PPG Design

Graduate Program in Design

Overview

The Graduate Program in Design at PUC-Rio, since its foundation, is responsible for design research in Brazil consolidation.

The Master Program began in 1994 and had more than 20 years and 350 research dissertations approved. Is the first one in Brazil and Latin America.

The Doctoral Program in Design, began in 2003, and completing more than 130 thesis published.

The investment in the preparation of these graduation students researchers and high capacity professionals, besides the great importance in Design area, is indispensable for the institution of a competent and habilitated critic mass. In this way, is possible to fundament, systematize and discuss, among other aspects, the body of knowledge, the methodology, the actuation modes and the results of Design Studies.

Objectives

The Graduate Program in Design, though the Master and Doctoral Programs the following goals:

  • Provide researchers, concurring for human resources formation in Design area, aiming the technological scientific and cultural development in Brazil.
  • Afford an interdisciplinary and broad experience for all students, according to their needs for each research.
  • Enable and coach researchers and professionals interested in increasing their potential in the generation, diffusion, and optimization of aesthetic and technological knowledge related to consumer products and services processes.

Concentration Area

The ‘Design and Society’ concentration area includes studies about distinct aspects and interfaces of Design and its relationship with Technology, Arts, and Human and Social Sciences. The primary intention is to highlight the influence of designers on culture, society, and the environment, tied together by the investigation of its relation with users and the productive process.

This concentration area covers a specific field that constitutes the central reference for studies and research development.

Research Labs

The PPG Design Graduate Program is supported by 12 research labs where 16 senior academics and their graduate students undertake a variety of research projects in their respective investigation areas.

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Research Lines

Communication, Culture and Arts

The Communication, Culture and Arts Research Line is centered on the critical analysis of objects and language that were generated by technological and artistic media. It seeks to comprehend the materiality and visibility of these objects’ semiotic, aesthetic, educational, historical, sociological, and morphological qualities, as well as the subjective aspects involved. Communication, Culture and Arts emphasizes the interdisciplinary aspects of Design as a fundament for Design praxis. This research line has the following labs:

  • LARS -Laboratory of Sensitive Representation
  • LabCom – Laboratory of Communication in Design
  • LABMEMO – Laboratory of Design Memory and Emotion
  • Dhis – Laboratory of Storytelling Design
  • LINC – Lab of Language, Interaction and Construction of Senses

Technology, Education and Society

The Technology, Education and Society Research Line has the primary goal of studying distinct relationships within Design and Technology and Design and Education, focusing on Society and the Environment. The research labs include both under-graduate and graduate students, as well as professionals and researchers in Design. This research line has the following labs:

  • LAE – Laboratory of Electronic Art
  • LILD – Laboratory for Investigation in Living Design
  • LDS – Laboratory of Socio-environmental Design
  • LGD – Laboratory of Design Management
  • LIDE – Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Design Education
  • NEXT – 3D Experimentation Lab

Ergonomics, Usability and HCI

Ergonomics, Human Factors and Usability, and, Human-Computer Interaction works with new methods and techniques, emphasizing human communication within systems. The research line considers the tasks performed through human-machine interaction, seeking to analyze consumer products, digital or traditional information, envi.ronmental influences, and transport systems. Here we can highlight that, when considering users, it is important to observe their individual, cultural, and instructional diversity, including those with special needs, like children and elders. This research line has currently one lab:

  • LEUI – Laboratory of Ergodesign and Usability of Interfaces

Researches

Alberto Cipiniuk, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Sensitive Representation
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Alfredo Jefferson de Oliveira, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
Laboratory of Socio-environmental Design
CVLattes

Claudia Mont’Alvão, D.Sc.

Ergonomics, Usability and HCI
Laboratory of Ergodesign and Usability of Interfaces
CVLattes

Claudio Freitas de Magalhães, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
Laboratory of Design Management
CVLattes

Denise Berruezo Portinari, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Sensitive Representation
CVLattes

Jackeline Lima Farbiarz, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Lab of Language, Interaction and Construction of senses
CVLattes

Jorge Roberto L. Santos, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
3D Experimentation Lab
CVLattes

José Luiz Mendes Ripper – Professor Emeritus

Technology, Education and Society
Laboratory for Investigation in Living Design
CVLattes

Luiz Antonio Coelho, D.Sc. – Professor Emeritus

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Communication in Design
CVLattes

Luiza Novaes, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Design Education
CVLattes

Manuela Rupp Quaresma, D.Sc.

Ergonomics, Usability and HCI
Laboratory of Ergodesign and Usability of Interfaces
CVLattes

Nilton Gamba Junior, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Storytelling Design
CVLattes

Rita Maria de Souza Couto, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Design Education
CVLattes

Rejane Spitz, D.Sc.

Technology, Education and Society
Laboratory of Electronic Art
CVLattes

Vera Damazio, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Design Memory and Emotion
CVLattes

Vera Lucia Nojima, D.Sc.

Communication, Culture and Arts
Laboratory of Communication in Design
CVLattes

Application

Applications are annual and usually received at the beginning of the second semester (July/August), and the course begins in the following year (March).

An international applicant to Master or Doctorate Degrees in Design must follow the regulation for application of each course, available only in Portuguese here.

Application Process

 

First Phase (Elimination Stage)

At this time some materials must be submitted, such as an Undergraduate Certificate, Curriculum Vitae/Resume, etc.

 

Second Phase (Classification Stage)

Writing test in English and some additional printed documents
Candidates must present a research proposal, statement of background and goals, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of their Master’s dissertation (for Doctorate candidates).

 

Writing Test in Portuguese (Classification Stage)

Candidates can be exempted from this test if they present the CELPE-Bras certificate level “Intermediário Superior”. If the candidate fails the test, they may retake it two more times during the course.

Evaluation of the Research Proposal, Statement of Background and Goals, and Curriculum Vitae/Resume (classification stage).

 

Third phase (Classification and Elimination Stage)

Interview with a board of professors from PPGDesign PUC-Rio.

For more information, please contact:

Teacher Claudia Mont’Alvão
PPG Design Graduate Coordinator
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1596 |