CSP in Color & Trim


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Program Description

The CSP (Continuing Study Program) in Color & Trim provides concentrated knowledge in these two fields with a variety of formats, materials, concepts, and objectives.

As well as its aesthetic properties, color influences our perception and our behavior. Many design-related sectors are calling for more and more specialists in color and trim to work in the automobile industry, interior design, architecture, sports accessories, furniture, etc.

This CSP explores the latest trends, different types of natural and synthetic pigments, brand strategies, materials and the symbology of color to ensure students are able to roll out their full potential in future design projects. The course is divided into two modules which combine cultural, technical and project know-how with workshops, outings, and talks delivered by sector experts.


  • To activate the student’s color termbase.
  • To explore the universal systems that define and organize color.
  • To acquire individual methodologies for creating ranges.
  • To detect creative opportunities from a chromatic standpoint.
  • To anticipate seasonal colors and trends.
  • To learn about new materials and the color pallets that work best.


The course starts with a specific theoretical-cultural approach to color before introducing a series of tools and practical exercises for the student to experiment with color application in different formats, materials, and concepts and for different purposes. Lessons include presentations, hands‑on workshops, and opportunities to collaborate with acclaimed local and international figures in the sector so as to share their experience and passion.

The course ends with a final project to be submitted in a personal portfolio with color as the centerpiece based on a personalized chromatic pallet.

Student Profile

Graduates or working professionals in the fields of product design, interior design, and architecture wishing to broaden and deepen their specific knowledge of how to apply color.

Applicants will be required to submit a CV and cover letter. If any of the admission requirements are not met, the School will consider each applicant separately and reserves the right to summon applicants for an interview.

Job Opportunities

Upon completion of the course and depending on each student’s prior experience, there will be various career options:

  • The chance to join a Color & Trim team inside a large firm (such as an automobile company).
  • Freelance work for a range of companies in various sectors: architecture, product design, graphic design, packaging, interior design.


Elisa Padrón

Elisa Padrón Olivé designs and develops products that cultivate craftsmanship, quality and simplicity. She has always been fascinated by handmade. BA Product Design after getting a Diploma in Technical Engineering in Industrial Design. She starts her professional career in the sports sector, as a member of the of innovation and advanced design team in Decathlon, developing projects between France and India. She also discovers the study of global trends and her passion for color. Currently based in Barcelona, she is responsible for the design in Nanimarquina, fusing ancestral craft rugs with contemporary design.

Last updated Apr 2020

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