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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. Retail Design Diploma students study alongside the Retail Design Master’s Degree students, completing one of the two terms, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma upon completion of the program. The Retail Design Master’s Degree is split into two distinct Postgraduate Diplomas: “Design and Space, Shopping” in the Fall; and “Design and Concept, Branding” in the Spring. All students follow a predetermined set of coursework.
Postgraduate Diploma Options
Fall: Design and Space, Shopping
Spring: Design and Concept, Branding
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 October – Mid March
Spring Diploma: Early March – Mid July
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 program in Retail Design, serving both the Master’s Degree and Postgraduate Diploma student populations, is designed for professionals who wish to acquire the essential knowledge to work on and design retail spaces. The program provides instruction on the many disciplines within retail. From small-scale to large-scale design, from boutiques to large multinational brands, students become comfortable with the specifics and differences in each setting. Postgraduate Diploma students enroll in one of the two terms that make up the Retail Design Master’s Degree.
All subjects are dealt with both in theory and practice. Importance is given to the analysis and study of trends and innovation in the market and society to get a close-up view of the elements in designing a retail space (space, communication, flow, exhibition, virtual aspects, sensory perceptions, etc.). Art and analysis are the basis of any project, as are the concept and projection of space. Students come away with the highest standards and the ability to work with the most demanding companies in the market.
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 Retail 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.
Fall Diploma: Retail Design. Design and Space: Shopping
Module 1. Group case study. Strategic branding
Introduction and presentation of the course. A journey through the world of branding in large spaces.
Module 2. Market strategies and plan / expansion models
Module 3. Concept design and showcase implementation / project with partner company
Module 4. E-commerce / communication tools / visual communication
Module 5. Eco-lighting
Module 6. Final project
Spring Diploma: Retail Design. Design and Concept: Branding
Module 1. Introduction to marketing theory/ retail branding
Module 2. The challenge of branding / new technologies
Module 3. Research project
Module 4. Graphic art / brand identity and imagery
Module 5. Field trips
Module 6. Visual – window-dressing
Module 7. Trends
Module 8. Commercial design and image. Brand / project
Module 9. Final project: hands-on exercise with partner company
|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 / course||$500 / course|
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.