Taught course

Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Private Perimeters

ELISAVA - Barcelona School of Design and Engineering · ELISAVA - Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

Entry requirements

Graduates in Design. Architects. Architectural technicians, building engineers. Graduates in Fine Arts. Professionals or academics with proven experience in the fields this course covers.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Space. Private Perimeters

Duration: English edition: September - February. Spanish edition: February - July
ECTS Credits: 30
Language: Spanish and English groups. Spanish group: It is advisable to have some basic English knowledge, given that some materials or lectures might be given in this language.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 5 to 9.15 p.m.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design, Private Perimeters has a history dating back over more than 10 years. Over 650 students from around the world had participated up to date. All of them support a program whose main objective is the promotion of creativity and innovation in the design, combined with a reflective and critical attitude by the student, offering professional preparation and an introduction to research.

The Postgraduate programme supports and promotes the impulse of a "divergent thinking", which means the ability to respond in different ways to the same question. Through theoretical reflections the students gain new knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of current settings. They apply this acquired knowledge in the project that they will develop during the program.

This interior design project is the core programme of the course while other assignments explore and open-up themes relevant to other professional field.

The project is based on the design of a private domestic space in a specific context, taking into account all the elements necessary for its development, the level of living conditions, lighting, furniture, materials and finishes, sustainable aspects, the construction and production processes as well as visualization and communication of the project.

Students will learn about their active and proactive role as a designer within the interactive processes in which other professionals are involved and they will get to know the complexity of production systems and building techniques.

The major impact of the special environmental issues (climate, population, culture, etc.) in the interior design requires a greater interest in sustainability issues and reducing the ecological footprint. One of the intentions of the course is to sensitize students to implement these considerations into their design.

Gaining knowledge and basic skills of digital technology is part of the Postgraduate programme. Digital fabrication allows students to experiment and produce results without limitations on methods and materials that are new and innovative. The great flexibility of this tool serves both intellectual exploration and problem solving in the real world. Students learn how digital technology shapes the contemporary interior design and furniture by introducing innovative processes into their work.

The work in small groups fosters interactive learning and allows each student to contribute to the creative process with their knowledge, skills and experience generating possible alternative design ideas, points of view or solutions to a problem. During the course, each group develops an interior design project that will run to a high standard with very elaborate and detailed plans.

The Postgraduate programme in Interior Space. Private Perimeters is directed through active and proven methodologies and prepares students to successfully tackle the challenges of the professional world.

  • Delve into the specific production features of the different types of design in relation to the space.
  • Meet the requirements of domestic interiors.
  • Assimilate the emerging social and cultural values, which form the basis of applicable criteria, by analyzing the disciplines that are involved: sociology, economics, ecology, ergonomics, anthropology and the impact they have on the design process.
  • Use knowledge creatively in a way that corresponds to the fundamental idea of design.
  • Assess the impact of new technologies in the physical space conditioning.

At ELISAVA, students will get a major in interior design. They will investigate, analyze, share, listen and experiment with space, materials, textures and colours. All this serves to prepare them for the professional practice.


The classes of Interior Space, Private Perimeters are broken down into the following modules:



  • Methodologies and introduction to research
  • Design process: explore and analyze client/user requirements and brief, project development, budgeting, project management and project communication.
  • Theoretical reflections: houses today, spatial criteria, colour, etc.

VIEWS (of people with experience involved in or close to the process of interior design)

  • Builder’s view.
  • Client’s view
  • Photographer’s view.
  • Editor’s view.


Renowned interior designers, architects, designers and other professionals involved in interior design present their own work


Visit to built examples that show the high value of the design process and an excellent result of a domestic interior design.



  • Selection of materials and their application systems for an interior space.
  • Knowledge of technical, practical and aesthetic functions.
  • Field trip to Materfad the materioteca of the FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) to learn about innovative materials and production.
  • Sustainable materials, products and systems for the health and air quality in an interior space.


  • Implementation of installations in the domestic interior design project.
  • Plumbing and sewer system.
  • Electrical installation and Lighting
  • Ventilation and gas.
  • Heating and air conditioning.
  • Home automation and telecommunications.
  • Energy efficient installations



With an active participation of the students the several workshops integrated within the course promote a conceptual and experimental approach to design through a hands-on learning method.

It usually begins with a presentation to provide the theoretical foundation that aims to deepen the comprehension of a specific subject. During the workshop, students will develop an intense quick draft resolution or a physical object.

  • Kitchen design.
  • Furniture design.
  • Minimal space.
  • Digital Design and Fabrication.


The project is based on the interior design of a private domestic space located in the near surroundings. The aim is to get a maximum degree of approximation to a real case that can be achieved in one academic year.

The built environment of the project will be visited on-site, and students will receive the current status plans and the photographic documentation of the building.

Historical, technical and administrative documents, such as building regulations, planning standards, etc. will also be available if necessary.

In order to add value and avoid homogenization, a free-thinking attitude is expected, especially when it comes to decision-making, in order to generate powerful ideas and strong proposals with a high degree of innovation, where empathy and emotions are reflected in the results.

On the other hand, tutors will be attentive to the sensitivity of the students, guiding them through the design process and help them manage their personal cultural background.

Perseverance, curiosity, motivation and risk-taking are determinant factors to achieve a high performance and exceptional results.

In that spirit the project is completed with the support of specialists, acting as consultants. Throughout the years, we have addressed various interior design projects with very different themes. We have succeeded for more than 11 years, to inspire students to transform their knowledge and skills into creative ideas, obtaining a variety of outstanding results that reflect the expression of each student. Most of these projects have met the challenge of being able to be easily build due to the high detail resolution.

The accomplishment of this goal, what the direction of postgraduate established from day one, is the greatest compliment that the course can achieve year after year.

Special attention is given to the selection of an interesting building and, consequently, to the subject of the project. In all the previous courses, the chosen buildings always presented uniqueness such as the flat in "La Pedrera" of Antoni Gaudí or an emblematic character like a 17th century Catalan farmhouse.

Other examples of projects that were carried out in recent years are the following: a modernist house in the district of Gracia; a prefabricated house based on a modular system; a first floor flat in the Eixample district of Barcelona; a warehouse in the old industrial district of Palo Alto reconverted in loft apartments;

You can also visit our blog here: ELISAVA - Private Perimeters where you find a summary of the recent years projects.

The next course will continue working on a new project, also surprising that occupies the minds of students wishing to embark on a journey that will reveal many keys to their future personal development. Backed by renowned professors and lecturers, the programme gives priority to learning strategies that foster critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making capabilities. As a result, students will increase their creative skills and get a substantial vision in all areas related to the profession.

Studying in Barcelona is a privilege that offers all the qualities of a great capital and, at the same time, it’s the ideal place to enjoy an exceptional architecture and design that is present in many parts of the city. The pleasure of other leisure activities along with tourism, the cultural, culinary and shopping possibilities, this Mediterranean city becomes the perfect setting for studying a Master’s Degree / Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design.

We invite you to follow us on FACEBOOK, where we post all sorts of interesting information inside and outside the Postgraduate programme. We also publish on PINTEREST, a compilation of images of great interest. In our blog ELISAVA - Private Perimeters we publish more complex and more detailed content of postgraduate subjects.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
5 months

Course contact details

Nuria Garcia
+(34) 93 553 59 04