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 several european design schools. We also have close relations with Brasilien universities.
We are on the Top 50 best Design Schools in Europe (Domus Magazine)
The research unit ID+ aggregate Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade do Porto and IPCA.
UA is a highly regarded institution of research led education, constituted by university departments, research units, polytechnic schools, interface units, and a vocational education network. Its integrated structure permits the articulation and harmonisation of the teaching and research environments, and enables the construction of individual educational paths, from post-secondary technological specialisation programmes to doctoral degrees. Teaching activities are developed in a research-based environment, and throughout the academic year, dozens of national and international conferences are organised, generating a dynamic and multicultural atmosphere for students and staff.
Since 1998, UA integrates the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) [http://eciu.web.ua.pt], a leading international cluster of research intensive universities, with a collective emphasis on innovation, creativity, and societal impact driving the development of a knowledge-based economy. Each member institution shares a number of distinctive characteristics with a strong commitment to innovation and applied research, with close links to industry partners.
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.
Bachelor and Master in Design
Master in Engeneering and Product Design
faculties and departments
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte
bachelor level programs
Degree in Design (1st Cycle) – 3 years
master level programs
Master in Design (2nd Cycle) – 2 years
Master in Engineering and Product 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
The ID+ host the Research Group ID+ DESIS Lab, a member of the DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability).
doctorate level programs
Doctoral level program in Design (3rd Cycle) – 3 years
subject areas for exchange students
Product Design and Engeneering
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 € 1067 .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.