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Master's Degree in Design

Can design transform the world? BAU's Master's Degree in Design invites students to question the reality that surrounds them and offers them a wide range of tools and possibilities to make a decisive contribution to the well-being of society.

  • Edition: 5th
  • Teaching period: from October 2022, 5th to July 2023. Final master's project presentation: July 2023
  • Schedule: from Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
  • Modality: on-site
  • Language: Spanish
  • Price: 10.060 €
  • Qualification: Master’s Degree in Research and Experimentation in Design awarded by UVic-UCC and accredited by the RUCT and the Ministry of Education (BOE*)
  • Credits: 60 ECTS


BAU's Master's Degree in Design Research and Experimentation is a space for reflection and action. With rigour, responsibility and commitment, students face the challenge of thinking and building a better, fairer and more sustainable world.

In a world marked by uncertainty and complexity, design plays a key role. The master's degree accompanies and encourages students to understand and question this world, and encourages them to actively participate in it through transformative design proposals based on creativity and a critical spirit.

The Master's Degree in Design promotes the social role of design and the potential of designers to act as a driving force for change. An open, transversal and integrating laboratory with a clear intention: to transform utopias into questions that open the way to tangible realities.

It also proposes a work and study method based on research as a creative practice, along with material and technological experimentation, where design is a porous discipline in contact with other sciences and artistic branches, establishing enriching and unexpected links with anthropology, ethnography and philosophy, among others.

In BAU's Master's Degree in Design, design is lived from a sensitive and meaningful experience, as an adventure in constant movement in search of new questions, with the will to get involved in contemporary problems that affect our lives: politics, culture, health and ecology, but also aesthetics in all of its forms.




The Master's Degree is structured in 60 ECTS, which are taught in two terms. The contents are distributed into seven mandatory courses and their corresponding subjects, as can be seen in the following table.

The subjects have been planned in such a way that students' achievement of the competences is gradual and responds to the expected learning outcomes.


* One of the following two optional modules must be completed: Investigation with Data or Ethnographies and Design.
** One of the following three optional modules must be completed: Design and Numeric Control, Digital Design or Internship.


Compulsory subject credits: 36 ECTS
Optional subject credits: 12 ECTS
Final Project credits: 12 ECTS
Total credits: 60 ECTS

Programme (PDF)
Teaching guide (PDF)



Fiction, Critical and Speculative Design

Explore the role of fiction, speculation and game to create new material narratives.

  • Speculative design
  • Critical design
  • The role of fiction within design
  • Utopias and dystopias within arts and design

Social Innovation and Collaborative Design

Understand design not only as a service or product, but as a democratic and social strategy.

  • Critique of social innovation
  • Participatory design
  • Open and collaborative design
  • Free culture and design
  • Design with affected communities

Material Cultures and Design Ecologies

Generate visions of radical environmental and social futures through matter.

  • Introduction to material Cultures
  • The social life of things
  • The process of recycling and uses
  • Circular economy

Design, Power and Society

How can design integrate into power, and how can it become a tool to question it?

  • Object politics
  • Social studies of science and technology
  • Sociotechnique controversies
  • The building of publics
  • Research with design

Research in Art and Design

Set up a dialogue the links between contemporary designers and artists and science, architecture, collective memory and popular culture.

  • Art and research
  • Lab cultures
  • Research on and from design
  • Diagrammatic and methodological objects
  • Inventive methods

Manufacturing and Prototyping

Experimentation and creative research with materials, machines and bits from multiple design fields.

  • Introduction to digital manufacturing
  • The maker phenomenon and its implications
  • Prototyping and experimentation cultures
  • Laboratory of objectual experimentation
  • Projects and materials management

Ethnographies and Design

Develop an ethnographic sensitivity to learn to observe, investigate and dwell the world in alternative ways.

  • The ethnographic method
  • Quality research
  • Diversions and psycogeographies
  • Artistic methods

Investigation with Data

Work with big data and explore new forms of visualisation in the field of research within design.

  • Big data and its implications
  • Databases as creative objects
  • Practical research methods within design
  • Information and privacy

Digital Design

Immersion into artificial intelligence applied to visual culture with a critical view and a creative approach.

