Estación Diseño is a private institution that provides Higher Arts Education in Design under licence from the Department of Education of the Regional Government of Andalusia. We currently offer Higher Arts Education in Design through two pathways: Graphic Design and Fashion Design. These programmes are equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (240 ECTS credits) and enjoy full recognition within the European Higher Education Area.
Our programmes emphasize the transmission of the technical, methodological, and creative skills that all designers must master, combined with a sense of responsibility towards the social environment. Since its foundation, our institution has endeavoured to promote the public understanding of design culture, with the aim of enhancing the recognition of this discipline’s value in all social spheres (business, public institutions, and the general public). To this end, we have formed active partnerships with the Andalusian Designers Association, the University, the Young Entrepreneurs Association, and public institutions supporting business enterprise such as the Andalusian Public Foundation ‘Andalusia Enterprises’. In collaboration with these partners we organize frequent outreach activities such as exhibitions, entrepreneur training courses, conferences, teaching workshops, etc.
Another of our key goals is to use design as a tool for the preservation and renewal of Andalusia’s cultural heritage. In consequence, Andalusian culture features prominently in our teaching and in the activities of our institution. On this front we collaborate with partners such as the Al-Andalus Heritage Foundation and the Andalusian Memory Museum.
We believe that collaborations with other institutions and business firms both in Spain and abroad hold the key to our being able to offer excellent training in design, as well as to furthering our goal of promoting the public understanding of design culture.
We would certainly like our students to benefit from study and internships abroad, but we also wish to see the culture of our own institution improved and enriched as students, teachers, and personnel from centres abroad come to share in our activities. We are confident that have a great deal to offer to future international visitors. It is for this reason that we wish to take part in the Erasmus programme and to establish exchange and cooperation agreements with educational institutions and business firms in Europe and other countries. We look forward to sharing our educational vision with them and to learn from their experience. Our goal is to build a collaboration network spreading across Europe and the world. We would like to collaborate with institutions with a similar vision, driving towards international integration, and sharing our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to design and to training designers with a professional cutting-edge outlook.
In the short term we would wish to participate in mobility programmes aiming to facilitate study abroad for students, and teaching and professional development abroad for academic staff. From 2015-2016 we would also like to take part in mobility programmes involving work placements for students.
We are confident that our participation in the Erasmus programme will provide us with a more encompassing view of teaching practice across our discipline and with a deeper understanding of the latest trends in design, while our students and academic staff will benefit from new contacts and opportunities for professional development. We seek to enhance our links with the professional world, to acquire new skills through mobility, to reach new standards of excellent worthy of recognition by other centres and institutions, and to become acquainted with other perspectives and practices through collaboration with visiting students and staff.