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Graduate Program in Design

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Contact:
ppgdesign@puc-rio.br
+55 21 3527-1595
+55 21 3527-1596

Address:
Departamento de Artes & Design
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Casa das Artes
Gávea, Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Office hours:
8:30am to 11:30am and
1:30pm to 4:30pm

 

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General Information

Program Overview and History

Since its creation, the Graduate Program in Design at PUC-Rio has been responsible for the consolidation of research in Design in the country. Its Master's course was established in 1994 and has had over 130 defended dissertations. It is a pioneer of its kind in Brazil, along with the Doctoral course in Design, which started in 2003.

The Graduate Program in Design aims to provide academic training for research-professors, contributing to the formation of human resources in the area of the Design, with views to Brazilian technological, scientific and cultural development. It also aims to qualify researchers and professionals interested in increasing their potential for generation, diffusion and optimization of aesthetic and technological knowledge related to the productive process of goods and services.

Its Concentration Area, “Design and Society” encompasses studies on the multiple aspects and the various interfaces of Design with Technology, Art, Human and Social Sciences, highlighting the received influences and the consequences of the designer’s practice for the culture, the society and the environment, having as a guiding thread the investigation of its relations with users and the production process.

The investment in the preparation of graduates, researchers and professionals of high capacity, besides being of great importance to the field of Design, is essential for the constitution of competent and qualified critical mass. Thus, it becomes possible to base, systematize and discuss, among others, the body of knowledge, the methodology, the mode of action, the application and the results of Design.

Objectives

The Graduate Program in Design has, through its Master’s and Doctoral courses in Design, the following objectives:

  • Prepare professor-researchers, contributing to the formation of human resources in the field of Design, aimed at technological, scientific and cultural development of the country;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary and comprehensive experience to its students, according to the specific needs of their research;
  • Qualify and train researchers and professionals interested in increasing their potential for generation, diffusion and optimization of aesthetic and technological knowledge related to the productive process of goods and services.

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Concentration area and lines of research

Concentration Area: Designer and Society

Lines of Research 1: Design : Communication, Culture  and Arts

This line of research is focused on the critical reflection on objects and languages generated by technological and artistic means. It comprises materiality and visuality in its semiotic, aesthetic, educational, historical, sociological and morphological aspects in the field of subjectivity. It emphasizes interdisciplinarity as the foundation of the praxis of Design. It has three laboratories that develop research projects linked to the offered disciplines and to the dissertation topics already defended or still in progress. They are:  Laboratory of Sensitive Representation /LARS, and Communication Laboratory in Designer/LabCom-Design, Laboratory of Design History

Lines of Research 2: Design: Technology, Education and Society

This line gathers the laboratories that bring students and faculty members of the graduate program together. These laboratories operate as research cells that facilitate the advisory of dissertations and thesis related to these topics. Currently, five laboratories belong to this line of research: Laboratory of Electronic Art/LAE, Laboratory of Living room Design /LILD, Laboratory of Echo Design/LGD and Laboratory of Administration of Design/LGD and Laboratory of Pedagogy of the Design/LPD.

Lines of Research 3: Ergonomics and Usability and Human-Computer Interaction

Usability as a problem implies the learning of new methods and techniques and the emphasis on human communication with technological systems, from the analysis of the activities of the tasks involved in the interactions with: products; computer programs; information on non-computerized media; spatial environment; transport systems. It should be noted that when mentioning user, operator, maintenance and consumer, individual, cultural and instructional differences are considered, including users with special characteristics and needs, such as the elderly.

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Research laboratories

The Program has 12 laboratories, which are environments that function as research cells, joining professors, doctoral, master's, undergraduate students and researchers around the research projects. The spaces contain computers, internet and other necessary equipment for the successful development of the works.

