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IE University Strategic Interior Design diploma aims to address the needs of the post-pandemic world

Promotion: IE University aims to drive change through its Strategic Interior Design course by teaching students to find "human-centred design solutions" for the new needs of our post-pandemic world.

IE University's Strategic Interior Design course is a six-month programme geared towards accelerating students' careers, and includes a mixture of online sessions and in-person teaching at the university's Madrid-based campus.

The course is focused on applying design-led thinking to real-life issues and is designed to teach students ways of creatively solving problems to offer high-tech interiors that are mindful of the environment.

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At the end of the diploma, students will be able to lead any design project, according to the university

"The world needs more resilient social infrastructures to respond to all the new requirements generated by the pandemic," said Elvira Muñoz, who is director of the diploma in Strategic Interior Design. "They will need to be functional, responsive, sustainable, versatile and responsive to all the new needs and behavioural patterns."

"To fully understand the new challenges and disruptions and to provide meaningful design solutions, the world needs to approach these problems from the inside out," Muñoz continued.

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The course takes place over six months

According to the university, current trends in strategic interior design emphasise the need for creatives to refresh their skills. This includes the downsizing of office spaces and increasingly virtual interaction following the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Muñoz, who is also director of Interior Design EMEA at AECOM, learning to be a strategic interior designer also helps people differentiate from their peers in design.

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The diploma aims to drive strategic change

The diploma at IE University is suitable for individuals hoping to break into the design sector and companies looking to up-skill their teams.

Students will not only gain an insight into interior design, but also into workplace consultancy, UX design, real estate transactions, facility management and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns.

The course is suitable for companies looking to upskill their teams

"By the end [of the diploma] you will be able to lead any design project, and position your organisation at the top," said IE University.

"This program can really change your life," added Muñoz, "because it will provide you with a set of skills and tools that will help you to become a better designer and a better strategist."

"I think together we can educate designers, architects, marketing profiles, business profiles and the fine-arts to be more relevant and more meaningful in their jobs, and teach them to provide solutions that last and that reach your clients’ goals," the director continued.

More information on IE University and the courses it offers can be found on its website.

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