Master (MSc)


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3 Years
30 Jul 2021
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 164/2021 de 09-06-2021
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School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person
The Professional Master in Digital Innovation for Design Practice (MDI) jointly organized with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto.

The Professionalizing Master in Digital Innovation for Design Practices (MDI) addresses several dimensions associated with the design practice in activities such as architecture, design or construction, covering fundamental and updated knowledge to understand, implement and lead digital transformation processes in these areas.

Considering the importance of the twin digital and climate transition, the course promotes knowledge, innovation and leadership in the professional / industrial sector in articulation with the university, involving the development of a design work applied to the practical resolution of problems of relevance to companies, ateliers and the industrial field in general. It promotes a set of fundamental skills towards the innovation in the design processes and products, covering topics such as computing; digital manufacturing; BIM; IoT; virtual and augmented reality; artificial intelligence; data science or entrepreneurship.

Through the post-labor regime, this Master allows participants to maintain a professional active life, facilitating the promotion of lifelong learning. The MDI also takes advantage of the collaboration between two Faculties (Iscte and FAUP) and two cities (Lisbon and Porto), thus benefiting from the best knowledge, resources, and connections to the professional world that these institutions have to offer.


This programme is intended for candidates who hold a degree, or legal equivalent, in any area of study and, cumulatively, professional experience of at least 5 years.


1. Mastering theoretical and conceptual references related to the ongoing digital transformation in our society and in the professional world;

2. Promoting skills and abilities needed to understand real problems and, through design practice, find opportunities for innovation by articulating concepts, methodologies and current technologies of interdisciplinary nature;

3. Developing methodologies to formulate and implement in a business context / industry - either autonomously or in teams - technologically advanced-based design strategies;

4. Providing professionals with critical and cultural capacity to participate in the global discussion about the present and future of the design fields. 

Director(s) message

Alexandra Paio

The Professional Master in Digital Innovation for Design Practices (MDI) is a unique programme in the national context that promotes specialized master's training in one year, without the need to interrupt professional life.

In this cycle of studies, you will discover how to develop design practices in an innovative way, with an impact on the fundamental objectives of digital and sustainable transition of the professional / industrial sector architecture (AEC) and design.

The programme is structured to ensure a balance between theoretical and operative skills to make a real difference in the present and future of the profession.


General information

1 year
Teaching Type
In person
2023-12-18 00:01 - 2024-01-31 17:00
2024-02-01 00:01 - 2024-03-20 17:00
1.stYear 5000.00
1.stYear 8500.00
* Information for 2024/2025
School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00
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