Master in Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces

Edition: 16th

Language: Spanish

Duration: 8 months

Start Date: November 5th 2018

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 6.30 p.m to 10.40 p.m.

Credits: 60 *

Biada 11; 08012 Barcelona, España


In recent years there has been a growing demand for interior space design in the Hospitality sector worldwide. Hotels, bars and restaurants are investing in design so as to differentiate themselves and offer new experiences to end customers.  This trend is even more obvious in big cities with many cultural and tourist attractions, such as Barcelona.

The Master in Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces was created for professionals in the field of architecture and other disciplines with links to the world of design who wish to complete their education or change direction to this sector. The aim of the Master is to train professionals who can respond to this demand. 

The course centres around a professional, real-life treatment of the discipline of Interior Design, focusing on the special features of Hospitality projects.

From the theoretical and practical classes taught by working professionals, the students gain the knowledge and skills that they need to complete the projects assigned to them during the course. The projects fall within the Hospitality sector of the city of Barcelona: they are real-life situations and actual clients are involved. These projects are the backbone of the course and give the students the experience and knowledge they will need later on to deal with the present-day labour market.

The development of complex designs requires the involvement of both professionals from a variety of disciplines and suppliers of technology. During the course, the students are trained to use this creative dialogue to find solutions jointly with the other players in order to develop and implement the design.

Trips to important spaces in this sector in Barcelona, visits to design studios, lectures, workshops and monographs complete and extend the proposed content of the Master.


The objectives of the course are to:

– Work on all the points related to interior design projects for the Hospitality sector: from the conceptualisation of the idea and the creation of the concept to the drawing up of the proposal, including the design of all the technological solutions (selection of materials, sustainability criteria, lighting technology, etc.).

– Explore creative solutions and make the design innovative from a critical, contemporary perspective. Offer research into the formal, functional and technical aspects that will allow the students to take a qualitative leap in their careers.

– Improve the students’ ability to communicate graphically by working on presenting projects based on drawings, renderings and models.

– Train the students to give oral presentations to a professional audience or a customer.

– Train the students to interact with different types of professionals from this sector.

– Help the students to acquire their own creative project methodology so that they can have a career in this area of design or in any other.


The Master in Interior Design for Hotels and Gastronomic Spaces emphasises the application of theoretical knowledge. All the different subjects are, therefore, practised while developing design projects. This method leads to a high degree of cohesion between theory and practice, and contributes to reaching viable conclusions from the viewpoint of construction and economics. The work process is therefore necessarily active and applied to the realities of the profession but, at the same time, the students are given the freedom to develop ideas, experiment and frame hypotheses.

Observation, analysis and experimentation form an essential part of the learning process. This is why both the theoretical classes and the projects are supported by visits and guided tours led by the Master’s instructors. In this way, the students have the opportunity to learn about the architectural setting and the interior design of Barcelona from professionals in the city. They also visit the studios of local designers, who open their doors to the students to share their professional experience and their vision of design.

Student Profile

– Professionals with a minimum of two years’ experience, with a degree in a discipline related to design, preferably architecture, interior design or industrial design, who wish to learn the tools needed to effectively tackle an interior design project for the hospitality sector, in the context of an increasingly competitive and ever-changing market.

– Professionals from other fields that are not purely design. In this case, however, the students must be aware that they must acquire, on their own, an adequate knowledge of spatial design, how to create the concepts applicable to the project and be able to handle contemporary digital graphics design software. The possibility of these students succeeding will depend on their empirical training process and their self-teaching abilities.

– In all cases, the students must submit a CV and a portfolio containing projects from both their academic and professional fields.

Job Opportunities

The Master develops the skills needed by designers. It offers the students a complete education, allowing them to tackle any kind of project related with the world of design. They will end their studies being able to propose, develop and implement new, innovative spaces in any area of design, even though the Master centres on interior design for hotels and gastronomic spaces. 

This type of project, which has a strongly commercial nature, is closely related to brand image and branding, so that the students will acquire the knowledge that will allow them to focus their profession on this sector.

In any case, the Master prepares the students both to add value to interdisciplinary teams in architecture and interior design studios and to work independently in their own studios.


Architects Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo and Lucas Echeveste Lacy form El Equipo Creativo (The Creative Team), a studio specialising in space design for gastronomy, and branded and retail spaces.

Their joint career started in 2010, with the design of the now emblematic restaurant Tickets and Ferran and Albert Adriá’s 41º cocktail bar. Since then they have produced a variety of projects, always related to the world of gastronomy, and their work has won numerous international design awards, such as the prestigious The Great Indoors Awards, FX International Award and the Best of the Year Award. Their projects have been published on web sites and in magazines in more than twenty countries.


So that the students can work on their Final Project for the Master (FPM) in a real-life situation in the labour market, we count on the cooperation of companies selected by the IED Master.

In previous years, the students worked with the Sercotel Amister Art Hotel Barcelona and Hotel W Barcelona.


The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master is a private degree.

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