EINA University School de Disseny i Art de Barcelona. Attached to the UAB

Master´s and postgraduate

EHEA Official Master's: Research Master in Art and Design

Informative Session:
08/06/17 at 6pm at EINA

The educational aim of the Master of Research in Art and Design can be summarized in the provision of skills related to research: to think, rethink, argue and write about issues and problems of the theory and practice of art and design in a broad sense, highlighting performative practices, sound design and research and analysis in creative cuisine. It is not merely a theoretical master, neither purely a master in production or creation, but rather a mixed territory of artistic research. It combines three praxis: the artistic, the designing and the discoursing. Although we must distinguish the theory from the practice - each student builds its own research itinerary according to preference and background -, the primary concern is encompassing the continuity between theory and practice in the field of art and design, especially by incorporating the culinary discipline, all understood as forms of knowledge production resulting from a process of inquiry. Thus the master is structured around five major lines of research:

  1. The comparative study of the creative processes
  2. Gustatory aesthetics, creative cuisine and food design
  3. The sensory perception, the processes of meaning and social interaction (design of atmospheres, sound design and co-design)
  4. Memory environments, construction of past and future 5 The design of knowledge, data visualization and interfaces

The Master is a pioneer in the European Higher Education in the first two tracks and includes contributions shared with international universities on research areas in gustatory aesthetics and its practical experience through art and design. The location of the city of Barcelona, ​​as a promoter of multiple movements of contemporary creativity , will reaffirm the development of some transversal sessions at the Joan Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum , in a contemporary revisitation of creative processes of these two artists, both closely linked to the city.

As official Master adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), it leads to the completion of a PhD. One of the options for continuity of the MURAD's program of studies is through a doctorate line of research in art and design included in the doctorate program in Philosophy of the UAB.

Pre-enrolment now open!

Official Master's: University Master's in Research in Art and Design
Edition and course

Fifth, 2017/2018 academic year




96,2 €/ECTS for students from EU countries and foreign nationals with residence. 113 €/ECTS for foreign students who are not nationals of EU member states.


Gerard Vilar


2 October 2017 to 13 September 2018. 2016/2017 Calendar


Monday to Thursday: from 4 pm to 8 pm


320 h directed, 420 h supervised, 760 h independent


Passive English, Spanish and Catalan (5%)


Minimum 20 and maximum 30

Course location

EINA University School of Design and Arts of Barcelona


Open from 13rd January 2017 to 8th October 2017 or until vacancies are filled

Teaching Staff
Professors convidats
  • Ferran Adrià
  • Pere Castells
  • Oriol Castro
  • Fèlix Fanés
  • Christopher Green
  • Luís Guerra
  • Fréderic Lagarrigue
  • Antoni Marí
  • Yves Michaud
  • Antoni Miralda
  • Martí Perán
  • Josep Perelló
  • Francisca Pérez
  • Valentín Roma
  • Sevérine Rouillan
  • Laura Vilar

Student profile

Higher Graduates or Graduates in Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, History of Art, Philosophy, Communication Sciences, Humanities and related subjects. It is an official qualification adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) with two orientations:


To gain admission to a Master's Course, it is essential, at the time of enrolment, to hold a university degree or equivalent. Please read all the details regarding requirements for foreign students, application deadlines, languages or documents to be submitted for application at Official master´s admission.


Academic Guide (in Spanish).



Speciality in Project Culture

Speciality in Visual Creation

Module description

Module 1: Contemporary Thought I

Review of some of the theories and discussions on philosophy and the theory of art and design, of contemporary sociology and cultural anthropology, particularly the more relevant ones for a correct understanding and updating of the crossroads at which contemporary art and design find themselves.

Professorate: Dra. Jèssica Jaques, Dr. Lluís Nacenta, Dr. Gerard Vilar.

Module 2: Contemporary Art

Critical examination of the most significant recent artistic phenomena and their relationship with the artistic practices and other cultural practices of the last century, especially those of design, and focusing all those that exemplify the passage of the experimentation of the avant-garde to contemporary artistic research.

Professorate: Dr. Gerard Vilar, Dra. Laura Benítez, Dra. Tània Costa, Dr. Pol Capdevila, Dr. Miquel Molins, Dr. Valentín Roma.

