Bau Design College of Barcelona

Introduction

Presentation

Bau is a centre that provides higher education in the field of design.

Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, BAU is situated in an industrial area of over 6,000 m2 equipped with specific rooms for teaching and multi-purpose spaces designed to promote research, creation and innovation.

The training offered at Bau materialises in university degrees in graphic, audiovisual, interior and fashion design as well as Master’s and Postgraduate degrees. It also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Design ‘Bau Nit’ (Bau Evening), in the specializations of Graphic Design and Interior Design, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of courses, monographic courses and workshops.

History

Bau, Design College of Barcelona, was founded in 1989, on the initiative of a group of professional designers with a strong educational and teaching vocation, as a modern, innovative and multi-disciplinary high-level centre of studies in Design, to complement the models of the more traditional training centres existing at that time in Barcelona.

In 2003, Bau commits itself to a move to the 22@ district, now the innovation and design district of the city, where it restores and renovates a magnificent industrial area of over 6,000 m2.

2009 was an important milestone in the history of our Centre: within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), BAU became a centre attached to the University of Vic (UVIC). It thus became a pioneering centre in providing university studies for the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.

The quality of training at Bau, which is evaluated by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), guarantees our present and our future.

Pedagogic system

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 sustainable development to respond to the changing needs of society.

The training model of Bau brings a solid humanistic, cultural, artistic, technical and methodological training that is characterised by up-to-date teaching, connected to the real professional world from the culture of the project perspective.

Bau guarantees small classes to encourage comprehensive training, teamwork and personalized teaching, and is careful to watch over the research activity of both teachers and students as a basis for enhancing creative skills and innovation.

The Bau teaching team applies innovative, quality teaching practices based on the applicability of learning through the development of the projects, and teaches students to work rigorously and systematically to achieve the professionalization of the creative process.

Bau aims to promote multilingualism for professional purposes, and particularly mastery of the English Language, as the essential language for competitiveness in the employment market in the field of design as well as for exercising the profession, and to contribute to the international reputation of its students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Spanish

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Programs

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Master

Master's in Branding and Packaging Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

Nowadays, companies are much more than simply the products they offer but the total sum of the value of the company, in which we can include the services they offer, the people who work for them, the communications they make as well as where they make them. [+]

Master's in Branding and Packaging Design The Master's in Branding and Packaging Design (60 ECTS) is obtained by completing two postgraduate degrees, for 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be completed in the same academic year, or in different years. All postgraduate courses that are part of a master's degree can be taken independently. PRESENTATION Nowadays, companies are much more than simply the products they offer but the total sum of the value of the company, in which we can include the services they offer, the people who work for them, the communications they make as well as where they make them, and, of course, their culture. In the current climate, Branding is now even more important. Only brands that have been managed with a clear strategy will stay ahead of the plethora of other brands and products. Branding does not only involve the visual aspect: it is a question of managing how the brand wishes to be perceived. This implies working on all its attributes, not only its graphical presentation, and must include all those contact moments when the brand is interacting with its audience. Branding is the most effective way of getting through to the consumer and establishing a relationship between that consumer and the brand that is both rational and emotional. This postgraduate course is for students or professionals with proven experience, who wish to specialise in the design of brands and the development of their needs of expression. GENERAL AIMS OF THE TRAINING Introducing the... [-]

Master's in Design of Commercial Spaces and Visual Merchandising

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

Commercial spaces are currently the scene of a social activity on which a considerable part of the economy rests: the consumer society. The products we consume travel a long way before they reach our hands. [+]

Master's in Design of Commercial Spaces and Visual Merchandising The Master's in the Design of Commercial Spaces and Visual Merchandising (60 ECTS) is obtained by completing two postgraduate degrees, for 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be completed in the same academic year, or in different years. All postgraduate courses that are part of a master's degree can be taken independently. PRESENTATION Commercial spaces are currently the scene of a social activity on which a considerable part of the economy rests: the consumer society. The products we consume travel a long way before they reach our hands. Manufacturers, distributors, businessmen, marketing procedures, etc., are involved in this process. However, the space in which consumer products are brought together is also an important area for corporate image, and the responsibility for this falls on the interior designer who designs this setting. Designers of interior spaces should no longer limit their concerns to the construction conditions of the space and the location in order to optimize and make the most of the resources that have been invested in the premises. The characteristics of the product and the consumer to whom it is aimed, the business model that comes from the commercial space itself, the marketing used for the positioning of the product and the point of sale have become parameters of significant relevance during the design process that this postgraduate course deals with. Unlike the postgraduate course on Visual Merchandising, whose purpose is to define the discipline of the professional in... [-]

