Elisava
Interior Design Master's Degree 2018/19
One Year

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 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.


Degree Length
One year; Fall and Spring Intake.

Application Requirements
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)

Application Deadline
Fall Intake: May 1, 2018
Spring Intake: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: Early Sept 2018 – Early August 2019
Spring Intake: Mid Feb 2019 – Late Feb 2020


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

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.



Program Description
The Master’s Degree in Interior Design is a one-year program designed to help students develop their understanding of the theory and practice of designing interior spaces. The program focuses on the changing social, economic, technological, and environmental conditions that impact cultural expectations concerning domestic and professional spaces.

Goals and Competencies
The degree adheres to the following objectives, focused on strengthening students’ individual abilities:

  • Study in depth the specific production characteristics of various design methods in connection with work space.
  • Discover the requirements of corporate entities.
  • Value the impact of new technologies on the fitting out of physical space.
  • Assimilate emerging social and cultural values, which form the basis of implementation criteria, by studying the disciplines they consist of: ergonomics, ecology, economics, sociology, anthropology and their impact on the design process.
  • Use knowledge creatively, as befitting the very notion of design.

Student Profile
This degree is aimed at graduates in Design, Fine Arts, Architects, Architectural technicians, building engineers, 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 Interior Design Master’s Degree is composed of two semesters of study taught in block style. All students follow the same curriculum, designed around collaborative problem-solving, hands-on experience and workforce preparedness.

Workspace Design (Fall)

Planning Guide of the Workspace

  • Basic measures, accessibility, mechanization of the environment, voice and data management.
  • Introduction to the resource management: facilities and project management.
  • Maintenance and replacement, operating services.

New Project Operators / New Performances

  • Space organization. Project operators.
  • Architectural devices and work organization.
  • Historical evolution and recent geography of the office buildings.

Corporative Interior Design

  • Communication and Design.
  • Design for the company –design for the users.
  • Concept and space planning.

Basic Values for the Well-Being of the User

  • Ergonomics, safety, health and risk prevention, acoustic, light and thermal comfort.

Work Space Equipment

  • Elements of the system: furniture and lighting
  • Applied graphics. Signage. Corporative image.
  • Facing materials. Cataloguing and the products approval.
  • Production processes of dividing lines and accessories.

Interior Space Perception

  • Light as an active in the space conceptualization, new textures, new meanings, about color, atmospheres.

Project: the project consists of the implementation of an administrative or professional office in a pre-existent venue.

Other

  • Visits to the interior of buildings and corporations and visits to companies that produce specialized equipment for the work space.
  • Different lectures given by renowned professionals.
  • Each thematic module is related to one practical exercise or workshop.

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.

  • Methodologies and introduction to research
  • Design process: explore and analyze client/user requirements and brief, project development, budgeting, project management and project communication.
  • Theoretical reflections: houses today, spatial criteria, color, etc.

Views (of people with experience involved in or close to the process of interior design)

  • Builder’s view, client’s view, photographer’s view, editor’s view.

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.

Module: Tools
Furniture and building materials for interior design

  • Selection of materials and their application systems for an interior space.
  • Knowledge of technical, practical and aesthetic functions.
  • Field trip to Materfad the materioteca of the FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) to learn about innovative materials and production.
  • Sustainable materials, products and systems for the health and air quality in an interior space.

Installations and comfort in a domestic interior. General implementation of installations.

  • Implementation of installations in the domestic interior design project, plumbing and sewer system, electrical installation and lighting, ventilation and gas, heating and air conditioning, home automation and telecommunications, energy efficient installations.

Module: Interior Design Project
With an active participation of the students the several workshops integrated within the course 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.

  • Kitchen design, furniture design, minimal space, digital design and fabrication.

Pre-Departure Calendar
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

On-Site Calendar
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
Classes End
Early August 2019
Program End
Elisava’s graduation ceremony typically occurs two weeks after the end of classes.

Pre-Departure Calendar
November 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)
October 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.
December 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Mid February 2019
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.
Late February 2019
Elisava Welcome Day
Students are introduced to their program, including classmates and professors, and get to know the school.
Late February 2019
Classes Begin
Mid February 2020
Classes End
Late February 2020
Program End
Elisava’s graduation ceremony typically occurs two weeks after the end of classes.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services (see What’s Included).
$14,800
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.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$900 $1,100
Visa Fees
Paid to Consulate.
$160 $160
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $300 $500
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Housing
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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Master’s Degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

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
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.

Student Visas
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.

About SAI

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.