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The Postgraduate Diplomas at Elisava are open to students and professionals wishing to spend one semester in Barcelona to broaden and refine their design skills at the graduate level. Interior Design Diploma students study alongside the Interior Design Master’s Degree students, completing one of the two terms, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma upon completion of the program. The Interior Design Master’s Degree is split into two distinct Postgraduate Diplomas: “Postgraduate in Interior Space Design: Work Spaces” in the Fall; and “Postgraduate in Interior Space Design: Private Perimeters” in the Spring. All students follow a predetermined set of coursework.
Postgraduate Diploma Options
Fall: Work Spaces
Spring: Private Perimeters
Complete online application
Portfolio (4 pages max; PDF; 2MB size max)
Letter of motivation (1 page; PDF)
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages; PDF)
Official Bachelor’s Degree transcript
Passport scan (photo page; PDF)
EU privacy consent form
Fall Diploma: May 1
Spring Diploma: November 1
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Fall Diploma: Early September – Early March
Spring Diploma: Early February – Early August
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 Interior Design is designed for students wishing to gain advanced knowledge on the theory and the practice of interior spaces, focusing on the changing social, economic, technological and environmental conditions that effect domestic and work spaces. The degree consists of two Postgraduate Diplomas, which can be taken individually:
This course of study develops students’ capacity to analyze, identify and create solutions to design problems in the built environment using critical thinking and spatial understanding. Elisava encourages and supports the application of technological innovation as an advanced method to design interior spaces and furniture.
The degree adheres to the following objectives, focused on strengthening students’ individual abilities:
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.
The Interior Design Master’s Degree is composed of two separate diplomas taught in block style. Postgraduate Diploma students enroll in either the Fall or Spring section of the program, and follow the Master’s degree curriculum, designed around collaborative problem-solving, hands-on experience and workforce preparedness.
Postgraduate in Interior Space Design: Private Perimeters (Fall)
Planning Guide of the Workspace
New Project Operators / New Performances
Corporative Interior Design
Basic Values for the Well-Being of the User
Fitting Out Work Space
Perception of the Interior Space
Project: the project consists of the implementation of an administrative or professional office in a pre-existent venue.
Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Space Design: Private Perimeters (Spring)
Module: Criteria for Interior Space
Theoretical approach concerned with critical reflection upon professional practice and creative processes of interior design.
Views (of people with experience involved in or close to the process of interior design)
Lectures: Renowned interior designers, architects, designers and other professionals involved in interior design present their own work
Field Trips: Visits to examples that show the high value of the design process and an excellent result of a domestic interior design.
Furniture and building materials for interior design
Installations and comfort in a domestic interior. General implementation of installations.
Module: Design of an Interior Space
The several workshops promote a conceptual and experimental approach to design through a hands-on learning method. It usually begins with a presentation to provide the theoretical foundation that aims to deepen the comprehension of a specific subject. During the workshop, students will develop an intense quick draft resolution or a physical object:
Module: Main Project
The project is based on the development of an interior design of a private domestic space. Special attention is given to the selection of a built environment that would allow a maximum degree of approximation to a real case. A free-thinking attitude is expectedly paired with a courageous deci- sion-making in order to generate powerful and innovative ideas where empathy and emotions are reflected in the results.
Perseverance, curiosity, motivation and risk-taking are determinant factors to achieve a high performance and exceptional results. Tutors will be attentive to the sensitivity of the students, guiding them through the design process and help them manage their personal cultural background. Throughout the years, we have addressed various interior design projects with very different themes and have succeeded to inspire students to transform their knowledge and skills into creative ideas, obtaining a variety of outstanding results.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, postgraduate diploma and SAI Select Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students 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
Cost depends on travel 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.