If you want to sharpen your skills in creative thinking and solving problems of form and function, check out this course. You will learn about the thought process and creative research that goes into creating a design object. You will learn basic principles of design thinking, creative research, and design methodology in the fields of visual design and product design.

To gain creative inspiration, your class will explore Lisbon’s cultural scene and museums, including the Design Museum and the Cultural Centre of Belém.

You will also experiment with design techniques in IADE’s laboratories (3D lab, print lab, and media lab), to make your ideas come to life.


Discover Lisbon, a contemporary capital with a Gothic heart; a city in constant movement between the mood of a nostalgic fado and the dynamic, glamorous aura of its young creative culture.
Leaning toward the Atlantic Ocean, and a historical port connecting old Europe and the New World, Lisbon is today living a renaissance thanks to the creativity of its multicultural citizens.

They are bringing new life to the city’s azulejo-splashed narrow lanes and romantic terraces: From boutique designers to new media advertising agencies, a creative generation is blooming.


This course is addressed to creative students who wish to explore techniques of visual communication, as well as the design of objects and spaces.

  • All classes are held in English, so a fluent understanding of the English language is required.
  • Please carefully read the course descriptions before applying to a course. The schools are not responsible if you choose a course level that is not suitable to your background and skills.
  • We will accept bookings from students 18 years old and older. If you are 16 or 17 but show a strong motivation to take introduction-level or experience-level courses, we will consider your application on the condition that your parents or legal guardians send a written declaration of responsibility.
  • We recommend that you bring personal equipment to use in class, such as your laptop, sketch pad, etc. Suggested items will be listed in your welcome materials, which you will receive prior to the beginning of the course.


If you wish to extend your summer studies, you can combine this course with:


Please refer to the table below to discover the fees for two or four-week session in Lisbon.

€ 1,095two-week session (45 hours of class time over 9 days)
€ 1,895four-week session (90 hours of class time over 18 days)

Housing fees vary depending on the selected options (kind of room, distance from school, Air Conditioning, etc.).

€ 350 - 650two-week
€ 700 - 1,250four-week 

Please contact the following email to receive the application form:
Then follow their instructions to submit your application.

Applications will be accepted until and not later than three weeks before the course begins, depending on the availability of places in each course.

IADE is renowned as an educational hub of creativity, talent, and leadership. It stimulates its students to push the boundaries of their talent and believe in themselves, in both their artistic life and professional path. Founded in 1969 as Portugal’s first higher education institution of design, IADE was recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education in 2012. The country’s largest school of design, IADE offers an extensive range of courses—from bachelor’s degrees to doctorates to executive education programs—in creative fields such as design, arts and communication, marketing, advertising, and photography. It boasts an outstanding graduate employment rate of 97%. In 2014,

Cumulus Association highlighted IADE as one of the 11 best design schools in the world, thanks to the school’s investment in design projects related to individual and collective well-being. In 2015, Domus magazine ranked IADE as one of Europe’s Top 100 Schools of Design.