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Master in Image Design


  • Social, cultural and historical valorization based on the image;
  • Expansion of the image field through technology;
  • Contribution to visual literacy;
  • Integration of documental image in applied research projects;
  • Construction of communication objects with ethical and social visions;
  • Production of critical thinking about the contemporary cultural universe;
  • Integration of students into active public life.

Fields of Specialization

Project Areas

  • Design and Citizenship;
  • Photography and Cinema;
  • Illustrated Narratives;
  • Design and Sustainability;
  • Cultural Heritage: Archive and Memory;
  • Counter-Culture;
  • Critical and Emerging Practices;
  • Interaction and Games.

Professional Abilities

We Propose

  • Recognition in the academic, cultural and professional contexts, in Portugal and abroad;
  • The growth of visual literacy in cultural and social contexts, in a world increasingly post-linguistic and superabundant in visual stimuli;
  • Innovation by leveraging the contemporary processes of image reconfiguration on a cultural and technological level;
  • The consolidation of an active historical heritage through the use of visual systems in continuous process of updating;
  • Achieving these goals through applied research projects developed in a partnership network, relevant and transformative of society, culture and art;
  • The creation of visibility contexts through media devices, exhibitions, development pro- grams, editorial projects, and education and literacy programs.



  • 4 semesters (120 ECTS) confers Master’s Degree;
  • First Year - subjects in total of 60 ECTS.

  • Second Year - Project Methodologies II (6 ECTS);
Original dissertation, project work or an internship report (54 ECTS).

General information

Official Code: 9406
Director: José Carneiro
Acronym: MDI
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2006/2007
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master in Image Design (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialty in Image Design (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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