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National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Faculty of Arts and Design

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Mission Statement

Integrate undergraduate and postgraduate professionals in visual arts, design and visual communication, with full capacity for integration into the professional and cultural field of our nation, as well as the development of competencies within international standards that allow an exercise of High level abroad. As well as generating knowledge and developing cultural extension projects, which strengthen their identity and extend it to all social layers. Finally, it aims to promote the creation and artistic and cultural production as a substantive object, in addition to guarding, enriching and disseminating the artistic heritage of more than 65,000 historical assets of which the FAD is a depository

International Role

El QS World University Rankings publicó el Ranking 2021 de las mejores Universidades de Arte y Diseño y nuestra Facultad ocupa el primer lugar en México. Desde la fundación de la Universidad Nacional en 1910, existe una relación académica con otras instituciones de educación superior fuera de nuestras fronteras. La actual Facultad de Artes y Diseño tiene actualmente fuertes vínculos con Argentina, Ecuador, Suiza, India, Japón y Costa Rica. Existen convenios y bases de colaboración con diversas universidades e instituciones internacionales con el fin de fortalecer la actividad académica, científica y cultural en áreas de interés común, así como promover vínculos que permitan diversificar la oferta académica y la movilidad.

National Role

There are agreements and bases of collaboration with various universities and national institutions with the purpose of strengthening academic, scientific and cultural activities in areas of common interest, as well as favoring ties that allow diversifying academic offer and mobility.
The links with public, private and social institutions also contribute to students and graduates participating in competitions, professional practices and inserting themselves into the productive sector of the areas of their competence.

Main Focus

The Bachelor of Visual Arts has the disciplinary fields in:

  • Photography 
  • Stamping 
  • Painting 
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture


The bachelor in Design and Visual Communication with the areas of deepening in:

  • Audiovisual and Hypermedia Media 
  • Iconicity and Environment
  • Graphic Edition
  • Graphic and Illustration.


The masters are of:

  • Initiation to the investigation
  • Professional deepening
  • Teaching

Doctorate is of:

  • Advanced and applied investigation

Faculties and Departments

Director de la Facultad de Artes y Diseño

  • Secretario general
  • Secretaria Académica
  • Secretaria administrativa
  • Secretaría de Planificación y Vinculación
  • Secretaría de Atención Integral a la Comunidad
  • Coordinación de Posgrados en Artes y Diseño





Bachelor Level Programs

  • Bachelor of Design and Visual Communication
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Art and Design

Duration 4 years






Master Level Programs

  • Maestría en Artes Visuales
  • Máster en Diseño y Comunicación Visual
  • Maestría en Enseñanza
  • Máster Cine Documental

Duración de 2 a 3 años


Research Activity and Main Areas

  • investigación artística
  • Investigación de diseño
  • Investigación en educación artística.
  • Investigación en educación del diseño
  • Investigación de materiales
  • Investigación de la teoría del arte
  • Investigación sobre colecciones de arte.


  • Investigación en maestrías y doctorados
  • Investigación de profesores de carrera.




Doctorate Level Programs

Doctorate in Arts and Design
Duration of 4 to 5 years



Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Las universidades en general son ofertadas para movilidad de pregrado y cada estudiante que desee realizar un proceso de movilidad deberá revisar la compatibilidad de planes de estudio que pudiera existir en las universidades ofertadas.

Application Deadlines

In bachelor's degree: 

  • Short training and research stays, during June
  • Training in SEP-UNAM Research Methods, during May
  • Degree for graduates through Professional Practices, first period during September, second period during November and third period during March
  • International student mobility call, during October

In Postgraduate there are:

  • Mobility stays, at the beginning of each semester, approximately at the beginning of August and the end of January

Teaching Languages

Para realizar una movilidad es importante contar con la certificación de algún idioma que requiera la universidad de destino. Los más solicitados son: inglés, francés y japonés.
El FAD incluye en sus programas de estudio la enseñanza del idioma inglés, no obstante, el estudiante que desee realizar alguna movilidad deberá obtener por su cuenta el nivel de titulación exigido.

Semester Dates

For students who visit the FAD the beginning and end of the semester is the same as regular students (February-May, August-November).
For FAD students who visit other universities in Central and South America they are the same and in Europe and Asia they are out of date for a month and a half.

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Dependiendo del país donde se realice, para movilidad estudiantil la beca total que otorga la UNAM a sus estudiantes de pregrado es de 3.125 a 4.565 €, y para Métodos de Investigación de 3.125 a 4.205 € 
Para estancias de movilidad 480 € mensuales 




Bachelor: 3,200
Master: Around 190
Doctorate: Around 95

Exchange Students

Incoming: Around 85
Outgoing: Around 75

Teaching Staff

Professors: 522
Lectures: 162
Other permanent teachers: 165
Part-time Teachers: 350

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