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Where to study design in Barcelona

Written by Christine

Barcelona is known around the world as an important hub of design, art, and creativity. The architecture, art galleries, and the city itself will inspire you in your own artistic endeavors if you are interested in design. If you want to study design in Barcelona there are several schools of art and design that will help you to develop your passion and give you the skills and tools that you need to get started.

Instituto Europeo di Design

Photo credit: Xavier Trias via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: Xavier Trias via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

IED is an internationally-accredited school of design, with several locations all over Europe. For more that 50 years this institution has been helping students from all over the globe achieve their dreams of studying design. Whether you are looking to get your first degree or your master’s, there are several study plans and degree programs that you can choose from. Most of the programs are fit into three years or less so that you can quickly get through your studies and then onto your career. Some courses are offered in English and some are in Spanish, so you can find classes that will best suit your needs, anything from interior design, fashion, graphic design, and beyond. There are three campuses in Barcelona in Gràcia, all conveniently located close to the center of the city. For more information about classes and course information you can request information online or by phone.

Escola Superior de Disseny

ESDi works in conjunction with Universitat Ramon Llull to provide plans of study in various design programs. You can can an undergraduate degree in design in areas such as fashion, audiovisual, management, and interior design. ESDi specializes in fashion and textiles and was the first Spanish university to offer an a bachelor’s degree in design as a concentration. All undergraduate classes are taught at the campus in Sabadell while graduate and postgraduate study  programs are taught in the Barcelona location right on Passeig de Gràcia. To learn more about all of the programs that ESDi offers you can email the school to attend an on-campus visit or workshop. The workshop will give you a better idea of how the classes are and what the programs are really like. You can also contact the school for a personal interview and the possibility to sit in on an informative session.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Photo credit: kashna via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The UAB is a university that offers degrees across many concentrations and courses of study but it could be a great place for you to get your bachelor’s degree in design. Within the bachelor’s program you can choose your concentration, which area of design interests you the most. This is a four year program that is taught in a mixture of English, Spanish, and Catalan so it is important that you can communicate in all three languages. You don’t need to be a Spanish citizen to apply for the program as long as you have a valid student visa. Even more, to help with the cost of the program, there are several scholarships available that are available to students in the design program. Having a degree from UAB will help you get your degree started and turn your dreams into a reality.

About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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  • I need information on fashion design,profram, online or as an intern student, becas, financial assistance, tuition.etc.
    Total cost.

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