Transcultural Design / Brazil Studio
- // Initial Education
- // Program taught in English
- // São Paulo (Brazil)
A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Transcultural Design, a single master’s degree in design
Because of its economic, social and cultural uniqueness, São Paulo has appeared as the ideal learning field for our 3rd international studio, after Shanghai and Delhi. In association with the prestigious Mackenzie University, founded in 1870 (11 faculties, 42,000 students), we offer a program hosted within the School of Architecture and City Planning.
- Immersion environment
- Design in a context of high population density
-> 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 ...).
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 offred to students enrolled in the Brazil Studio.
> 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 International Class before entering the master’s program.
> Language requirements
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 for programs taught in English).
While not mandatory for the programs taught in English, a certain command of French language is recommended for daily life in France and integration purposes.
> How to apply ?
How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? Applications are open from October 13, 2017 to June 24, 2018
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.
The selection process is organized as follow:
1. online application and payment of the application fees,
2. sending all the required documents for application,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted and if necessary, a face-to-face or skype interview will be organized.
> Tuition fees
Tuition fees 2018 : 7 700 € per year.
Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.
Director of studies
Brazil Studio’s program coordinator
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, this one leads you to the Master’s 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 I Master’s degree.
To know more about this diplome, check out the Our degrees page.
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