Master's in Design Research and Experimentation

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

Design in the 21st century needs professionals with trans-disciplinary training, who are capable of working in collaborative processes, and who investigate and understand the world in which they live and the effects of their own activity. [+]

Master's in Design Research and Experimentation Design in the 21st century needs professionals with trans-disciplinary training, who are capable of working in collaborative processes, and who investigate and understand the world in which they live and the effects of their own activity. The increasing dependence on technological devices, the material dimension of life and the presence of objects with which we interact every day make contemporary design a privileged place from which to think and intervene in the world. For these reasons, this Master’s course is offered as an area for reflection about the very processes of design, but also as an area for experimentation, practice and critical intervention. The principal aim of the Master’s in Design Research and Experimentation is to provide conceptual tools and promote experimental practices for research in design and for a critical transformation of the socio-cultural environments in which we live. This Master’s course emerges as a commitment to the convergence of design as an area for the production of knowledge and research and design as a tool for intervention and social innovation with which to re-think and re-shape present and future lifestyles. The course combines kinds of awareness and methodologies that are peculiar to experimental and collaborative environments such as Medialabs, Fablabs or workshops for artistic creation with the research methodologies of the social sciences, studies in science and technology or cultural studies. In this way, the theoretical sessions are accompanied by practical workshops in the HANGAR production centre, where a working area is... [-]

Master's in Digital Publishing

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

New digital technologies in editorial design represent a big change for the professional designer. This digital reality affects both the concept and creative process, and the production and dissemination of editorial works. [+]

Master's in Digital Publishing The Master's in Digital Publishing (60 ECTS) is obtained by completing two postgraduate degrees, for 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be completed in the same academic year, or in different years. All postgraduate courses that are part of a master's degree can be taken independently. PRESENTATION New digital technologies in editorial design represent a big change for the professional designer. This digital reality affects both the concept and creative process, and the production and dissemination of editorial works. Traditional textbooks and periodicals are transformed and evolve a new digital dimension requiring re-think old concepts and learn new working methods and technologies. Publishing, professional, Designer cannot ignore these changes. The publishing industry needs more than ever to professional designers in this transition to the new technologies in constant growth. The creative designer must have a dynamic and open attitude towards new technologies. This postgraduate course provides an opportunity to publishing, professional, designer to go along with the big publishing houses by new digital technologies. SYLLABUS This postgraduate course is organised in 10 modules and is completed upon handing in the Final Project. Module I - Publishing Module II - Creation of interactive digital magazines. DPS Module III - Core project of digital magazine creation Module IV - Typography applied to digital publishing design Module V - Criticism and analysis of the briefing for Digital Publishing Module VI - Information architecture and graphic synthesis in digital publications Module VII - Usability in digital publications Module VIII... [-]

Master's in Fashion Management

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

Communication in the world of fashion has turned full circle, and the customer is now the main character in the story. The fashion industry is a business which transmits creative concepts, not only through clothes but also through messages and images which have an impact on society and on culture. [+]

Master's in Fashion Management The Master's in Fashion Management (60 ECTS) is obtained by completing two postgraduate degrees, for 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be completed in the same academic year, or in different years. All postgraduate courses that are part of a master's degree can be taken independently. PRESENTATION Communication in the world of fashion has turned full circle, and the customer is now the main character in the story. The fashion industry is a business which transmits creative concepts, not only through clothes but also through messages and images which have an impact on society and on culture. The digital revolution imposes criteria for understanding how an effective dialogue may be produced between brand and consumer, and that the content should be made significant by transmitting values and imagery which help to reinforce the brand’s identity. Univocally in fashion is obsolete. The incorporation of e-commerce, digital publications and the publishing sector, and the relevance of the social networks, have all created a new pattern of contact in which the on-line world is the centre of innovation within fashion communication General aims of the training To impart specific knowledge applied to fashion communication and its context. To teach the abilities, skills and transverse knowledge required in the strategic management of digital communication in a fashion brand. To train versatile and competent professionals in the fields of fashion communication, digital environments and the production of content which is orientated towards branding. STUDY PLAN This postgraduate degree is composed... [-]

