Bachelor in Design

IE School of Architecture and Design


Create a better reality.

The Bachelor in Design combines a solid foundation in design with a demanding project-based methodology and a focus on real-life challenges.

The Bachelor in Design is a comprehensive degree that seeks to challenge today's physical, experiential, functional and emotional reality. It is aimed at flexible and audacious individuals who can transform reality into something better and more sustainable, independently of the available resources.
The IE School of Architecture and Design degree uses a unique combination of solid design foundations, a demanding project-based methodology and a focus on real-life challenges. The rigorous scientific and creative aspects of design are combined with a business perspective, allowing you to transform and improve people's daily lives.

Multidimensional approach, learning in many ways:
This degree unites theory and practice, bringing together design culture and a variety of techniques. Ideas will be shaped, tested and transformed in to real design proposasl. You will become a well-rounded designer by learning about the history of design, methodology and business management, as well as techniques such as representation systems, drawing for analysis and 3D visualization.

Design things that matter:
Understanding business principles and the path from idea to the marketplace is important. You will keep this in mind from the beginning to the end of your degree. You will learn how to create a business plan to transform your ideas into worthwhile solutions to improve people's daily lives. You will learn how to present your designs and how to manage the whole process in a sustainable way. We use many techniques, including design thinking, rapid prototyping and design crits to achieve the most appropriate and innovative outcomes.

Acquire a scientific approach to understand reality:
In order to understand the complexity of today's world and develop good-design criteria, this degree has a transdisciplinary approach and relies on inputs and information from other fields, such as social sciences, technology and sustainability. With this broad approach, you will become a true observer and you will be able to interpret aspects and needs in people's daily lives that only a few people are capable of spotting.

Be in touch with problems of the real world:
Preparing designers to take on the world's complex, fast changing, and unpredictable challenges needs a lot of experience. Our project-based methodology encourages students to experiment and learn by making. You will have a chance to tackle real world problems with the collaboration of our Design Council. As our partners, industry members will share recent projects with you. Our students and faculty will undertake research, propose alternative schemes and come up with designs proposals for members of the Design Council.


  • During your first year, you will have a broad introduction to the world of design and you will start developing the necessary skills to work and succeed as a designer. You'll take a first look into the multidiscuplinary aspects of the profession and you'll benefit from our desing studio methodology, defined for its practical approach and both an individual and collaborative way of working.
  • On your second year of study you will learn about the creative methodologies currently used in professional practices and you'll develop a critical approach towards designs. The assignments will become more complex as you become more skilled and they will integrate information, concepts and techniques from allied disciplines.
  • During the first half of the 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 material and their different uses. You'll get to choose among several elective courses, which will allow you to personalize your career path, and you will experience some of the main types of design. During this year you will also be able to study abroad.
  • The fourth and last year is all about consolidating knwoledge. You will learn about the latest developments in creative technology and you will use them as tools for the design practice. You'll go through the latest trends in digital facbrication and learn creative coding, as well as programming, but 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.

Competencias para las que te prepara el curso

Students will be able to work at a wide range of areas. Whether you are inspired by service design, user experience (UX), visual design, digital product or interior design, as an IE University Design graduate, you will be more than prepared to use your expertise in a design driven company, in your own studio or as consultant to help traditional companies on innovating.


  • This Bachelor Degree is aimed at those who are constantly observing, questioning and challenging the world that surrounds them; catalysts. The Bachelor in Design is addressed to those who believe that there are many ways to do things and not only like to redesign them, but also to create and test them.
  • This is a degree for individuals that are looking for an innovative program that combines solid design foundations with real-life projects to take on the world's complex, fast-changing, and unpredictable challenges with a sustainable approach.


A place to learn by making The Fab Lab is a fundamental part of what we call the culture of making. It is a place where students can experiment with both digital and traditional tools. Testing, analyzing, refining and testing again are key steps in the design process. For design students it is really important to know how to bring an idea to life. Proposals are tested through the creation of prototypes to ensure that what they have in mind really works as planned. There are two parts to the Fabrication Lab, one which uses digital tools (CNC router, laser cutters, 3D printers) and the other which uses more traditional carpentry and shop tools, allowing students to make their ideas tangible. Students will participate in workshops where they will acquire a wide variety of technical abilities and where they will learn how to use different machines and tools safely. Our staff will be available throughout the whole process, giving advice to students while they develop their proj

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Ventajas del curso

Five Reasons to Study this Degree: Learn from a unique methodology: You will benefit from the unique combination of solid design foundations and a demanding project-based methodology. You will address real-life challenges that combine the rigorous scientific aspects of design with a business perspective. Work in the perfect space to experiment: You will have access from the very beginning to the Fab Lab, a physical space where creativity becomes reality. You will have the chance to experiment and develop your projects either using the latest digital technology or with the classic hands-on carpentry tools. Be part of a diverse environment that drives innovation. Live Entrepreneurship: IE University is recognized in Europe and beyond for its entrepreneurial spirit and its expertise in business education. The management skills you will gain are essential in order to adapt to the changing profiles of today's design professionals. A vibrant community.
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