03/05/2016 17:17

UFSC Design Program was created in 1999 and is considered today one of the best Design degrees in the country. The program has achieved grade 4 at the ENADE (the national examination of students’ performance) and was also ranked 4 stars by the Editora Abril, a Brazilian publishing house.

In 2010, a change in the program’s structure led to a modification of its curriculum. Instead of maintaining three distinct design programs, we now offer a full program in which students are apt to choose their own study paths according to their skills and abilities – which are often revealed during the course of their studies. This change is in line with the best international practices and in accordance with the Brazilian Ministry of Education’s guidelines.

The program follows an open organizational structure that allows flexibility among the different areas of design specialization. In this structure, the Design Project modules are responsible to guide the students’ academic pathway.

Each Design Project course must be taken together with three other courses which, combined together, will meet its parallel prerequisites (see figure 1). The prerequisite courses give support to the development of the project and their professors are responsible for the conduction, organization and evaluation of the student’s project, which should be based upon the content of all courses for the knowledge to be fully achieved.



[Figure 1: sample of a Design Project course module]

For program completion, the student must take: all first-year introductory courses; all general required courses offered along with the project modules, which are also compulsory; the credit hours of elective courses (180 class hours); the compulsory internship component; and the inclusive courses, including those of the final project (PCC), as illustrated in figure 2. The student can seek advice from his/her supervisor or from the program coordinator on the best path to complete the program.



[Figure 2: graphic representation of the curriculum structure]

Program characteristics

Course type: classroom courses

Title: Bachelor of Design

Study load: 3510 h/a

Full-time program



  • Modeling Lab
  • Silk Screen Printing Lab
  • 3 Computer Labs
  • 5 Design/Project Rooms
  • Classrooms


Research Centers

  • NGD
  • NAS Design
  • LOGO
  • G2E


Program Length:
8 semesters
Faculty members:
19 Doctors
6 Masters
+55 48 3721 6609 / 3721 2434 (Program Coordination Office)
+55 48 3721 9285 (Department of Graphic Communication)