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MDes International Design Strategy
Brazil Studio

Taught in English Sao Paulo
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Updated on 24.11.23

 Degree: Diplôme de design Bac +5 : master’s level degree

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: Applications for this program are closed for the academic year 2023-2024


Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Teaching language: English

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.

Program 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 MDes 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 MDes 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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The MDes programs, 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 – 1st year

Semester 1
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 2
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, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:

  • Design and complexity project
  • Workshop to define the end of studies project
  • Prospective design project
  • Seminar methodologies
  • Innovation seminar
  • Intellectual property
  • Seminar specific to the theme of the program
  • Introduction to research workshop
  • Professionalisation / lab
  • Contests
  • TOEIC preparation
  • Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
  • Memory preparation workshop
Teaching program – 2nd year

Semester 3
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 4
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.

The MDes 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.

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 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 closed for the academic year 2023-2024

Tuition fees 2024

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 €100 per year
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

The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of July for all our programs.

Academic Calendar 2024/2025 will start on August 2024 for this program.
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 degree in design

    As all our master programs, this MDes 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 degree.

    Le Diplôme de design Bac + 5


    Further education

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

    Public Institutions
    • Mackenzie University
    • Consulate of France in São Paulo
    • City on the Move Institute
    • A lot of Brazil
    • Cent Degrés
    • Clear Channel
    • Daki
    • Oficina São Joao
    • Ovo Produtos
    • Rahyja Afrange Arquitetura + design
    • Regular Switch
    • Renault
    • Team Creatif
    • We Fab
    Innovation workshop at Brazil Studio

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    Brazil Studio

    Taught in English Sao Paulo
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