ESAD’s mission is founded on three pillars: education, improvement, and innovation. Training students to participate and compete nationally and internationally, keeping up with the growing demands of understanding the role of design and the arts, and widening creative, critical, and technological competencies.
ESAD collaborates within students and teachers exchange programmes and in International Projects. ESAD aims always to reinforce and diversify the partnerships.
The internationalization of the school goes back to its foundation. It passes through the ERASMUS exchange, for the mobility of students, teachers and technical personnel, for the dissemination of academic projects and for the accomplishment of events and design publications. Currently, ESAD has bilateral partnerships and contracts with about 150 higher education institutions from five continents.
ESAD collaborates with other educational institutions, namely at Higher Education level. ESAD also collaborates with the industrial and administrative sectors within the development of products and services.
Design (Product, Interiors, Communication, Fashion) and Arts (Digital Arts & Multimedia, Jewellery)
faculties and departments
Facultie of Design: Comunication Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design.
Facultie of Arts: Digital Arts and Multimedia, Jewellery.
bachelor level programs
BA in Design: Comunication Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design.
BA in Arts: Digital Arts and Multimedia, Jewellery.
master level programs
Master in Comunication Design, Interior Design and Product Design.
Advances Studies: Automotive and Transportation Design, Editorialand e-publishing Design, Furniture Design; Illustration and Digital Animation; Motion Design, Packaging Design, Type Design.
research activity and main areas
Esad-Idea, Art and Design Research is a structure launched in 2013 that comprises ESAD’s research and develops design, curatorship, publishing, research and consulting work specialising in cultural and municipal project. It has its headquarters in esad - idea space and manages this space alongside with Casa do Design and Incubadora de Design do Mercado in Matosinhos.Some of its recent activity includes the Year of Portuguese Design (2015), the Portuguese representation at Triennale di Milano(2016) and frequente collaborations with Porto and Matosinhos councils.
subject areas for exchange students
Communication, Product, Interiors, Fashion, Jewellery, and Digital Arts & Multimedia
Autumn semester - end of June
Spring semester - end of November
Portuguese (and English to help foreign students)
September – July (9 months)
September – February (5 months)
February – July ( 5 months)
cost of living per month (studying and living)