Higher Technical Professional Course

Design and Industrial Innovation

Higher School of Technology and Management


Susana Cristina Ferreira Fernandes

Relevant Areas

Qualification in the relevant area(s) for this course (Article 40-F of Decree-Law n.º 65/2018), must be demonstrated with the approval in the following subject, attested in the certificate of secondary education or legally equivalent qualification:

  • Computer Science or
  • Mathematics

DGES Registry

Course registered at the General Directorate of Higher Education with the number  R/c  49/2016

Area of Education and Training 

214- Design 

Publication in the Official Gazette

Notice  nº 2593/2018 - 2nd series, n.º 39, of 23 February.

Study Program Evaluation 

This Higher Technical Professional Course is a vocational training course taught as part of polytechnic higher education and lasts 4 semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS.
The course is organised into general and scientific training, technical training and on-the-job training (internship), and each student is awarded with a Higher Technical Professional Diploma at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Professional profile

The Higher Technical Professional Course in Design and Industrial Innovation aims to train professionals who are able to work on prospecting, devising, planning, detailing, testing and presenting new products that have added value in terms of aesthetics, function, ergonomics, ecodesign and eco-innovation, integrating knowledge of design, 2D and 3D computer-aided design tools, management of marketing and innovation, materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.

Professional opportunities

Mid- and high-level staff in industrial development and production companies, consultancy and service companies, design and architecture studios, and as self-employed professionals working on furniture design, interior design, industrial and urban facility design, product design, communication and marketing, computer-aided manufacturing and digital prototyping, creating maquettes or models, supporting  poduction/construction through technical drawing.

Entry requirements (one of the following)

  • Having completed a secondary education course qualification or a legally equivalent qualification.
  • Having passed the special exams for assessing capacity to attend higher education for people over 23 (Decree-Law no. 64/2006
  • of 21 March).
  • Holding a technological specialisation diploma, a higher technical professional diploma or a higher education qualification.

Pursuit of further studies - Bachelor's degrees

 In case of pursuit of further studies, the credits acquired in the scope of the short-cycles can be transferred as follows::

Bachelor's degree in  Legal Studies -  Pursuit of further studies exempted from admission exam
The application by holders of Higher Technical Professional Diplomas to attend IPMAIA Bachelor’s degrees is subject to the conditions established by the institution body that is competent to do so in accordance with the law and the statutes. Depending on the Higher Technical Professional Course and Bachelor’s degree, these conditions may establish the need to pass a specific IPMAIA admission exam, or allow the exemption to perform such an exam.
a) Students who intend to apply for an IPMAIA Bachelor’s degree course and must sit the specific admission exam will receive suitable preparation during the teaching of the Higher Technical Professional Course.