The Undergraduate Degree in Product Design, which is the equivalent of a University Degree (240 ECTS), prepares professionals to develop social, strategic and technological projects in the areas of furniture, lighting, consumer electronics, packaging, personal accessories, utensils, electrical appliances, wearables, etc.
Today, product design is evolving very rapidly and the professional outlets are multiplying. The fields in which product design is applied are very wide-ranging and include the liberal arts, company design and development departments, technology centres and R&D departments.
Product design is especially broad because it encompasses all our everyday surroundings and it therefore touches on criteria like sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental impact – ecodesign – and concepts that have a major impact on society, such as universal design. It also has to deal with new economic and productive realities, such as collaborative consumption, crowdfunding, digital production, rapid prototyping and 3D printing. All of these open up a wide array of creative possibilities that industrial product designers cannot ignore.
At IED Barcelona, the teaching is highly practical: the students explore new creative methods, become familiar with traditional materials (wood, plastic, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, etc.) and new materials, learn to handle them and transform them using every possible production process and experiment with new technologies and those that are more traditional.
The result is that they are trained to plan and develop any product both in terms of concepts and strategies and in terms of its production, production control and finishing. During the course, the students learn about all the topics demanded by the Ministry of Education.
Young industrial designers educated at IED are ready to develop cutting-edge creative techniques and trained to use the manual and digital 2D and 3D tools most often applied in industry. This allows them to extensively develop their creativity and communicate their ideas and how to implement them in any format to an expert audience.