RMIT and BAU announce new partnership for future skills in design

RMIT and BAU announce new partnership for future skills in design

A new partnership with BAU, College of Arts and Design in Barcelona, will see RMIT University take its disruptive online education model to the creative heart of Catalonia’s capital city.

RMIT Online’s User Experience Design, User Interface Design and Customer Experience Strategy and Design short online courses are now part of BAU’s cutting-edge educational offering for professionals in the design and communication fields.

With a recent World Economic Forum report ranking ‘user experience’ among the top 15 skills in high demand by organisations in Spain, the BAU and RMIT partnership is set to play a key role in empowering professionals to upskill and prepare for the future.

Running for six weeks, the online courses feature interactive videos, assignments, prescheduled webinars as well as 1:1 online mentoring from industry.

RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said the collaboration presents an exciting opportunity for RMIT and BAU to bring their aligned learning vision to professionals looking to upskill and supercharge their performance. 

“In a time defined by rapid technological advancements, the demand for UX, UI and CX designers far outweighs the supply. 

“These credentialled courses provide the latest tools, techniques and skills to elevate design careers and increase attractiveness to employers,” Souness said.

“Our collaboration with BAU – one of the leading arts and design educational institutions in Barcelona – is a positive step forward for both RMIT Online and the region.”

BAU Founder and Director Elisabeth Plantada said the new collaboration aligns with BAU’s mission to be a ‘driving force of knowledge and innovation at the service of society’. 

“We're excited to be partnering with RMIT Online for the delivery of this online educational offering and to empower design and communication professionals to upskill, grow and succeed in the profession.”

Since launching its industry-led short course model in Australia in November 2017, RMIT Online's portfolio covers topics from virtual reality and augmented reality through to artificial intelligence and digital marketing.

The RMIT and BAU courses on UX, UI, CX design are open for enrolment

The collaboration is an extension of a longstanding relationship between the two institutions, which also includes cooperation through the RMIT Practice Based Research program with RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, School of Design and School of Media and Communication.

In addition, RMIT Europe – the University’s European hub in Barcelona – and BAU are located within blocks of each other in the city’s innovation and technology district 22@. 

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'rmit-bau-collaboration-signing' L-R: Julian Stevenson, Product & Workforce Development Director, RMIT Online; Claire Hopkins, Chief Student Experience Officer, RMIT Online; Jordi Álvarez, Institutional and International Relations Manager, BAU; Marta Fernandez, Executive Director, RMIT Europe; Elisabeth Plantada, Founder and Director, BAU; Helen Souness, Chief Executive Officer, RMIT Online; and Professor Peter Coloe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global and Vice-President, RMIT University, at the signing ceremony.


Story: Karen Matthews

16 February 2022


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