Postgraduate in Trends Research
Today’s publicity, marketing and product development models are often out of sync with social evolution and the way we experience everyday life. That is why it is now more important than ever for professionals in any field to keep in touch with the consumer’s culture, expectations and experiences.
The Postgraduate Course in Trend Research takes students on a journey into the world of consumer trends, which goes from understanding how and why they come about and how to detect them, to knowing how to understand them and apply them successfully.
Project of the Postgraduate in Trends Research
The aim of the Postgraduate is to help students to construct the critical vision required to identify why things happen, which forces are driving change and how these changes represent new opportunities for businesses.
– Identify major consumer trends based on a variety of online and offline sources.
– Analyse consumer trends by learning to identify how and why they come about.
– Understand the impact they have or will have on different sectors of the economy.
The Postgraduate is divided into complementary modules that follow the development stages of research projects: History and Theories of Consumption, Consumer Behaviour, Industry Structure and Applying Consumer Trends Research to Decision-making.
The first module examines the consumption system and the different theories that analyse the existence and propagation of trends.
The second module focuses on understanding consumers, how they think, feel and behave.
The third module takes an in-depth look at the dynamics and rules underlying the functioning of industry today. The fourth module is on understanding how consumers respond and what forces are driving companies. It takes an in-depth look at how business decisions are made by using studies of consumer trends and behaviour.
Class time is divided into theoretical classes taught by renowned practitioners, workshops, excursions around the city to explore innovative businesses in situ and discussions with professionals to learn from their opinions and knowledge.
The entire process ends with an individual practical project that is continuously developed over the duration of the course. The project gives students an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned during the programme and to check the feasibility of their proposals based on the support of a sponsor company.
This Postgraduate course is geared towards graduates and professionals who, beyond a mere curiosity that proves essential in today’s world, are eager to take on the knowledge and skills needed to play a leading role in designing concepts, services and products to suit new consumers.
It proves of particular interest to professionals who wish to turn trend research into their field of expertise or those who wish to work in marketing, publicity or design and would like to learn how to capitalise on the value of trends in their daily tasks.
Access to the course will be limited to candidates who are able to show proof of a university degree or equivalent. Candidates who lack the requisite university qualifications may access the course based on their professional achievements. In this case, IED Barcelona will, at its own discretion, decide as to the type of qualification they will be given.
Forecasting, branding, trend research, data mining, social media monitoring, product development, advertising, innovation consultancy or a career in research in the public sector or for non-profit organisations, among other options.
Trained as a lawyer, Noelia has wide-ranging experience of marketing and product development with top consumer companies (including Chupa Chups, where she developed flavours for the Japanese market). Her interest in consumer trends led her to found Nouvel in 2004 with the aim of helping companies to face the challenges of innovation. Noelia gives talks and lectures and cooperates with IESE, UAB and international business schools.
Barcelona-based consumer trends and innovation consultancy. It offers brands practical tools for developing new products, services and business models. Its clients include Danone, Nestlé, Carlsberg, Victoria’s Secret, and L’Oreal.
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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