Marbella Design Academy welcomes you and your friends / family to our:

Winter Expo & Graduation Party - 14 December 2018 at 19.15 for 20.00!

You will be guaranteed an outstanding evening, with amazing projects produced by our talented students of more than 47 different nationalities.

Free delicious tapas, snacks, welcome drink and music.

The atmosphere at our Expo is always very special!

The Graphic Design and Interior Architect students will be displaying their creative design projects and our Fashion Design students will be showcasing their very innovative collections on the runway.

Great company, innovative projects, wonderful food, and accompanying music, all in the beautiful surroundings of our pearl of a Design Academy.

Come and join us for a wonderful evening all for free!

More info can be requested!

Tel: 952 45 70 90, ext. 1 or 5


Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive Design school offering 4 times more tuition time than offered at most other universities. The classes are taught in English in a friendly family like atmosphere by highly professional tutors who are always present to guide and help our students on their journey towards their Bachelor of Arts degree awarded by our UK partner - The University of Bedfordshire.

The students have a great lifestyle in a safe and beautiful place to study.

Most students live in Monda in good non-expensive accommodation within walking distance from the Academy and only 15km from cosmopolitan Marbella.

If you have Passion for Design then Marbella Design Academy is the right place for you. Marbella Design Academy offers three Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes:

Interior Architecture & Design,

Graphic Design & Media,

Fashion Design & Manufacture.

The Bachelor of Arts validated programmes starts twice per year.

Next intakes: 8 January 2019 and 16 September 2019.

What exactly is a brand?

Marbella Design Academy students on the Graphic Design validated programme returned for the new academic year last month. What better way to continue their studies than, among other things, an inspiring lecture on ´branding´, delivered by the award-winning creative designer Andrew Thomas, partner at Equus Brand Consultants. Andrew, a regular guest lecturer at the Academy, travelled all the way from Singapore to share with our Graphic Design students his wealth of branding experience.

We can't wait to see Andrew Thomas back for another motivating guest lecture.

Do you have a passion for Graphic Design and sunny Spain?

Exclusive Marbella Design Academy offers you an excellent Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Graphic Design & Media!

At the same time, you can enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and wonderful weather, making friends from all over the World.

At Marbella Design Academy the Students have plenty of tutor attention, which is so important to help our students achieve their full potential.

Our Bachelor of Arts (Hons) programmes are validated by our UK partner - the University of Bedfordshire.

The Bachelor of Arts validated programmes start twice per year, in January and in September.

Marbella Design Academy - Spain - Founded 1995 - Tuition in English

Marbella Design Academy is celebrating 23 successful years of Design!

Marbella Design Academy was founded in Marbella in October 1995. Since then the Academy has grown tremendously!

The Academy moved in 2008, to its current location just outside the village of Monda, occupying a new premise, purposely built to fulfil the requirements of a State Recognised institution for Higher Education in Design.

Marbella Design Academy became state recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education 1st August 2008. Our 3-year Bachelor of Arts validated programmes are validated and BA (Hons) awarded by our UK partner - University of Bedfordshire.

When our Graduates have satisfactorily graduated from Marbella Design Academy, they are awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees by the University of Bedfordshire.

They can then choose to start working as professionals in the industry or they can continue for a Master degree at University of Bedfordshire or any other university of their choice. Marbella Design Academy has also implemented an Intensive Foundation Course.

Our Team is professional, dynamic and has the passion to educate our students, who come from all over the world, to the highest possible standard.

Marbella Design Academy has after 23 years become an exclusive Design school competing among the very best design schools worldwide. 

Do you have Passion for Design? Then Marbella Design Academy is the right place for you!

Marbella Design Academy - Welcomes its new Foundation Course Students!  - 24/09/2018

Our newest Foundation Course students have just started their Intensive Course in Design. Over the next 12 weeks, they will discover the practice of being a designer. It will help them develop their creative expression, their ideas, add meaning and context to their designs. During this excellent Foundation Course the students will identify where their passion for design lies and which of our Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes they would like to apply to. A challenging experience!On successful completion of the Foundation Course, they will be eligible to enrol in one of our three-year Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes in Graphic Design & Media, Fashion Design & Manufacture, or Interior Architecture and Design.

