The Istituto Europeo di Design opened its seat in the city of Barcelona in 2002 and it currently is one of the reference centers in design education, eminently recognized at national and international level.
IED Barcelona Escola Superior de Disseny is the most international and multicultural education center in Spain; the 65% of its students are foreigners and a 30% of its courses are imparted in English. It offers Undergraduate Degrees in Design, Bachelors of Arts (Honours) validated by the University of Westminster, IED Diplomas, Master and Postgraduate Courses, Continuing Study Programs and Summer and Winter Courses, on the areas of Fashion, Design, Visual Communication and Management for Creative Industries.
Courses are imparted in a new seat of more than 5,000 m2, inaugurated in 2011. The building integrates the keys of Design for All aiming to foster creative experimentation and dialogue between users and disciplines, characteristic values of the school.
The bond with the business sector is another defining aspect of IED Barcelona. Proactive collaboration between the academic and the labour world is a key asset to create synergies and opportunities, and for this reason students develop real proposals with companies and institutions of all sorts. The school fosters a new methodology applied to design education, capable of assimilating and interpreting constant changes, and transform them in valuable educational content to enable students to respond the current needs of the labour market.