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  • Course description
    Postgraduate in Design for Innovation Strategy.

    • Edition: 6th
    • Language: English
    • Duration: 3 months
    • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6.30pm to 10.40pm
    • Credits: 30*


    The Postgraduate in Design for Innovation Strategy equips students with design-specific methodologies and tools allowing them to identify new business opportunities and come up with valuable solutions.

    Global trends such as technological breakthroughs, a growing population, scarce resources and climate change are posing major challenges for companies. And an innovation-based strategy is crucial to ensure sustainable long‑term growth. Here, design plays a key role in promoting and facilitating innovation.

    This Postgraduate Degree trains leaders with the ability to manage complex design processes and take on new challenges to promote innovation. To this end, the course proposes a dynamic methodology and a practical approach based on analysing data, exchanging information and discussing case studies, as well as including conferences, talks and workshops.


    The course aims to provide the knowledge for the understanding and use of design as a strategic tool to articulate and promote innovation. It seeks to train professionals to lead the management of complex processes of design and undertake new challenges, in order to exploit opportunities applying knowledge and methodologies to foster innovation:

     . Equip the participants with the set of skills to promote, develop and manage innovation through design, either on a project or within an organization.

     . Provide the knowledge and methodological tools to allow developing and managing innovative projects, from creating new products and services to create new business models or redefining processes, always from the perspective of “design thinking”.

     . Understanding the design methodologies and processes that allow bringing ideas into practice.

    From a critical approach, the course will provide the skills to be able to challenge the established procedures identify opportunities, implement innovative strategies through creativity and design, integrating all the knowledge involved in the innovation process.


    IED Barcelona Intensive Postgraduates propose a dynamic methodology in which the course serves as a laboratory for analysis & exchange of information and discussion of cases. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences with the speakers, in a climate of close dialogue that serves as a meeting point of their current knowledge and future career aspirations.

    The course will have a practical “hands on” approach, combined with master classes and conferences. The students will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with the professors in a close collaboration environment. The classes are expected to become active workshops with a “learning by doing” approach integrated with the theoretical content provided by the professors.

    The curriculum will be implemented in a dynamic environment, combining different types of classes to enable professional enrichment:.

    . Presentations in which a prestigious professional exposes topics that are then analyzed based on case studies.

    . Sessions of debate and analysis to discuss on various working models, methodologies, tools, and applications.

    . Technical classes on tools and resources delivered by prestigious industry professionals.

    As an application of the new knowledge acquired during the course, students will conduct two research projects that include the stages of analysis, development, implementation plan and presentation of results.

    Project 1 will be developed in groups, in order to experience and analyze the potential benefits of dynamic work in a multidisciplinary team. It is oriented as a preparation/experimentation for the second one.

    Project 2 is also developed in groups, will be the main project of the course. The objective is to apply and implement all the methodologies and knowledge learned during the course, working on real challenges defined by the collaborating companies.

    Student Profile

    . Grade/degree in any Design discipline, engineers, architects, marketing, communication and businesses professionals.

     . Communication and marketing specialists,

    . Professionals dedicated to the world of business and strategic planning

    . Entrepreneurs and industrialists from different sectors seeking to question their own value creation processes and to find techniques and methodologies to rethink their approach to business

    . Other professionals with proven experience in the field of design, innovation or marketing

    Job Opportunities

    Participants will have the skills to work in companies and organizations in several fields performing some of the following functions:

    . Coordinate and develop processes for design innovation and its implementation as a strategic tool

    . Identification of business opportunities through the methodologies learned

    . Strategic vision for the conceptualization and development of new products and services

    . Management and promotion of creative culture within the company

    . Have the skills and vision for working in multidisciplinary teams.

    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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