Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia – Spain

Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia (EASD) or the Superior School of Art and Design is a public institution with a history of over 165 years in Valencia delivering higher education in the subjects of design, creation, and visual arts. It currently has an estimated 1,900 enrolled students.

It aims to turn its students into design professionals, offering an integrated approach to design by centering its curriculum on direct teaching with professionals amongst the teaching staff and hands-on practice in the workshop. Through the years, the School has also offered extra-curricular design-related workshops, conferences and more for their students to gain a holistic insight into the design industry.

Valencia itself is a fantastic city in which to study design due to its track record of producing successful designers, many of whom graduated from EASD. Located on Spain’s southeastern coast, the city enjoys a pleasant climate and offers exciting city life with a close escape to beaches just fifteen away minutes from the centre. It is also an ideal base to explore the rest of the country.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with EASD Valencia allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Art Design and Humanities – Design Crafts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Photography and Video.

An overview of the modules taught can be found here. Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at EASD.

Please note, modules at EASD are delivered fully in Spanish. Therefore it is highly recommended that students applying to study on exchange to EASD have some Spanish language knowledge (ideally a minimum of A2 according to CEFR). A free intensive Spanish language course is available before the start of term and students can also take Spanish language classes throughout the year.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport to EASD is Valencia Airport. This is connected to the metropolitan area in the city via the metro or bus, costing approximately €8. It is recommended to rent a bicycle as the city has invested into producing new bike lines and is also affordable. However, students can also use buses and the metro.
  • Accommodation – EASD does not provide student accommodation. Instead, students can visit their website for recommended trusted sites that can be used to source accommodation, including studios, shared flats, and privately-managed student residences. Prices vary according to the type of accommodation as well as the neighbourhood it is located in, however on average it costs €300.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Spanish immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in Spain tend to be lower than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Spain: