Founded in 1989, ESAD – College of Art and Design is a private institute that has come to represent the highest standards of quality in art and design education, research and allied activities. It offers graduate and advanced design courses in Communication Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Jewellery, Digital Arts and Multimedia, and a dynamic programme of events and activities. With over 1000 students, and a ten per cent international intake representing 26 nationalities, the school offers experienced guidance and support in helping students to find accommodation and settle into daily as well as academic life. The school has developed a particularly strong reputation as a leader in the organisation of national and international design events inviting to the school world famous designers to participate in workshops, conferences and open lectures.
Located in Matosinhos, ESAD is close to Porto city-center, accessible by car, bus or underground and only a few minutes from various amenities and points of interest.