Please note that the scholarship application is a separate administrative process, abiding by FCT regulations. Please email us with any questions you may have.
The PhD in Design program is directed towards a variety of prospective students and researchers:
– Design students looking for a context that hosts advanced applied research within a web of cultural, scientific, industrial and civic partners.
– Design students looking for a “hub” research environment where their current research may be fully integrated into wider, long-term objectives.
– Design professionals willing to consolidate their abilities for conceptual thinking, scientific formulation and communication.
– Academics looking for a cross-disciplinary environment that can foster contemporary analysis, applied research, cultural entrepreneurship and the flourishing of new communication paradigms.
Candidates must hold a prior higher education degree in Design, the Arts and/or Communication. Alternatively, a degree in other relevant areas coupled with professional experience that is relevant in the Design field may be considered.
– Letter of motivation: what the candidate considers will be his assets will be in the context of the PhD Program
– Transcript of prior grades (undergraduate and postgraduate)
– List of publications and/or scientific activities (if any)
– Portfolio of creative work (if applicable in the student’s specific context)
– Proof of proficiency in English (written proficiency will be provided by the proposal – see below; verbal proficiency will be provided at the interview stage)
– Research proposal (to be revised if admitted to the course).
The research proposal is not final, and intends to work as both proof of proficiency in scientific formulation, and a starting point in the mediation process between the candidate’s intent and the course philosophy. The proposal should be a succinct document (maximum one page per section), to be uploaded in PDF format, and should address the following topics:
. research question
. subscription of one course research area (see Streams)
. state of the art
. literature review
. proposed methodology
. main bibliography
Shortlisted candidates may be selected for an interview.
Questions? Email us.