Higher diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Industrial Modelling

The Advanced Vocational Training Module in Industrial Modelling has a two-pronged focus. One the one hand is the creation of mock-ups and prototypes for the development of industrial processes ranging from one-off pieces through to models targeted at mass production.

The other, equally important side involves learning to create an industrial design project. We understand the teaching of industrial design to start from the analysis of requirements before going on to develop ideas, sketch projects and implement them with scale models and prototypes, manually and using 3D reproduction techniques.

Complementary modules are distributed over the two years of the course to train experts who will later join the teams of major sector enterprises, where they will employ their skills in designing projects and reflecting them in models and prototypes.

General course objectives

  • To carry out industrial design projects with a knowledge of materials and production processes.
  • To provide training in the conceptual and creative fields.
  • To produce mock-ups, models and product design prototypes.

Options for accessing the field

  • Product design projects for objects of use, developed both in personal studios and in collaboration with other designers and companies from different sectors.
  • Integration in interdisciplinary teams with experts from other disciplines, specialising in production control and/or project execution and the volumetric materialisation of projects.
  • Teaching. The diploma entitles students to teach in the classroom and to give workshops.

Work placement

  • Companies in the automotive industry.
  • Lighting sector.
  • Exhibition stand sector.
  • Product development.
  • Modelling.
  • Also in engineering firms.

Final project

The final project is of a global nature and includes all the different areas of academic and technical knowledge covered in the course. It is designed to showcase the students’ achievements and proficiency regarding the knowledge, processes, techniques and skills required to work in the field and to further their careers within the specialty, and demonstrate the level attained.

The objectives are:

  • Use and mastery of the theoretical and practical skills needed for project development.
  • Planning and structuring of the work process.
  • Presentation and defence of the project before an assessment committee.

Structure and Content of the Two Academic Years

Content of ModulesModule Hours
History of Industrial Design 90
Design Theory and Science 90
Natural Drawing 120
Communication Techniques 120
Technical Drawing 210
Computer-Aided Design 120
Industrial Modelling Workshop 750
Materials and technology 90
Ergonomics and Anthropometry 75
Training and Professional Orientation 60
Training in Centres of Work 100
Final Project  75
Total hours per course1900

Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Industrial Modelling.

Industrial design.

Advanced Vocational Training in Visual Arts and Design.

1,900 hours. Two years plus a final project (modules taught in the school: 1,725 hours. Vocational training phase in the form of on-the-job training in companies, studios or workshops, 100 hours. Final project, 75 hours).

Access to higher university courses
Direct access to university courses pursuant to attachment 3 of Decree 113/2001 of 2 May for holders of the as higher diploma in visual arts and design shall be provided in accordance with the selection procedures for acceptance into university for students who meet the legal requirements needed to obtain a university place.

Schedules 2023–24

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