Master degree in Curatorial Studies

College of Arts

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Delfim José Gomes Ferreira Sardo (delfim.sardo@me.com)

General Objectives of the Course
The need for the creation of a Master in Curatorial Studies stems from the expansion of the artistic mediation
systems in a globalized world, but also from the recognition that curatorial training provides adequate
competencies to the diverse tasks of sensibilizing audiences to contemporary art, its public critical presentation
and the integration in museological structures.
The MCS aims to train professionals in artistic mediation able to integrate institutions devoted to the production
and artistic mediation, either museums, exhibition spaces, galleries, or support the taking care of art collections.It
also aims to develop specific skills in the development of contemporary art cultural programs.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The Master in Curatorial Studies intends to develop in the students the following skills:
1. Deepen the knowledge of contemporary art acquired in the students former academic career.
2. To produce situations of real confrontation between artistic proposals and the audiences and their curatorial
3. To know and use fluently critical and aesthetic criteria
4. To master the critical discourse of contemporary art
5. To structure and mediate artistic knowledge
6. To be able of writing diferent types of critical texts
7. To master the processes and languages of the exhibition as an apparatus
8. To be familiar with museum procedures, both in curatorial, production and conservation areas
9. The course also aims to develop competences in terms of cultural production, preparing the students for tasks of
cultural management in a multicultural context.
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 tertiary level, including studies of post-graduate or PhD
Admission Requirements

Can apply to this course those who:
- have a 1st degree in Architecture, Fine Arts, Artistic Studies, Philosophy, History of Art, Sociology or other
academic, cultural, artistic or professional legally considered as proficiency to the course.

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 qualification framework is in Decree-Law No. 74/2006 of March 24, amended and republished by Decree No. 107/2008, of June 25, Ordinance No. 782/2009, of July 23
Professional Goals
Exhibition Curator and Research in Contemporary Art.
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 master degree is conferred on those who, after concluding all the curricular units that integrate the curriculum of the master program and the approval of the public act of the dissertation or project work have obtained the number of ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2017-02-10 a 2023-02-09
R/A-Cr 194/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-11-10