PhD in Contemporary Arts

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD in Contemporary Art of the Colégio das Artes provides an interdisciplinary training in the field of Contemporary Art, which is focused on the development by its students of a reflexive, integrated and interdisciplinary, critical apparatus. The course has the following objectives: 1. the development of specific skills in the field of contemporary Art in the fields of study based research and academic research as well as in artistic practice; 2. The promotion of artistic excellence; 3. The implementation of good research practices in contemporary art; 4. the promotion of artistic practices that result from a critical attention to the world of contemporary culture.

Admission Requirements

The PhD program aims to welcome candidates linked with Arts or other academic and professional fields with skills to interact on the field of Contemporary Art and interested in developing specific competencies in the areas of advanced research as in its practice, thus promoting the artistical excellence. Can apply to it those who: 1. have a Master degree or a legal similar course; 2. have a 1st cycle degree, with an academic or scientific CV mainly relevant and recognized by the Scientific Council of CA as having the requirements to follow this course; 3. have ana academic, scientific or professional CV legal recognized as having the requirements to attend the PhD program.O

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese, English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The pedagogical resources and the curricular dynamics aim to provide students with research skills and know-how enabling them to develop, in an academic environment, theoretical production and critical writing capacities with due bibliographical and methodological framework interacting within an academic perspective their proficiency in the art and cultural systems. The curriculum main goal is the achievement of a doctoral thesis. An increased effort is made, both in the syllabus and in the tutorial monitoring, to ensure that a connection between theory and practice is a fundamental and established procedure in the relationship that students have both with the academic culture where they move around within an interdisciplinary logic as well as with the practices in which they are professionally involved. The 1st year curricula of the PhD course is defined by........

Course Coordinator(s)

António José Olaio Correia de Carvalho

Pedro Filipe Rodrigues Pousada

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

José Augusto Maçãs da Silva Carvalho

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Ex: The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

Conclusion of 180 ECTS in the scientific area of Contemporary Art (AC), with the presentation of the final work (Thesis) in public examination.

Study Programme

Contemporary Arts

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5797

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 1750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


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