The master program is fueled by the expertise of a highly dynamic and experienced staff of professors from a broad range of areas that cover its syllabus: Branding and Editorial Design, Typography and Type Design, Illustration and Art Direction.

The current director is the assistant professor:

The full staff includes full-time associate and auxiliary professors, as well as a few specialized professionals and guest lecturers:

António Modesto

António Modesto Nunes is an Associate Professor in Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP). He was the master’s program director from 2018-2022. He studied art and design at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto, where he graduated in fine arts in 1983 and where he has been an assistant since that same year. Designer, draftsman, teacher, and researcher (an integrated member of the ID+ Research Institute), he is the author and co-author of multiple artifacts and publications in the areas of graphic and editorial design, illustration, visual identity (co-author of the Expo 98 mascot), packaging, equipment, and interior design, with which he obtained several prizes and distinctions. Co-author of the most adopted schoolbook in Portugal for Visual Education in the 3rd cycle of basic education. Member of national juries in design and illustration (doctoral grants, FCT; higher design courses, DGES; competitions and awards). He was the art director of his own design studio until 2012.

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Cristina Ferreira

Cristina Ferreira (FBAUP / ID+ / i2ADS) is Graduated in Communication Design, Master in Multimedia Art, and Ph.D. in Art and Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. Assistant Professor at the Department of Design of the FBAUP, lecturing in the areas of Communication Design and Communication Sciences (Visual Communication; Photography; Multimedia Narratives). Worked as a schoolbook illustrator for a few years in one of the country’s leading publishing houses. She develops research in the epistemological field of Image, intersecting the fields of communication design, visual literacy, and photography. She is also interested in new modes of sustainable production of images, both analog and digital. Develops research into the language of images and how they can be a tool to see, understand the world and the other through ourselves. Integrated member of ID+ (Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture) since 2014 and collaborator of i2ADS (Institute for Research in Art, Design, and Society) since 2018.

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Diniz Cayolla

Diniz Cayolla Ribeiro (Ph.D.​) is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Visual Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and a permanent researcher at the i2ADS Research Institute. He has been writing about the Anthropology of Art and the Psychology of Art and Chess.

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Eduardo Aires

Born July 7, 1963 in Cartaxo, Ribatejo. Lives and works in Porto. He began his academic training in Federal Germany, passing through Coimbra and then Porto, the city where, in 1987, he finished his degree in Communication Design at FBAUP. In that same year, he was admitted as a lecturer at the Design Department of that faculty, where he currently teaches. Among his projects, the collaboration with CTT – Correios de Portugal, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Casa da Moeda stands out. He has participated (individually or representing Portugal) in several world congresses of ICOGRADA. He was co-organizer of the ICOGRADA/LISBON 95 Congress. He is a member of the Portuguese Association of Designers and of the Art Directors Club (NY). Not only that, but he was the master’s program creator and director since its inception and until 2018.

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Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva is an award-winning and internationally recognized editorial designer specialized in the art direction of periodical publications. Art Director between 1978 and 2003, director and organizer of several salons and festivals dedicated to illustration and comics. Editorial designer for different newspapers responsible for the creation of supplements such as the Y and the public’s Mil Folhas. Editorial designer for different publishing groups such as Leya. Author, designer and illustrator of several design and illustration works and collections such as Coleção D, and a weekly column in P2.

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Júlio Dolbeth

Júlio Dolbeth. Completed his Ph.D. in Art and Design in 2014 by the University of Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Master in Multimedia Art in 2002 by the University of Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, and Degree in Communication Design in 1996 by the University of Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Porto. He has received 7 prize(s) and/or honors. Participates and/or participated as Researcher in 1 project(s). Works in the area(s) of Humanities with an emphasis in Arts with an emphasis in Architecture and Design.

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Marta Fernandes

Ph.D. in Design (Faculty of Architecture UL, 2018) and Master in Multimedia Art (FBAUP, 2008).
Adjunct Professor at the Superior School of Media Arts and Design, Polytechnic of Oporto, where she teaches in the area of Communication Design.
Pursues research in her field of specialty – Visual Archives and the development of Information Visualisation on online newspapers. Also the building of visual digital archives to address information and knowledge preservation. Has lectured and/or taught workshops and seminars at ESMAD; UMinho, in the master degree in Product Design; at the University of the Arts London Camberwell. She has participated in national and international conferences, such as the DESIGNA, at UBI, and 2CO: Communicating Complexity, and has published scientific papers on these specialty subjects.


Pedro Amado

Pedro Amado holds a Ph.D. in Type Design in Digital Information and Communication Platforms from the University of Aveiro (2014), an MFA in Open Source Type Design in Multimedia Art (2007), and a degree in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (2002). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Typography and Typeface Design, Web Design, and Creative Coding at FBAUP. Integrated researcher and member of the direction of the i2ADS research institute (responsible for design and communication areas). ID+ research institute collaborator, a founding member of the ATIPO typography association, and country delegate for the ATypI international association. Passionate for digital tinkering, amateur letterpress printer, and digital photographer, he focuses his research and development activities on typography and editorial design, computational and post-digital design, as well as human-computer interaction.

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Rui Vitorino Santos

Ph.D. in Design/Illustration University of Porto (2015). Professor in design and illustration at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Integrated researcher member at Id+ (Institute for Research in Media Design and Culture), currently working on the ID+/Unexpected Media Lab research project: Wisdom Transfer (WT): Towards the scientific inscription of individual legacies in contexts of retirement from art and design higher education and research. Collaborates also at i2ADS – Research Institute in Art, Design, and Society (FBAUP).
Develops its research in illustration, visual narratives and culture, self-publishing, and independent editing and publishing.
Regularly participates as an author or curator at illustration and visual narrative events.

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