The year 2020 marks 20 years of IAAC. To celebrate, we are offering scholarships for IAAC´s Master in Design for Emergent Futures.

Course Details

The Master in Design for Emergent Futures is for students who want to expand their focus interests and acquire the skills to turn protests into prototypes, ideas into actions, and who are engaged in the mission of transforming the current status of affairs in society. The programme aims to provide strategic vision and tools for designers, sociologists, economists and computer scientists, to become agents of change in multiple professional environments and focuses in the design of interventions in the form of products, platforms and deployments that aim to produce new emergent futures, by previously analysing the current challenges in society and industry. The Master in Design for Emergent Futures is organised by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, in collaboration with the Fab Academy.

Competition Details

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia announces every year a Scholarship Competition giving our master’s applicants the chance to win partial scholarships covering 50%, 30%, 20% of the tuition fee of each IAAC’s academic programme.

Project brief:

“2050 – Tales from the Future” – Submit a science fiction story which tells the tale of decolonisation and de-objectification of design in 500 words as well as an illustration of this future of anything. Applicants are free to select a scenario related to food, work, mobility, humanity, health, manufacturing, entertainment, tourism… or anything.

In order to participate, candidates interested in the MDEF Scholarship Competition must:

  • Submit your project in pdf format, A3 format, 3 pages max (max 8MB)
  • Hold a first-level academic diploma or Bachelor degree, or about to graduate within the academic year 2020/21.
  • Have a full proficient level in English.
  • Having completed the IAAC application process in full

Competition Deadline

Start date: 20th January 2020 – 00:00 (CET)
End date: 5th June 2020 – 23:59 (CET)

The Selection Committee

The Jury will be integrated by master programme Directors, faculty and special guests and professionals coming from the different topics to be addressed by the 6 competitions.  

Winners Announcement

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will release the name of the winners on its official website in February 2020.

Application Form

For students who have already applied for a Master Programme, please send your scholarship submission to [email protected] Please use the email address linked to your IAAC Application. Subject line – IAAC Scholarship application.