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International Design Strategy Brazil Studio

Taught in English Sao Paulo
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Updated on 21.06.24

 Degree: Diplôme de design Bac +5 : Postgraduate studies / Master's level degree

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: on our application site


Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Teaching language: English

Start of the 2024-2025 academic: 12 August

Master’s level degree (Diplôme de design)

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in International Design Strategy, a single master’s degree in design. This program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Mackenzie University, founded in 1870 (11 faculties, 42,000 students), and hosted within the School of Architecture and City Planning.

This program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

São Paulo is a creative, hyperactive, seductive and warm city, where design, architecture, communication, events and innovation agencies abound. "Sampa", the largest urban center in the southern hemisphere, is the economic center of Brazil,

a young democracy and a market of more than 200 million inhabitants. The city is considered as one of the most culturally diverse in the world.

A unique two-year program

Located in the heart of a downtown campus, the Brazil Studio offers a trilangue program that allows an accelerated acculturation to Portuguese and the Brazilian context. This program, leading to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the Ministry of higher education, deals with topics related to immersion environment (mobility, health, distribution, education, food, access to energy, waste management, environmental issues) and its specific characteristics (high population density, multiculturalism, natural resources and local crafts, democratic construction ...).

Presentation Brazil Studio

Main themes

  • Immersion environment
  • Urban Design in a context of high population density
  • Social Design adapted to multiculturalism
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Our postgraduate studies, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Teaching program – 4th year

Semester 7

Students spend this semester abroad in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum). They follow before this internship a module including a welcome seminar and methodology-transculturality (80h), language courses and local culture (30h).

The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 8

During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

Teaching are delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings:

  • Intellectual property
  • Language teaching
  • Toeic preparation (according to profile)
  • Toeic exam (according to profile)
  • Methodologies
  • Innovation
  • Subject-specific
  • Research
  • Design and complexity project
  • Prospective Design
  • End-of-studies project Workshop
  • End-of-studies project complementary seminar
  • Dissertation preparation workshop
  • Professionalisation
  • Preparing for a competitive examination
Teaching program – 5th year

Semester 9

Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university.

This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.


  • Initiation to law
  • Introduction to management
  • End of studies project workshop
  • Memory Workshop
  • Professionalization & lab
  • Competitions

Semester 10

The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.

Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.

The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.

Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

Beyond the acquisition of the design profession skills through the experimentation of project management and the experience of complexity, the aim of this program is to offer the opportunity for young graduates to begin an international career.

This program covers four full semesters of accredited curriculum, with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit rewarded per semester.

During the first semester, beginning in September, students participate in an orientation seminar before starting their internships. The second semester offers a densely packed schedule of instruction and projects, lead by teaching staff and professional designers. The third semester is dedicated to focused, individual work on a thesis and a personal design project related to Transcultural Design.

The fourth semester releases students into a final internship experience, ideally also conducted in Brazil, or at least otherwise international context, and ends with a thesis defense in which each student presents him- or herself as a professional designer.

Program taught in English & Portuguese

Portuguese courses are offered to students enrolled in the Brazil Studio.

Obtaining the master's level degree

The Master's level degree is awarded by the final jury to students who have obtained :

1. a minimum TOEIC score of 800 points;
2. a mark of 10/20 or above, broken down as follows:

  • 40% marks awarded for continuous assessment,
  • 60% marks obtained in the final presentation in September on the student's course of study (final project, work placement and any other element chosen by the student).

This course must be completed in its entirety to obtain certification and cannot be broken down into blocks. The course is taken as a whole and not in modules. Please contact us for information on equivalences.

This master's level degree (RNCP level 7 - RNCP36106 - published on 07-01-2022) is approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, which confers the grade of Master.

Admission requirements
Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

  • hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent, or

  • have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits

You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.

Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our 3rd year of DN MADE / International Class before entering the master’s program.

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

Language requirements


If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent).

  • The Master’s level degree being subject to the validation of 700 points in the TOEIC, you will be required to take the TOEIC exam during the course.


Not mandatory for the programs taught in English

How to apply?

Applications are open until 28 June 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.

Applications can only be submitted online via our application website

There are 7 admission sessions:

  • December session: applications until 08 December 2023
  • January session: applications from 09 December to 31 January 2024
  • February session: registrations from 1 to 29 February 2024
  • March session: registrations from 1 to 29 March 2024
  • April session: registrations from 1 to 30 April 2024
  • May session: registrations from 1 to 31 May 2024
  • June session: registrations from 1 to 28 June 2024


Selection process

  • Create a candidate space on the application website and pay the €50 registration fee;
  • The application form is put online;
  • Examination of the application and portfolio;
  • If the application is accepted: individual interview
Tuition fees
  • French students and European Union students: €8,900 per year
Non-European Union students: €9,900 per year

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): contribution set at just under €103 - CVEC website


The school itself does not offer any scholarship. However, according to your country of residence and your particular situation, different possibilities may be available to finance your studies in France: government grants, funding granted by international organizations and NGOs, private fellowships...

Campus France has a scholarship search engine  which may help you identify a scholarship available in your situation (country of residence, degree being prepared etc.).

Obtain a visa for Brazil

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

You will have to take the following steps:

  • Obtain a VITEM IV student visa by making an appointment at the consulate
  • Fill in the visa application file beforehand (a document detailing the procedure and required documents will be given to enrolled students before their departure)
  • Once you arrive in Brazil you will have to register with the Brazilian Federal Police to obtain the administrative documents required for your residency (but again you will receive help and guidance as to the steps to be taken).
Academic calendar

Start of the 2024-2025 academic: 12 August

This date is provided for information purposes only and is subject to change.

    Teaching staff

    Deputy Executive Director
    Stéphane Gouret

    Educational coordinator
    Jules Riché

    Job prospects and further education
    International career prospects

    This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even Portuguese, understanding Brasilian context better, and most of all, improve the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

    Master’s level degree in design

    As all our postgraduate studies, this program leads to the Master’s level degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level 7 Master’s level degree.


    Further education

    The Master’s level degree confers the "Grade de master", and you can pursue your education at a PhD level.

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    • Nino Pascal-Heilmann - Partner & Lead Creative Explorer at átiko7 and Co-founder & Designer at WiP atelier

    Public Institutions
    • Mackenzie University
    • Consulate of France in São Paulo
    • City on the Move Institute

    Projects and workshops are developed with professional or institutional partners. São Paulo is home to a large number of international brands (all the CAC 40 companies are present in the country), which allows us to work on issues where design and innovation are at the heart of the companies' strategic thinking.

    Many institutions, organizations and associations are also open to the idea of collaborating in order to bring a unique vision and a fresh perspective to their activities.

    The Brazil Studio has collaborated with companies such as Accor, Chandon, Costa Croisières, PSA (and now Stellantis), Clear Channel... but also local companies such as Suvinil, Appito, Mercy for Animals or We Fab.



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