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HIGHER QUALIFICATION IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Bachelor of Interior Designs ISCED code: 02-Arts and Humanities/ 021-Arts / 0212 Fashion, Interior and Industrial Design/ Interior Desing.

 

Level of qualification

Level 2 (Bachelor) of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (MECES)

First Cycle of the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA)

Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

 

Duration of studies

The duration of Artistic Design Teaching for each of the specialities will consist of four academic years, each worth 60 ECTS credits, to a total of 240 ECTS credits, as per the European credit transfer system. Credits will be distributed among all areas and subjects making up the syllabus.

Allocation of credits includes hours of class time, theoretical periods or practicals, study time, time spent carrying out seminars, tasks, practicals and projects, and time needed to make preparations for and undergo examinations and assessments. The minimum number of hours per credit will be 25.

 

Access requirements

Specific access test and compliance with one of the following conditions: Secondary school qualification or equivalent; pass in the university entrance examination for those over 25; over 19 years old, with a pass in the Maturity Test.

 

Access to subsequent studies

The higher qualification in Interior Design grants access to study for Level 3 (Masters) of the Qualifications Framework in the Spanish Higher Education Area (MECES); to the Second Cycle of the Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA); and to Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

 

Profile of the qualification

The profile of interior designers is that of professionals with the ability to conceive, argue and document a creative process through theoretical and practical principles, and to analyse, conduct research and design, lead project teams and interior design teams, and to act as the direct contact for public authorities within the scope of their profession.

 

Main results of the learning process

At the end of their higher interior design course, graduates will be able to:

  • Generate and produce functional, formal and technical materials to make the best possible use of interior spaces.
  • Conceive and develop interior designs with criteria that entail improvements to the quality, utilisation and consumption of production.
  • Direct and certify the construction of interior design projects.
  • Analyse, interpret, adapt and produce information concerning the materialisation of projects.
  • Interrelate functional and symbolic languages with the specific functionality of the task.
  • Gain an insight into the characteristics, physical and chemical properties and behaviour of the materials used in interior design.
  • Acquire knowledge of the most common construction, production and manufacturing processes in the various sectors relating to interior design.
  • Adapt the methodology and proposals to technological and industrial developments within the sector.
  • Learn about the technological resources of communication and how they may be applied to interior design.
  • Master the specific technology relating to the implementation and execution of interior design projects.
  • Reflect on the positive social influence of design, appraise its impact on improvements to standards of living and the environment, and its ability to generate identity, innovation and quality in production.
  • Acquire an awareness of the legal and regulatory framework governing professional activities, employee safety and health and intellectual and industrial property rights

 

Occupational profile of graduates

Interior Design graduates may work as freelance professionals or join firms specialising in architecture, interior design and engineering; they may also work in construction companies, businesses specialising in furnishings, or in interior design. Their work will consist of designing internal spaces for the habitat, designing commercial and leisure spaces, designing administrative spaces, spaces to be used for cultural, educational and relaxation purposes, ephemeral spaces, refurbishment work on homes, landscaping and designing public spaces, entrepreneurial management of creative activity, and designing the internal components of transport systems. They may also work in research and teaching.

 

Educational components

All subjects are taught in situ.

 

Year 1

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
Science applied to design Basic Annual 4
Materials Obligatory Annual 6
Interior Design Technology I Obligatory Annual 8
Essential components of design Basic Annual 10
Basic colour Basic Annual 4
Artistic Drawing Basic Annual 6
Systems of Representation Basic Annual 6
Digital technology Basic Annual 4
Shape and Volume Basic Annual 6
History and Theory of the Arts, Architecture and Design Basic Annual 6

 

Year 2

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
Construction I Obligatory 1 Term 5
Construction II Obligatory 2 Terms 5
Wiring and communication systems Obligatory 1 Term 2
Sanitation facilities Obligatory 2 Terms 2
Interior Design Technology II Obligatory Annual 8
Photography and Audiovisual Basic Annual 4
Projects I Obligatory 1 Term 9
Projects II Obligatory 2 Terms 9
Organisation and Marketing Basic Annual 4
History of Interior Design Obligatory Annual 6
Design Culture Basic Annual 6

 

Year 3

Title Type Duración Créditos ECTS
Acoustics and Lighting Obligatory 1 Term 3
Air conditioning facilities Obligatory 2 Terms 3
Construction III Obligatory 1 Term 6
Construction IV Obligatory 2 Terms 6
Bioclimatic design Obligatory 1 Term 2
Quality control Obligatory 2 Terms 2
Measurements and estimates I Obligatory 1 Term 3
Measurements and estimates II Obligatory 2 Terms 3
Regulations and design Obligatory 1 Term 2
Projects III Obligatory 1 Term 9
Projects IV Obligatory 2 Terms 9
Safety and health Obligatory 2 Terms 2
Professional orientation Obligatory Annual 4
Electives Electives Each term 6

 

Year 4

Title Type Duración Créditos ECTS
Scenic design and events I Obligatory 1 Term 4
Scenic design and events II Obligatory 2 Terms 4
Project management and control Obligatory 1 Term 2
Virtual model-making Obligatory 1 Term 6
Project and documentation Obligatory 1 Term 2
Electives Electives 1 Term 6
External practicals 2 Terms 18
Final Project 2 Terms 18

 

Course catalogue  (PDF)

 

 

HIGHER QUALIFICATION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Higher Qualification in Artistic Design. Specialisation in Graphic Design: ISCED code 02- Arts and Humanities /021- Arts / 0211- Audiovisual Techniques /Graphic Design.

