Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you’ll be able to find information on the frequently asked questions that arise during application or (re) enrollment. And some useful academic information:



Application Requirements

Your application to the MDGPE master’s study program requires:

  • A recognized diploma or certificate of academic qualifications — bachelor’s degree requirement—, with the final classification. Preferably, in the Design areas of study. The diploma must indicate the final average or classification obtained in a scale compatible with the Bologna classification system (or possible to normalize into a 0-20 scale). Applicants must also include a detailed breakdown of the course curricula and individual class assessment that is usually included in the final diploma addendum. Links to the online syllabus and course/class matrix listings may be relevant and useful, but there is no guarantee we will review any material than the one included in the submission. Additionally, if you already possess a master’s degree (or other academic degrees), you should also submit it as it will be considered. The assessment of the academic qualifications have a 20% weight on the final classification of the application.

  • A Portfolio. It must present the candidate with a concise and relevant sample of work. The Portfolio should focus on the main “core” areas of expertise required: Graphic Design, Book or Editorial Design, Illustration, and Typography. Other Communication Design fields of study such as Art Direction, Photography, Web and Digital interaction are also relevant to present the candidate’s versatility and should be included as a complement for consideration. Works should be properly annotated, e.g. with the concept, client briefing, or problem being addressed; credits to the authors (art directors, illustrators, photographers, typographers, etc.), especially when done in collaboration with other colleagues or mentors, and especially within academic contexts; a brief description of the main activities, competences or specific aspects of the work developed by the authors that are worth discriminating; and other relevant techniques, technologies or materials used. Links to online materials may be relevant and useful, but there is no guarantee we will review any material than the one included in the submission. The Portfolio is the single most important component in your application, with a 50% weight on the assessment of the final classification of the application.

  • A Curriculum Vitae, presenting your academic, professional, and personal or voluntary work activities. The assessment of the CV has a 10% weight on the final classification of the application.

  • Letter of intent (motivation). The letter of intent should present yourself and your academic, research, or professional activity so far. As well as briefly present your motivations, expectations, and goals when enrolling in this specific master’s program. The assessment of the Letter has a 10% weight on the final classification of the application.

Check the academic portal for the official and updated assessment criteria and additional requirements such as ID or Passport identification, documents, and fees. In any doubt, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the post-graduation academic services.

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Application dates/phases

Normally, all master courses from the University of Porto have three distinct application phases:

  • First: usually runs from January 2nd to March 1st;
  • Second: usually runs from 2nd of March to 20 of May;

These first two are longer and geared towards the application of professionals, or international applicants. There are fewer available slots (usually, the master usually reserves 50% of the placement for these two phases);

  • Third: usually runs at the end of July, from the 19 to 25 of July (although it may be sooner or later depending on the academic constraints).

The third phase is the shortest application window, but it has the largest placement quota for a single-phase (usually 50%). It is mostly geared towards the graduate students who have finished their Design degree and wish to pursue further studies.

This calendar may vary according to the annual Rectory / FBAUP official calendar, or any update pushed by the academic services. It is imperative to verify this information in the news section of the academic portal. In any doubt please contact the post-graduation academic services.

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Enrollment renewal

In order to continue your master course study program, you must renew your enrollment in the second year (dissertation/project). This is not an automatic process.

First, according to the study agreement, you must comply with all the requirements (basically having completed all the course’s classes* and discussing a project proposal with the course director).

The enrollment renewal takes place in early September. Usually from 8 to 14 of September.

* It is possible to continue your second year, even if you have failed a single course, and are enrolling up to a máximum of 81 ECTS. Usually, this means you may leave behind a TP course (eg. Type Design), but not an important course (such as Project). This is also subject to formal academic procedures. Make sure to check the updated information in the news section of the academic portal, or contact the post-graduation academic services.

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Re-Enrollment

If you interrupt your study plan, make sure to re-apply for enrollment on time. Usually from 14 of June to 16 of July

Make sure to check the updated information in the news section of the academic portal, or contact the post-graduation academic services.

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Dissertation submission and presentation request

In order to submit your dissertation or report and request your final presentation, you must have completed all the curricular units.

The normal and extraordinary periods for completing your master dissertation and project report are defined in the Academic Calendar at the beginning of each school year. This normally means that you must submit your dissertation and request for the final presentation by the beginning of June. Usually, between 6 and 11 of June. Or, in exceptional circumstances, until the beginning of September, usually until 10, or 11 of September. Make sure to check the updated information in the academic portal and the master’s regulation.

You are obliged to submit a PDF version of your dissertation/report in order to request your final presentation and master’s degree. Make sure it is complete (with all the content sections and required annexes for a full comprehension and reading experience) and with the appropriate resolution (for an optimal viewing experience). You may choose to also submit a printed version, if relevant. In this case, make sure to submit 3 copies for all the members of the jury.

If, during your dissertation and/or project, you have developed physical artifacts — such as prints, books, or other analog materials relevant for your project — you may also submit these for jury consideration. In this case, you should also submit 3 copies of each.

In order to submit your dissertation or report and request the presentation, you must have a signed declaration from your supervisor, declaring the compliance of the dissertation or report.

This declaration, the additional library forms, and all the necessary information will be sent to you by the academic office, via the institutional email. Usually, this email is sent at the beginning of the civil year / second semester. Make sure to check your institutional email frequently, or to forward it to your personal email

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Presentations

You have submitted your dissertation/report and requested the final presentation. Now what?

Now, you have to prepare for the dissertation presentation. The director and scientific committee will assign you a date and a jury. Then, the academic office will email you the official summons.

With your supervisor, in a timely process, you should prepare a presentation of your work, in up to a maximum of 20 minutes.

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Important Dates

All the important dates of the academic year are scheduled in the FBAUP’s official calendar.

Crop detail of 2021-22 2nd and 3rd study cycles academic calendar

Although it is rare, this information may change due to specific constraints. Make sure that, at least at the beginning of each semester, or in preparation for any activity of your research project, you check this information or your institutional email frequently for any updates.