History of the programme

The Master’s Degree in Design of the University of the Region of Joinville (PPGDesign/Univille) is the result of the 23-year-old experience of the Undergraduate Program in Design of Univille, a programme known by its excellence in teaching, graduating qualified professionals to act in the Brazilian market.

Due to the economic characteristics of the city, when the Post-Graduation Programme in Design of Univille was created, there was an agreement to approach the design not only in terms of the product, but also of the services. Therefore, a room for capacitation of professionals in the field of design was created, emphasizing the solution of complex problems in a systemic way. Other characteristic inherent to the structure of the proposal is based on the knowledge exchange involving the PPGDesign/Univille *AND* the private, public, *AND* third-sector contexts, aiming to the execution of the professional nature of the program.

The proposal of PPGDesign/Univille was developed based on the analysis of the inductive politics of CAPES, *AND* on the available orientation to the elaboration of professional programs, in the institutional *AND* regional environments. The Design *AND* Sustainability concentration area *AND* its fields of research *AND* technical-scientific practice differ from the academic stricto sensu programs by their topics *AND* emphasis. However, at the same time, transdisciplinary relations that make all of them strong are stablished. The professional nature of PPGDesign/Univille is distinct from the proposal of the academic programs by:

(1) the commitment to the knowledge exchange to private, public, *AND* third-sector contexts;

(2) the pedagogical structure highly supported on the subject integration, as well as on the technological *AND* scientific practice with organizations from the region;

(3) the emphasis on the professional *AND* technological capacitation, which reflects on the approach of the subjects *AND* the graduation final projects.

Over its history, the PPGDesign/Univille was part of internal (Univille) *AND* external (CAPES) actions, focusing on the Guidelines of the National Post-Graduation Plan, on politics of technical-scientific knowledge production *AND* on the consequent institutional positioning before the scenario. The current *AND* inductive topics are constantly debated, analyzed, *AND* incorporated as constructors of the basis of reflections *AND* actions of the program *AND* they have repercussion on the continuous upgrade process. The PPGDesign/Univille tries to meet these needs *AND* demands with the skilling of the workforce.

The Design *AND* Sustainability concentration area of PPGDesign/Univille aims to qualify the professionals over topics that involve the development of products *AND* services in the private, public, *AND* third-sector environments, besides the design process management, scope in which sustainability goes beyond the fabrication process, costs, selling, etc. Based on this understanding, the product/system/service is part of a wider conception than simply the use, the aesthetics *AND* even the economy.

With the maturing of the program *AND* its continuous actions related to the program planning, the PPGDesign/Univille was restructured in 2016. The main objective was to reinforce the alignment of activities *AND* articulations of the projects based on the content analysis. The process involved the analysis of the teaching staff’s technical-scientific productions (2013-2016), as well as the students’ ones. The analysis was based on three fundamental questions: what have we produced? Who have we qualified? Who are the people involved? This study had the objective to verify the alignment of the faculty *AND* the graduate ones’ skills, besides the coherence of the program proposal with its main participants.