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The Elisava Master’s Degree in Graphic Design focuses on teaching contemporary design and communication techniques, while offering students the opportunity to specialize in editorial design and/or in environmental graphic design. Students are encouraged to create and produce unique projects in order to develop their own visual language. This program also emphasizes the role of the graphic designer in contemporary society as an agent of cultural transformation.
One year; Fall Intake.
Complete online application
Portfolio (4 pages / 2MB size max; PDF)
Letter of motivation (1 page; PDF)
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages; PDF)
Official Bachelor’s Degree transcript
Passport scan (photo page; PDF)
May 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Early Sept 2018 – Early August 2019
Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5+, or proof of attending school in English for 3+ years.
The Master’s degree in Graphic Design is designed to deliver content through problem-solving dynamics that simulate professional world experience. The degree is split into two semester segments:
Graphic Design Applied to Communication equips the designer with a holistic and multi-disciplinary vision. It is structured around 9 to 12 practical projects exploring the versatility of the contemporary designer faced with different needs, environments, processes and languages. It also includes three intensive workshops.
Graphic Design and Publishing Projects offers specialization, tackling one of the most complex disciplines in the profession. The emergence of digital technology has exponentially grown the potential of publishing projects. Students delve into the subject through three major projects that are worked on in parallel. In addition to the projects, and in a more intense and short format, students engage in workshops with the aim of increasing awareness of how content affects the publication. The course is rounded out with modules on publishing and other complementary disciplines (illustration, photography, etc.).
Typographic consulting is offered throughout the course to help students with typographic issues during project implementation.
Goals and Competencies
The degree adheres to the following objectives, focused on strengthening students’ individual abilities:
This degree is aimed at graduates in Design, Communication, Advertising, Fine Arts and professionals with proven experience in this field.
Due After Acceptance
After acceptance, students must submit an Apostille-Certified Bachelor’s Degree of University Diploma. The Hague Apostille (Apostille Convention) is a method of validating a public document for use outside of its origin country. In the United States the Competent Authorities designated to issue Apostilles are the Secretaries of States. Students wishing to enroll in graduate level coursework at Elisava must receive an Apostille on their degree from the state of the degree’s issuance. This can usually be done through the mail. Each state’s requirements vary somewhat; please choose the appropriate state from the drop-down menu on this website for details.
The Graphic Design Master’s Degree is composed of two semesters of study taught in block style. As part of the problem-solving dynamics mirroring the professional world, the course is centered around practical projects led by top professionals, which explore the versatility contemporary designers need to tackle the various requirements, environments, processes and languages.
Graphic Design Applied to Communication
Graphic Design and Publishing Projects
|May 1 2018||Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance||SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
|May 1 2018||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|July 1 2018||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|Early Sept 2018||Program Start
Final registration for courses takes place upon students’ arrival in Barcelona. Students should therefore arrive one to two weeks prior to Elisava Welcome Day.
|Mid Sept 2018||Elisava Welcome Day
Students are introduced to their program, including classmates and professors, and get to know the school.
|Mid Sept 2018||Classes Begin|
|Late July 2019
|Early August 2019
Elisava’s graduation ceremony typically occurs two weeks after the end of classes.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Barcelona
Paid to Consulate.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees||$300||$500|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$400 / month||$800 / month|
SAI can provide recommendations.
|$1,000 / month||$1,300 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$350 / month||$450 / month|
|Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$150 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for housing agencies, dormitories, and rentals in Barcelona. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible. All students are required to submit to SAI information regarding their housing arrangements prior to program start.
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 6 months or more are required to obtain a long stay student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.