Academic year
Subject Area
Audio-visuals and media production
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Methods

We adopt a project-based learning method.

In the first semester, students develop a project proposal, embodied in a written document, under the guidance of faculty members. The proposal is defended before a jury.

In the second semester, the student develops the project, under the guidance of a teacher of the course and possible co-supervision of another teacher of the course or expert in the area of the project. The student prepares a dissertation, which is defended before a jury.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, students must develop a project with the contribution of conceptual, technical and formal decisions from program requirements formulated by themselves. We value the notion of designer as author and as a social actor. Special importance is given to aspects of authorship and innovation, relevance and methodological solutions, and to social and cultural relevance of the proposals.

The practice of project management is also introduced.

Work Placement(s)



1. Designer as author and translator

2. Critical and practical design: contemporary discourses

3. Social role of design and inclusive design

4. Project management in design

5. Communication in the project design.

Head Lecturer(s)

Licínio Gomes Roque

Assessment Methods

Continuous : 6.0%
Research work: 9.0%
Project Proposal: 14.0%
Dissertation: 71.0%


Bierut, Michael, 2007, Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Blauvelt, Andrew e Lupton, Ellen, 2011, Graphic Design: Now in Production. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center

Heller, Steven (Ed.), 1998, The Education of a Graphic Designer. New York: Allworth Press.

Lupton, Ellen e Abbott Miller, 1999. Design Writing Research: Writing on Graphic Design, London: Phaidon Press.

Shaughnessy, Adrian. 2005. How to be a Graphic Designer Without Loosig Your Soul. London: Laurence King Publishing

Shaughnessy, Adrian. 2009. Graphic Design: A User's Manual. London: Laurence King Publishing

Monteiro, Mike, 2012, Design is a job. New York: A Book Apart.