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Master's degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign)

The master's degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign), introduced in the 2017-2018 academic year, is a multidisciplinary degree in which creativity, innovation and research are applied as tools for knowledge and for proposing the designs of the future. It is conceived from a comprehensive, wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary perspective that is characteristic of design in Barcelona, which has become an international benchmark in recent decades. Its approach is propositional: it contributes new views on theory, participatory network strategies and the most innovative trends in new product design. Teaching takes place in settings such as design workshops, projects on various topics, materials and technology research laboratories, collaborative work, and digital manufacturing laboratories.

The master's degree consists of a compulsory, cross-disciplinary stage of 15 ECTS credits and an optional stage of 30 ECTS credits that includes five specialisations:
  • Contemporary Design (taught in English)
  • Design, Innovation and Technology (taught in English)
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Art Direction in Design
  • Design Research (a cross-disciplinary specialisation that covers the other four)

These specialisations all end with a master's thesis of 15 ECTS credits that can be focused on a design project or research. In addition to these five specialisations, optional courses covering business, entrepreneurship and intellectual property are also taught.


  • Contemporary Design
  • Design, Innovation and Technology
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Art Direction in Design
  • Design Research
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Duration and start date
One academic year, 60 ECTS credits
Timetable and delivery
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding degree certificate fee, €3,267 (€4,901 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
Subjects will be taught in Catalan and Spanish, depending on the student's level of comprehension and on the teaching objectives of the master's degree course. The Contemporary Design and Design, Innovation and Technology specialisations are taught entirely in English.
Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB)
Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG)
Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT)
Faculty of Fine Arts (FBBAA)- University of Barcelona
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

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