Design Degree Syllabus
The design degree course taught at EINA is aimed at guaranteeing and ensuring the compatibility of both general university studies in the field of design and specialist professional training as a designer in the fields of graphic design, design of spaces, product design, visual creation and design culture.
This is possible thanks to the structure and operation of the syllabus, which is divided into four academic years of 60 credits each (a total of 240 ECTS credits) according to the following distribution:
1st year: 60 ECTS
54 Basic training, 6 Compulsory
2nd year: 60 ECTS
6 Basic training, 48 Compulsory, 6 Compulsory free configuration
3rd year: 60 ECTS
42 Compulsory, 18 Compulsory free configuration
4th year: 60 ECTS
45 Optional, 15 Final Degree Project
Organisation by academic year
Access to the different levels of knowledge is distributed as follows:
First year. Compulsory basic subjects that lay the foundation of knowledge in the field of arts and humanities.
Second and third years. Compulsory subjects that constitute the core of the training in design.
Fourth year. Optional subjects that ensure specific complementary training that can be organised in a mention or not depending on the student's criterion. The final degree project is completed during the fourth year.
Subjects and knowledge type
Training in design calls for the confluence of highly diverse skills and knowledge that are necessary for mastery in the production of design projects. The syllabus covers different themed areas into which the subjects as a whole are organised.
Means of expression to master the language of form, composition, drawing, colour, volume, etc., and to have the resources for creation in any of the fields of design covered by this course.
Graphic expression to know and apply the representation techniques and conventions of design projects (descriptive geometry, technical drawing, originals, mock-ups and prototypes, etc.).
Technology to master the field of materials and production processes, including them in design process decisions and knowing how to monitor them in the construction, manufacture, printing and other project phases.
IT to know and make expert use of the graphic representation programs required in the project process and in the presentation of design projects.
Projects that train students in project method, integrating knowledge and skills from all subject areas. The project is an essential part of the specific practice of design.
Design processes to solve design problems in specific areas of activity on the basis of the knowledge of the requirements and the particular characteristics of each sector of activity.
Design culture to provide students with the historic, theoretical and methodological knowledge of social sciences, and to introduce them to analysis and critique of works and their production and reception contexts.
Business to have knowledge related to professional and business culture, with fundamental aspects of applied economics and organisation, with its legislative framework, etc., and to aid the process of the students' professionalisation.
The four years of the degree course provide training as a graphic designer, interior designer, product designer, visual creator or specialist in design culture.
The attainment of these specialist skills in each of these professional fields comes about progressively as of the second year and according to the preference defined by the student, according to the following operation:
Projects. The Projects 1 and Projects 2 subjects are organised in workshops that deal with different themes and sectorial aspects of design (web design and digital publishing, urban facilities design, editorial design, domestic and commercial interior design, packaging, uses of plastic, silk-screen printing and printmaking techniques, calligraphy, etc.) that can be chosen every semester.
IT and technology. The choice of the Projects workshops determines the specific groups and programmes of the compulsory free configuration technology and IT subjects.
Fourth year options. In the fourth year, the organisation of the optional subjects allows each student's choice to be definitively transformed into a mention, which will appear on the qualification certificate. Alternatively, students who do not choose a specialisation will be able to learn knowledge and skills from different specialities, which will give them the profile of general designer.
Choice of the speciality mention
On enrolling for the fourth year, if they wish, students can choose the mention that will feature on their CV and qualification. Students must enrol for 60 credits: 15 final degree project and 45 optional ones from a range of 31 subjects of 5 credits each. Being awarded the mention involves passing 6 optional subjects that become an essential requirement and 3 of the subjects that are offered as optional. Consequently, if students want to be awarded the mention, they will have to pass the credits as distributed below:
- 15 ECTS Credits: Final Degree Project
- 30 ECTS Credits: Optional that define the mention
- 15 ECTS Credits: Optional
Subjects that define the mention
Design of Spaces Mention
- Analysis and critique of spatial design
- Stage design
- Interior design of workspaces
- Interior design of domestic spaces
- Interior design of commercial spaces
Graphic Design Mention
- Analysis and critique of visual communication design
- Art direction
- Graphics in movement
- Typographic creation
- Editorial design
Product Design Mention
- Analysis and critique of object design
- Design of public facilities elements
- Packaging, packing and label design
- Furniture design
- Domestic fittings design
- Product innovation and design processes
Visual Creation Mention
- Digital creation
- Silk-screen printing
- Printmaking techniques
- Illustration techniques
- Applied illustration
Design Culture Mention
- History and critique of design in Catalonia
- Education of design
- Design and culture management
- Design direction
- Curatorship of design exhibitions
- Analysis and critique of design
Graduating without a mention: the general designer
The Eina design degree also allows general designer training with the possibility of completing your own curricular pathway outside the mentions. In other words, for students who are not interested in being awarded a speciality mention, the set of subjects that are offered – with the exception of the final degree project – become optional subjects. Consequently, students take 45 credits from the whole range (31 subjects of 5 credits each).