Marbella Design Academy - Welcomes all new Students! - 17/09/2018

The academic year has just begun for our new 1st year students starting their education on our Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes, Validated and BA (Hons) awarded by our UK partner - University of Bedfordshire. The students have 3 exciting years ahead of them, where they will grow to become professional Designers within their chosen field. A process that is lovely to watch for all staff and tutors at the Academy.Also, welcome back to our 2nd and 3rd-year students! Remember PASSION is the tool for all success. Go for it!At Marbella Design Academy we offer our students 4 times more tuition time than most other universities. Our goals are to help our students to be the very best educated Designers in the World and this involves passion from both our students and our tutors.Set the sails for success! As the more you put into it the more fun it will become!

Vote and help us choose our best Interior Architecture design! 

The best projects will be displayed on our website as samples of our students work. 😮

See them all on our facebook page, on Instagram or on our Interior students work page!

Marbella Design Academy Summer Expo & Graduation party 2018 - Official video!

It was a great night with great people!

Marbella Design Academy Summer Expo & Graduation party 2018 - You are invited!

Marbella Design Academy's presents a collective exposition of its latest graduating designer

The Graphic Design and Interior Architect students will be displaying their creative projects and our Fashion Design students will be showcasing their very innovative collections on the runway.
You will be guaranteed an outstanding evening, with amazing projects exhibited, free delicious tapas and welcome drink. The atmosphere at our Expo is outstanding!

Great company, innovative projects, wonderful tapas, and accompanying music, all in the beautiful surroundings of our pearl of a Design School.
Come and join us for a wonderful evening all for free!

More info can be requested!

Marbella Design Academy is more than a design school, it a great lifestyle and the place for you to study for your Bachelor of Arts.
* high level of tutor attention​
* All classes taught in English
* Professional tutors that all are highly educated.
* Max 230 students.
* Unique student life.
* Spanish lifestyle and climate.
* A safe and beautiful place to study.
* 15 km from cosmopolitan Marbella and the Mediterranean coast.
* A short drive away from Malaga, the emerging cultural capital of Andalusia.
* Surrounded by cultural places to see and renowned worldwide such as Sevilla, Cordoba, Grenada and many more.

Open for intake on our design programmes for 17 September 2018 and 14 January 2019. You can apply online from this link:​


Photographs, illustrations, screen prints...
Collective work by 5 of our graphic design students.
8th - 11th of May, at Monda townhall.

Art by Max Goodwin, Jamie Dumbarton, Max Salmi, Alejandra Balmaseda & Sandie Smillie. #MDALocalNews #MDAGraphicNews #passionfordesign #designyourownway

Lear more about Marbella Design Academy Graphic Design course:


Malaga Day was celebrated in Monda on the 26th of April.

We did not want to miss this event, as it was a great opportunity for Marbella Design Academy to celebrate that Monda and the academy will soon be in the heart of the newly established 3rd Spanish national park.

It was also a very special day where the community rewarded several of the best Malaga citizens for their achievements.

To name only a few, a medal was awarded to Regino Hernández, winner of the snow board bronze medal at the last olympic winter games, and a special distinction of honor was attributed to Simon Manley, British Ambassador in Spain for his fantastic work on promoting Malaga and Andalusia.

Well deserved!

Links of interests:

Information about the natural park of Sierra de las Nieves>

Regino Hernandez Twitter link>


Today at Marbella Design Academy: Master Class with the award winning creative designer Andrew Thomas, Partner at Equus Design.

Andrew travelled all the way from Singapore where Equus is based to share with our graphic design students his wealth of experience as a designer.

Creative process, design, branding, campaign planning and development... but also excellent tips about business strategies.

A great master class, where he explained how starting off from basic client concepts you can design full brands, for chinese wine, real estate developments, airlines, and luxury hotels.

Thank you for your time Andrew! We hope to see you again, and soon!

For more information about Andrew Thomas and Equus Design Consultants, visit , and their hugely interesting Equus blog at .

Learn more!


Today our Interior Architecture students had the pleasure of attending the "Design for Life" event in Marbella. Excellent talks in both English and Spanish respectively from Deyan Sudjic and Teresa Sapey. Another great design day under the Andalusian sun! We would like to also thank Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, critic for the newspaper El País, for her program presentation and the 'Design For Life' team for their help. We will come back next year!

