PH.D. in Design – Courses

Hours

Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 .p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 .p.m.

 


 

Courses

 

DESIGN, ART and TECHNOLOGY: ADVANCED STUDIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses creation, design and production processes in design-art-technology in contemporary times. It discusses the man-culture-society relationship in the context of distributed processes and practices. It proposes critical thinking about design and the role that the designer plays in this context. It discusses the complexity inherent in the systemic articulation of design-art-technology with different areas of knowledge, such as biology, geology, engineering, medicine, among others.

 


 

DESIGN THEORY, HISTORY AND CRITICISM: ADVANCED STUDIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It covers theories and histories to formulate critical knowledge of contemporary design. It seeks to deepen the understanding of this context, focusing on technological and cultural changes through a systemic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective.

 


 

DESIGN RESEARCH METHODOLOGY – PH.D.
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It discusses theoretical issues regarding the research project, as well as the conceptual approach to its analysis. It proposes a reflective and critical approach, questioning the research methodology and aligning it with its goals. It stimulates heuristic thinking in the construction of its research object. It elaborates on the ethical thinking in the development of the research and the role as a researcher and professional.


 

DESIGN CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
This course addresses the issues related to creation, innovation and sustainability processes in the field of design. It discusses social, cultural and economic changes involving the individual, the environment, the processes and the means of creation and production. It focuses on aspects related to strategic design, creative communities, collaborative services, creativity, social innovation, as resources to understand the concepts of project in contemporary design.

 


 

DESIGN, ART AND SUSTAINABILITY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It proposes reflective and critical thinking about sustainable development, creative economy and social responsibility observed in Design contemporary modulations in relation to the field of Art.

 


 

DESIGN, BODY AND SPACE
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses the body from the design perspective and observes human issues concerning coexistence, occupation and intervention in spaces in individual and collective actions. It covers the sensory and accessibility aspects involved in the individual’s actions and productions in contemporary times.

 


 

DESIGN AND BODY: CONTEMPORARY STUDIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
The course focuses on various design markings/demarcations, especially hypermedia, that (re)register some conceptual notes when experiencing the notions of the body and its adaptive condition in the contemporary culture. As design meets body, one can see image, performance and subjectivity as developments, passages, provocations and artifices post-(de)constructed by language, which equates syncretic dynamics.
It investigates biotechnology, cyberculture, hybridity, robotics and interface as some of the concepts that are epistemically addressed in the field of design in a dialog with the contemporary body by analyzing social and cultural transformations as an essential instrument for critical reading on body, expanding their objects of study and media environments to reach the different fields of design, art, communication and culture that relate to one another as areas of knowledge.

 


 

ENVIRONMENTS DESIGN: UBIQUITOUS TECHNOLOGIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses the concept of ubiquity from the perspectives of design and art, investigating design processes and their formal elements. It research projects in the context of ubiquitous technologies with a view to mapping, monitoring and processing data. It studies interactive computing systems embedded in objects and spaces, reflecting on the human-computer interaction and the social and cultural relations.

 


 

DIGITAL INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses the issues related to design elements inherent to digital interactive media design, with regard to their informational, navigational, interactive and interface aspects. It focuses on the design concepts in transmedia projects, social networks, Interactive Digital Television (IDTV) and mobile devices.

 


 

DESIGN, INFORMATION AND HYPERMEDIA ENVIRONMENTS
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
The course focuses on the conceptualization and the foundations of classic hypermedia and the relationships between multimedia, hypertexts and hypermedia. It discusses information, interaction, and navigation design. It describes adaptive hypermedia. It differentiates Web 1.0 from Web 2.0.

 


 

FASHION DESIGN: ART, CREATION AND SUBJECTIVITY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
The course contextualizes the dialog between the concepts and forms created in Fashion Design and Kinetic, Optics, and Pop arts, investigating the transformations developing simultaneously in the field of forms, affections and ways of life. As the course emphasizes experimental aspects, it investigates the moments when Fashion Design causes disruptions with the hegemonic models, introducing important ethical and aesthetic questions.

 


 

AUDIOVISUAL CREATION: FROM WORD TO IMAGE
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
The course examines creation, its process and steps, conceptual and technological relations in the development of projects and/or products that relate verbal-visual and sound issues in an audiovisual approach.
The study of the creative process generating an audiovisual product in all its steps refers to the analysis of drafts, readings, discussions, materials selection, recordings, image, text and sound editing, soundtrack selection and other aspects made by the author(s) of the work, in addition to the analysis and selection of the employed technical and technological means, which will eventually allow to glimpse the poetic project (that is, the proposal, purpose, idea, desire) of its author(s).

 


 

DESIGN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
This course addresses the issues related to creation and innovation processes in the field of design. The discussions generated by technological changes involving the individual, the environment, the process and the means of production define the exploratory context of the concepts related to design creativity and experimentation. It focuses on language and communication elements as resources to understand the concepts of project and product in contemporary design.

 


 

FASHION DESIGN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It contextualizes theoretical and critical aspects formulated in the fields of Fashion and Arts Design. It investigates expressions processing in both areas in the context of contemporary issues and social transformations, bringing up ethical and aesthetic questions.