Module 3: Contemporary Design

Research seminar on creation and innovation processes in relation to techno-cultural and socio-economic transformations that comprise current design. Particular attention will be given to the appearance of new fields within design practice, their presence in emerging economic sectors related to services and knowledge, and the hybridisation of design with cultural practices and the creative industries as a whole. Incorporating design into the project culture means tension between the present state of matters and expectations of future scenarios. Professional practices are often dominated by short-term future projections, but despite this, there is an exploration of future contexts which is inherent to design practice.

Professorate: Dra. Irma Arribas, Dr. Octavi Rofes.

Module 4: Artistic Research I

Seminars and workshops with artists and about artists and contemporary art movements given by well-known creators and specialists. The main theme is art as a form of thought and research into all types of anthropological, political and social questions which provides students with an overall cartography of these kinds of cognitive practices and how they function.

Professorate: Dr. Alex Arteaga, Dr. Pol Capdevila, Dra. Jèssica Jaques, Dr. Gerard Vilar.

####Module 5: Practices and Fields of Current Design I Critical analysis of new trends in design processes and their expansion into emerging fields and practices based on classification and valuation criteria constructed from institutions (museums, collections, publications).

Professorate: Dra. Elena Bartomeu, Dolors Soriano.

Module 6: Critique Workshop

Art and design critique workshop run by professional critics, the curator's department and other professionals in the art of writing. During the workshop, art and design critique analysis exercises will be conducted by well-known professionals and, most especially, weekly critique writing and review practices by the students.

Professorate: Dr. Àlex Mitrani, Dr. Joan Minguet.

Module 7: Design Culture

Review of certain theories and authors, who, from the theory of design, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology and other social sciences have helped enrich the theoretical frameworks of current design.

Professorate: Oriol Pibernat, Dr. Oriol Ventura.

Module 8: Practices and Fields of Current Design II

Conferences, workshops and seminars which take a critical look at the new trends in design processes and their expansion into emerging fields and practices. Specific fields will be studied which favour the confluence of thought, scientific knowledge, artistic proposals and everyday practices. We will look at how these make us review aesthetic concepts and how they are creating new professional categories.

Coordinator: Dra. Anna Pujadas

Module 9: Contemporary Thought II

A select and critical study of some of the discussions about the philosophy and theory of art and design that highlight the more distinctive traits of contemporary artistic practices, such as creativity, performativity, postmediality, intellectualisation and participation.

Professorate: Dra. Jèssica Jaques, Dr. Gerard Vilar, Dr. David Casacuberta, Dr. Pol Capdevila.

Module 10: Artistic Research II

Seminar on contemporary artists and artistic movements given by specialist creators and leading figures. The main topic is case analysis through which students learn how to distinguish when a project contributes to knowledge and to what extent.

Professorate: Dr. Alex Arteaga, Dr. David Casacuberta, Dra. Jèssica Jaques, Dr. Lluís Nacenta, Dr. Gerard Vilar.

Module 11: Final Master's Degree Project (FMP)

This consists of a research project of a theoretical or artistic type with an original focus that can be considered to contribute towards knowledge of the student's subject (FMP guide -in Spanish-).

Professorate: Dra. Sara Coscarelli, Dra. Tània Costa, Dr. Gerard Vilar.

The FMP is run by a programme lecturer. The FMP will consist of the writing and defence of the result of an original research project in the appropriate format for its presentation as a paper in an academic publication. Attached to this document will be a report detailing the research process followed, highlighting the contribution made by procedure and content which enable us to assess the quality of the research presented. All of the above will be a minimum of 40,000 words.

Given its nature, the Master's in Research in Art and Design may also possibly accept creatively undertaken and resolved artistic and design research projects that can be displayed publicly as FMPs. This FMP must be accompanied by a reasoned report on the project (including the proposal, the references cited and the detailed description of the production process) of a minimum of 25,000 words.

If the project takes the form of a paper, it must focus on a research issue that establishes and covers the importance of this issue in academic debates. This involves demonstrating:

In the case of artistic and design projects, the project supervisor, in agreement with the Master's coordinator, will decide on the suitability and characteristics of the project chosen by the student.

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