Foundation Course in Global Design

Foundation Course - 1 year

  • School: Design
  • IED Credits: 72

    Foundation Course in Global Design

    The Foundation Course in Global Design takes students on a journey through the main design disciplines. This programme is aimed at people who want to begin their studies in the areas of Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design or Fashion Design, but who have not yet defined their preference for a specific area and want to try all of them before making a final decision. All artistic, plastic, conceptual, technical and project facets are covered over the year through courses and workshops that encompass all the fundamental subjects for an introduction to the professional practice of design and of project culture.

    This course has a blended theoretical/practical structure offering a project core around which the other fundamental subjects for the creative exercise follow. This methodology allows applied learning, learning by designing, the DNA of our Total Designers.

    In addition, each workshop, on each one of the design disciplines, is led by leading working professionals who guide our students through the different creative processes involved in a design project in a much more realistic manner.

    Course file

    Foundation Course in Global Design

    • Type of course : Foundation Course
    • Language : English
    • School: Design
    • IED Credits: 72
    • Start date: September 2022
    • Duration: 1 year
    • Timetable : Morning-Afternoon
    • Attendance: In-person
    • Qualification: Private
    • Enrollment rate: 2500 €
    • Course Fee: 11600 €
    • Course Fee (non UE residents): 12100 €


    Learn the necessary and fundamental tools for design from the multidisciplinary perspective of a Total Designer. Conceiving, building and communicating are the three important aspects of this course, which covers every artistic, conceptual, technical and project aspect.
    Help students to define their preference for one of the areas of design.




    The teaching methodology used in the course is mainly practical. The theoretical contents are acquired in an applied manner, with priority given to the process of experimentation and active participation. Accordingly, in parallel with theory and technique, the course involves experimental and design workshops.

    The course is divided into major teaching blocks that train students in the basic design tools while they learn about and come into contact with the four fundamental fields: product, fashion, interior and graphic design.

    1. Design and creativity
    Theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals and references relating to design, colour, visual and structural languages, perception of space and objects etc. through subjects that develop the student’s capacity for ideation, analysis and creativity, such as Foundations of Design, Theory and History of Art and Colour.

    2. Projects
    During the spring semester, various projects-workshops are performed for each one of the design disciplines (product, fashion, interior and graphic) so as to provide students with a practical introduction to each. In these projects, students apply and integrate the knowledge acquired in other subjects. These spaces are led by working professionals in the field of design.

    3. Communication
    Communication is the most important tool for conveying an idea and convincing a client. Over the course, students are also introduced to basic design communication tools, such as Drawing. Digital Communication and Technology
    Similarly, through the course contents, a commitment to sustainable development and innovation linked to design creativity is shared with the students.


    Professional Opportunities

    This course provides knowledge for professional opportunities related to the field of design. It therefore opens the path for:

    • Design studios in any speciality: product, fashion, graphic and interior.
    • Multidisciplinary design teams during the ideation, communication and concept creation stages.
    • Design of fashion and accessories.
    • Design of products with artisanal production or self-production.
    • Design of window displays, visual merchandising and scenography.
    • Audiovisual communication and identity development studios.

    Teachers and collaborators

    Juan Ramírez

    Graduated in 1999 from the School of Architecture of Madrid. Certificate of Proficiency in Doctoral Research in 2002. He has been awarded with fellowships by the UCM and the UIMP and completed postgraduate programmes at the CBA, IED, UPM and COAM. Member of Retail Design Institute Spain. Lecturer at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca UPSAM School of Architecture between 2007 and 2013. Bilingual teacher at IED since 2017 (Representation systems, Drawing. Communication and Interior Design Projects).


    Oskar Ranz

    Visual artist with over 20 years’ experience. He has produced numerous solo exhibitions in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, England, Germany and the USA. His works form part of numerous public and private collections. His abundant bibliography and publications include "Sé verla al revés”, a monographic publication of his work from 1996 to 2006. Teacher with over 15 years' experience in Art Schools where he develops programmes on Educational Innovation, Teacher Training for Art Schools and Artistic Baccalaureate and updating teaching methods in classrooms as well as educational projects in Museums of Contemporary Art.


    Jorge Sánchez-Cruzado Ramírez

    Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences with over 15 years' experience in the field of sustainability from different approaches. Over the last 6 years, his career has been focused towards design in relation to sustainability, both of technological solutions and strategic processes and systems. At present, in parallel with his work as a teacher, he is a designer and facilitator of strategic processes towards sustainability in the Altekio cooperative and he collaborates with Biomatrix Water, a Scottish company engaged in innovative solutions for the regeneration of ecosystems, located in Findhorn Ecovillage, where he lived for 3 years. He also collaborates with the Global Ecovillage Network -GEN- of which he is an ambassador, with the SANNAS association of companies for the Triple Bottom Line and he is a member of the board of directors of the environmental NGO Territorios Vivos.


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