  • LabCom - Communication in Design Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Luiz Antonio Coelho and Vera Lucia Moreira dos Santos Nojima
    Line of Research: Design: Communication Culture and Arts
  • LabME - Design, Memory and Emotion Laboratory
    Coordination: Professora Vera Maria Marsicano
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LaDeh - History Design Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Nilton G. Gamba Junior
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LAE – Eletronic Art Laboratory
    Coordination: Professora Rejane Spitz
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LaRS - Sensitive Representation Laboratory
    Coordination: Professora Denise Barruezo Portinari
    Line of Research: Design: Communication, Culture and Arts
  • LED – Eco-design Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Alfredo Jefferson de Oliveira
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LEUI – Ergo-design and Interface Usability Laboratory
    Coordination: Professora Claudia Renata Mont’Alvão
    Linked Professor: Dra. Maria Manuela Rupp Lent
    Line of Research: Design: Ergonomics, Usability and Human –Computer Interaction
  • LGD – Design Management Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Claudio de Freitas Magalhães
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LIDE - Interdisciplinary Design and Education Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Dra. Rita Maria de Souza Couto
    Collaborating professor: Professor Dra Luiza Novaes
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LILD – Investigation in Living Design Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor José Luiz Mendes Ripper
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society
  • LINC - Design Language, Interaction and Construction of Meaning/Design Laboratory
    Coordination: Professor Dra Jackeline Lima Farbiarz
    Line of Research: Design: Communication, Culture and Arts
  • NEXT Tridimensional Experimentation Nucleus
    Coordination: Professor Dr. José Roberto Lopes dos Santos
    Line of Research: Design: Technology, Education and Society

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Course Recognition

Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

Recognition:
CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Eduction Personnel; from Brazilian Ministry of Education) evaluation: grade 4 (in a 3 to 7 scale) for the 2010-2012 period.
Approved by the CNE/CES MEC n.288/2015 of July 08, 2015.
Granted degrees: Master and /or Doctor in Design

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Requirements for obtaining the Master’s and Doctoral degrees

Master

Obtainment of a minimum of 24 credits in Graduate disciplines, distributed as  the following:

  • 3 credits in Methodology Research Procedures in Design/Master;
  • 3 credits in Dissertation Development Seminar;
  • 3 credits in one of the foundation disciplines, at the choice of the student;
  • 3 credits in an elective discipline, belonging to the advisor's line of research;
  • 3 credits in a free elective discipline from the Program;
  • 6 credits in an elective discipline from an elective discipline, necessarily from another Program.

The graduate student must be approved in a foreign language exam (English, French or Spanish);

The graduate student must present, defend and receive approval of his or her Master's Dissertation (ART 3000).

Important note: Even if the discipline that is taken in another Program is worth more than 3 (three) credits, only 3 (three) credits will be used. If the discipline is worth less than 3 (three) credits, they will all be fully used.

Doctor

Obtainment of a minimum of 48 credits in Graduate disciplines, distributed as follows:

  • Up to 24 credits may be transferred from the Master’s course in any field, according to the Articles of Chapter VI from the PUC-Rio Graduate Programs Regulation;
  • 3 credits in Methodological Research Procedures in Design/Doctor;
  • 3 credits in Thesis Development Seminar;
  • 3 credits studied in one of the foundation disciplines, at the choice of the doctoral student;
  • 3 credits in an elective belonging to the advisor's line of research;
  • 3 credits in a free elective discipline from the Program;
  • 6 credits in an elective discipline from an elective discipline of, necessarily from another Program.

The doctoral student must be approved in two foreign languages exams (English, French or Spanish). The result of the Master’s language exam may be transferred to the Doctoral language exam.

The doctoral student must present, defend and pass the Qualifying Examination (ART 3007).

The doctoral candidate must present, defend and receive approval of his or her Doctoral Thesis (ART 3001).

Important note: Even if the discipline that is taken in another Program is worth more than 3 (three) credits, only 3 (three) credits will be used. If the discipline is worth less than 3 (three) credits, they will all be fully used.

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Admission and Enrollment

Requirements for admission:

Master’s degree

  • Bachelor’s or licentiate degree
  • Approval in the PPGDesign selection process, which consists of a written  exam (eliminatory), foreign language exam, presentation of documents and an interview based on the Curriculum Lattes/CNPq, in the Descriptive Memorial; and on the Dissertation Draft Project, necessary for the elaboration of a cohesive text;

Doctoral degree

  • Master’s degree in Design or in a related field
  • Approval in the PPGDesign selection process, that consists of a written  exam (eliminatory), a foreign language exam, presentation of documents and an interview based on the Curriculum Lattes/CNPq, in the Descriptive Memorial; and on the Thesis Draft Project.

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