As part of PUC-Rio’s dynamic environment, the Department of Arts & Design offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in many design areas.

Through research and social activity, the department seeks a scholarly education that stimulates technical development, critical consciousness and social commitment, aiming the students benefit in the ever-changing cultural and economic reality of their careers.

Students have access to well-equipped labs that support experimental and learning activities. From video editing, computer graphics and coding to 3D scanning and printing, our labs provide the means for the development of high-quality presentations, models and prototypes.

A few scenes from the campus and facilities.


About PUC-Rio

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro is the Catholic Church’s first private higher education institution in Brazil, founded in 1940 by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J.

The referential starting-point of PUC-Rio is the complete development of the individual from two main perspectives: the philosophical and the theological. It is also a doctoral research institution that focuses primarily on the development of academic and scientific knowledge.

In 2014, PUC-Rio became a public non-state institution – a communitarian university.

The University in numbers

Design Programs


The Undergraduate program offers majors in Product Design, Fashion Design, Visual Communication, and Digital Media. We focus on creativity and innovation while exploring the rich and diverse knowledge available in our university environment.


Product Design

Our Product Design course focuses on the creation of three-dimensional products. Our teaching method involves research and interaction with diverse groups and real-world contexts where students and users can develop projects with social, environmental and economic relevance.

Visual Communication

The Visual Communication major covers aspects of graphic design, where text and image are the main elements. With the assistance of a large team of professionals, our students are constantly encouraged to engage in innovative conceptual projects exploring various formats of online and printed support output.

Fashion Design

In our Fashion Design program, students have a rich environment that yields originality and innovation. Our classes cover the breadth of fashion in close contact with market experts. Students have access to well-equipped labs and can undertake interdisciplinary projects, benefiting from our network of design fields.

Digital Media

In the Digital Media program, students are exposed to different aspects of digital design areas such as games, animation, digital art and webdesign. While working with physical and logical interfaces, students learn creative and technical concepts through hands-on projects, aiming the future of the digital media industry.

International Students
Classes available in english

PPG Design
Graduate Program

Since its foundation in 1994, our Master Design Program has been responsible for the consolidation of design research in Brazil. It is the first of its kind in Latin America and has had more than 350 research dissertations approved. Following its success, the Doctoral Design Program was founded in 2003 and has had more than 130 theses approved up-to-date.

Design and Society

The Design and Society concentration area approaches distinct aspects of design and its interface with technology, arts and social sciences.

The primary goal is to highlight design’s impact on culture, society, and the environment, investigating its relationship with users and productive processes.

Research Lines

  • Communication, Culture and Arts
  • Technology, Education and Society
  • Ergonomics, Usability and HCI


Research Labs

The PPG Design Graduate Program is supported by 15 research labs where 16 senior academics and their students undertake a variety of research projects in their respective investigation areas.

LINDA – Laboratório Interdisciplinar em Natureza, Design & Arte


LIDE – Laboratório Interdisciplinar Design Educação

NEXT – Núcleo de Experimentação Tridimensional

 LGD – Laboratório de Gestão em Design

 LEUI – Laboratório de Ergodesign e Usabilidade de Interfaces

LRS – Laboratório de Representação Sensível

LCD – Laboratório de Comunicação em Design

LILD- Laboratório de Investigação em Living Design

 LAE – Laboratório de Arte Eletrônica

 LINC-Design – Laboratório Linguagem, Interação e Construção de Sentidos

 Dhis – Laboratorio de Design de Historias

EAI - Experiências e Ambientes Interativos

LDS – Laboratório de Design Socioambiental

LABMEMO – Laboratório Design, Memória e Emoção

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PPG Design Graduate Program

Continuing Education

Additionally, we offer specialization courses in areas such as Animation, Interior Design, Jewelry, Ergodesign and Interfaces, Ergonomics and Sustainability, as well as short courses in Audiovisual, Computer Graphics, Product Design, Design Thinking, Pattern Design and Fashion amongst others.

Design Week

The PUC-Rio Design Week is an annual event that promotes student works through open exhibitions and presentations, offering direct contact between the public and our academic production.

Contact us

Head of Department

Profª. Jackeline Lima Farbiarz
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1600

Undergraduate Program

Profª. Roberta Portas
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1595

PPG Design
Graduate Program

Profª. Luiz Novaes
Tel: (+55 21) 3527-1596

Street address

PUC-Rio | Departamento de Artes & Design
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225 Gávea
22451-900 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil

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