MDes 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.
Program in partnership with Mackenzie University
- Immersion environment
- Urban Design in a context of high population density
- Social Design adapted to multiculturalism
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.
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.
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
• TOEIC preparation
• Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
• Memory preparation workshop
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.
• Initiation to law
• introduction to management
• End of studies project workshop
• Memory Workshop
• Professionalization & lab
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.
> 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 for 2020/2021 are now closed.
For the academic year 2021/2022, applications will open on November 2020.
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 (€50),
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 video-conference interview will be organized.
> Tuition fees 2020
French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year.
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year.
Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.
Deputy Executive Director
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.
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Adèle Darcet is in the first year of a Transcultural Design MDes degree at the Brazil Studio. She tells us about her background and training choices. International Experience by L’École de design