavior. You will then be able to personalize products and services accordingly so that they remain valuable. As you create better design strategies to meet people’s needs, you will attract more users and enjoy the added bonus of increased revenue.
Take Netflix as an example. This multinational company is constantly tapping into what the people want, providing an endless range of TV shows and films to satisfy everyone. On top of this, they use data insights to understand their users’ behavior and offer them personalized recommendations. As digital technology advances more rapidly than ever, it is innovation like this that helps businesses to stay one step ahead of their competitors.
Use design to quantify business success
Nowadays, designers are occupying more and more space at the planning table. The smartest, most successful companies are combining business management and design experts to create bold and lucrative products and services.
Customer analytics and ROI are two of the most important ways to measure how well a company is performing. However, adopting an analytical approach to design is just as useful for measuring business success. Companies can now incorporate design metrics, such as usability assessments and satisfaction ratings into product specifications. These can then be used to gather highly accurate insights.
Companies can use such insights to track their sales and identify where most of their profit comes from, in turn discerning what aspects of their business bring in the most and least revenue. They can then use this information to work on areas that need improving, saving them time, money, and effort as they know exactly which parts of their company to develop.
Combine the business of design and the design of business
Business design represents the middleman between corporate strategy and design thinking, moving beyond aesthetics to evaluate how business and design can complement each other.
By combining design methodologies, a design mindset, and business tools, business design can solve business problems, optimize user experience, and increase revenue. In the words of Steve Jobs, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Apple expertly demonstrates this with Apple Pay—a digital wallet service which seamlessly blurs the boundaries between business and digital design by allowing customers to access cash from a device almost everyone carries in their pocket.
Mastering the business behind design, and the design behind business helps to transform business objectives and user needs into meaningful, valuable, and creative solutions. Design strategy involves thinking both analytically and outside the box in order to innovate and implement completely new ideas and processes. Products and services are ultimately improved as a result. Combining business and design strategy therefore helps products and services become better aligned to business goals and customer needs, in turn increasing commercial success.
Accelerate your business using design
According to software giant Adobe, organizations with a strong design perform 219% better on the Stock Market’s S&P Index over a ten year period than those with poor design. Likewise, the design of a business’ website is crucial for determining that business’ credibility. Therefore, not only does design attract customers, but it also increases trust and convinces them to stay. And with increased loyalty comes an increase in sales and revenue.
Ultimately, fusing good design with great business practices is the key to increasing business efficiency and cost-effectivity, integrating the brand, customer and the product or service.
PLACING PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF BUSINESS DECISIONS
It goes without saying that all of an organization’s products and services should be focused on what people need—they are the ultimate driving force behind any business. Research demonstrates that a considerable amount of companies don’t communicate with their end-users when developing a product or service. Additionally, a large majority have no concrete method in place for setting targets with their design teams. If customer insights are neglected, then designers have little to work with. Therefore, if companies truly want to put consumers first, they need to place designers at the heart of their decision making.
DEVELOPING A DESIGN MINDSET
Nowadays, design is a mindset, a way of thinking, a creative process. And the DNA of this process is identifying what the people are searching for. You must first step into their shoes, identify and understand their wants, needs, and expectations. With these insights, you can design, develop, and test a product or service to fill this gap—a solution that both meets and exceeds people’s desires. IE University’s next-level facilities enable you to fully explore your creative side through hands-on, practical learning in our Fab Lab and Design Studio.
This dual degree will encourage you to use both your curious and creative side, and your entrepreneurial and analytical side to drive business success. Combining a design mindset with a developed business acumen will enable you to spot business opportunities, come up with innovative ideas, and ultimately make a long-lasting impact on business results.
ADD VALUE TO BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE’S LIVES
Effective design can express and promote a brand’s image and philosophy without the need for words, reassuring customers throughout the whole buying journey. Additionally, on an emotional level, people connect with visual imagery—it draws people towards brands and ultimately boosts customer loyalty. Therefore, a good design results in increased satisfaction and sales, which leads to revenue and business growth. The desire for creative solutions also forces businesses to grow internally, improving operations and efficiency.
As well as this, when applied well, design can completely transform and revolutionize customer experience and add value to people’s lives. Functional products and services can make people’s lives easier in countless ways, so combining future-forward design skills with business acumen will keep you one step ahead of the game.
PUT SOLID BUSINESS AND DESIGN FOUNDATIONS INTO PRACTICE WITH A UNIQUE LEARNING JOURNEY
This one-of-a-kind dual degree seamlessly intertwines business administration and design to provide you with a unique learning journey throughout which you will develop your critical, analytical, and innovative thinking. The course strikes the perfect balance between theoretical and practical knowledge, complemented by real-life case studies to put this acquired expertise into practice. With access to our state-of-the-art facilities, including the Fab Lab and Design Studio, you will be able to put all the knowledge you have acquired throughout the course into practice. These dynamic spaces allow you to roll up your sleeves and use your hands to think, learn, explore, and grow.
Get ready to develop your leadership and managerial skills and enhance your ability to think creatively and produce novel ideas, differentiating yourself as a multidisciplinary individual in a competitive job market and setting you on the right foot to begin a successful and long-lasting professional career.
MEET OUR STUDENTS!
Originally born in South Africa, Sergio Nuhrmann comes from a highly international background. Having lived in Angola, Mexico, and Portugal, he originally fell in love with Spain after spending time traveling around the country and exploring its rich culture and people. Sergio was able to put his productivity and time-management skills to the test while playing professional soccer for Real Madrid. Balancing his studies with this significant commitment enabled him to prove his ability to balance his workload, and it’s something he continues to strive for. He still relishes the chance to work together as a team when playing soccer with his friends or practicing CrossFit, where he finds great satisfaction helping people of all abilities come together to succeed as a team.Sergio's IEU experience
Maria Jose is used to living in international environments. Starting the Bachelor in Design at the Segovia campus has enabled her to make close ties with the tight-knit international student body and faculty members on campus, and then move to Madrid for a new exciting experience. She is head of PR for the Debate Club and works on design elements for the student-run newspaper The Stork, allowing her to grow and evolve as a designer.Maria Jose's story
Olimpia was born in Barcelona, but spent the first four years of her life living on a boat. She then moved to Madrid, and spent all of her summers, until she was 14 years old, sailing around the Mediterranean and competing in numerous sailing championships. Since she began studying at IE University, Olimpia has discovered many other passions such as online gaming (e-sports)—a field in which she will start an internship with a club in January—, playing rugby at the Olímpico de Pozuelo Club, and surfing, which has led her to create IE’s very own Surf Club.Learn more about Olimpia