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Welcome from the founder and chairman Helle Byrn

On behalf of our great Team, I would like to welcome you to Marbella Design Academy. We are always at your service, working with passion and dedication to offer you an academically-comprehensive and personally rewarding education.

All we request of you in exchange is that you make an equal effort to invest passion and dedication into your studies. With this exchange you will be on track towards a very successful lifetime career in the creative field of design.

Marbella Design Academy is more than just a design school. Students and staff are working together in a friendly family like atmosphere with passion and dedication. We have not far from idea to action and are constantly improving in every way possible towards our goal to give our students the very best education living up to the latest marked demands. Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with beautiful and inspiring surroundings.

The students wellbeing matters to us just as much as keeping a professional academic level.

Each student is supported individually as it is our desire and goal to nurture the students’ different personalities and ideas from their first sketches to their finish project. Marbella Design Academy produce unique professional designers.

Students enrol here from more than 57 different countries. You cannot avoid making lifelong friends and contacts.

Our aim is to lead each one of you on to reach the highest standards of professionalism during your 3 years of study. It is as well our aim to help you enjoy this journey to the fullest.

Marbella Design Academy was founded in Marbella 1 October 1995.

In August 2008 we moved to our new campus, which has been build living up to all the requirements given to us by the Ministry of Education in Spain in order for the Academy could gain State Recognition. State approval of our institution were obtained on completion in August 2008.  Our new Academy building has been designed with passion and dedication for Marbella Design Academy to be more than just a design school. The beauty of the environment has been an important issue in the creation, as we strongly believe it is important for our students to study in a location where nature stimulates all their senses.

It has been our goal to build our new building within a short walk of the village Monda where nearly 80% of the students live during their studies. Only 15kms from the Academy we have the cosmopolitan town of Marbella on the Mediterranean Sea.

Our students do not need to spend valuable time traveling to and from their homes to their classes; they walk around 5 minutes in the sun through olive and almond fields – a great start to the day.

Since September 2014 has Marbella Design Academy offered Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes in Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Fashion Design.

These programmes have been developed over 25 years of experience and are delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy.

We have intakes twice per year. In September and in January for our 3 year Bachelor of Arts validated programmes. These programmes are validated and quality assured by our UK partner the University of Bedfordshire. On satisfactory completion of one of those programmes and graduated from Marbella Design Academy you will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by our UK partner – the University of Bedfordshire.

Once you have graduated from Marbella Design Academy and been awarded your BA (Hons) degree by the University of Bedfordshire you are welcome to apply for a master’s degree at any university of your choice.

I am certain that your forthcoming period of study will be challenging, rewarding and, above all, enjoyable. We hope your time at Marbella Design Academy will be one of the best times in your life. I am equally certain that solid achievement on your Marbella Design Academy programme will provide you with a positive start in your chosen career when you graduate as a professional designer.

At Marbella Design Academy the tuition is given in a professional but friendly environment where the individual student and his/her cultural background and creative expression is respected and nurtured with huge care. Besides attending daily lectures our students all have a great deal of personal contact with the academic staff.

We educate professional designers who strongly believe in their own personal style. Our excellent tutors give you the tools and help you on the way by giving you self-confidence and support for you to solve your projects within the demands given. We do not create clones of the tutors, our biggest challenge is to educate you to be among the world’s future successful designers in your own right. Allow yourself to think outside of the box and not to follow mainstream opinions. Follow your design dreams through hard work, dedication, research and by making the most use of all your senses.

Be innovative and just go for it! Remember passion is the clue to all success!

I send you all my best wishes on your journey.

Helle Byrn. Chairman and Founder of Marbella Design Academy

Helle Byrn - Marbella Design Academy

Helle Byrn. Chairman and Founder of the Marbella Design Academy

Helle Byrn, is herself a Danish designer. Her academic background hails from Danmarks Designskole, where she received a degree as an interior architect in 1976. Since 1986, Helle has fronted her own design company, Helle Byrn Design, holding international patents in 24 countries.

In 1993, Helle chose to emigrate to the warmer climate of Marbella, in Spain. Marbella at that time was undergoing the beginning of a major building boom, during which higher education was an unexplored concept. In this context, in the spring of 1995 Helle Byrn had the foresight and decided to open an international design school in the area and hasn’t looked back since.