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.

HOW IT WORKS

What courses can I take at the school?

Our program covers Digital Design as a whole, with outputs such as User Experience (UX) Designer, User Interface (UI) Designer, FrontEnd Designer 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 and finish by mid December and we have a 2 week summer break in the middle. Please check dates regarding the current school year with us.

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?

Within the broad topic of Digital Design and technology, you'll be learning from the technical aspects of UX Design (such as research, user interviews, prototyping or user testing), the creative visual techniques from UI Design (such as designing for desktop/mobile devices, native apps, animations or creating pattern libraries and design systems) and the coding skills of FrontEnd Design (such as HTML, CSS, animations and the basics of Javascript).

Besides that, we’re aiming to create a T-shaped creative and so we want you to know a little bit of everything before dwelling into your main subject of interest. So, on top of those hard-skills, we believe it's crucial to have communication, feedback, presentation and collaborative skills.

If you require an extra boost on any specific topic, our in-house facilitators will help you directly or connect you with our network of professional mentors.

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 guests have decided to adapt this structure to one they see would fit them better.

we believe our students should become T-shaped professionals and for that you should 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?

After the first few months, students should have defined a clearer path for their careers. As a means to help find that definition and then define the next steps, we'll introduce you to your first TNDS mentor, with who you should define a regular schedule that fits both sides and meet to discuss a pre-defined agenda.
Mentors time should be considered valuable as this will most likely be the time where you'll get some of the best career advice ever!

How do Projects work exactly?

You can expect to work on, at least, 3 client projects of variable sizes throughout the 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 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 Founders Founders with our own 80m2 area of classroom, while having access to the building's cafe, meeting rooms, meal room and small court yard. Come by for a visit anytime!

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.


LIVING IN PORTO

What's the cost of living in Porto?

Living in Porto is quite cheap when compared to other European countries. In average monthly expenses for a single person could be as low as 650€ with a moderate way of living.

You can have lunch (and we mean a proper lunch!) for around 7.5€, including a starter/soup, main course, 1 drink and and nicest expresso coffee ever.

Some examples of average prices:

  • Expresso coffee: 0.7€ or less
  • Small beer: 1€
  • Water - 0.33L bottle: 0.50€

What are rental costs like?

Getting a room can cost between 250€-350€ a month.

Renting a small studio apartment can cost between 350€-500€ a month.

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 in case you're from the European Union. If you prefer, however, you can have a private health insurance.


APPLICATIONS

How much does it cost?

Total tuition is 7000€. 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 Design/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 40%.

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 40%.