Master in Editorial Design


Program Description

Editorial design has expanded dramatically. The role of the designer has evolved from creator to producer and increasingly directs more processes directly and turns them into an opportunity.

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Basic data

  • Qualification: Master in Editorial Design, own title issued by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
  • Director: Marc Panero, Albert Folch
  • ECTS credits: 60
  • Duration: October 2020 to July 2021; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Workshops from Monday to Friday.
  • Price: Spanish Edition. October 2020: € 10,000 (+ € 450 pre-registration)
  • Language: Two editions: Spanish and English
  • Access and admission requirements: Official university degree or equivalent to Graphic Design. Knowledge of Graphic Design software.


How can designers deal with content, print and digital? In the Master in Editorial Design you will know the possibilities of editorial experiences beyond the format.

The field of editorial design has undergone a drastic expansion. The designer's role has evolved from creator to producer, and he manages more and more processes directly, and each process becomes an opportunity.

There are those who affirm that the printed medium is finished and that the future will be strictly digital. However, the reality is much more complex and vibrant. Instead of witnessing the disappearance of traditional formats, the new practice harmonizes and empowers them, offering the user a more dynamic and transversal experience.

This context poses great challenges and opportunities for designers dedicated to editorial design . The role of these professionals goes beyond the traditional; They have become content strategists and storytellers, always from the knowledge of technology. It is about finding the connection between content, context and formats.

In the Master in Editorial Design you will learn diverse perspectives from international experts in the field of editorial design. Together, we will explore this new paradigm through projects, workshops and talks. Not only will you discover some answers to today's challenges, but you will also learn to overcome those of the future. The program claims research, creativity and imagination in the creation of editorial products.

This Master is aimed at curious, dynamic and proactive students who want to explore the complex relationship between design and content, and also the symbiosis between print and digital.

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The practice of design requires professionals with a decisive mind, with their own criteria and with a broad perspective of contemporary design. We want the Master in Editorial Design to facilitate these issues through experimentation and active and practical learning, with the support of great professionals.

Students will work on three projects that they will develop in all their aspects: a book, a magazine and a digital platform. Teachers will collaborate in this process and encourage students to go further, to go into detail without losing perspective through a balanced combination of thought, planning and action. Beyond technical issues, the Master in Editorial Design has been developed to encourage students in the pursuit of personal and professional development.



Currently, the practice of design is developed collectively and we want this transformation to also be reflected in this Master. Working effectively, with quality and in an intelligent way implies contrasting, collaborating and sharing, that is why, during the course, each student works as a team with another student in search of meaningful and fruitful collaboration.

Practice is the key

Theory is important; but the true development of the graphic designer culminates in the practice of design. The Master has a direct impact on this reality and is developed from an eminently practical perspective: experience offers us most of the design responses.

Close to reality

The Master in Editorial Design has been developed as a smooth transition process between the academic and professional world. For this reason, we want students to develop the best of themselves, to maintain their motivation and create a work environment close to that experienced in a professional environment.

Teachers and students: a collaboration

The Master's teaching staff is made up of prestigious design professionals who play an active role in the development of students. Their experience and knowledge will allow students to have constant advice in the search for solutions, in their own decision-making and in the development of their criteria.


The Master in Editorial Design approaches the practice of editorial design from multiple perspectives and through different formats. The editorial designer must have the capacity to adapt to a changing industry, to play more and more different roles.

The course is structured around different projects and teaching formats :

Team building

Before starting to work with the contents of the program, students will have time to get to know each other through practical exercises. This is the initial phase to choose the different teammates for each project.

It is about providing students with techniques and tools for collaboration and joint creation that they can use throughout the year.

Master Projects

With the problem-solving dynamics, common in the professional field, students will develop three projects throughout the course to delve into the three fundamental areas of editorial design: book, periodicals and the digital publishing environment. In each project, students will work with a different partner to emphasize the importance of teamwork and the complementarity of talents.

Art Direction and Redesign

They are practical exercises that delve into different specific areas of editorial design.

In this case, students will explore their creative potential in collaboration with professionals who also participate in the field of editorial design: photographers, illustrators, etc. Students must also develop new versions of existing projects with pre-established parameters.

Typography, graphic production and editing

They provide students with a series of essential knowledge for the editorial designer and, at the same time, allow them to improve their three Projects from different points of view, be it the correct edition of the written content, the definition of an aspect of production or the detail of the typographic execution.


The workshops allow us to complement and deepen other competencies and disciplines of editorial design. We develop them as meetings with recognized specialists and professionals.
They are usually scheduled from Monday to Friday.


They are compact courses that offer practical exercises aimed at improving the skills of the editorial designer. They cover a multitude of topics, from new software to the challenges posed by the future of the discipline.

Writing and presentation techniques in public

In addition to working on ideas, concepts, shapes, colors and fonts, editorial design also deals with the quality of texts and the ability to present projects to clients.
They are theoretical-practical exercises on collateral topics, but important for editorial design.

Showcases and Case Studies

Regularly, we organize meetings with local designers that allow us to share experiences and design phenomena, and obtain new points of view, reflections and references that enrich our perspective on the practice of the profession.

International conferences

We invite prestigious international designers to give a conference that allows students to learn first-hand about experiences, projects and case studies in different fields of editorial design.

A unique experience

Expand your vision

We propose this Master in Editorial Design as the beginning of something new and not as an inevitable step in your career. We want this course to prepare you to find your own professional path and that is why we will encourage you to enhance your independence and talent to explore the different disciplines of editorial design.

Discover your potential

Learn to connect different ideas and perspectives to open possibilities in your future. We offer you the right tools and experience to design, to create the strategy or content, to direct or lead the process.

Build an excellent portfolio

The projects that you will carry out throughout the course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an excellent portfolio, a key issue for making a good transition to the professional world.

A unique experience

The combination of projects, workshops, showcases, conferences and tutorials make this Master a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience.

A city that breathes design

Barcelona breathes design, culture, gastronomy and events of all kinds; which makes it a perfect city to learn and enjoy. Barcelona will inspire you and make your stay an unforgettable experience.

A multicultural and enriching environment

Our students come from all over the world and create a vibrant cultural atmosphere where the exchange of ideas, views and cultures occurs in a natural way.

Practical information


Each academic year two editions of the Master are held, one in Spanish and the other in English.

  • MDE (Master in Editorial Design) is the Spanish edition.
  • MED (Master in Editorial Design) is the English edition.

Number of students

In each edition of the Master in Editorial Design, a maximum of 20 students will be accepted. Once registration is open, candidates will be selected as pre-registrations become effective.

Who is it for?

Preferably higher graduates in graphic design and professional profiles with accredited experience. Exceptionally, according to their portfolio and trajectory, graduates in communication, fine arts and advertising are accepted. The candidate must be efficient and autonomous in handling graphic design software.


A Spanish edition (MDE) and an English edition (MED).

In both editions, most of the workshops use English as the vehicular language with the support of Spanish according to the needs of the audience. Almost all the conferences and some showcases or case studies are conducted in English.


Due to our interest in the best continuum of the program and the constant transformation of design practice, we reserve the right to make changes to the content and teaching staff of the Master.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering is a university center founded in 1961 and it is the oldest school of design in Spain. ELISAVA is among the 100 best schools of design and architectu ... Read More

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