Most likely you’re here because there’s still a few things you need to make sure we have the right program for you. And that’s exactly why we’ve put together the following list and as clear as possible.


What courses can I take at the school?

Our program covers Digital Design as a whole, with outputs such as UX Designer, UI Designer, FrontEnd Developer, Creative Technologist or Digital Product Designer. However, we're aware there's more to cover so don't be shy and share with us what are your plans for the future.

Is this an e-learning or a face-to-face course? How long will the course last?

Our courses are taught face-to-face in 12 months full experience in Porto, Portugal. We feel this is the best way to not only immerse yourself in the topics at hand but also work on meeting new people, being with our guest speakers and engaging in super fun team-building activities in Porto.

How’s does the "school-year” look like?

We start mid January 2017 and the first half of the program lasts till late June. Then we start again in early July to then finish by mid December.

Is it going to be part-time or full-time?

We expect students to commit almost full-time. In some weeks though there’s plenty individual time for students to do other activities and even accept freelancing projects. In any case, you’re free to manage your own time anyway you see fit.

But how many hours of contact will a student have?

We have accounted for over 430 contact hours with mentors, guest speakers and webinars. And that’s not accounting for all the time you want with out in-house facilitators, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Is there a diploma?

Simple answer is no. We believe a piece of paper will not win you the best job out there or allow you to start the best studio ever. And that’s the final objective.

So we think all focus should be on learning and developing a portfolio and a contact network. And we’ll help you get there.

What will I be learning?

Whatever you want within the broad topic of Digital Design and related. That being said, we took the liberty of choosing some of the topics we find most important and some of the best speakers out there to suggest a few more and talk about them.

We’re aiming to create a T-shaped web creative and so we want you to know a little bit of everything before dwelling into your main subject of interest.

If you require an extra boost on any specific topic, we’ll find the means and people to provide it within our network and school time.

How do Masterclasses work exactly?

Each standard Masterclass is built around a 5 workday week default:

  • The first day will consist of a small talk/introduction to the topic at hand, as well as a briefing to the project students are supposed to work through the week.
  • Day 2 will be for one-to-one follow-up with the guest educator.
  • On day 3 it’s time for each student to research and form small teams of 2 to 4 elements.
  • By day 4 it’s time to start working on a more solid idea as there will be group feedback and lot’s of constructive discussion.
  • The fifth and last day is all about presentations and celebration! A period for critique and to build upon final feedback from the guest educator and the facilitators. Then it’s time for dinner and drinks!

Please note that some guest educators have decided to adapt this structure to one they see would fit them better.

We’re aiming to create a T-shaped web creative and so we want you to know a little bit of everything before dwelling into your main subject of interest.

If you require an extra boost on any specific topic, we’ll find the means and people to provide it within our network and school time.

How does Mentorship work exactly?

Every 2 months we’ll have a guest at the school for a full afternoon of one-to-one/team mentorship. Wether it is regarding design, development, business or other areas.
This will most likely be the time where students will get some of the best career advice ever.

How do Projects work exactly?

We expect to have at least 2 large projects per year. These will be suggested by partner companies as R&D for a new product/service, an improvement of an existing one or other real-world situation. What exactly will you be working on is still in the making.

What happens when there’s no Masterclasses, Mentorship sessions or active Projects? Is there a team of fixed teachers?

TNDS has a team of fixed staff that will act as Facilitators to help and guide the students during their individual learning time or with any project/career related question. There will always be at least one facilitator on the premisses at all times.

Where exactly will the classes be held? Does the school have it’s own space?

Yes, we are located at the Design Incubator in the Matosinhos market with our own 200m2 area of classroom, meeting room and kitchen/service area.

In what language will classes be delivered in?

English is the preferred standard for communication.

How large is the class? How many classes will there be?

TNDS will operate with a single class per course with at least 10 students and no more than 15. The minimum is a demand so that we can have a viable business running and the maximum is there to avoid things getting out of hands.


What's the cost of living in Porto?

Living in Porto is quite cheap when compared to other European countries. In average you can expect all monthly expenses for a single person to be of around 550€, including rent.

You can have lunch (and we mean a proper lunch!) for around 7€, including a starter/soup, main course, 1 drink and and nicest expresso coffee ever. Some restaurants might even include dessert.

Some examples of average prices:

  • Expresso coffee: 0.7€ or less
  • Small beer: 1€
  • Water - 0.33L bottle: 0.80€

What are rental costs like?

Getting a room can cost between 200€-300€ a month.

Renting a small studio apartment can cost between 300€-400€ a month.

By the way, we’re working on developing partnerships with local renting providers to offer you the best deal possible.

How do I get there?

Porto has great infrastructures and you get here pretty much by any mean of transportation. But although we’re close to the sea, getting a flight here is probably more comfortable than a boat :)

The Francisco Sá Carneiro airport is 11km away from city center and you can get a connection through taxi or Metro.

If you’re coming from Europe, there is a direct connection to pretty much every major airport.

If you live in the US or outside Europe, you might have to take a connection flight from Frankfurt or Lisbon.

If you do land in Lisbon, do take a little time to meet the place! When you’re done you can take the Alfa train up north for about 30€ from Gare do Oriente.

Will I need a visa?

If you’re coming from outside the EU or the Schengen Area then yes, you’ll have to have a visa and an "Authorisation for residence in Portugal" in order to stay for the whole 12 month program. We'll help with what we can during the entire process.

What if an accident happens?

Every year we put together a small accident insurance for the students, included in the tuition. Although this only covers small accidents within the school's studio, healthcare in Portugal is subsidised by the government which makes it fairly accessible. If you prefer, however, you can do a private insurance to cover other scenarios.


How much does it cost?

Total tuition is 6000€. Optionally you can pay in 12 monthly payments. Full payments get a 5% discount.

Is there a scholarship program?

We have two types of scholarships available.

1) Women in Tech - We want to contribute to the increase of the number of women working in the tech industry. For this reason, we’ll support 2 women who can show us why they deserve this scholarship, by reducing their tuition by 30%.

2) Fresh start - We believe design plays an essential role in the way the future will be shaped. For this reason, we want to encourage more and more people to make a shift to this area. We know it can be hard to take a risk, leave our current jobs and start fresh, so we will support 2 candidates who are willing to do it, and can show us what they have done in the past to pursue their passion for design, by reducing their tuition by 50%.