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2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Universidade de Aveiro

About this program


On this Master's programs, students are expected to acquire a deep understanding of the various levels at which their professional effort can operate - design and strategy, design and identity, design and technology - whatever the activity sector in which that action may take place.

In the relationship between design and strategy are included concerns that underpin thought and project, with the objective of studying the development of a domain, the systemic vision of design on products and services or, in a more circumscribed manner, the management of design.

In design and identity, all the problems that arise from the conception and organisation of the communicative dimension of businesses are taken into account, namely, the conception and management of brands, as well as other meaningful units with emblematic value, such as author's design, in which "authorship" is a feature which generates form.

The conceptual dimension that the relationship between design and technology represents is directly positioned in the development of a product or service and belongs to a more operative and traditional vision of design in the perspective of material and technological limits.

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in Design, Artistic and Technological Areas (Visual Arts, Performative Arts, Programming, Video or New Technologies) and Visual Arts Teaching.
  2. Foreign higher education degree in Design, Artistic and Technological Areas (Visual Arts, Performative Arts, Programming, Video or New Technologies) and Visual Arts Teaching awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study programs organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree in Design, Artistic and Technological Areas (Visual Arts, Performative Arts, Programming, Video or New Technologies) and Visual Arts Teaching recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters programs, in accordance with Article 17, N.º 1, d), Decree Law n.º 74/2006, as expressed in DL n.º 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, N.º 1, d) of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. That which is indicated in points 2 to 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer any formal recognition of this degree on the holder of the qualification.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle o f studies under the terms of this competition.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website

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Program content

Year 1

1º Semester

  • Representation And Knowledge
  • Design Seminars
  • Design And Strategy
  • Design And Identity
  • Design And Technology

2º Semester

  • Research Methods
  • Project I
  • Electives C

Option A

  • Design and Innovation
  • Design and Interaction
  • Design For Social Innovation
  • Design Of Multifunctional Composite Structures
  • Sustainable Products Design
  • Typographic Semiology

Year 2

1º Semester

  • Project II
  • Option D

Option B

  • Design and Museography
  • Brand and Identity
  • Digital and Analogic 3d Modelling
  • Illustration and Project
  • Interaction and Experience
  • Symbolic Value Of Artifacts

2º Semester

  • Contemporary Issues In Design


  • Dissertation / Project / Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Local/EU Students: 1000€ per year
  • International/Non-EU Students: 5500€ per year

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Universidade de Aveiro

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Why study at Universidade de Aveiro

Why is Universidade de Aveiro the your next best step?

  • Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here in Aveiro, you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, investigation methods and results and 20 research centers evaluated with incredible remark.
  • Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. Besides all the Intercultural events (more than 80 in 2019), you can count on a team fully dedicated to help you in any matters related to your studies and living abroad circumstances.
  • Learn for the future: it is a modern university, with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge and to develop towards society.
  • Academic support: Universidade de Aveiro offers to its international students’ programs that allow them to get familiar with Portuguese language or level their knowledge on core subjects like Mathematics.
  • International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills. Universidade de Aveiro also has cooperation agreements with hundreds of international institutions.
  • Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a low cost of life, capable of combining both amazing natural places, such as beaches, mountains and rivers and, at the same time, renowned innovation & tech events, projects and centers.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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