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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Bachelor in Communication Design

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A3ES Decision

Accredited - A3ES Decision

Date of the Board Decision



R/A-Ef 3053/2011/AL01

Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Bachelor |6 Semesters |180 ECTS

Programme Director

Profª Doutora Carla Cadete



Entrance Conditions

National access competition/tender:
Having completed the 12th grade;
A grade higher than 95 points (range 0-200), in the following entrance exams:
03- Design
10- Descriptive Geometry
18- Portuguese

Entry competition/tender:
Course changes;
In accordance with Decree 401/2007, of April 5.
Special competition/tender for those over the age of 23:
On completing 23 years of age by the 31st of December of the preceding year
Those not entitled access to higher education (if they have undertaken and been approved in the entrance test for the college they want to enter, they are entitled to the referred access).
Special competition/tender for higher education graduates and Diplomas in Specialized Technology:
(In accordance with Decree-Law No. 393-B/99, of 2 October;
In accordance with Ordinance No. 854-A/99, of 4 October;
In accordance with Decree-Law No. 88/2006, of May 23).

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


The program aims to train professionals in the various areas of communication design: identity, editorial, typography, poster, illustration, packaging, infographics and web design. This program is sustained by two strong components: the practice associated with the different institutional bodies, public or private; and the conceptual and research component. In addition to a solid technical training, the study plan values and stimulates critical thinking, experimentation, and creativity.
We value the development of transversal skills, through the integration of inter-disciplinary knowledge, with projects articulated between different course units and study cycles.
Students are encouraged to participate in national and international competitions under the guidance of faculty members, as a means of stimulating design production, creativity, and methodology. The intention is to train interventive and competitive students, in order to keep up with the growing demands of design. A practice that has resulted in the recognition of the quality of the proposals at a national and international level, with the awarding of prizes and honorable mentions.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Today, Design is experiencing an unprecedented expansion. Never before has Design fulfilled so many different communicative and expressive missions in such diverse contexts. In this way, the degree in Communication Design at Universidade Lusófona do Porto invests in comprehensive training, endowing the student with the ability to respond to the multiple areas in which Design currently operates:
- Editorial Design, Typography and Illustration;
- Corporative identity;
- Packing;
- Studies and Narrative Practices of Image;
- Multimedia;
- History and Criticism of Art and Design;
- Visual Culture Studies;
- Technologies, materials and pre-press;
- Photography

All these areas are covered in the course, in spaces for theoretical learning and laboratory practice, investing simultaneously in personalized learning contexts and in models of teamwork.

Equipments and venues

The bachelor in Communication Design at Universidade Lusófona do Porto has adequate spaces for the practice of drawing and design, as well as computer and audiovisual means with specific equipment for carrying out projects, enhancing and valuing learning in the various areas of knowledge. of design and communication. It also takes advantage of ULP's own resources, namely a wireless network, computer labs, a video editing room, a sound studio, a photo lab and a library.

Further Studies

The conclusion of the underdegree in Communication Design at Universidade Lusófona do Porto allows to continues Master and PhD studies in Design, Arts or other areas of Communication.

Occupacional Profiles

The underdegree in Communication Design gives the ability to exercise the profession and the leadership of multidisciplinary communication design teams (design studios, advertising agencies, editorial area), multimedia and digital media. It also provides students with teaching skills in the areas of design, visual culture, design consultancy, curatorship of exhibitions or events related to design and visual culture.

Scientific Areas

Design | Áudio-visuais e produção dos media | Belas-artes


Study Plan

1st Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Descriptive Geometry IFirst Semester3
History of DesignFirst Semester5
Introduction to ComputingFirst Semester6
Introduction to DesignFirst Semester8
Introduction to Design TechniquesFirst Semester4
Introduction to PhotographyFirst Semester4
Computer-Aided DesignSecond Semester6
Descriptive Geometry IISecond Semester3
DesignSecond Semester8
Drawing ISecond Semester4
History of ArtSecond Semester5
PhotographySecond Semester4
2nd Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Aesthetics and Art TheoryFirst Semester4
Communication Design IFirst Semester8
Contemporary ArtFirst Semester4
Drawing IIFirst Semester4
TypographyFirst Semester6
Visual CultureFirst Semester4
Communication Design IISecond Semester8
Design Technologies ISecond Semester6
Design Theory and CriticismSecond Semester4
Drawing IIISecond Semester4
Introduction to Contemporary ThoughtSecond Semester4
SemioticSecond Semester4
3rd Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Communication Design IIIFirst Semester6
Communication Design in Digital MediasFirst Semester4
Design LaboratoryFirst Semester4
Design Technologies IIFirst Semester6
Drawing IVFirst Semester4
Multimedia Product DesignFirst Semester6
Communication Design IVSecond Semester6
Design and ManagementSecond Semester4
Design SeminarSecond Semester6
IllustrationSecond Semester4
Multimedia Computing and InteractivitySecond Semester6
OptionSecond Semester4

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
André Nuno Carita Pires De CarvalhoDoctoratePart-Time
Andreia Sofia Pinto De SousaDoctorateFull-Time
Carla Maria Cadete Vieira Ramos MeloDoctorateFull-Time
Cláudia Raquel Marques Martins LimaDoctorateFull-Time
Dulce Helena Amorim De Campos LadeiroDoctorateFull-Time
Fernando Jorge Monteiro CarvalhoDoctoratePart-Time
Igor Lexandre Pereira RamosMasterPart-Time
João Domingos Pinho Alves De SousaDoctorateFull-Time
João Sousa CardosoDoctorateFull-Time
José Manuel Dos Santos MaiaBachelorPart-Time
Manuel Luís Bogalheiro Rocha FernandesDoctorateFull-Time
Marco André Monteiro FerreiraMasterPart-Time
Ricardo Luís Dos Santos GomesDoctoratePart-Time
Rodrigo Guerreiro Vaz Guedes De CarvalhoDoctorateFull-Time


Admission for Undergraduates 180 €
Change Course 80 €
Holders of University Degree 180 €
International student 260 €
International student 260 €
Readmission 80 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment260 €
Registration250 €
Average monthly value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 362,4 €
Per ECTS 12,08 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force