The development of students’ creative capacities is a trademark of the University of Navarra and the basis of the new degree in Design. Supported by the prestige of the Museum and of the School of Architecture, the student is provided, from a high cultural level, with technical skills and a mastery of the creative processes that allow the student to assume leadership of design teams in a post-industrial society. (Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Director of the School of Architecture).
The Degree in Design consists of 240 ECTS distributed over 4 academic terms of 60 ECTS each. The credits are distributed between core, mandatory, and specialization elective subjects, as well as a degree final project in the following manner:
Core: 60 ECTS
Mandatory: 126 ECTS
Specialization Electives: 36 ECTS
Degree Final Project: 18 ECTS
In order to obtain the degree it is necessary to attain the 240 ECTS of the degree program.
The degree program includes the following fields for specialization: Product Design, Fashion Design, and Service Design. All students are required to complete the program with one of these design electives. Throughout the degree, the student will complete a total of 54 ECTS related to the chosen field:
6 ECTS of design technique. The student is introduced to the knowledge specific to each of the three specialties.
30 ECTS of complementary training. The student chooses 30 elective ECTS directly related to the chosen specialty.
18 ECTS for the degree final project: orientated to the chosen specialty.
What high school grades are required for acceptance into the program?
The School of Architecture’s admissions team considers candidates based on their high school grade point average (60%) and the results of their admissions test (40%). In this way, the student’s effort throughout the academic year is taken into account, as well as their creative abilities.
What professional outcomes can be expected from a degree in design?
The broad character of design is such that it is relevant across all disciplines, allowing graduates to work in all kinds of companies, designing products, fashion, or services. The teaching method, based on learning through projects, gives rise to professionals with leadership, teamwork and risk management skills. Additionally, since the degree final project is developed working with actual companies, students are immersed in the professional world before finishing their studies.
The school also offers students the opportunity to do business internships during the degree. In addition, students can participate in employability workshops, where they are able to develop their professional skills (teamwork, leadership, communication) and where they can learn about interviewing techniques, resume/CV/portfolio writing development, and/or how to monetize online platforms such as linkedin.
What do the specialization electives contribute to the Degree in Design?
Each of the three electives is considered to be a professionalizing, coherent, and versatile itinerary, with professional workplace and economic requirements implicit in each one of the profiles.
These electives provide the student with knowledge that is complimentary to basic architectural training. The topics include:
Product Design. This involves the basic knowledge and techniques necessary for designing and developing creative and innovate products, according to demand and production needs. Among others, the following topics will be addressed: digital modeling, applied arts and prototyping, user experience analysis, Spanish design, system design for sustainability, strategic branding and licensing, design futures (trends, foresight and intuition), portfolio and project presentation, furniture and urban environment, etc.
Fashion Design. Students acquire the cultural, methodological, and technical tools necessary for professional development in the field of Fashion Design. Through theoretical and practical subjects, the student will acquire the skills necessary in order to conceive of a fashion product: from learning classic patterns, to 3D modeling and prototyping, brand communication strategies, management tasks, Spanish fashion, color and perception, design futures (trends, foresight and intuition), portfolio and project presentation, etc.
Service Design. This provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary for conceiving, developing, and executing a service that can be of diverse nature: an event, the adaptation of a space for a particular function, an exhibition, an image campaign, etc.
To achieve this, the student will use various tools and techniques from various disciplines, such as architecture, plastic arts, anthropology, psychology or communication (sociological and market analysis, management, planning and projects, digital design, artistic techniques, assembly techniques, lighting techniques, etc. ).