Master in Design and Visual CultureProgram that aims to view design and visual culture from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective.
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Master in Design and Visual Culture

The Master in Design and Visual Culture sees design and visual culture in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective, where our students do work in several areas such as visual communication, graphic design, illustration, digital interfaces, motion design, photography, typography, editorial design and animation.

The Master's course focuses on a creative, contemporary and multidisciplinary project activity, with an intense practical load accompanied by reflection and critical analysis, thus encouraging "know-how" and the "know how to think ".

During the Masters we intend to prepare our students for the production of their portfolio, self-promotion and career management.

Start date
2 years

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Why to study a Master's degree in Design and Culture Visual?

Company links

We promote contact with the business reality either through seminars and thematic workshops with leaders and reference professionals or through immersion activities in the Factory.

Studios and labs

Access to Labs (3D Lab, Photo Lab, UX Lab, Digital Lab, Print Lab, Media Lab, among others) for the development and materialization of ideas and projects.

Factory | IADE's Special Projects Unit

The Factory integrates the Project Unit, the Technical Labs and the Observatory.

It is also a platform for the dissemination of ideas, projects and creative challenges where you participate as an IADE student.

In this unit, where value and knowledge are produced, there is a clear bet on the relationship between students, teachers, laboratories and civil society.

The Factory's projects are defined essentially in three lines of action: parallel fabrication (development of extracurricular projects); curricular fabrication (projects within the school context and in collaboration with civil society partners) and future fabrication (applied research to the development of projects designed and created from scratch).

Study plan

Consult the structure of the curricular plan

Visual Culture Project609
Art and Visual Culture306
Research Methodology303
Optional I | Art Direction or Visual Perception and Ergonomics306
Optional II | Illustration and Comics or Information Visualization306
Optional III | Animation or Motion Design306
Optional IV | Graphic Production or Digital Interfaces303
Visual Design609
Dissertation / Project / Internship Report1518
Theory and Criticism of Design306
Dissertation / Project / Internship Report1530


Career opportunities

The Master aims to train professionals for current and future visual communication:

  • Visual designers
  • Art directors
  • Plastic creators
  • Photographers
  • Audiovisual and multimedia content creators
  • In a wide variety of contexts and professional roles, in industries as distinct as advertising, publishing or culture.

The Masters in Design and Visual Culture will also be prepared to embark on a teaching or university research career.


Candidates interested in entering IADE will be able to formalize their candidacy throughout the year, in person or via online application. The application process is subject to the existing vague and to the adaptation of the profile of the candidate to the cycle of studies of interest.

To start the Admission Process, the candidate must follow these 3 steps:

1. Information request

Schedule a meeting with an Admissions Advisor

2. Documentation

Gather the requested documentation in the admission process

3. Candidature

Progress with the formalization of the candidacy, in person or online

Certification and accreditation

Aprovado pela A3ES em 16/9/2016.

Registo nº R/A -Ef 212/2011/AL03, de 27/07/2021 (DGES).

Despacho n.º 7668/2021, de 4 de agosto de 2021, II Série nº 150 D.R.

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