Design School


The Design School (ESD) is the latest of the three teaching and research units of the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave. It is part of the public higher polytechnic education network and is currently located in IPCA’s campus in Barcelos.

Oriented towards higher education in design and applied research in this area, it begins its scientific and pedagogical activity in the academic year 2015/2016, offering courses of 1st and 2nd cycle as well as Professional Higher Education Courses.

With a young teaching staff as well as classrooms, ateliers and laboratories with the latest technology, the school gathers all the conditions for the development of transverse and specific activities, allowing students to experiment, test and produce under teachers’ orientation. Its scientific and training project has become a reference in the design area in Portugal.