The Professional Master in Design (awarded grade 4 by CAPES) emerges as an advance in the field of Design in Rio Grande do Norte. The undergraduate program was created in 2008 by UFRN. It is, therefore, a pioneering program in the State, in addition to being the first in the field of focus “Ergodesign”. UFRN’s Graduates in Design may work in industries, printing companies, advertising agencies, software factories, government agencies, educational institutions, among others. The teaching staff comprises professors from several UFRN programs, such as Social Communication, Design, Engineering, among others, in addition to collaborating professors from other federal higher education institutions. It encompasses the following lines of research: 1) Product Ergonomics and Built Environment; 2) Human-Computer Interaction, Usability and Informational Ergonomics.

The Master’s degree Program relies on the Laboratory of Experimentation in Usability (LEXUS/UFRN), which consists of two rooms: a test room and a research and observation room. LEXUS has computational resources (hardware, software and devices) for conducting tests and other researches on usability and elaboration of digital prototypes, web applications, software, bi and three-dimensional animations and multimedia applications. The laboratory has 4 PC and Apple microcomputers; Mac Book Air 13 inches, IPad and Multifunction Printer.

The Master's Degree Program also has the Video Conferencing room of the Graduate Programs, equipped with a 56-inch LED TV, webcam, microcomputer, mouse and wireless keyboard, multimedia projector, air-conditioning. The room can accommodate up to 20 people.

In addition, it also stands out the partnership with the Laboratory of Ergonomics and Usability of Interfaces in Human-Technology Systems, of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RIO) and with the Usability Laboratory of the Nokia Institute of Technology.


Line of Research: Product Ergonomics and Built Environment

Keywords: It encompasses studies and applies concepts of ergodesign of products, systems, processes and environments in order to facilitate the use, to increase efficiency, effectiveness, satisfaction, well-being and safety of users while performing specific tasks.

Professors: Claudia Rocha Mourthé (collaborator), Cristiano Alves da Silva (collaborator), Dino Lincoln Figueiroa Santos, Elizabeth Romani, Helena Rugai Bastos, Kilder César de Araújo Ribeiro, Mario Orestes Aguirre González, Olavo Fontes Magalhães Bessa, Raimundo Lopes Diniz (collaborator).


Line of Research: Human-Computer Interaction and Informational Ergonomics

Keywords: It studies the dialogue of the human being with computers and with other electronic devices, such as mobiles, peripherals and input and output devices in general, in addition to the interaction with informational messages made available in other media.

Professors: André Luís Santos de Pinho, Bruno Santana da Silva, José Guilherme da Silva Santa Rosa, Marcos Alberto Andruchak, Tassos Lycurgo Galvão Nunes, Thiago Chellappa.



Programa de Pós-Graduação em Design
Departamento de Artes - UFRN
Av. Senador Salgado Filho, 3000
Campus Universitário – Bairro Lagoa Nova
CEP: 59078-900 – NATAL/RN – BRASIL

Contact Info:

Phone: +55 84 3342-2398

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 02:30 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Jorge Henrique Melo (secretary)


José Guilherme da Silva Santa Rosa
Phone: +55 84 3342-2398


André Luís Santos de Pinho
Phone: +55 84 3215-3785 Extension 33

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