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About Us

Marbella Design Academy was founded in 1995 and has, after 21 years of experience, developed into the modern, excellent Academy we have today.

  • Institution state-recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • Situated in its own state recognised building living up to all the requirements given by the Ministry of Education in Spain.
  • Offering many interesting programmes such as Bachelor of Arts validated Higher Education programmes in Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Fashion Design.
  • 1 New Programme starting in September 2017. Higher Education programme in Fashion Buying and Marketing Fashion Buying  

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.

Lifestyle

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.                      

Marbella Design Academy - Lifestyle

Mission and Aims

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.

Our Academy Building

The Marbella Design Academy building was completed in August 2008. It was designed entirely by the Founder, Helle Byrn to meet the requirement from the government to be in Andalusian style. Our Academy building meets all of the stringent demands and requirements of a modern design academy and the Ministry of Education in Spain has approved the building, so every facility imaginable is catered for.

Marbella Design Academy - About Us - The School

All tutors are professionals within their respective fields

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 come to us from all over the world

Students from around the globe come to study at Marbella Design Academy. Originating from over 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.

Marbella Design Academy - Students All Over The World

The Latest Software Applications

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 Auto-Cad, 3D Studio Max, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Premier. The exact applications you will encounter vary according to the course that you have chosen.

Tuition is in English and in small groups

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..

Marbella Design Academy - Small Groups

Employment rate near 100%

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 - Graduates

Monda

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.

Marbella Design Academy - About Us - Monda

Transportation

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.

Award-winning Academy

Marbella Design Academy has won the Costa del Sol Business Award for being the best integrated foreign institution in Andalucía.

Our History

Marbella Design Academy - Born in 1995

1995

Marbella Design Academy opened the doors to its first students in October of 1995.

Marbella Design Academy - The School

2008

In August 2008 the Academy moved from Marbella to its current location in the tranquil town of Monda, occupying a new venue purposely built to fulfil the requirements expected of an official higher education institution. The large building occupies some 2.000m2 on a 10.000m2 campus and has all the necessary space and facilities of a modern design academy.

Marbella Design Academy - Recognised from the Spanish Ministry in Education.

2009

In 2009 the Marbella Design Academy gained state recognition from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Marbella Design Academy - The School

2013

In 2013 the Higher Education in Design programmes offered at Marbella Design Academy in Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Fashion Design were approved and validated.

Marbella Design Academy - Start of the Validated Programmes

2014

On March the 10th 2014 the final partnership agreement with Middlesex University was signed.

September 15th marked the start of the Marbella Design Academy 3 year programmes as Bachelor of Arts validated programmes. Each academic year is quality controlled by external examiners. Students who successfully complete one of our validated programmes and graduate from Marbella Design Academy are awarded an official BA (Hons) degree by our partner institution.

Marbella Design Academy - June 2015 Graduation

2015

Graduate students from Marbella Design Academy on the BA Validated programmes are awarded official Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons) degrees by our partner institution.