Master's in Graphic Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

Due to the increase in channels of communication and information exchange, the demand for graphic designers has increased exponentially. Graphic Design is a discipline whose aim is to create and convey messages through images. [+]

Master's in Graphic Design Due to the increase in channels of communication and information exchange, the demand for graphic designers has increased exponentially. Graphic Design is a discipline whose aim is to create and convey messages through images. For this reason it shares some fundamental elements with many other artistic and communications disciplines. Nonetheless, it requires specific training which encompasses the use of specialized graphic design tools and the transformation of a message into a concept and a graphic composition which responds to a request. This master's offers training on the essentials to be a graphic designer. With a multidisciplinary rather than specialized focus, it provides an overview of the different areas of design: corporate image, advertising, editorial design, packaging and web design. In conjunction with these areas are the tools and resources used by designers: typography, photography, illustration, and the history of art and infographics. GENERAL AIMS OF THE TRAINING To provide a solid base in idea conceptualization and project development of different subjects as well as training in the necessary tools to carry out these projects. With a practical focus based on technical principles and case analysis, the final objective of this master's is to offer all the tools and knowledge necessary to manage a graphic design project. SYLLABUS This course is organised around 3 modules that complement each other and are taught simultaneously throughout one academic year. The course is completed upon handing in the Final Project. Each module consists of several subjects. MODULE I – WORKSHOPS... [-]

Master's in Interior Space Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

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. [+]

Master's 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. 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. SYLLABUS 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 module’s academic objectives 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. MODULE II – PROJECT AREA The project is the axis of any process of the... [-]

Master's in Motion Graphics Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Master's in Motion Graphics Design of 60 ECTS is obtained by completing the two postgraduate degrees of 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be done either in one academic year or in different years. [+]

Master's in Motion Graphics Design The Master's in Motion Graphics Design of 60 ECTS is obtained by completing the two postgraduate degrees of 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be done either in one academic year or in different years. Alternatively, all postgraduate degrees which form part of a master can be done independently. PRESENTATION From the pioneering credits of Saul Bass and the visual experiences of Norman McLaren to the modern creations of Michel Gondry and Danny Yount, today graphics in movement has found a new audiovisual space – film, television, internet...- new challenges and opportunities. Identity and packaging for TV, Series and Movie headings, video clips, video projections, advertising, corporate audiovisual elements, audiovisual training support..., a workspace in expansion for the new audiovisual designer. An atmosphere in which the professional, in addition to competently managing tools and resources, needs the knowledge of media and competence in language and audiovisual resources, in order to successfully connect with the spectator / user of the 21st century. GENERAL AIMS OF THE TRAINING To immerse the designer in a process of reflection and experimentation around animated graphics and audiovisual creation projects, providing in-depth knowledge of digital editing and composing tools which must not only serve as an immediate solution to the basic problems of creative production but also assist and support the designer as he works in the world of ideas. SYLLABUS This postgraduate course is organised in 4 modules and is completed upon handing in the Final Project. Module I... [-]

Master in Innovation and Design Management

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

The need to innovate to achieve business excellence has contributed to change the role of design in the fields of business. The interrelationship between management and design is fundamental at a strategic level to provide to organizations a pioneer position, to obtain profitability and to create value. [+]

Master in Innovation and Design Management The need to innovate to achieve business excellence has contributed to change the role of design in the fields of business. The interrelationship between management and design is fundamental at a strategic level to provide to organizations a pioneer position, to obtain profitability and to create value. The Master in Innovation and Design Management gives to professionals this new perspective on their work. The Postgraduate Degree in Design Management emphasizes in the acquisition of business management skills, while at the Postgraduate Degree in Innovation and Design Thinking delves on how to innovate from the Design Thinking. The Master in Innovation and Design Management (60 ECTS) is obtained by completing two postgraduate degrees, for 30 ECTS each. These postgraduate degrees may be completed in the same academic year, or in different years. All postgraduate courses that are part of a master's degree can be taken independently. PRESENTATION Innovation and internationalization have emerged as the key strategies in the current economic context. New ecosystems and business strategies arise in the process of the paradigm shift from product design to service design. The design of experiences requires multi-skilled professionals with strategic and tactical proficiency when moving the customer / user to the centre of the design process and the business strategy. Design Thinking has enabled the designer to become the agent of change in organizations and to act as a lever of transformation in this new way of working, enabling innovation in processes, products, services, communication and... [-]

