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Code: MDIPDE     Acronym: PDE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Design

Instance: 2015/2016 - A

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Design
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Image Design

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDI 11 Plano Oficial 2011 2 - 54 1080 1458

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Manuel da Silva Fernandes de Carvalho Carneiro

Teaching - Hours

Tutorial Supervision: 0,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,00
José Manuel da Silva Fernandes de Carvalho Carneiro 0,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


- In depth research methodologies to equip students in critical thinking about visual nature of projects to be undertaken during the semester;
- Research and validation of the image as contemporary unit literaci;
- Develop scientific interests that intersect with research projects able to provide us with a view of the world from a single regional or global standard, location, bringing a transmissible heritage of individual and collective memory; - Understanding of grammars related to the image in the contemporary context, both cultural as well as technological.

Learning outcomes and competences

Suitability for the organization of visual information that intend to generate an expanded field of knowledge centered in images able to form an intellectual product of wisdom. Information solutions in the field of public space transversal to the areas of culture and market. Be able to develop sustainable and functional projects from original concepts and visual communication programs that enhance their integration with society. Adapt and endure the process of visual design to an operational structure. Understand and define problems of communication through tangible goals and overcome their limitations. Synthesize and determine alternatives for solving a specific needs.

Working method



Research Project

The demonstration of consistency of the syllabus will be tested during the year by analyzing the research project as initially conceived. Thus, we intend to discuss the progress of research through a schedule assigned to each phase of the work.

Mandatory literature

CRESWELL, John W. ; Research Design: qualitative & quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, age Publications., 1994
GRAY, C., MAILIS, Jullian; Visualizing Research. A guide to the Research Process in Art and Design, shgate Publishing Limited, 2004
HOLLY, Michael Ann; What Is Research in the Visual Arts?: Obsession, Archive, Encounter. Williamstown, Massachusetts: Clark Art Institute, 2009
Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field. Nova Iorque:; Armstrong, Helen, 2009. ISBN: Princeton Architectural Press,
Banks, Marcus; Visual Methods in Social Research, SAGE Publications, 2009
Mirzoeff, Nicholas; The Visual Culture Reader, Routledge, 2009
Mitchell, W. J. T; What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images, The University of Chicago Press, 2005
Rancière, Jacques; The Future of the Image, London and New York: Verso, 2007
Sterling, Bruce; Shaping Things, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2005

Teaching methods and learning activities

In this particular case, the teaching methodology, largely leaving to students the responsibility of conducting their work the way they deem most appropriate, according to their opinion, pace and even instincts, is consistent with the objectives of the course: the students should show they can apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the course.
Admittedly, the supervisors will be attentive to keep the students focused on essentials, and avoid getting lost on minor points, and to ensure that the work plan is followed. For this, the supervisors perform the monitoring of research, both in individual and group format, and encourage regular work presentations where the participation of all students is encouraged.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 100,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Public Exam

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Classification improvement

Not applicable
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