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  • Course description
    BA (Hons) in Business Design.
    Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

    The BA (Hons) in Business Design provides training for students in the fields of management, design and technology to drive innovation in companies of the 21st century.

    Today’s labour market is increasingly demanding a new professional profile that can participate in multidisciplinary teams in charge of identifying innovation opportunities, generating creative ideas and developing and implementing new strategies, products or services. 

    The BA (Hons) in Business Design is a course for people aiming to make a contribution to improving the world through user-friendly, technologically feasible and viable solutions for companies.Its three-year programme provides a set of design tools and methodologies that can be applied to companies in order to solve challenges and create valuable solutions.


    CREDITS: 360 UK
    DURATION: 3 YEARS
    ATTENDANCE: FULL-TIME
    LANGUAGE: ENGLISH


    Methodology.

    Design Thinking is not only taught as a subject but is also present throughout the entire learning process. The students alternate between stages of “diverging” work, in which they have to learn to analyse the context in which they are operating, identify opportunities and generate ideas, and stages of “converging” work, in which they have to find and propose solutions, validate them and implement them. Hands-on learning is therefore an integral part of the students’ experience and they are asked to participate actively in the teaching activities, constantly moving between theoretical input and practical exercises. 

    Objectives.

    The first year focuses on the basics of design, business and technology. The students explore design at the graphical and product levels and as a key element in communication. They also look at the concept of “user-focused” design. In the area of business, they focus on how to find innovative solutions to complex challenges.

    The second year looks in depth at the product research and prototyping stage and familiarises the students with the concepts of user experience and service design so that they can acquire an overall view of the design process as a central management tool for companies in any field. In addition, the students focus on the idea generation and definition process, while closely examining the factors required for managing the legal, financial, branding and communication aspects of business, with an emphasis on the digital world..

    In the third year, the students work on exploring design at a more intangible level, such as defining strategies, prototyping services, analysing designs and, in the business and technology section, focusing on defining and implementing innovation processes. Lastly, they have to apply all the knowledge acquired in the three years of the course to develop their final project, in which they are asked to research, define and present proposals and solutions for a real-world corporate challenge. To prepare them to go out into the world of work, the students also touch on the topic of personal branding, in order to develop their own personal brand.


    Job Opportunities.

    After finishing the course, the students will be able to design and manage strategies in the various areas of a company to create added value for a business and increase its profits. They will be prepared to take on these duties within a company either directly or from a consultancy or strategic design studio.

    Their training will allow them to work in innovation departments, managing the uncertainties of the future and incorporating innovation strategies. They will also develop an entrepreneurial mentality that will permit them to design businesses or create start-ups.

    They will have the skills needed to work internationally in service design, strategic design, innovation, entrepreneurship and also in the field of communications, both in companies and in consultancies, agencies and studios.




    1.
    HISTORY OF DESIGN
    INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR DESIGN
    SEMIOTICS OF COMMUNICATION
    DESIGN THINKING
    PRODUCT DESIGN
    BUSINESS STRATEGY
    INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING
    INTRODUCTION TO INNOVATION
    FINANCE FUNDAMENTALS
    OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
    TECHNOLOGY EVOLUTION
    DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIES & DATA ANALYTICS
    LEVEL 4 PROJECT

    2.
    DESIGN RESEARCH
    TRENDS
    SERVICE DESIGN
    STRATEGIC DESIGN
    UX DESIGN
    FINANCE
    BUSINESS LAW
    BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION
    ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    PRINCIPLES OF WEB DEVELOPMENT
    PRINCIPLES OF APP DEVELOPMENT
    LEVEL 5 PROJECT
    TRANSVERSAL WORKSHOPS 2

    3.
    SOCIAL INNOVATION
    DESIGN MANAGEMENT
    SPECULATIVE DESIGN
    INNOVATIVE COMPANY
    TEAM AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
    SMART DESIGN
    DIGITAL MANAGEMENT
    FINAL PROJECT


    IED in Barcelona:

    The objective of the Istituto Europeo di Design is to train young people in the fields of Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Management for Creative Industries, providing them with efficient tools so that they are able to respond to the demands of the current professional world. To this end, the school has developed an innovative and diversified teaching methodology that addresses aspects such as technology and experimentation, expressiveness in messages and integrated communication, together with market problems and new scenarios.

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