BAU Design College of Barcelona was born in 1989. As a result of the concerns of a group of professional designers holding a strong educational and teaching vocation, a modern, innovative and multi-disciplinary high-level studies centre of Design is established in Barcelona to complement the models of more traditional and academic training centres existing at that time.
Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, and faithful to its ground-breaking spirit, in 2003 BAU commits itself to a move to the 22@ district, now the innovation and design district of the city. A magnificent industrial area of over 6,000 m2 is restored, and specific spaces are prepared for teaching and experimenting, with classrooms and multi-purpose spaces designed to promote research, creation and innovation, its house brand.
In 2009, within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), BAU consolidates its proposal by affiliating itself with the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVIC-UCC), thus becoming a pioneering centre in providing university studies for the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.The purpose of BAU and its teachers is to train contemporary, questioning, creative, open-minded designers who are able to understand social, cultural and economic changes and are committed to society to respond to changing needs by providing strategic value to evolution and social transformation.
In 2011, BAU promoted its first research group: GREDITS (Catalan acronym, Grup de Recerca en Disseny i Transformació Social), recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya as an emerging group.
In 2014, in celebration of BAU’s 25th anniversary, its facilities are enlarged with a new 2000 m2 building in 22@ and a new LAB space.In the thinking of BAU, it is assumed that working in small groups is essential in order to benefit from comprehensive training, teamwork and personalised attention, as well as to promote research and experimentation in a close, supportive and respectful atmosphere in which everyone has a place, to be able to enjoy enriching, valuable learning experiences.
Doctors, lawyers and skilled professionals from the world of culture, advertising, art and design form a committed and quality teaching team. This results in a faculty which is enthusiastic and passionate about design and teaching, which encourages learning from experimentation and which, by combining teaching and practice, provides real and present perspective in their disciplines.
The training offer at BAU materialises in university degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Postgraduate) in different fields of graphic design, audio-visual, interior design and fashion. It also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Graphic Design ‘BAU Evening’, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of specialised courses.The Centre takes special care to provide an expanding, continuous training, which has resulted in major international recognition that has empowered BAU to establish many links and exchange and co-operation agreements with internationally renowned universities.
This substantial set of qualifications and training opportunities brings together nearly 1,000 students who form a very heterogeneous community that allows constant exchange and co-operation.
The faculty and students that form this unique centre bring a differential character to our academic project.The quality of training at BAU, which is evaluated by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), guarantees our present and our future.
BAU and the Design
The value of design
esign is defined as the mental configuration process that is carried out before looking for a solution in any field, usually in the context of industry, architecture, communication, engineering, fashion and other creative disciplines.
Nowadays, design is considered as a strategic asset in our society, which favours the wellbeing of people and the competitiveness of companies.
Design represents the constant search for creative talent and generates an active movement thanks to its value as a social, cultural and economic driver.
Companies constantly need new products, services and innovative ideas to be more competitive and better able to respond to the desires and needs of an ever-changing society.
That is why, today, the role of designer is key in all social and business fields; they provide approaches and solutions for developing high-quality, innovative professional proposals that contribute to the wellbeing and social transformation that come from creative practice and ethical commitment.
The BAU designer
To study design is to learn to create worlds, to translate creativity into the creation of messages, objects, spaces, relationships or situations. This means not always accepting the world around us, but wanting to transform it. For this to be possible, it is essential to know how to analyse, understand and, ultimately, make changes.
Therefore, studying design means training as a designer by using prototypes, models, tools, techniques, productions, etc. Studying design involves experimenting, trial and error, creative documentation and critical thinking. It is learning how to work in collective environments surrounded by fellow students with whom you will share your discoveries and concerns. It means engaging with others, wanting to share ideas and explore new spaces, new aesthetics and other concepts. Studying design requires us to ask questions, identify opportunities, respect the environment and be prepared to provide solutions. It forces us to experiment with materials, ideas and processes to explore the frontiers of our knowledge and propose more sustainable ways to coexist.
To study design is to better understand the world we live in, to reflect on the relationships that we build with objects and other people, to stimulate the imagination and speculate about possible and desirable futures, to question limitations and to learn, collectively, to create the worlds of the future.
The purpose of the BAU Degree in Design is to develop the profession from the perspective of creative practice and ethical commitment by working in a way that respects diversity and sustainability.
Our teaching staff includes specialised professional experts and university graduates with both bachelors' and doctoral degrees. They are experienced in the fields of design, art, architecture, photography, advertising, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history, etc.
Our teachers are passionate about design. Their working philosophy is open and integrated. They monitor each student’s work and progress, respect their students' efforts, and are more than willing to collaborate with them. Their aim is to assist the students in their professional and personal growth.