Master in Smart Cities

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

When the smart city concept first emerged during the last decade, it constituted the contribution of information and communication technology (ICT) to the development of cities for learning, adaptation and innovation. [+]

Master in Smart Cities. Designing with Citizens When the smart city concept first emerged during the last decade, it constituted the contribution of information and communication technology (ICT) to the development of cities for learning, adaptation and innovation. However, since then the concept has shifted towards a more neoliberal stance promoted by multinational companies, who view ICT as a means of enhancing the competitiveness of cities through the development of the digital economy. The Master’s degree in Smart Cities. Designing with Citizens, coordinated by the Design for All Foundation and Bau Design College of Barcelona takes the approach that competitiveness, economic development and improved efficiency in cities should not be an end in itself. Rather, it should be the natural consequence of the active involvement of citizens in the evolution of urban societies towards greater sustainability, as the harmonious development of a city may only be achieved through the will and empowerment of healthier, more creative and socially engaged citizens. A city may only be “smart” if its citizens collectively take up the challenge of innovating intelligently and sustainably, with the aim of creating more livable, viable and equitable cities. This programme therefore aims to provide a different view of the challenges faced by cities and the opportunities opening up this century, offering students not only an understanding of urban issues but also practical knowledge and the ability to use tools to facilitate co-creation with citizens to design smart, sustainable cities. GENERAL AIMS OF THE TRAINING The aims of this... [-]

Master’s in Stop Motion Animation

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Master’s degree in Stop-Motion Animation is a unique kind of training, at national and international level, the purpose of which is to prepare professionals in stop-motion animation in both its creative and its technical aspects. [+]

Master’s in Stop Motion Animation The Master’s degree in Stop-Motion Animation is a unique kind of training, at national and international level, the purpose of which is to prepare professionals in stop-motion animation in both its creative and its technical aspects. The curriculum combines craftsmanship and technology, and is at the same time exhaustive and eminently practical. By means of this syllabus we promote an overall and artistic perception of the management/production of projects together with the acquisition of a solid base consisting of the fundamentals of animation, combining the foregoing with the learning of the many techniques of stop motion: plasticine, cut-out, pixelation, sand, paint-on-glass, animation with light, etc., and placing special emphasis on animation with articulated stick figures. The teaching in this Master’s degree in Stop-Motion Animation is based on the direct transmission of the advanced knowledge and abilities of a team composed of practising, multi-disciplinary professionals with wide experience in industry and in teaching, and including creators/animators of international repute. In addition, the continual contact, through workshops and masterclasses, with authors of cinema animation, directors, screenwriters, musicians, animators, producers, distributors, festivals and plural-disciplinary artists gives the student a wide-ranging, up-to-date view of working situations and artistic reality in the world of stop-motion animation. The ultimate aim of these studies is that the student should know how to create and articulate a narrative discourse, animate, experience the vast possibilities of plastic, and construct conceptual and aesthetic proposals through a final project consisting of a short film. In short,... [-]

Master’s in Web Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Spain Barcelona

In a society where printing on paper is becoming less common every day, and where contents are most likely to be received via screens, there is a growing need for professionals from the graphics sector to provide an easy-to-use, responsible and attractive response to the challenges posed by the users of on-line platforms. [+]

Master’s in Web Design In a society where printing on paper is becoming less common every day, and where contents are most likely to be received via screens, there is a growing need for professionals from the graphics sector to provide an easy-to-use, responsible and attractive response to the challenges posed by the users of on-line platforms. The democratization of technology has made the constant consumption of contents one of the most common habits of people. Each moment has its own content, which is, in turn, consumed via different types of devices. This has turned the job of the designer into a more complex one, which demands specific training in the web context since it is ruled by its own regulations and codes. Consequently, the role of the web designer has become radically different from that of the graphic designer. The growing demand for qualified professionals for the on-line sector has made the discipline of web designer an essential training for anyone seeking to join highly qualified teams and to participate in extremely fascinating projects. GENERAL OBJECTIVES Training multidisciplinary designers who will have an excellent command of the particularities of the on-line medium: - They will be able to have a holistic understanding of a digital project, from the business to the technical architecture. - They will contribute with their own value as web design specialists to consolidated teams. - They will be able to understand the procedures of incremental repetitive work and become familiar with the value of methods... [-]