  • Computational thinking and design
  • Digital Design
  • Multimedia design software
  • Design and interaction

Design and Numeric Control

Generate learning environments from the maker philosophy to gain advance design knowledge.

  • Laser cutting and digital milling machines
  • Digital controllers
  • Computer thinking and design


Each student is offered the chance to be an intern in leading companies within the design professional field that work to provide answers to the needs of the job market and the current social reality.

Master’s Degree Final Project

At the end of the master's degree programme, students must demonstrate that they have acquired the skills needed to lead research processes and design projects, while taking a critical position on current issues and responding to the needs of today's society.

Therefore, every student must create a final project, with individual tutoring, that relates to their interests and motivations by employing the methods and tools used during the course. 

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Guest teachers

Núria Alonso. IT
Marcela Arreaga. Strategy design
Carles Baiges. Architecture and urban sociology
Aurelio Castro. Visual arts and design
Tim Cowlishaw. Media and computer sciences
Sara de Ubieta. Architecture and fashion and product design
Mariona Genís. Architecture, education and design
Toni Mañach. Philosophy, history and design
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón. Anthropology
Lucrecia Masson. Political sciences and cultural critique
Antoni Miralda. Art and public space
Ariadna Parreu. Speculative art
Afra Quintanas. Creative and cultural entrepreneurship
Roger Sansi. Anthropology and sociology


ABD - Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo Taller EstampaFSCD -  Fundació Catalana Síndrome de DownFood Cultura HolonLa Hidra Cooperativa Lacol - arquitectura cooperativaPlat Institute of Augmented Gastronomy


  • Formulating design proposals that integrate research and experimentation processes in accordance with the paradigms of contemporary design
  • Applying methodologies of ethnographic research, both speculative and based on data to execute design projects of various natures
  • Executing, prototyping and manufacturing of objects and design projects through the operation of numerical control and digital design tools and technologies
  • Analysing the properties and behaviour of materials in order to use them appropriately and innovatively in design processes and projects
  • Critical consideration of innovation and social transformation, participation and collaborative design, and other paradigms of contemporary design to facilitate the resolution of problems within the field of design
  • Designing services, processes and objects that will provide solutions through the principles of open design and its fields of circulation
  • Using the software specific to design by taking into account its applications and repercussions, both in the field of professional design and the field of research
  • Understanding and valuing the political economy of art and design and identifying its value cycles, the social life of objects, consumption cycles and recycling in a changing social and economic context
  • Applying the strategies of fiction and speculative design, using diegetic prototypes and provoking thought through design as an epistemic object
  • Considering the material cultures of design and the many related traditions (philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies…) to conduct research through their objects and materials
  • Managing the multiple work processes involved in the practice of design and integrating elements of research and experimentation

Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary designer
  • Designer researcher
  • Design lecturer
  • Designer of research projects
  • Transitional designer
  • Consultant for environmental and sustainable design projects
  • Coordinator of digital creation and manufacturing laboratories
  • Coordinator of collaborative design projects
  • Cultural manager

Doctorate Program

The Master's Degree in Research and Experimentation in Design at BAU is a 2º-cycle study program that responds to the research concerns of the BAU Doctorate Program structured in two lines of research:

  • Design and society. Politics, art and education.
  • Communication and its environments. Corporations and institutions; media, networks and territory.

Payment methods

Total cost of the course: 10.060 €

The total cost includes an amount of 100 € concerning the university fees, the administration expenses and the compulsory insurances.

Payment methods

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

  • Single payment: attracts a 3% discount over the total cost of the course excluding fees. An amount of 100 € concerning the university fees is added to the resulting cost

  • Part payment, in 3 instalments:

    • 1st payment, due on enrolment: consisting of 40 % of the fees excluding taxes. An amount of 100 € concerning the university fees is added to the resulting cost

    • 2nd payment, due November 5: consisting of 30% of the course excluding taxes

    • 3rd payment, due January 5: consisting of 30 % of the course excluding taxes

Students and former students of BAU benefit from 10% discount on any of the courses if they have exceeded at least 50% of the credits for a Degree, Higher Degree in Design or the Diploma in Graphic Design; or 100% of the credits for any of the Master’s or Postgraduate degrees.

More information about scholarships and grants.

Pre registration process

Pre registration: from January 2022, 17th to September 2022, 30th


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