 

Level of qualification

Level 2 (Bachelor) of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (MECES).

First Cycle of the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA).

Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

 

Duration of studies

The duration of Artistic Design Teaching for each of the specialities will consist of four academic years, each worth 60 ECTS credits, to a total of 240 ECTS credits, as per the European credit transfer system. Credits will be distributed among all areas and subjects making up the syllabus.

Allocation of credits includes hours of class time, theoretical periods or practicals, study time, time spent carrying out seminars, tasks, practicals and projects, and time needed to make preparations for and undergo examinations and assessments. The minimum number of hours per credit will be 25.

 

Access requirements

Specific access test and compliance with one of the following conditions: Secondary school qualification or equivalent; pass in the university entrance examination for those over 25; over 19 years old, with a pass in the Maturity Test.

 

Access to subsequent studies

The higher qualification in Graphic Design grants access to study for Level 3 (Masters) of the Qualifications Framework in the Spanish Higher Education Area (MECES); to the Second Cycle of the Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA); and to Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

 

Profile of the qualification

The purpose of teaching higher artistic graphic design is to provide qualified training for professionals who can use graphic language to generate messages and communicate diverse contents with different media for the various channels of communication. They will also be capable of comprehending, defining and optimising design services products in their various domains, they will be well versed in scientific, humanistic, technological and artistic know-how and the methods and procedures associated with them, and will also be able to generate values with artistic, cultural, social and environmental meaning, in response to any social and technological changes that may arise.

 

Main results of the learning process

At the end of their higher graphic design course, graduates will be able to:

  • Generate, develop and materialise ideas, concepts and images for complex communication programmes.
  • Master the formal resources of expression and visual communication.
  • Comprehend and use the ability of graphic language in meaningful expression.
  • Master procedures to create communication codes.
  • Establish the organisational structures of information.
  • Interrelate functional and symbolic languages with the specific functionality of the task.
  • Apply methods to verify communicative effectiveness.
  • Master the technological resources of visual communication.
  • Create typographic solutions geared towards the project’s goals.
  • Master digital technology to process images, text and sound.
  • Acquire an awareness of the legal and regulatory framework governing professional activities, employee safety and health and intellectual and industrial property rights.
  • Reflect on the positive social influence of design, appraise its impact on improvements to standards of living and the environment, and its ability to generate identity, innovation and quality in production.

 

Occupational profile of graduates

Graphic Design graduates may work as freelance professionals or join graphic design firms, advertising agencies, communication media, publishers, and companies in any sector working on image and identity. Their work will consist of: development of corporate and visual identities; editorial design, graphic production, design of containers and packaging, management of advertising artwork, audiovisual design; graphics on television, multimedia design, interaction design, website design, design of teaching material, and graphics and communication applied to space. They may also work in research and teaching.

 

Educational components

All subjects are taught in situ

 

Year 1

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
Science applied to design Basic Annual 4
Introduction to typography Obligatory Annual 5
Communication, methodology and productivity Obligatory Annual 2
Essential components of design Basic Annual 10
Basic colour Basic Annual 4
Artistic Drawing Basic Annual 6
Systems of Representation Basic Annual 6
Digital technology Basic Annual 4
Shape and Volume Basic Annual 6
History and Theory of the Arts, Architecture and Design Basic Annual 6
IT media for graphic design I Obligatory Annual 7

 

2º Curso

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
Colour II Obligatory 1 Term 2
Printing Obligatory 2 Terms 2
IT media for graphic design II Obligatory 1 Term 5
IT media for graphic design III Obligatory 2 Terms 5
Philosophy and Aesthetics Obligatory Annual 4
Photography and Audiovisual Basic Annual 4
Graphic Design Projects I Obligatory 1 Term 7
Graphic Design Projects II Obligatory 2 Terms 7
Typography and layout Obligatory Annual 8
History of Graphic Design Obligatory Annual 4
Design Culture Basic Annual 6
Design management Basic Annual 4

 

3º Curso

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
IT media for graphic design IV Obligatory 1 Term 5
IT media for graphic design V Obligatory 1 Term 5
IT media for graphic design VI Obligatory 2 Terms 5
IT media for graphic design VII Obligatory 2 Terms 5
Photography Obligatory 1 Term 5
Emotional competencies for the graphic designer Obligatory 2 Terms 3
Graphic Design Projects III Obligatory 1 Term 7
Graphic Design Projects IV Obligatory 2 Terms 7
Graphic design management Obligatory Annual 4
Electives Electives Each term 14

