The Universidad de Valparaíso is a state, public and independent institution, based on a long tradition which mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge, cultivating science and technology, humanities and arts, through the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research, that provides expertise to graduates, professionals and researchers required by the society, within a framework of quality management and commitment to regional and national development. The values that inspire it are participation, solidarity, equity, freedom, pluralism, critical thinking and respect for diversity.
Centered on this statement, our School of Design “develops its teaching activities through the undergraduate program, providing the skills and knowledge expected by a design project manager or a design entrepreneur, within the concept of the product system in the design perspective in order to identify and to develop opportunities that demand technological innovation based solutions”.
The School of Design keeps permanent and occasionally links with American and European universities mainly from Argentine, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain and England with which develops academic exchange or research collaboration through the work of its teachers.
The School of Design is a founder member of the Schools of Design Network that belongs to the Rectorate Council of Chilean Universities, CRUCH. It includes the twelve Schools of Design of the CRUCH in which are represented the former ones in Chile.
At government level, there is a continuing collaboration with public regional and national organizations, through economic development agencies such as CORFO, SERCOTEC, FOSIS, among others, as well as with private institutions in the same field.
In scientific research, artistic creation and cultural affairs, the School often enters projects sponsored by public Chilean organizations for their economical support.
Our work is oriented to BA level and since 2007 started a master program with the Politecnico di Milano sponsorship.
In both, the School specializes in working with small and medium size enterprises, organizing the curriculum structure according to the productive reality of Chile, improving teaching experiences with companies and designers to bring students to the real production environment.
There is a long tradition of working in the field of Design and Crafts, fostering contacts with different artisans associations that have extended the design activities to territorial development along our country.
With these objectives, the School has established Studies Centers in areas such as Cultural Heritage, Textile Processes and Fashion, Design and Crafts, Territorial Development, Product Development and Innovation, Design Management.
faculties and departments
The Escuela de Diseño belongs to the Faculty of Arquitecture in which also includes the Schools of Arquitecture, Filmmaking, Theater and Tourism Management and Culture.
bachelor level programs
BA in Design, is a ten semester program
master level programs
Magister en Diseño Estratégico, is a three semester program
research activity and main areas
Cultural Heritage - Industrial Textile Processes and Fashion – Design and Crafts - Territorial Development – Product Development and Innovation – Design Management
doctorate level programs
subject areas for exchange students
The Universidad de Valparaíso has exchange programs in all areas of knowledge and has exchange agreements with an important number of universities worldwide.
Contact Person for international students exchange/ international students exchange agreements:
Javiera Cuéllar, email@example.com
Before October 15 to apply for a first semester stay.
Before April 15 to apply for a second semester stay.
The official teaching language is Spanish. The University offers Spanish lessons to exchange students.
First semester: from March to the second week of July
Second semester: from August to the second week of December
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Students under exchange agreements have no fees.
Non exchange agreement students must pay a fee of USD 350 plus USD 400 for each subject selected.
Monthly living costs in Valparaíso may vary between USD 700 to USD 900.