About Us

Marbella Design Academy was founded in 1995 and has, after 20 years of experience, developed into the modern, excellent Academy we have today.

  • Institution state-recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • Offer Bachelor of Arts validated programmes in Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Fashion Design.
  • Official Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons) degrees, awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University London. The degrees are state-recognised in the United Kingdom.

Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with a family-like atmosphere among students and staff who originate from around the world.

The maximum number of places available is 230, so students receive a great deal of personal attention and one-to-one tuition from their teachers.

We are constantly expanding and improving our curriculum to the latest marked demands. The atmosphere is energetic, creative and inspiring. We encourage our students to collaborate and experiment with their designs, in either smaller groups or with one-to-one tuition sessions with their tutor. Although the work is intensive, everybody collaborates in a casual, warm and informal atmosphere.


Our students at Marbella Design Academy enjoy a very special way of life. Not only are they taught at a professional academic level, they also benefit from the attractive Spanish lifestyle. The weather is the best in Europe with more than 300 sunny days per year, which is such a boost for their personal wellbeing. Student accommodation is very good and fantastic value for money. Placed in a lovely and inspiring environment in the picturesque village of Monda. The cost of living is one of the lowest in Europe. Being a student at Marbella Design Academy in the South of Spain is less of a financial burden as studying in many other parts of the world,  and therefore most of the students can concentrate on their studies and do not need to waste valuable time on additional paid work after tuition hours.  They can enjoy life and the Spanish atmosphere. You will probably have the best time of your life here. 


Mission and Aims

Our mission is to provide a stimulating and complete design education that lives up to the latest market demands, leading to a rewarding and well sought after profession. We aim to develop all the necessary skills needed for you to solve the wide variety of real-life design challenges that are faced by professional designers today. Our aims are to support and develop individual creativity and nurture artistic skills. We also prepare the students for the increasing demands of the market with respect to quality of presentation, style, aesthetics and psychology relating to the design environment.

Our Academy Building

The Marbella Design Academy building was completed in August 2008. It was designed entirely by the Founder, Helle Byrn, and meets all of the stringent demands and requirements of a modern design academy. The Ministry of Education in Spain has approved the building, so every facility imaginable is catered for.