The end of 20th century brought profound social changes, especially in the habits of consumption of goods and services. In this context, design distinguishes as a strategic tool, skilled for innovation in environments of strong competition. A contribution that is revealed in the ability of qualification, both at the level of performance and the Aesthetic and symbolic of the artefacts. The contribution of Design in contemporary demands required rethinking the role of designer in society, and therefore their training. It’s the accomplishment of this challenge and the observation of the requirements raised by Bologna process, that organizes the teaching of design at the University of Aveiro, arranged in three levels (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles, corresponding to Bachelor, Master and PhD).
We maintain for some years the Erasmus bilateral agreements with Politecnico de Millano, the University of Barcelona, the University of Extremadura, the University of Leipzig and University of Salford. The research unit ID+ aggregate Universidade de Aveiro and Universidade do Porto.
ID+ is rooted on the mission to establish effective working ties between Design Research and Institutional Partners towards cultural, economic and social development. The organization of this Institute is based, first and foremost, on a network that links Design, Industry, Culture and Media, based on principles of flexibility, autonomy, efficiency and acknowledgement. In addition, this network will invest on national and international academic partners from diverse scientific areas as a clear strategy for broadening its social, cultural and economic impact.
main focusDegree and Master in Design
faculties and departmentsDepartamento de Comunicação e Arte
bachelor level programsDegree in Design (1st Cycle) – 3 years
master level programsMaster in Design (2nd Cycle) – 2 years
research activity and main areas
Most teachers belong to the research unit ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture). The main research areas are: 1. Contributions of an active History towards a Future Culture Heritage 2. Public Space and Local Networks for Visibility and Cultural Value 3. Interfaces 4. Strategies for the Development of Visual Literacy 5. Innovation through Drawing 6. Research through Art
doctorate level programs
Doctoral level program in Design (3rd Cycle) – 3 years
subject areas for exchange studentsDesign
application deadlinesMarch 2010 for 2010/2011 school year.
teaching languagesPortuguese, English
1st semester: from September 14 to December 18 2nd semester: from February 8 to June 11
cost of living per month (studying and living)
The annual fees for studying in UA for the initial training courses (1st Cycle) is € 998.The main residential complex is located in the center of campus, while other blocks are in the city center, just minutes from UA. Students have a range of about 900 places in university residences. The costs per month for living in Aveiro are about 500 euros.