ORIENTED TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER.
Do you wish to pursue an international career in graphic and communication design? This top-up programme is perfect for you and those who come from a visual communication background. Portfolio and skill development is the central focus. You will explore professional techniques, academic theories and visual culture. With an understanding of graphic design contexts, you will develop your own unique visual style and your professional and creative identity.
GLOBAL PROJECT EXPOSURE.
You will have support and encouragement to submit your best work to worldwide competitions, securing valuable exposure to your projects. Past students have found success and received prizes such as the international Design and Art Direction (D&AD), one of the most influential awards in the creative industry.
CONNECTED TO THE INDUSTRY.
ETIC is recognized for its creative environment, its connection to brands, agencies and design studios. Tutors on this programme come from a professional background and are still active in the industry. The team’s close links with practicing professionals enable students to take part in a variety of work-based opportunities, live briefs and placements.
UPGRADE YOUR EXISTING QUALIFICATIONS.
Apply to a Top Up course so you can get your British full honours degree, a worldwide recognized diploma delivered by Solent University Southampton at ETIC, in Lisbon, the sunny, safe and cool capital of Portugal.
British education allows you to obtain a university degree with the completion of a year of study if you have previously completed a two year course, or level 5 qualifications (120 ECTS). Applicants with relevant professional training and experience are also welcomed. This curricular year is called Top Up Year and allows you to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree.
Top-up courses are equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree and allow you to ‘top up’ an existing qualification into a full honours degree. Top-up degrees enable students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular topic while also receiving a Bachelors Degree, an internationally-recognized diploma.
Those who have completed a two-year course or have obtained a Level 5 qualification (120 ECTS) can apply for a Top Up Year.
In the majority of universities in the United Kingdom, such as Solent University Southampton, or at ETIC, in Lisbon, in partnership with that prestigious university.
The Top Up Courses at ETIC are perfect for those who have backgrounds in areas such as Art and Design, Multimedia, Digital Image, New Media, Digital Communication, Illustration, Web Design, Film and Television, Editing, Audiovisual Production, Animation, Graphic Production, Motion Design, Visual Effects, Sound, Music, among others.
The course curriculum is entirely developed by Solent University and is taught by British and Portuguese teachers. The B.A. Bachelor’s of Arts diploma is awarded by Solent University Southampton.
ETIC is a reference school in the creative fields. Project-oriented, it combines technique, creativity, and personal and professional development. Its connection to the industry links school projects to the reality of the labor market.
The school has state-of-the-art technological resources, such as HD video and virtual reality studios, professional HD régie, sound studios, photo labs and studios, design and computer labs.
Yes, one of the following tests:
Duolingo English Language Test (115 overall with minimum of 95 in each component or equivalent), IELTS 6.0 (minimum score of 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 80 (minimum score of 20).
The capital of Portugal is a real cool destination for millions of Europeans. The city has exceptional cultural attractions, a relaxed lifestyle and wonderful weather – you can go to school in the morning and surf in the afternoon on amazing beaches 15 minutes away.
Lisbon hosts numerous music and film festivals, technology events like the Web Summit, and a large ecosystem of startups and creative hubs. Living here is affordable, easy and fun. Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in Europe and Portugal ranks third safest country in the world.
What will you study
The Final Major Project provides an opportunity to pursue independent lines of enquiry over an extended time frame. It is also the platform on which students can expand their visual communications skills and develop an appropriate graphic language for their selected subject and outcome. This project forms a major part of the students exit portfolio, and should therefore provide a range of graphic design strategies to help display their knowledge and abilities. The student’s project subject, direction and objectives will be agreed through negotiation with their individual unit tutor. Students will be expected to present their work at formative and summative assessment points in a professional manner. The Final Major Project will be displayed, in part or as a whole, in the end of course exhibition.
ETIC Unit Leader: Joana Areal
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Nick Long
This unit concentrates on exposing the student to the professional aspects of graphic design. It is designed to include involvement in live projects where possible and national competitions such as D&AD student awards and the RSA student awards. It should be seen as an opportunity to work to professional standards. Evaluation and critical analysis of project briefs is an important part of the unit as are structuring, planning, timetabling, deadline management, budgeting and client relations. Sustainable Design is also a major consideration.
Preparation for print and print production will aim to resolve issues that arise when taking a project from the design stage through to final print.
As well as paper-based outcomes to project briefs, there will be opportunities for students to apply their design skills to the area of electronic media in this unit. Using techniques learned at Level 5, students would be able to build new media projects for publication in the electronic environment. Research and critical analysis will be used to ensure professional standards.
ETIC Unit Leader: Ana Freitas
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Chris Venables
This unit will give students the opportunity to gain expert knowledge of a specialist area within their profession. The students’ investigation will enable them to review elements of the social, cultural, and historical implications of the visual communication industry. As the research stage progresses the student will be asked to convert their findings into the most appropriate communication outcomes. The objective will be to bring the skills set of a graphic designer to bear on the research process. Thereby converting several different streams, and types of information, into a cohesive clear communicative form using a variety of means.
