A Little About Us

Welcome to uniMAD – the Media, Arts and Design Research Centre.

uniMAD aims at developing high quality research and promoting the artistic, theoretical and technological development in Media, Cinema, Photography, Web Design, Information Technology, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Digital Arts. The Research Centre will also strive to promote communication and cooperation among researchers and regional, national and international policy makers, so as to improve and enhance the development of specific knowledge.

Research Areas

uniMAD as interdisciplinary research center.


Artists and photographers endowed with skills and critical capacity to develop photographic discourse in its various aspects, both professional and authorial.


Specialists in areas such as 3D modeling, VR/AR, interactive installations, video games, graphic animation and video mapping and, production and multimedia production in general.


Specialists with with great talent to develop concepts in the image arts, namely in the areas of video, photography, sound and lighting.

Programming learning & gamification

Reasearchers aiming to design and develop strategies, methodologies and tools to foster the computer programming learning, highlighting gamification to engage users in educational and business domains.


Professionals with higher qualifications in the field of research in photography, documentary and fictional cinema, directing, production, sound, photography and audiovisual direction.


Researchers with skills in three fundamental axes of design practice: laboratory experience, authorship and innovation.


Integrated Members







News & Events

Research news and events where uniMAD members are involved

Post-Digital Letterpress Printing: Research, Education and Practice

By RQ |
Presents an overview of the convergence of traditional letterpress with contemporary digital design and fabrication practices.

Hands—On Type

By RQ |
Hands—On Type é uma iniciativa promovida pela esad–idea, Investigação em Design e Arte e pela ESAD (Matosinhos)


By RQ |
Today is 5th anniversary of ESMAD | Higher School of Media Arts and Design. You can follow the streaming session with testimonies from various external personalities, teachers, staff and current (and alumni) students. Please be tuned!


By RQ |
DRIVE is a cycle of conferences promoted by the Master in Design and intrinsic to the theme of research. Next Saturday, April 17, 2021, starting at 9:45 am, the third edition of DRIVE - Design Related Investigation will take place, which will be registered online via Zoom.

“CONTRAST” supported by DGARTES!

By RQ |
"CONTRAST: Multidisciplinary artistic network of Art, Architecture, Design and Photography initiatives", headed by the AAI-CEAU-FAUP research group, to be jointly managed with ESMAD-uniMAD and i2ads-FBAUP, was selected for funding through DGARTES.

10th edition of SLATE in ESMAD!

By RQ |
SLATE is an international symposium about languages. It is organized in three different tracks: HHL (Natural Language Processing, Tools and Techniques), HCL (Language Design, Compiling and Assessment) and CCL (Mark-up and Interchange Formats and Techniques).