ELISAVA was Founded in 1961, ELISAVA was the first School of Design to be established in Spain. For this reason, the methodological guidelines it has developed have been adopted as a model by other schools. ELISAVA is first school of design, an internationally oriented educational and research institution affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University. Javier Peña is the Dean of ELISAVA.
ELISAVA’s headquarters boasts 11,000 m2 of facilities that include a range of areas equipped for teaching, both classrooms and workshops. These infrastructures accurately address all the demands of ELISAVA’s educational project and the requirements of students and teachers. The school is situated in Barcelona and is home to around 2,200 students and more than 800 teachers.
ELISAVA has agreements with more than 60 universities in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and Australia. It is a member of the Cumulus network, which brings together more than 100 renowned institutions from all over the world to promote international cooperation. It is also a member of the International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). It works with the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit organisation designed by the U.S. State Department with the mission of managing international student exchange programmes. It also participates in the LifelongLearning/Erasmus programme promoted by the European Union to bring students closer to Europe and Europe closer to students.
ELISAVA promotes and disseminates knowledge related to design and engineering through a busy schedule of activities. In 1991, it began to organise and host a variety of activities as part of Primavera del Disseny, a biannual design fair consisting of a theoretical reflection on the different issues being posed in the world of design