ETIC Unit Leader: Ana Palma Silva
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Nick Long
ETIC Course Leader
ETIC Course Leader
- Graduated in Communication Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon.
- Master in Communication Strategies and Art Direction at Elisava, Barcelona.
- Creates and manages projects in the areas of Communication Design, Art Direction, Webdesign, Editorial Design and Fashion. Her study is driven to deepen mankind’s ability to communicate through diverse media, embracing the potential of visual discourses. To apprehend new languages within the practice of design, to face and develop conceptual responses in distinct creative ways, based on the direct confrontation between art, technology and humanity.
- Sessional Lecturer at Master’s Degree in Design and Communication at Elisava, Barcelona. Course Coordinator of the High National Diploma Course – Communication Design and Multimedia, at ETIC – Escola de Novas Tecnologias Inovação e Criação, in Lisbon. Work published by several editors and magazines, such as: Victionary, Laurence King, Rockport, Design2context, Design and Design, Sandu Publishing, Index Book, Wallpaper, Novum, NEO2, Slanted, among others.
Ana Palma Silva
Holds a degree in Interior Design from ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design, in Oporto, a master in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths College, London, and a postgraduation course in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects, from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
Works as a communication designer, developing editorial, graphic, identity and web design projects, in commissioned and auto-initiated projects. Projects include: Cachorros Quentes Editora Ambulante (2012-2013, Porto and Santiago de Chile; FondArt 2012 grant by Fondos de Cultura de Chile) and Glote (2013-2015, Porto). She has worked in studios in Lisbon, Berlin and Santiago de Chile. Currently, she works at the studio 3HComunicação in Lisbon and as a freelance designer. She is also studying anthropology at Universidade Nova, exploring the relations between anthropology, ecology and design.
Ana is a graphic designer and creative director with 11 years of experience, working primarily in visual identity and communication, typography, packaging and editorial design. Having graduated from the Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2007, Ana has since worked in a number of studios between London, Lisbon and Brazil. In 2013, she completed a Post Graduate degree in Anthropology – Visual Cultures at FCSH and more recently an MA in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects at FBAUP. Today she splits her time teaching at the HND Communication and Graphic Design course at ETIC and working on a number of freelance projects. Professionally, she is known for crafting the visual identities for the Portuguese Public Institute of Blood and Transplants, Casa Bernardo Sassetti and the Graduate Music School of Lisbon.
Zé Pedro Abreu
Connecting real and meaningful stories with brands is what fascinates Zé Pedro. With a Degree of Licentiate in Design by the University of Aveiro (Portugal), he participated in an Exchange Program with Politécnico di Milano (Italy) – School of Design during his academic years.
In 2006 he was a resident designer at Domaine de Boisbuchet (Lessac, France), focused on developing sustainable and eco-friendly design projects in partnership with Vitra and the Campana Brothers.
Zé Pedro’s first hands on experience with advertising were at RMAC/BBDO in 2007, where he worked as a Junior Art Director, he also worked for Silva! Designers and was responsible for designing the Gulbenkian Education Culture Program from 2008 to 2010.
In 2011 he was awarded at the Cannes Young Lions Competition in the Film category and since then he’s a frequent winner in International Film & Advertising competitions. The international exposure brought to life his multidisciplinary work platform: www.zepedroabreu.com
In the last 9 years, he’s been collaborating in global projects as a Freelancer Senior Designer for McCann Worldgroup, he also integrates the global crowdsource network MOFILM (New York and London), writing, producing and directing contents for global campaigns such as Coke, Visa, Shell, AT&T and other global brands.
He contends that behind every brand there should be a good idea. And behind a good idea, there should be a story to be told. Ideally, stories that make us stop for a minute and wonder.
Solent Link Tutor
You can apply for a Top Up Year if you have completed two years of training or a Level 5 qualification (120 ECTS).
Portfolio, Showcase or Showreel.
One of the following English tests:
Duolingo English Language Test – 115 overall with minimum of 95 in each component or equivalent.
IELTS – minimum score of 6,0 (5.5 in all components).
TOEFL IBT – minimum score of 80 (20 in all components).
The same English language entry requirements are mandatory for all applicants.
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Registration: €600,00 + 12 consecutive monthly payments (€416,72).
Or 14 consecutive monthly payments (€357,18).
Discount: 5.5% with full payment of the course (€ 4 750.20).
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Ou +14 consecutive monthly payments (€378,58).
Discount: 5.5% with full payment of the course(€5 035,10).
Citizens without fiscal residence in Portugal:
Registration: €600,00 + 30% of the entire course cost on enrollment.
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