 


 

AFFECTIVE INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS DESIGN
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses aspects related to user recognition for the design of systems and products that interact with them affectively and emotionally. It proposes the understanding of the human body as a source of data and information relevant to interactive interface design. It focuses on concepts from artificial intelligence, affective computing, ubiquity, wearable computers, network communication and biointerfaces.

 


 

DESIGN AND ART IN EDUCATION: HISTORICAL READING IN THE CONTEXT OF CONTEMPORANEITY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses the issues related to learning and teaching in art and design in contemporary times and stimulates the development of historical research. It critically reflects analysis topics relating to liberalism, positivism, modernism, neo-expressionism, postmodernism, influences of contemporary technologies and visual studies.

 


 

DESIGN AND ART: CONTEMPORARY PROCESSES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses design and art hybridization and the effects of cultural, aesthetic and technological aspects on the contemporary. It focuses on the ways to use and show materializations of products and actions, considering conceptual fusions and innovations in practices and processes.

 


 

DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS: FROM MODERN TO CONTEMPORARY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It addresses the conceptual and aesthetic transformations in design and visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examines the most representative theoretical and critical discourses that conceptualize modern and contemporary times. It examines the interrelationships between the propositions, procedures and production of the two areas.

 


 

DESIGN AND EVERYDAY LIFE
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It studies design in the context of everyday experience from an anthropological perspective. It proposes to discuss the problem of places in contemporary times and the cultural role that the designer plays, establishing a theoretical and critical approach to the relationships between individuals and social groups. It also seeks to understand production, use and disposal of artifacts, through the study of the culture of material and vernacular knowledge.

 


 

DESIGN AND SPATIALITY: MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It investigates the context of mobile technologies to reflect on the human-computer relationship and the specific characteristics of the projects operated in the users’ localized physical spaces. It studies mobility and hybridization processes between the physical and digital environments and their effects on everyday life. It reflects on the theoretical-conceptual, aesthetic and formal aspects of wearable mobile devices in reconfiguration processes of the body-space relationship.

 


 

DESIGN AND GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It studies language elements, creation procedures and communication aspects of graphic design. It addresses the multiplicity of records in different media, objects, formats and surfaces, as well as the contamination, hybridism and interrelationships of graphic design with other aspects of design and visual arts.

 


 

DESIGN AND MEMORY
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It studies design and its promising materiality creating meanings. It seeks to understand memory as a resource capable of revealing the production of meanings in the designer’s creation process. It discusses the relationship between creator and work, considering objects as storytellers that pervade human existence. It allows the perception of aggregated values both to motivate desire and possession and to learn stories of use, function, permanence, wear and disposal.

 


 

DESIGN AND NETWORKS: TECHNOLOGICAL MEDIATIONS
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It studies design projects as well as creation and usage modes, mediated by visual, audiovisual, and sound languages in the context of distributed networks. It researches into the design processes conformed by the distinctive interaction of collaborative environments and the convergence between languages. It investigates iteration processes and interface and computational object view.

 


 

DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL POETICS
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It studies the relationships of photography and design as associations of languages formed in a hybridism process, both in the technological aspect and in the process of visual representation. It deals with the relationship between hypermedia and photography, as well as image construction and its application as information, persuasion, expression and illusion. It examines photographic processes present in the composition of visual poetics, focusing on aspects of creation and expressive design production.

 


 

DESIGN CREATION STRATEGIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It investigates different approaches to creation processes from historical, philosophical, aesthetic and technological perspectives. It stimulates creative strategy thinking applied to the field of Design, through reflection on the concepts of creation, innovation and problem solving.

 


 

VISUAL STUDIES
Course hours: 45 h
Credits: 3.0
It investigates the context of mobile technologies to reflect on the human-computer relationship and the specific characteristics of the projects operated in the users’ localized physical spaces. It studies mobility and hybridization processes between the physical and digital environments and their effects on everyday life. It reflects on the theoretical-conceptual, aesthetic and formal aspects of wearable mobile devices in reconfiguration processes of the body-space relationship.

 


 

The student must validate 30 credits in courses, 15 of which must be from attending two (2) mandatory courses: (1) Design Research Methodology (2) Design Theory, History and Criticism: Advanced Studies or Design, Art and Technology: Advanced Studies. Plus three (03) electives to be chosen from the list of courses offered semi-annually by the program.

The 15 remaining credits must be from the courses taken in the Master’s program, and subject to the equivalence assessment through curriculum analysis, performed by the PPGDesign Coordinator. In case such credits are not validated, the student is required to take as many courses as necessary to meet the total required number (30 cr.).
It is worth mentioning that the student should choose the courses with the coordination of the course or with the supervisor professor by mutual agreement.
As the student finishes studying the courses, they complete 30 credits – 450 hours in courses. To the planned activities, 10 credits – 150 hours are assigned. To the preparation of the thesis, 40 credits – 600 hours. Therefore, the total course load is 80 credits, i.e. 1,200 hours of academic activities in the Doctorate Program in Design.

 

 

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