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Design and Concept

Lifelong learning course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
This lifelong learning course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Bodyworks and Automotive Materials.

This course provides a wide overview of the main concepts and requirements needed to carry out the automobile bodywork development process.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

1.Know the technical objectives of a bodywork development project such as package, ergonomics, aerodynamics, safety and legal requirements.

2. Apply skills to achieve optimal results between design lines and the pretended technical concept.

Who is it for

Graduate students in Automotive, Chemical or Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Product Design or equivalent.
Working professionals or experienced in the automotive industry.



Design and Concept
4 ECTS. 32 teaching hours.
1. Introduction.
2. Bodywork's concept evolution. Bodywork types.
3. Package and ergonomics.
4. Basic requirements.
5. Study of exterior and interior design.
7. Surfaces generation.
8. Color and Trim.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Carod de Arriba, Xavier
    Doctor en Ingeniería de Proyectos por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Licenciado en Química por la Universitat de Barcelona, especializado en Ciencia de Materiales. Colaborador de la Cátedra SEAT/UPC del 2007 al 2012. Profesor asociado en el Departamento de Ingeniería de Proyectos y Construcción de la UPC.

Teaching staff

  • Delgado Plaza, Pedro Antonio
    Head of service responsible for the Cokpit and Doors in Development Concepts, at SEAT's Technical Centre. Associate Professor of the automotive Elisava Design Master and occupational training programs. With over 25 years experience in the automotive sector (Yamaha and SEAT), in SEAT has developed different task and responsibilities in the departments of Structure, Moving parts, Optimization Series and Development Concepts.
  • García Saura, Maria Teresa
    Licenciada en Geografía e Historia por la Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Técnica Especialista de Riesgos Laborales por la UB. Técnica de los posgrados CARMAT. Carrocería y Materiales de Automoción y ELTICA. Electricidad y Electrónica del Automóvil. Responsable del programa CATIA v5 en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona. Administración y control de los cursos y posgrados realizados por la Cátedra SEAT/UPC, Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya y la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona, en el Departamento de Ingeniería de Proyectos y Construcción de la UPC.
  • González Gallardo, Eduardo
    Responsible for Package and Ergonomics at Technical Centre of SEAT. Eduardo has also been lecturer at the master MIGIA-UPC
  • Hervás Sarciat, Daniel
    Responsible for the development of interior design at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Daniel has an extensive teaching experience as lecturer in the Master's degree of Product Design of the Elisava School of Barcelona as well as the Master's degree of Automotion and Design.
  • Loste, Enrique
    Senior architect for the ETSAB, is responsible for department of surface developmen (Strak) SEAT Technical Centre. Expert in surfaces in the automotive world with industry experience of 15 years, has developed his career in SEAT, VW, AUDI and has participated in projects of other brands such as BMW, Rover and Land Rover.
  • Rodríguez Luengo, José Alfonso
    Master degree in Industrial Design and Product Development from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Since 1998, Alfonso is car designer at the Stylish department of SEAT, where he has designed and developed many car projects, Concept cars, and competition prototypes. He has also collaborated with other car manufacturers, such as VW, AUDI and SUZUKI. In 2003, he designed the SEAT ALTEA, prototype that was awarded the European Design Prize in 2003. Since 2011, Alfonso is Design Project Leader of the IBIZA and LEON segments. Since 1995, he is teaching at different schools in Barcelona, such as ESDI, ELISAVA, UPC and ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN. Furthermore, Alfonso collaborates with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies from the Potífica Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been a member of the expert committee of the DELTA Prize of the Industrial Designers Association in 2009 and 2010.
  • Rodriguez Moreno, Juan Carlos
    Responsible for rear vehicle area at the Technical Centre of SEAT. He is also lecturer in the Master's degree of Product Design at the Elisava School of Barcelona
  • Tarres Riba, Albert
    Mechanical Engineer. Head of Concept Vehicle Department.

General information

4 ECTS (32 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:October 2018End date:October 2018
Monday  17:30 to 21:30Tuesday  17:30 to 21:30Wednesday  17:30 to 21:30
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Contact person
Maria Teresa García Saura

Telephone: (34) 650 705 618
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
1.000 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction

Related entities


  • Centro Técnico SEAT S.A.