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Master in interior space design

Interior design is a discipline that embodies different subjects and professional strands, as a result of the evolution and specialization of other related activities: design, scenography, architecture and styling, among others. It is also often referred to as a discipline similar to general design and its specific fields: product, industrial, graphic.

  • Edition: 7th
  • Teaching period: From October 2019, 15th to May 2020. Final master's project presentation: June 2020.
  • Schedule: Mondays to Thursdays, from 19 to 22 h
  • Modality: On-site
  • Language: Spanish
  • Price: 7.800 €
  • Qualification: Master in Interior Design accredited by the Universidad de Vic-UCC
  • Credits: 60 ECTS


This Master’s degree course brings together all these criteria and offers training and an academic vision to those designers coming from a specific field who seek to acquire a deeper understanding of the specific area of Interior Design, in all its professional formats: homes, workplaces, ephemeral or commercial.


  • To provide students with the specific project tools for interior design.
  • To provide students with the skills required to gain in-depth knowledge and reflect on the most adequate representation techniques for designers to express themselves.
  • To build upon the students’ knowledge about the technical aspects necessary for implementing interior design projects (structural resources, materials, lighting).


This master’s degree is structured in four modules that bring together different fields of knowledge in Interior Design, which will allow us to manage professional projects. In each module, teachers will explain theoretical aspects and work on the practical applications of this knowledge in the form of a project. Lectures will be combined with master-class sessions delivered by professionals working the sector and will be focused on real cases. The last stage of the master’s is devoted to working on the Final Project, which will be delivered in front of a panel of professional specialists. A supervisor will be appointed for each student, who will guide them as they work on the project.

Module I – Cultural context.

Module II – Project area.

Module III – Building and production.

Module IV - Representation.


Module I - Cultural context

The aim of this course is to make sure that students, when faced with a specific project, are able to find certain aspects that arouse their own interest; that they will get used to looking back to find references that are linked to those aspects; that they understand how helpful this will be in their understanding of the evolution and the current status of the knowledge about this particular subject; and that they will also get used to organising all of this in their own critical map.

The main objective of this module is to provide students with knowledge about historical matters, chosen on purpose, so that they will be able to write up their own references prior to the project.

I. Cultural references:
  • Introduction to the course. Defining the topics and concepts.
  • Working with historical references: École des Beaux-Arts versus Bauhaus.
  • Project versus style.
  • Project themes and strategies.
  • Reclaiming references in the 21st century, working references.
  • Concept of Paradigm.
  • Commercial Space. Project themes. References.
  • The workplace. Project themes. References.
  • Dwelling. Project themes. References.
  • Ephemeral spaces. Project themes. References.
  • Towards composing a reference map of one’s own.
II. Historical references:
  • Overview of the history of interior space from the perspective of privacy.
  • Overview of the history of interior space from the perspective of memory.
  • Overview of the history of interior space from the perspective of boundaries.

Module II – Project Area

The project is the axis of any process of the design of an interior space and, at the same time, it summarizes all the knowledge involved.

An interior design project needs to be based on a balanced combination of space analysis, the functional programme and the designer’s cultural background.

The module’s academic objectives

The main objective of this module is to ensure that students are able to identify the type of interior design project that they need to execute. For that purpose, not only do they need to put it into the context of a professional production sector, but they also need to do so within a stylistic and historical tide or trend that is currently bolstered by objective references.

Interior Design Project Methods
  • Introduction to the course. Design methods according to the Ulm School.
  • Methods and methodologies.
  • Theory of method versus intuitive practice.
  • The documentation of the interior design project produced from the method.
  • The discovery of one’s own personal method.
  • Conclusion.
Types: Home Projects
  • Lifestyles. Changing society, flexible space.
  • The person and their relationship with the perception of space. A house isn’t a home.
  • Old functions, new answers.
  • Space and emotions. Abstract needs, material solutions.
  • Space at the service of the individual.
  • New technologies. Sustainability criteria.
Types: Workplace Projects
  • The workplace as a system. The work space.
  • The workplace as an activity. The workstation.
  • Analysing new ways of working and their relationship with the workspace.
  • The workplace as a system. The Space.
  • The workplace as an activity. The Task.
Types: Commercial Space Projects
  • Development and definition of a commercial formula.
  • Application of this formula to a commercial establishment located in the city of Barcelona.
  • The nature of repetition or franchise intended for application in different locations, ways and areas.
  • Identification and design of pieces of a corporate nature.
Types: Ephemeral Spaces Projects
  • Concepts and analysis: Brand and Product. The decoy effect and the space.
  • References and history of the product.
  • References and history of the represented sports sector.
  • Analysis of the installation space and area of action.
  • Basic assessment of the installation costs.
  • Presenting a project in public.
  • Correcting a project and public assessment of the result.
Interior Design Professional Project
  • Introduction to Professional Projects.
  • Requirements and purposes of the professional Interior Design Project.
  • The documentation prior to the professional Interior Design Project.
  • The representation of the professional Interior Design Project: from small to large scale.
  • The specific project of an interior designer: the communication of talents.
Master’s Final Project
  • Choosing the topic.
  • Group work: management of proposals.
  • Documentation of the Master’s Final Project.
  • Presentation and communication of the Master’s Final Project.
  • Defending the Final Project.

