PhD in Contemporary Arts

College of Arts

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Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

1750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

António José Olaio Correia de Carvalho (a.olaio@sapo.pt)

Pedro Filipe Rodrigues Pousada (pedro-pousada@netcabo.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António José Olaio Correia de Carvalho (a.olaio@sapo.pt)

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 tis students of a reflexive, integrated and
interdisciplinary, critical apparatus. Colegio das Artes has the following objectives: 1. The development of specific
skills in the field of contemporary art in the fields of studio 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
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 first year curricula of the PhD course is defined by two seminars respectively the Contemporary Art Seminars
(CAS) I on the 1st semester and CAS II on the 2nd semester.
This twofold outline implies a pedagogical interaction between students and the various conference participants
and it provides, through tutorial sessions, specific data concerning the build-up of a thesis project. The 1st
semester concludes its evaluation process through a report where PhD students demonstrate a critical and
reflective analysis of one of the sessions of the conference series "Artes do Colégio". This report is a qualitative
measurement of the critical and creative approach that students possess to the interdisciplinary subjects
discussed and problematized during the conferences. It also infers the technical knowledge that students already
show of the standards and criteria that are implicated in the writing process of an academic document. How they
manage international conventions on source quoting, how they understand qualitative differentiation of primary and
secondary sources and how they compare and contrast information and handle different modes of verbalizing their
rationale.The 2nd semester, which has also a binary approach through invited conference speakers and tutorial sessions,
concludes its course with a moment of qualitative assessment which is the submission and presentation of a
written Thesis Project to an evaluation panel. In this context students are exposed to an assessment environment
much similar to a viva voce where their debating and communication skills are tested.
The thesis writing stage refers to a structured and consistent construction of an academic document or, instead, to
a productive partnership between a theoretical context and the empirical, studio based art practice. All these
evaluation moments are carried out through the engagement of students in the teaching/learning process, in the
curriculum organization and in the contemporary art and cultural events that outline the Colégio das Artes as an
active and differentiating partner within the University of Coimbra relationship with the Artworld.
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
The qualification gives access to further academic training, namely Post PhD studies.
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 developping specific competencies in the areas of
advanced research as in its practice, thus promoting the artistical excelence. Can apply to it those who: 1. have a
Master degree or a legal similar course; 2. have a 1st cycle degree, with na academic or scientific CV mainly
relevant and recognized by the Scientific Council of CA as having the requirements to follow this course; 3. have an
academic, scientific or professional CV legal recognized as having the requirements to attend the PHD programm.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Part of the ECTS may be acquired by means of accreditation of the training accomplished in Portuguese or international congeneric institutions.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording
Professional Goals
Research in Contemporary Arts.
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 assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

The PhD degree is granted to those who, by means of a successful assessment in the whole curricular units of the master’s course studies’ plan and the successful assessment in the public defense of the PhD dissertation or the project work, have obtained the established number of ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2011-12-12
R/A-Ef 1513/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18