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MDes International Design Strategy / Brazil Studio

  • // Initial Education

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in International Design Strategy, a single master’s degree in design

This MDes program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Program in partnership with the prestigious Mackenzie University, founded in 1870 (11 faculties, 42,000 students), and hosted within the School of Architecture and City Planning.

> São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is a creative, hyperactive, seductive and warm city, where design, architecture, communication, events and innovation agencies abound. "Sampa", the largest urban center in the southern hemisphere, is the economic center of Brazil, a young democracy and a market of more than 200 million inhabitants. The city is considered as one of the most culturally diverse in the world.

> A unique two-year program

Located in the heart of a downtown campus, the Brazil Studio offers a bilingual program that allows an accelerated acculturation to Portuguese and the Brazilian context.
This MDes program, leading to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the Ministry of higher education, deals with topics related to immersion environment (mobility, health, distribution, education, food, access to energy, waste management, environmental issues) and its specific characteristics (high population density, multiculturalism, natural resources and local crafts, democratic construction ...).

> Main themes

Immersion environment
Urban Design in a context of high population density
Social Design adapted to multiculturalism

More information about the MDes International Design Strategy / Brazil Studio can be found in the International Experience brochure 2023! (PDF, 3.8 M.o.)

Curriculum

The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Semester 1
Students spend this semester abroad in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum). They follow before this internship a module including a welcome seminar and methodology-transculturality (80h), language courses and local culture (30h).

The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 2
During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

Teaching, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:
• Design and complexity project
• Workshop to define the end of studies project
• Prospective design project
• Seminar methodologies
• Innovation seminar
• Intellectual property
• Seminar specific to the theme of the program
• Introduction to research workshop
• Professionalisation / lab
• Contests
• TOEIC preparation
• Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
• Memory preparation workshop

Semester 3
Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.

Courses:
• Initiation to law
• introduction to management
• End of studies project workshop
• Memory Workshop
• Professionalization & lab
• Competitions

Semester 4
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

Beyond the acquisition of the design profession skills through the experimentation of project management and the experience of complexity, the aim of this program is to offer the opportunity for young graduates to begin an international career.

The MDes program covers four full semesters of accredited curriculum, with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit rewarded per semester. During the first semester, beginning in September, students participate in an orientation seminar before starting their internships. The second semester offers a densely packed schedule of instruction and projects, lead by teaching staff and professional designers. The third semester is dedicated to focused, individual work on a thesis and a personal design project related to Transcultural Design. The fourth semester releases students into a final internship experience, ideally also conducted in Brazil, or at least otherwise international context, and ends with a thesis defense in which each student presents him- or herself as a professional designer.

Program taught in English & Portuguese
Portuguese courses are offered to students enrolled in the Brazil Studio.

Admission requirements

> Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

• hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent, or

• have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits

You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.
Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our 3rd year of DN MADE / International Class before entering the master’s program.

> Language requirements

English
If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent).
A proof of your English proficiency is required because the Master’s degree is subject to the validation of 800 points in the TOEIC.

French
Not mandatory for the programs taught in English

> How to apply

  • How? Application can only be done online on our application website
  • When? Applications are open from December 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 for the academic year 2023-2024
    They are organized in 6 sessions:
    January session: Until January 31, 2023


    February session: from February 1 to February 28, 2023
    March session: from March 1 to March 31, 2023
    April session: from April 1 to April 30, 202
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    May session: from May 1 to May 31, 2023
    June session: from June 1 to June 30, 2023
  • How much does it cost? Once you have filled out your personal data, you will be required to pay a non-refundable inscription fee of 50€ to cover the administrative costs of your admission process. This payment is only possible by credit card or Paypal and is fully secured.

Selection process

1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50);

2. Uploading all the required documents for application;

3. Application file review and interview if your application file is accepted;

4. Publication of the admissions results at the end of each admission session;

More information about the selection process

> Tuition fees 2023

French students and European Union students : €8,900 per year.
Non-European Union students : €9,900 per year.

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): €95

More information regarding the CVEC

> Scholarships

Please go to our dedicated page

> Obtain a visa for Brazil

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

For more information, please go to the item “study in São Paulo”

Teaching staff

Deputy Executive Director
Stéphane Gouret

Educational coordinators
Benjamin Gagneux
Jules Riché

Job prospects and further education

> International career prospects

This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even Portuguese, understanding Brasilian context better, and most of all, improve the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

> Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, the MDes International Design Strategy / Brazil Studio leads to the Master’s level degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level 7 Master’s degree.

To know more about "Le Diplôme de design bac +5", please check out Our degrees’ page.

> Further education 

The Master’s level degree confers the "Grade de master", and you can pursue your education at a PhD level.

Partners

> Public Institutions

Mackenzie University
Consulate of France in São Paulo
City on the Move Institute

> Industries

A lot of Brasil
Cent Degrés
Oficina São Joao
Ovo Produtos
Rahyja Afrange Arquitetura + design
Renault
We Fab

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