Module III – Building and production

  • The building and the facilities are part of the process to develop the project. A knowledge of building systems, materials and their characteristics, and of facilities, is essential to the execution of a professional project.
  • This module goes into detail in aspects such as ergonomics, restoration and refurbishing, as they are considered to be the basic parameters to be taken into account for the execution of any interior design project.
  • Lighting: using lighting techniques as a project tool and getting to grips with the lighting systems available on the market.
Building-Management of projects and works

The section on building is organised around the following subjects:

  • Pavements.
  • Facings.
  • Roofs.
  • Carpentry.

An explanation of the different systems will be given in each of the subjects. Then we shall move on to their maintenance options and how they can be used for the interior design project in question.

The section on management is organised around the following subjects:

  • The process of an interior design project.
  • Agents
  • Collaborators.
  • Planning in terms of time, budget and resources.
  • Main regulations.
  • Habitability.
  • Licences.
  • Measurements and budgets.
  • Project and works documentation.
  • Recognizing the building systems and materials of existing buildings.
  • Building one’s own judgment regarding the actions to be executed on buildings.
  • Understanding the different stages and variations of an interior design project.
  • Managing one’s first interior design project.
  • Organising the design process from one’s own reasoning, intuitions and experience and providing arguments to support the knowledge that one has gained while working on the project.
  • Understanding and linking ergonomics both to the conceptualization process and to the project strategy.
  • Identifying, listing and prioritizing the problems of the proposed design.
  • Analysing and interpreting, from an ergonomic point of view, several models of reference.
Restoration and refurbishing
  • Locating spaces of cultural and historical interest, assessing their characteristics and drawing up a proposal of action with a change of purpose by using criteria that will justify the relationship between the original space and the intervention.
  • Assessment of the features of the spaces and intervention proposal.
  • Technical development of light.
  • Cultural references.
  • Properties and features of light.
  • Lamps and lanterns.
  • Types of space and types of lighting.

Module IV - Representation

Considering, studying and applying the systems of representation for the effective communication and presentation of a professional interior design project.

The module’s academic objectives

The objective of this module is to provide the student with tools and habits to view the representation of projects as an essential part of the process of the project. It is only by representing the actual project that one can be aware and have an accurate perception of it.

Tools for representing an interior space project: “Everything is Interior”.
  • Interior world. Drawing as a skill for the project.
  • Orthogonal projection systems 1: floor and elevation.
  • The diagram as a project tool.
  • Orthogonal projection systems 2: interior elevations.
  • Three-dimensional representation of the space: axonometric projections.
  • Perspective projections.
Reflections on the representation of shapes from a historical perspective.
  • Introduction: idea and project.
  • Origins and development of graphic representation.
  • Representation systems in the draft stage.
  • Modes, uses and functions of graphic representation.
  • Representation and project
  • Representation systems.
Photoshop for interior designers.
  • Vectors versus bitmaps.
  • Digitalisation.
  • Resolutions for production.
  • Resolutions for importing.
  • Canvas. - Colour modes. Blending modes.
  • File formats.
  • Workspaces.
  • Introduction to Bridge.
  • Colour palette.
  • Layer palette.
  • Working with layer groups.
  • Blending modes and creating motifs.
  • Creating colours. - Brushes palette.
  • Layer styles and effects.
  • History palette.
  • Channel palette.
Ways to represent the space

How to incorporate the conventional representation techniques and one’s own artistic skills in the development of the project.

  • Sketch.
  • Scale.
  • Orthogonal projection.
  • 3D pictures.
  • Presentation of the project.
Reflections about the representation of forms throughout history.
  • Origins and evolution of representation.
  • Primitive representation.
  • 14th and 15th Centuries: observing the everyday and natural world.
  • The Renaissance, the development of foreshortening and perspective.
  • 18th Century: the codification of the systems of graphic representation.
  • 19th Century: the incorporation of emotional values.
  • 20th Century: the contribution of the avant-gardes.
  • 80s-90s: technology as a production and documentation tool for the project.

Career opportunities

  • Interior Design Studios.
  • Architecture Studios.
  • Companies engaged in: scenography, temporary spaces, exhibitions mounts and / or stands.
  • Restoration of spaces.
  • Advice and artistic direction.

Payment methods

Total cost of the course: 7.800 €

Payment methods

BAU, Design College of Barcelona offers different terms of payment:

  • Single payment: attracts a 3% discount
  • Part payment, in three installments:
    • 1st payment consisting of 40 % of the fees on enrollment
    • 2nd payment consisting of 30% of the fees before November 5th
    • 3rd payment consisting of 30 % of the fees before January 5th

Former students of BAU benefit from 10% discount on any of the courses. A former student of BAU is a student who, not being registered in the current academic year, has exceeded 50% of the credits for a Degree, Higher Degree in Design or the BAU Nit (BAU Evening); or 100% of the credits for any of the Master’s or Postgraduate degrees.

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