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MAD SUMMER SCHOOL is an international and enjoyable learning experience showcasing the curriculum offer at School of Media Arts and Design (ESMAD). They include the areas of Cinema and Photography, Design (Graphic and Industrial), Digital media, Web Development and are centred upon the rich cultural, industrial and geographical features of the metropolitan Porto area.

Taking place in the Portuguese north coast of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim, the MAD SUMMER School offers advanced masterclasses by renowned tutors in combination with an exciting program of film screenings, evening talks, concerts and a group exhibition, during "Curtas Vila do Conde" International Short Film Festival. Each 5 day program will be punctuated by a dynamic mix of master-classes, workshops, conferences, screenings and studio sessions related to an annual theme "Discovering the Unseen". The artworks developed during the week will result in a group exhibition at Centro de Memória de Vila do Conde.

Based in Vila do Conde and Povoa de Varzim we will create a creative environment ideal for sharing ideas and practices, and also an enjoyable framework for teaching, learning and the development of ideas. According to the subject, seminars and other sessions will differ in terms of their duration, but each program will provide opportunities to meet other students and teachers and to engage in the acquisition of new skills and experiences.



MAD SUMMER SCHOOL also aims to promote an approach to the local culture and to the historical and geographical richness of the cities of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim. Thus, in addition to the specific focus of MAD Summer School, there is also space for the leisure and local activities such as surfing, yoga, concerts and other social events.

ESMAD also maintains a partnership with the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, whose programming takes place simultaneously with the MAD Summer School program. All registered at MAD SUMMER SCHOOL are entitled to a free pass for the official sessions of the festival Curtas.





The first edition of MAD SUMMER will be held at the Media Arts and Design School (ESMAD), a School of P.PORTO, Portugal. The School of Media Arts and Design shares the facilities with the School of Hospitality and Tourism, offering quality spaces and excellent equipment. image The School of Media Arts and Design is perceived as a national and international reference in the training of competitive, creative and innovative professionals, in the areas of Design, Film, Photography, Multimedia and Web.
ESMAD is located in the Campus 2 of Póvoa de Varzim / Vila do Conde and has a strong relation with these two beatiful and engaging cities. image




The School of Media Arts and Design School is located in Vila do Conde/Póvoa de Varzim.
The GPS coordinates are 41.366178, -8.7418871

Getting to the venue:

  • By Car: highway A28 (exit 15 - Vila do Conde).
  • By Metro: the closest stations to ESMAD is Vila do Conde Station (express service) or Alto de Pêga Station. From Dragão stadium – Póvoa de Varzim, direction Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde station.
  • By Bus: Express (Póvoa de Varzim).
  • By Plane (*):Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located between Vila do Conde and Porto. If you want to go from the Airport Metro Station to ESMAD you must change in Verdes Station to Line E (Red) and take the direction of Póvoa de Varzim.
(*) It is well connected to all the main hubs in Europe. From the airport you can take the metro or a taxi to Vila do Conde. The international airport in Lisbon is another option, although a bit further.




There are hotels which have special conditions for the MAD SUMMER participants. Despite of these special rates, you should should book directly with the hotel:

Partners hotels available in Vila do Conde:

Name Stars Distance Phone Links
 Hotel Brasão 3 stars 2 km +351 252 642 016      
Santana Hotel & Spa 4 stars 3 km +351 252 640 460      
VILLA C Boutique Hotel 4 stars 3,6 km +351 252 240 420      
Venceslau Wine Boutique Hostel - 1,2 km +351 252 646 362      
Parque Campismo de Árvore - 4,5 km +351 252 633 225      

Partners hotels available in Póvoa do Varzim:

Name Stars Distance Phone Links
 Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel 4 stars 5,5 km +351 252 298 900      
 São Félix Hotel Hillside & Nature 4 stars 11 km +351 252 607 176      
 Estalagem Santo André 4 stars 9,5 km +351 252 615 666      
 Grande Hotel Da Póvoa 3 stars 4 km +351 252 290 400      
 VARZINN Hotel 3 stars 5,5 km +351 252 290 510      
 Hotel Avenida 2 stars 3,5 km +351 252 683 206      
 Hotel Contriz 2 stars 12,5 km +351 252 644 473      
 Hotel Costa Verde 2 stars 4,5 km +351 252 298 600      
 Hotel Luso Brasileiro 2 stars 3,5 km +351 252 690 710      
 Hotel Torre Mar 2 stars 5,5 km +351 252 298 670