Since 1989 ESDi Higher School of Design, centre attached to Universitat Ramon Llull (URL), is engaged to people who dare to redesign the world, and design and build its future. Its mission is to transmit art and design knowledge by a creative process governed by analysis, effort and talent.
In 1992, ESDi becomes the first centre in Spanish State in teaching Design university studies, awarding the own Degree of Universitat Ramon Llull: “Official Undergraduate Degree in Design”. Following the same line, in 2000 the academic fusion with Escola d’Arts I Tècniques de la Moda (EATM) of Barcelona is signed, strengthening in this way both textile and fashion speciality and the rest of the taught studies.
Since the academic year 2008-2009, ESDi teaches Official Undergraduate Degree in Design as a centre attached to Universitat Ramon Llull, following the guidelines settled by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This is a very important fact that will enable the designer, once graduated, to gain admittance to master’s degree or the national and international world of work under the same conditions of the rest of Official Degrees.
In this way, ESDi-URL has become the first Spanish university in offering Official Undergraduate Degree in Design in all its disciplines: Graphic, Product, Interior, Fashion, Audiovisual and Design Management (Multidisciplinary Integration). Offering a total of 140 seats. Also, the centre has been the pioneer in teaching design third-year studies, specifically teaching an Official Master’s Degree which opens the access doors to Design doctorate.
ESDi structures its educational activity in different Educational Units and Knowledge Development (UDDC) and in Experimentation and Application Units (UEA). The centre combines teaching, knowledge transfer and research diffusion. Since 2012 the centre has a research group approved by Universitat Ramon Llull (URL): TADD, Theory, Analysis and Development of Design.
10 reasons to study in ESDi
REASON 1. OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
In 1992 ESDi was the first Spanish centre in teaching Design university studies and since the academic year, 2008-2009 teaches the Official Undergraduate Degree in Design, as an attached centre to Ramon Llull University according to guidelines established in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
REASON 2. FAST AND HIGH LABOUR MARKET INTEGRATION
61% of ESDi graduates start their professional activity between 1 and 3 months after graduating and 70% before 6 months (92% a year after graduating). Moreover, graduates who decide to be entrepreneurs and to start their own professional project, ESDi offers them support in terms of advice and spaces and infrastructures cession.
REASON 3. SIX DESIGN PROGRAMMES
ESDi-URL is the only Spanish university in offering Official Undergraduate Degree in Design in all its disciplines: Graphic, Product, Interior, Fashion, Audiovisual and Design Management (Multidisciplinary Integration).
REASON 4. TRAINING PROFESSIONALS
ESDi trains good professionals by an excellent academic curriculum, the practical experience that students acquire and the relationships network in the design world. Professionals who venture with promptness and success into the corporate world, either joining designers consolidated teams or daring to start their own project.
REASON 5. INTERNSHIP AND PROJECTS WITH ENTERPRISES
Students make a professional internship period in enterprises that becomes their first work experience in the design field, at the same time that it gives them the chance to apply all the knowledge acquired at the moment in class. Moreover, ESDi carries out different academic projects in collaboration with renowned enterprises within the sector.
REASON 6. FOREIGN-EXCHANGES
ESDi has agreements to develop international cooperation projects and to ease students and professors exchanges with several universities from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
REASON 7. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
One of the Foundation aims for ESDi is to promote academic excellence, foster academic careers and that no student with vocation and ability for design is excluded from the school for economic reasons. That is why several types of scholarships, grants and discounts are given to ease the access to studies.
REASON 8. METHODOLOGY AND PROFESSORS
ESDi Official Undergraduate Degree in Design is given by professors and team members of a recognised career in the design field. Academic programme is based on three knowledge areas: theoretical, instrumental and of projects; subjects are distributed harmoniously among the three areas to achieve the foreseen aims all along the 4 years.
REASON 9. MORE THAN 10.000 M2 OF FACILITIES
ESDi has more than 14.000 m2 of facilities, including computer labs, industrial workshop, dressmaking workshop, stitch workshop, fretwork workshop, photography set, video set with direction control room and professional mobile lighting system, library, cafeteria and restaurant, among others.
REASON 10. 10 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
ESDi graduates can join up research and innovation groups that structure its activity around the school with research fellowships and experimentation and third year training scholarships.
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