Learn more about our Interior Architecture & Design programme!


Our Screenprinting module started under the supervision of our new guest tutor Karljin Postma. Karlijn is a product designer who has vast experience in ceramic design, screenprinting and photography. She is teaching screenprinting at Marbella Design Academy and loves to share her experience at creating products, and as such organised a Creative Roadtrip on the Costa De La Luz in 2017. 

Want to know more about Karljin? Check her Creative Roadtrip Facebook page and her blog page.

Learn more!


Marbella Design Academy Interior Architecture students are on a study trip to Rotterdam to discover its modern and innovative architecture, and why it has been nicknamed 'Little New York'. We wish them a great time! Join Marbella Design Academy to be on our 2018 trip!

Next validated Programme in Interior Architecture starts on 17th September 2018. 

Learn more about our Interior Architecture & Design programme!


Nothing gives us more pleasure than to see our former students appear in magazines.

And it was great to see that Didi Mizzi, a 2017 Marbella Design Academy fashion graduate, is a rising star back home in Malta.

Read all about Didi, and how important it was for her to learn Fashion Design Marketing as part of her Fashion Design degree programme:

Learn more about our Fashion Design & Manufacturing programme!

Marbella Design Academy Fashion's new blood!

René Coster and Angie Coburn-Hough have joined us for this new term to bring strength, motivation and experience to our existing Fashion Design department. Angie Coburn-Hough brings with her a wealth of experience, having ran her own fashion label for 12 years, designing fashion accessories for dozens of international stores including Harrods of London. Angie taught at many UK Universities and was a partner in writing fashion degree programs in both Ecuador and Russia. René Coster is not only an enthusiastic Fashion Design teacher, but also a Fashion consultant and stylist who has worked for many renowned manufacturers. He is also a specialist at crafting jewellery and accessories with over 15 years experience. He worked as a design consultant for brands as Swarovski, Chick on a Mission, Talimaya, Martinique and many more. 

A warm welcome to our two new Fashion Gurus. Marbella Design Academy offers cutting edge Higher Education Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes in Design, Foundation and short Summer Courses. Next intakes are September 2018 and January 2019 for our 3 year Bachelor of Arts validated programmes in: Interior Architecture Graphic Design Fashion Design For more information about Marbella Design Academy programmes and summer courses, visit .

Marbella Design Academy celebrated its 2017 December annual Exposition and Graduation ceremony on Friday the 15th of December!

The January intake Graphic Design and Interior Architecture students took the opportunity to showcase their final projects to the public. The Fashion Design students organised a fantastic catwalk show where professional models displayed their collections. Over its 22 years of existence, the Academy is proud to have created a unique system. The students benefit from 80% tuition time and small tutoring groups, quite different to most design schools and universities who normally only provide 20% tuition time. The academic and administration teams of the school are pleased to offer a friendly learning environment where everybody is supported and encouraged in their creativity, in order to reach their full potential. 

Student's Expo December 2017

 .All graduate students are awarded a Bachelor of Arts by our UK partner university and are prepared to start off a design career, or to equally continue with a Master in any university of their choice. And all this staying in Southern Spain, benefiting from its great weather and way of life. The Academy offers 2 intakes for the BA validated programmes in Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Fashion Design, in January and September. It also offers a Foundation Course in June and September as well as summer courses for professionals and beginners alike who would like to improve their design skills. read more at:



Below you will see the process of this exciting structure assignment for first year students in Interior Architecture, that started with a guest lecture from a very talented young designer, together with an experimentation day with different organic materials and the application process of the acquired knowledge to their assignment. Some really clever students even recreated Da Vinci's auto-sustainable wooden bridge!



The purpose of the visit was to analyze the site, as well as to explore the historical environment of Estepona, which the Interior Architect students, 1st year, would use to find the concept for a new exciting upcoming project. They have been asked to design a temporary installation, housing an art gallery and a restaurant, which will be located on one of the many green areas surrounding this contemporary iconic building.

The architecture and landscaping shown on the images, were highly inspiring and everyone enjoyed taking lots of photographs and drafting their first sketches.