Bachelor's in Design GlobalIn English and with a semester of international mobility at one of the most prestigious design universities to boost an international career.
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Bachelor's in Design Global

This Bachelor’s Degree in Design Global has a very strong international component and it shows not only by the classes being taught in English, but with the presence of international academic staff and a mandatory mobility semester. This international semester may be done through Erasmus or at one of the best design schools in the world.

Additionally, all students also receive, during their 3-year degree, the Adobe Pack.

Higher academic degreeYes
Duration3 years

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Why study Global Design?

International experience

The international component of the Bachelor’s Degree in Global Design is evident not only because of the faculty it comprises, but also because of the international semester it offers its students. During a semester, the students get the chance to study in two of the best design schools in the world:

  • NABA, in Italy
  • New School of Architecture and Design, in California (USA)
  • ELISAVA, em Spain
  • KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in Dinamarca
  • HdM Stuttgart Media University, in Germany
Challenge Based Learning (PBL)

This Bachelor’s Degree is based on CBL - challenge-based learning - where the Project curricular unit leads the semester. In each semester there is a project that combines all the curricular units of that semester. Also included in the study plan is a Professional Exploration curricular unit which introduces a very interesting feature: there's a pause in the semester and projects are carried out in collaboration with companies.

Real-world business experience

During this Bachelor’s Degree in Design, students will have constant contact with the business world, both through seminars with renowned leaders and professionals, and through shadowing experiences, projects with companies and the possibility of carrying out traineeships.

Study plan

Consult the structure of the curricular plan

Theory of Shape242,5
Contemporary Art History182,5
Design Methodology265
Communication Drawing485
Project Fundamentals607,5
Professional Exploration I345
Theory of Perception242,5
Models and Prototypes Workshop182,5
Graphic Workshop182,5
History of Design365
Digital Studio485
Integrated Project I607,5
Professional Exploration II345
Social and Cultural Studies242,5
Production Materials Lab182,5
User Experience355
Digital Studio II485
Integrated Project II607,5
Professional Project I345
Design Management242,5
Digital Animation Lab182,5
Multimedia Lab182,5
Design Interfaces365
Digital Studio III485
Integrated Project III607,5
Professional Project II345
Design and Visual Contemporary Culture242,5
Visualization and Information Lab182,5
Service Design182,5
Strategic Design365
Digital Studio IV485
Integrated Project IV607,5
Professional Project III345
Strategic Marketing185
Global Design Studio13210
Professional Project IV345

Admission exams

  • 03 Design or
  • 10 Descriptive Geometry or
  • 18 Portuguese


Career opportunities

  • Global Designer (integration of all areas in the same project)
  • Graphic/ product/ multimedia/ environment/ interaction/ services designer
  • Leadership roles in creativity projects/agencies
  • Design thinker
  • Business Designer
  • Strategist in creative industries
  • Consultancy projects
  • UX researcher
  • Art direction
  • Strategizing in the creative industries
  • Research in Art and Design, Cultural Arts and Technology


Candidates interested in joining IADE can apply throughout the year. The application process is limited by existing vacancies and the suitability of the candidate's profile to the study cycle of interest.

To start the admission process, the candidate must follow these 3 steps.

Certification and accreditation

Approved by A3ES on 07/04/2016

Self-evaluation report for the Global Bachelor's Degree in Design .

Registration R/A -Cr 49/2016/AL03, of 21/04/2023

Order no. 6017/2023 , of 29 May 2023, II series, no. 103 DR