This program is taught in Spanish
The Graphic Design program (taught in Spanish) is comparable to a university Bachelor’s degree (240 ECTS) which qualifies students to become designers who are able to achieve effective visual communication and stir up a reaction in their target audience.
Graphic designers work with text (typography), color and images (photography and video), symbols (logos, images, and pictographs) and illustrations. Their task is to develop concepts and ideas that can be rendered on paper or other materials, in digital format, online or through audiovisual means.
This course was created to produce graphic designers who make a difference, break the mold and instill social values that promote responsible consumption, sustainability and kindness. The aim is to shape enterprising future professionals who work either as freelancers or as an organization’s art director, creative director or strategic director.
At IED Barcelona, students learn to build on their skills using the project methodology, which means learning by doing. They are given real projects in every subject, including composition, color, typography, corporate identity, art direction, publishing design, photography, video, packaging, digital design for websites or apps, signage, animation, and virtual reality. The course follows a very customized learning approach, with no more than 20 students per class and the most cutting‑edge technology.
IED Barcelona is offering specializations in Design of 4 years (240 ECTS). The aim is to transform passion, talent, and creativity into knowledge and abilities that allow future design professionals to develop their careers.
General objectives of the course
The course offers an education on the creative processes of investigation, interpreting, conception and production with the objective of communicating, embellishing and finding innovative solutions for a product, a brand or space through graphic language.
The first year of this degree is focused on acquiring basic concepts of design, culture and project methods. Students learn to dare to create and communicate.
As from the second year, the necessary technological and project managing tools are explored, to communicate simple and effective visual messages through the development of their own creativity and interdisciplinary methodological processes. Students concentrate on acquiring knowledge on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut, etc. Also, some elements are emphasized, such as typography in an editorial context, the narrative language in audiovisual pieces and motion graphics.
In the third year, students begin to contact companies and also to develop more technical and complex projects, with prototypes and real costs implied, in addition to designs for corporate identity, packaging, signage, posters, etc.
During the fourth year, students take a compulsory internship in a company and each one chooses a professional profile. Creative management acquires a great relevance through project management and the capacity of implementing the knowledge acquired in the previous years. In the end, the degree final project is developed in collaboration with real companies, where prototypes are produced. In successful cases, those prototypes will evolve and be manufactured to launch them into the market.
The methodology is based on “learning by doing” and fosters interdisciplinarity between the areas of design, fashion, and management for creative industries through workshops and common projects. and yearly projects, as well as the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary manner on the thesis project. The program provides a structured core curriculum, providing incremental learning goals to the students throughout the four years, leading to the thesis or degree final project for real companies.
Graphic designer, visual communicator, art director, typographer, branding specialist, corporate image, editorial, packaging, signage, posters, computer graphics, web pages, motion graphics, etc.
IED Visual Communication alumni work at:
Vasava, Bassat Ogilvy, Shackleton Barcelona, H Magazine, Hangar Design Group, Metropolitan Magazine, Martin-Tissera-Lambert, Outline Studio, Zuluz.tv, Peragon, Common Sense, relajaelcoco, Hoet&Hoet, Umbria Jazz, Steer Davies Gleave, Stop Stealing My Look, Sarai Jacobs, Inoxcrom, Phranck, Little Buddha, etc.
The course promotes the project culture with companies to solve the distance between education and the world of work. Students not only acknowledge the methodologies and tools for their discipline but also learn to work and get in touch with real clients and briefings.
Companies that have collaborated with the area: PSP Sony, Sónar, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Screen Festival y Feria Loop, Festival Grec, La Mercè, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Fefè Visual Magazine, IMAGO La Diáspora, Marca Barcelona, Museu de la Xocolata, Benetton, Brands & Roses, FINA BCN 2013, Ling, Ericsson Response, Benetton, etc.
Ricardo’s career is dedicated to art direction, design and photography. He works as a consultant for various groups, agencies and production companies including National Geographic, El País, RBA, La Caixa, Planeta, Grupo Godo, Grupo Z, BBVA, Le Cool, Fundación Miró, Loewe, Bocento, Matador, RACC, Foment del Treball, Vueling, Hearst, Ara and Edipress.
His work has earned him awards by the Society of Publication Designers, the Society for News Design and, for three years in a row, the Type Directors Club. He has co-authored all three editions of the Barcelona Design Guide for Gustavo Gil.
Ricardo is a lecturer on the Undergraduate Course in Graphic Design, where he teaches students about Publishing Projects.
Duration and frequency
- Timetable: full time
- Frequency: 4 years
About the School
The IED Barcelona is a workshop for conducting analysis and research applied to material culture, a focus it is destined to develop increasingly in the future.