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Master of Product Design Labs

Masters of Design and Innovation - 1 year

SUSTAINABILITY, DESIGN AND INNOVATION Materialise your ideas by applying creative innovation to materials and fabrication processes

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Master of Product Design Labs

In the Master of Product Design Labs students will learn how to research, develop and deliver a product to high technical and quality standards, using a methodology based on the project, to understand fully and in great detail the development of processes and industrial constraints.

By providing access to industry tools, innovative materials and manufacturing processes, we create the ideal working environment for students, so that they can anticipate the needs of the market, looking for alternatives to the usual methods of solving problems, encouraging critical thinking and social awareness.

Career opportunities: Senior designer. Design manager. Project manager. Product manager. Design consultant. Freelance designer.


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Objectives of the Masters of Design and Innovation

Conceived as project laboratories, the Masters of Design and Innovation have created the right context to promote divergent thinking and analyze current design from different perspectives, training professionals capable of facing the challenges posed by the global market and contemporary society in the areas of product design, communication, production, design concepts and business strategies.

These programs enable students to develop their work in a cross-curricular way, in multidisciplinary environments, leading successful projects. They are divided into:

  • Master of Communication Design Labs
  • Master of Product Design Labs
  • Master of Strategic Design Labs

The goal of these masters is mainly summarized in the following aspects:

  1. Train agents capable of leading change
  2. Develop critical thinking
  3. Learn to coordinate and work in a team with a multidisciplinary approach
  4. Be able to take professional responsibility and integrate environmental and social aspects into their planning processes
  5. Be able to adapt to changes and the evolution of new needs and new media
  6. Master the project methodology and propose innovative strategies and solutions to problems in a range of spheres of action

Objectives of the Master of Product Design Labs

Objectives - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

The Master of Product Design Labs focuses on the materialization of ideas through available tools, creative innovation in materials and manufacturing processes and anticipating market demands. It trains designers with motivation and entrepreneurial initiative, able to work in the real world.

  1. Develop creative and innovative skills
  2. Activate critical and analytical thinking in social and business reality
  3. Predict and interpret trends and future scenarios
  4. Conceptualize, develop and communicate innovative ideas
  5. Research, built, prototype and implement projects
  6. Integrate business, sustainability and innovation
  7. Strengthen students’ identities as professionals who are able to work anywhere in the world
  8. Conceptualize, develop and generate ideas
  9. Add conceptual and technological innovation to products and processes
  10. Design products, systems and spaces in an international context
  11. Manage the logistics of a project
  12. Develop projects in multidisciplinary teams

Professional Opportunities

Proffesional Opportunities - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

The main professional opportunities sought after completing the Master’s include:

  • Senior Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Design Consultant
  • Freelance Designer




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Clive Van Heerden

Clive van Heerden

Program Leader of the Master, Co-founder of VHM Design Futures

“This Masters programme concentrates on ‘Why’ we make products – where materials are sourced, the social contexts they will impact and the people engaged in the their conversion into useful solutions as much it looks at ‘How’ we apply appropriate skills in our daily activities.”


Japi Contonente

Tutor of the Master. Cofounder of CiOestudio and JetClay

“Design is a high risk activity, you have to be careful, since it can change your life, and others. It is like playing a score, you have to compose and play it, taking care of each element simultaneously. You have to be sure to understand every single problem and being critical enough to explore the consequences of your work, and keep in mind almost every single perspective.”


Lucas Muñoz

Tutor of the Master. Independent Spanish designer, artist and craft journeyman

“When comes to defining an object, materials should work together similarly to how humans collaborate. Honest expression in-between its components and their properties must find a collective essence to represent the inherent values that object affords carrying. As a tutor my tactic is to collaborate with you in reaching that understanding over your project, and find your own personal research and development strategy.”


Former Students

Galo Carbajo - Former Student 2014 - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

Galo Carbajo

Product Design Labs 2014

Architect, Co-founder of Carbajo Hermanos

Farah Salwa Mawlawi - Former Student 2013 - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

Farah Salwa Mawlawi

Product Design Labs 2013

Interior Architect and Product Designer at Century 21 Department Stores

Humberto Navarro - Former Student 2013 - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

Humberto Navarro

Product Design Labs 2013

Founder of Unamo Design

Fabio Molinas - Staff - Masters of Design and Innovation - IED Madrid

Fabio Molinas

Product Design Labs 2012

Founder of Studio Fabio Molinas

Andrea Génova - Former Student 2012 - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

Andrea Génova

Product Design Labs 2012

Founder of Andrea Génova Studio

Lina Giraldo - Former Student 2012 - Product Design Labs - IED Madrid

Lina Giraldo

Product Design Labs 2012

Gastronomic Designer and Founder of LinaGiraldo


The trips that students take as part of the Masters of Design of Innovation are more than just that. They are experiences that go beyond, creating key moments for learning and personal growth. These trips have the power to change students’ perception of design and innovation, providing them with opportunities to establish connections with the professional world and carrying out projects on the other side of the world.

The students will first take a trip around Europe. This will situate them in the midst of the professional context of their speciality, and will give them the chance to get closer to important agencies and design studios, with workshops at prestigious companies, sharing experiences with true gurus of design, visiting large factories and keeping up with trends in the most innovative destinations for each discipline.

Later, they will have the chance to take an intercontinental trip and take part in a range of projects with institutions from all over the world. Students themselves will choose which project they want to develop, depending on their interests, motivations within design and the subject matter chosen for their personal thesis. Designing, executing and communicating is more effective when it is carried out through a real and specific project. Additionally, these include a social aspect, full of sustainability values, befitting the needs of society today. One of the main characteristics will be the multi-disciplinary nature of the trip, which will be taken by students of the three master courses: a combination of talents to carry out social innovation projects which generate a positive impact in their realm of action.

In the last edition of the Master of Product Design Labs students visited destinations such as Milan, Colombia, India or South Africa.



Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

Aurora, by Marielle Erhardsson

Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

Roempi, by Nadia Natalia

Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

Più, by Ana Cans

Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

One Kitchen Garden for Everyone, by Teresa Bello

Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

LABOR, by Galo Carbajo

Projects - Masters of Design and Innovation

Theloomproject, by Lucía Martínez Blázquez

Course file

Master of Product Design Labs

  • Type of course : Masters of Design and Innovation
  • Language : English
  • School: Design
  • Start date: January 2019
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Timetable : Morning-Afternoon
  • Attendance: in-person
  • Qualification: Private Upon completing the course, an accredited private diploma will be presented to students for the successful and satisfactory completion of the course.
  • Directed to : Designers working in any discipline, architects and engineers with academic and professional experience, who want to specialize and materialize an idea into a specific product or project. We recommend that participants arrive at the Masters with a project in mind, since the program offers them the ideal time and place to do it. This Master is a multidisciplinary and international program, on the frontier between design and production.
  • Admission process : To access this program, students will be selected based on: • Updated curriculum vitae. • Certificate of studies (scanned original document). • Work portfolio (if you have one). • Motivation letter, explaining your interest in this programme. • It is essential to have medium-high oral and written level in English. • Interview in person, by telephone or via Skype.
  • Enrollment rate: 4000 €
  • Course Fee: 20000 €
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