Marbella Design Academy was founded in 1995 and has, after 24 years of experience, developed into the modern, excellent Academy we have today.
Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with a family-like atmosphere among students and staff who originate from around the world.
The maximum number of places available is 230. The students receive a great deal of personal attention and one-to-one tuition from their teachers.
We are constantly expanding and improving our curriculum to the latest marked demands. The atmosphere is energetic, creative and inspiring. We encourage our students to collaborate and experiment with their designs, in either small groups or with one-to-one tuition sessions with their tutor. Although the work is intensive, everybody collaborates in a casual, warm and informal atmosphere.
Our students at Marbella Design Academy enjoy a very special way of life. Not only are they taught at a professional academic level, they also benefit from the attractive Spanish lifestyle. The weather is the best in Europe with more than 300 sunny days per year, which is such a boost for their personal wellbeing. Student accommodation, situated in the lovely and inspiring environment in the picturesque village of Monda, is of a good standard and fantastic value for money.
The cost of living is one of the lowest in Europe. Being a student at Marbella Design Academy in the South of Spain is less of a financial burden as studying in many other parts of the world, and therefore most of the students can concentrate on their studies and do not need to waste valuable time on additional paid work after tuition hours. They can enjoy life and the Spanish atmosphere. You will probably have the best time of your life here.
Our mission is to provide a stimulating and complete design education that lives up to the latest market demands, leading to a rewarding and well sought after profession. We aim to develop all the necessary skills needed to solve the wide variety of real-life design challenges that are faced by professional designers today. Our aims are to support and develop individual creativity and nurture artistic skills. We also prepare the students for the increasing demands of the market with respect to quality of presentation, style, aesthetics and psychology relating to the design environment.
The Marbella Design Academy building was completed in August 2008. It has been designed entirely by the Founder, Helle Byrn and has been designed in Andalusian style to integrate with the beautiful Spanish environment. Our Academy building meets all of the stringent demands and requirements of a modern design academy. On completion, the Academy gained State Recognition by the Ministry of Education in Spain.
Our tutors architects, graphic designers, interior architects, furniture designers, fashion designers, photographers, product designers, artists and many more all have an academic background and are active designers and professionals, which ensures practical experience as well as high academic quality. In addition to the permanent staff, the Academy also invites guest artists and specialist designers to lecture on a regular basis.
Students from around the globe come to study at Marbella Design Academy. Originating from more than 45 different countries, all of our students find great inspiration when studying alongside others of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The students inspire each other through working on their design projects in an international cross-cultural atmosphere.
All the Marbella Design Academy programmes are constantly updated according to latest market demands of a professional design education. You will, for example, from your very first year of study be introduced to professional software applications that are essential to becoming a successful designer. Among other skills taught, the software applications utilised include InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Premier, CAD and 3D Programmes. The exact applications you will encounter vary according to the course that you have chosen. Please contact the Academy for further advice.
All classes are held in English. They are also held in small groups, thus allowing plenty of teacher-student interaction. This provides the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tuition, a significant factor contributing to the excellent academic results our students are able to achieve.
Marbella Design Academy has an academic level that competes with some of the best design educations in the world. Our website features examples and videos of some of our students’ work, which will clearly illustrate this..
Our graduate students have an employment rate of nearly a hundred percent, a clear indication of the quality of education they have received. Please see all the information on our courses by visiting our website.
Marbella Design Academy is located in Monda, just a short walk from the centre of the village. Our students have a beautiful short distance to the Academy; they are not wasting time or money on public transportation. Monda is a charming, typically Spanish village, which is only 15 km from Marbella and a 25 minute drive from the cultural centre of Malaga.
Monda has many beautiful small squares, restaurants and bars. 80% of students live in Monda which has given the village a university campus atmosphere. The town is surrounded by the stunning Spanish countryside, offering a variety of local leisure opportunities, such as horse riding, hiking, motor cross, football, basketball, flamenco dancing and Spanish guitar classes, to mention just a few. In nearby Coín and Marbella you will find even more leisure facilities. Marbella is a lively, picturesque, cosmopolitan town, very well known for its jet-set; nightlife and beautiful beaches.
There is a reliable local bus service that runs to and from Marbella and Málaga and which connects to other nearby cities, towns and villages.
Marbella Design Academy has won the Costa del Sol Business Award for being the best integrated foreign institution in Andalucía.