School of Arts and Design Caldas da Rainha

ESAD.CR opens your world.

The Caldas da Rainha School of Arts and Design – Polytechnic of Leiria, is an education and research institution founded in 1990 with a broad international and national recognition.

ESAD.CR is located in Caldas da Rainha, a city in the central Atlantic coast of Portugal, close to Lisbon. Being a UNESCO creative city, Caldas da Rainha is a pleasant and thriving place to be.

At ESAD.CR, the teaching and learning environment is focused on the student, through hands-on, project development and materialization of concepts, oriented by critical, ecological and humanistic thinking. The conceptually sustained, interdisciplinary, technologically diverse and creative training model prepares students for the requirements of the present and the future. Personalized teaching and learning model, up-to-date research and attention to emerging professional areas make of ESAD.CR a reference in the national and international scene.

ESAD.CR currently has around 1,600 students and over 130 faculty composed of experienced professionals, internationally renowned in the most wide-ranging creative areas. The School’s main building was designed and built around studio spaces and workshops, being one of the most unique and complete projects of national artistic education. Its campus is set around four spacious and well-equipped buildings, set between oaks and pines. Its well-equipped laboratories and workshops allow access to the most varied technologies, from the traditional ones like Analog Photography, Printmaking, Silk-screening, Ceramic, Wood or Metal, to the most current ones like Digital Video and Photography, Sound, Digital Printing, Prototyping and 3D Printing or Multimedia.

ESAD.CR offers Undergraduate courses in Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Product Design – Ceramic and Glass, Graphic Design and Multimedia, Interior and Spatial Design, Sound and Image, Theatre and Programming and Cultural Production. This offer includes the master’s degrees in Fine Arts, Product Design, Cultural Management, Graphic Design and Design for Health and Wellbeing. It also offers an interesting range of TeSP (short cycle) courses, in the areas of digital prototyping, graphic production, digital and audio-visual media and multimedia.

ESAD.CR is committed to the personal and professional development and success of its students in the fields of arts, design and culture. For this, we invest in the permanent development of innovative teaching-learning processes and in the qualification of faculty, and technical and administrative staff.

At ESAD.CR applied research occurs on a collaborative environment between LIDA (Arts and Design Research Lab) and the Masters, in a responsible commitment to the sustainable development of the territory and its communities, with a global perspective.

Maintaining a prominent position implies being able to adapt to the demands and complexities of the contemporary world.

ESAD.CR is a School with the world and actively promotes international cooperation.