Department of Arts & Design


As part of PUC-Rio’s dynamic environment, the Department of Arts & Design offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in many design areas.

Through research and social activity, the department seeks a scholarly education that stimulates technical development, critical consciousness and social commitment, aiming the students benefit in the ever-changing cultural and economic reality of their careers.

Students have access to well-equipped labs that support experimental and learning activities. From video editing, computer graphics and coding to 3D scanning and printing, our labs provide the means for the development of high-quality presentations, models and prototypes.

A few pics from our campus and facilities.

About PUC-Rio

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro is the Catholic Church’s first private higher education institution in Brazil, founded in 1940 by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J.

The referential starting-point of PUC-Rio is the complete development of the individual from two main perspectives: the philosophical and the theological. It is also a doctoral research institution that focuses primarily on the development of academic and scientific knowledge.

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Design Program


The 2021 undergraduate curriculum in Design is based on emphases and prioritizes a broad general, scientific, and humanistic education, allowing the student, throughout the course, to be able to make choices from a range of disciplines that enable access to various subfields of Design knowledge, contributing to increasing their employability.

The pedagogical proposal innovates both in its content and structural aspects. Considering the adoption of a new concept of curriculum structure and new paradigms for knowledge construction by the student, it is composed of six emphases.

  • Environmental, social, and human sustainability
  • Strategy and management
  • Interaction and digital experience
  • Multisensory communication and art
  • Product and innovation
  • Body and fashion


Check out student’s work.

PPG Design

Design Graduate Program

Since its foundation in 1994, our Master Design Program has been responsible for the consolidation of design research in Brazil. It is the first of its kind in Latin America and has had more than 370 research dissertations approved. Following its success, the Doctoral Design Program was founded in 2003 and has had more than 150 theses approved up-to-date.

Research Labs

The PPG Design has 15 research laboratories where professors and students develop a variety of research projects in their respective areas of investigation.

Learn more about PPG Design →


Design Week

The PUC-Rio Design Week is an annual event that promotes student works through open exhibitions and presentations, offering direct contact between the public and our academic production.

Continuing Education

Additionally, we offer specialization courses in areas such as Animation, Interior Design, Jewelry, Ergodesign and Interfaces, Ergonomics and Sustainability, as well as short courses in Audiovisual, Computer Graphics, Product Design, Design Thinking, Pattern Design and Fashion amongst others.

Contact us

Head of Department

Prof. Nilton Gamba Junior
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1600

Undergraduate Program

Profª. Eliane Garcia
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1595

PPG Design
Graduate Program

Profª. Luiz Novaes
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1596

Street address

PUC-Rio | Departamento de Artes & Design
Vila dos Diretórios, Eng. Paulo Cunha Building
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225 Gávea
22451-900 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil

Entrance and parking via PUC Terminal