 

4º Curso

Title Type Duration ECTS Credits
Electives Electives 1 Term 24
External practicals 2 Terms 18
Final Project 2 Terms 18

 

Course catalogue  (PDF)

 

 

 

GRADING SYSTEM

In our system the results for each subject are graded with an absolute score on a scale from 0 to 10, with the following qualitative equivalences: 0-4.9: fail; 5-6.9: pass; 7-8.9: very good; 9-10: outstanding. First-Class Honours may be awarded to students who score 9 or higher. Their numbers will not exceed 5% of students enrolled in a subject during that academic year. If the students enrolled are fewer than 20, only one will be awarded First-Class Honours. ECTS for educational activities not forming part of the syllabus will not receive any score, and will not be included in the average of the academic dossier.

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Matrícula de honor Distintion* Excellent – outstanding performance without errors
Sobresaliente 9,0 – 10 Excellent – outstanding performance with only minor errors
Very good – above the average standard but with some errors
Notable 7,0 – 8,9 Good – generally sound work with a number of notable errors
Aprobado 5,0 – 6,9 Satisfactory – fair but with significant shortcomings
Sufficient – performance meets the minimum criteria
Suspenso 0 – 4,9 Fail – some more work required before the credit can be awarded
Fail – considerable further work is required
No presentado NP The student neither did the final exam nor presented the required homework

 

The number of Distinctions granted will not exceed 5% of students enrolled in a subject in the relevant academic year unless enrollment is under 20, in which case only one Distinction may be granted. The ECTS credits corresponding to training activities not integrated in to curriculum will not receive any punctuation.

Following the recommendations of the European Union, is developing the ECTS Grading Table. From 2019-2020 academic year will be possible for international students to issue transcripts of records including the GRADING TABLE, which is a table presenting the distribution of the national/local grades.

 

Titulo Bachelor or Interior Design
ISCED: 0212
Academic years considered: 2016-2017-2018
MARKS 5 – 5,9 6 – 6,9 7 – 7,9 8 – 8,9 9 – 10
Partial percentage 26,8 42,3 21,1 9,6 0
Accumulated percentage 100 73,2 30,9 9,6 0
Bachelor or  Graphic Design
ISCED: 0211
Academic years considered: 2016-2017-2018
MARKS 5 – 5,9 6 – 6,9 7 – 7,9 8 – 8,9 9 – 10
Partial percentage 25,9 39,8 22,6 8,1 3,6
Accumulated percentage 100 74,1 34,3 11,7 3,6

 

 

LINGUISTIC POLICY

Courses will be taught in Spanish. Students applying will be required to have level B2 in Spanish (as per EU language levels).

Students applying will have the option of online OLS support. There will be a possibility of Spanish classes in situ, at the expense of the student.

The Language Chat (Tertulia de la Lengua) will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month, and will be attended by students, mentors and entrance mobility students. Duration will be two hours, and discussions will focus on current affairs. A guest will attend every third chat with a talk on a specific theme to be discussed. The aim is to improve foreign students’ comprehension, expression and oral fluency.

 

CALENDAR

For the next course (2019 – 2020)

  • September 16 th: Beginning of first semester
  • September 18 th: Erasmus Welcome Day
  • November 1st: All Saints Holiday
  • December 6 th: National Holiday
  • December 21 rd to January 7 th: Christmas Holidays
  • January 24 th: End of the first semester
  • January 27 th: Beginning of second semester
  • January 29 th: Erasmus Welcome Day
  • February 24 – 25 th: Carnival Holidays
  • March 19 th: National Holidays
  • April 6 rd to April 19 th: Easter Holidays
  • May 1 st: National Holiday
  • May 29 th: End of the second semester

 

 

Deadline for second semester: deadline for incoming students to send the application to begin studies next second semester > November 15 th.

Deadline for first semester: deadline for incoming students to send the application to begin studies next school year > April 24 th.

 

DOCUMENTATION AND PROCEDURES

Documents to include:

  1. Application Form, completed and signed  (PDF)
  2. CV (Europass)
  3. Digital portfolio or website link
  4. Learning Agreement (PDF)
  5. ID Card/ Passport and two passport size photograph.

 

Classes are taught in Spanish at Kunsthal. It would be required Spanish skills at minimum level (B2) in order to follow lectures and pass exams

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

About Kunsthal

Founded in 1998 in Irún (Gipuzkoa), Kunsthal is a Higher Design Centre teaching Higher Graphic Design and Interior Design Courses.

New premises

In the summer of 2019 Kunsthal will be moving to new facilities in Bilbao, at Zorrozaurre Island’s «Papelera» building, Ribera de Deusto nº 17.