It’s not just Barcelona’s architectural splendor that espouses the city’s creativity, imagination and beauty. Spain’s metropolis also boasts a reputation as one of the country’s fashion hubs, with home-grown brands such as Zara, Mango, Custo and Desigual showcased along the city’s impressive Passeig de Gràcia.
There’s also the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week that takes place in Barcelona each year, with its showcase of top brands and designers open to buyers across international markets. Such activity positions Barcelona as one of the best places to be if you’re looking to develop a cutting-edge career in fashion. And the city is on the mark with its offering of high-quality courses for interested students through Fashion Design schools such as IED; Bau, Design College of Barcelona and EsDI. Check out the programs on offer and the different opportunities available for a successful career in fashion in Barcelona.
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One of IED Barcelona’s defining programs is its Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fashion Design, which is delivered in partnership with the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. IED is also an industry recognized leader in fashion education, having been ranked as one of the top 50 global fashion schools in 2016 by the Business of Fashion scoreboard. According to IED, the three-year program equips students with a wide range of technical and cultural knowledge through learning concepts from the fashion field, based on creativity and analysis of the needs of the market. The program is taught in English and runs for three years.
Bau, Design College of Barcelona
Bau, Design College of Barcelona offers a Bachelor of Design as part of its arts and humanities branch, with a specialization in fashion design one of the optional education tracks as part of the program. A great feature of the course offered at Bau is the mandatory external internship as part of the final year, enabling students to draw on the knowledge they’ve acquired throughout the program and prepare themselves for their entry into the job market. Bau’s program runs for four years.
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Similar to Bau, EsDI offers a Bachelor of Design that has a generalist and cross-disciplinary nature along with compulsory subjects. Following completion of the first two years, students can choose a specialization of design from fashion, graphics, product, interior, audio-visual as well as a multidisciplinary integration. EsDI’s program runs for four years.
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