Elisava
Research for Design & Innovation Master's Degree 2018/19
One Year

The Master’s Degree in Research for Design and Innovation (MIDI) combines two powerful disciplines in the pre-design process: trend research and co-creation techniques. It is focused on providing current tools related to qualitative and ethnographic research, interdisciplinary focus, and design thinking geared toward innovation processes applicable to society and industry.


Degree Length
One year; Fall and Spring Intake.

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Portfolio (see Academic Information)
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 Research for Design and Innovation (MIDI) combines two powerful disciplines in the pre-design process: trend research and co-creation techniques. It is focused on providing current tools related to qualitative and ethnographic research, interdisciplinary focus, and design thinking geared toward innovation processes applicable to society and industry.

We see innovation as a process of continually addressing users’ real and changing needs in order to improve quality of life through products, services, experiences and new tools. Old patterns are re-examined and re-evaluated and prototypes are boldly designed based on thorough research.

Throughout the course, students develop research projects in association with several firms and governments, such as Artemide, Lékué, Telefónica, Cirque du Soleil or the City of Barcelona among others. Students collaborate with multiple entities, groups, institutions and universities involved with innovation in Europe and Latin America, to strengthen networks and facilitate partnerships.

Students go on two field trips to European cities to explore trends, working patterns and user opinions. They come back with a wide range of innovation-related options. We organize workshops and events that help increase participation around issues such as design, trends, innovation and design thinking

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

  • Train researchers capable of creating and being involved in innovation and development processes.
  • Offer professionals not linked to design the tools to supplement their education in scientific, technical and humanistic fields in order to enhance their professional profile and increase their opportunities.
  • Offer design practitioners a space for interacting with other agents involved in innovation processes with the aim of working in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Address innovation in the broadest sense, including its technological, social, creative, productive and business scheme ramifications.
  • Foster the creation of spaces and events for exchange and collaboration between all agents involved in innovation processes.
  • Allow organizations, companies and governments to explore new systems, products, services and experiences via innovation-related academic projects.

Student Profile
This program is aimed at professionals and entrepreneurs in the world of design, communication, advertising, marketing and social or business science interested in developing qualitative research skills and understanding the outlook for global trends. This includes: fashion, industrial, product and graphic designers and managers of R&D departments; professionals involved in areas and processes concerning innovation, creation and service or product design; design managers; managers of production, marketing and commercialization departments; civil servants involved in social matters and the development of innovation and government policies; and product managers and account managers.

Portfolio Details
Portfolio submissions should be 4 pages and 2MB max, in PDF format. In lieu of a portfolio, MIDI applicants can submit a description of 3-4 academic or professional works completed.

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 Master’s Degree in Research for Design and Innovation 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.

Fall Semester: Coolhunting. Design and Global Trends

Module 1. Introduction and context (12 hours): This module welcomes students to the trends world, to its terminology and to the concepts driving the sector.

Module 2. Research methodology and tools (18 hours): This module helps people with no experience in this field to develop skills, and also serves as a refresher course for those who have been involved in research projects. Includes ethnography, visual anthropology, sociology, market research, net-hunting and other strategic research areas.

Module 3. Latest trends (30 hours): Presents cases and initiatives from professionals who have to deal with trends in various industries and pop culture.

Module 4. Urban inmersions (25 hours): On-site work in various cities in order to develop perception and research abilities.

Module 5. Business tools (40 hours): Helps students to learn the relationships between trends and business from the point of view of clients and companies. Promotes the dialogue between the researcher and the client.

Module 6. Introduction to design thinking (25 hours): Allows students to connect research skills with collaborative and innovative thought philosophies.

Module 7. Research project (50 hours): Tutored by the program teaching staff and the companies associated with MIDI.

Spring Semester: Innovation and Design Thinking

Module 1. Introduction and context (12 hours): An overview of the Design Thinking world, the methods used and the key concepts. Making up work teams and project brief.

Module 2. DT central workshop (18 hours): This is the collaborative venue where work teams pose, develop and apply the innovation proposals resulting from their research. Debate and experimentation space.

Module 3. Thematic seminars and forums (20 hours): With professors, tutors and guest lecturers who offer technical and academic support to the work done in the central workshop and other workshops.

Module 4. Innovation workshops (40 hours): Focused on specific areas of Design Thinking processes, they help students to develop their skills in designing services, experiences, prototypes, tests and co-creation activities. These workshops are hosted by guest lecturers, groups and practitioners in the innovation sector.

Module 5. Business tools (30 hours): Helps students to understand the networks among innovation, production and business, from the client’s point of view.

Module 6. Introduction to design thinking (30 hours): Allows students to connect research skills with collaborative and innovative thought philosophies.

Module 7. Research project (50 hours): Tutored by the program teaching staff and by the managers of the firms associated with MIDI.


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.