Doctorate Program in Art Studies

General Objectives of the Course

The 3rd cycle, which grants a PhD degree, intends to consolidate a course that began in 2002.
This PhD provides a transversal training in Arts and intends to:
a) further develop the specialization course that started in the 2nd cycle;
b) develop feasible highly autonomous research projects;
c) develop the conceptualization (formal, technical, expressive, social and political) of arts and performing arts in particular;
d) promote the theoretical and critical mobilization of the archive in a time marked by the circulation and undifferentiated appropriation of memory.
The PhD meets the specific goals of art studies in the academic context and aims also to establish an expert dialogue between research, experimentation and contemporary creation.

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of an MA in Artistic Studies or any other field, whose scientific and professional curriculum was duly evaluated and whose thesis project has been successfully accepted by a professor with a PhD who is also a member of the scientific board of the course;
b) Holders of a BA with a relevant academic or scientific curriculum considered fit for enrollment on this cycle of studies by FLUC’s Scientific Council and whose thesis project has been successfully accepted by a professor with a PhD who is also a member of the scientific board of the course;
c) Holders of an academic, professional or scientific curriculum considered fit for enrollment on this cycle of studies by FLUC’s Scientific Council and whose thesis project has been successfully accepted by a professor with a PhD who is also a member of the scientific board of the course.

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

Professional Goals

- Programmer, Cultural Manager or Advisor in cultural centers, museums, cinematheques, cinemas and theaters, orchestras, theater companies, publishing houses, foundations, associations, municipalities, business structures, etc.
- Author, Producer or Assistant in cultural and artistic projects in the fields of cinema, photography and audiovisual media, music, theater and performing arts in general.
- Teacher or researcher.
- Cultural journalist.

Mode of Study

The course is taught in the daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The learning outcomes to be attained by students have been previously described in the formulation of the general goals of this cycle of studies. Given that the final assignment of this course can take the form of a dissertation or of
the theoretical-critical foundation of an artistic project, two somewhat different types of learning outcomes should be highlighted. On one hand, the development of the abilities to research for and write an original thesis in the field of one of the arts of this course, along with its corresponding reasoning and line of argument. On another hand, the mobilization of creative abilities in the elaboration of an artistic project, followed by the critical self-reflection inherent to its contextualization, foundation and analysis.
Hence, these outcomes are attained through the writing of a PhD thesis with a strong theoretical research component, in which the fulfillment of the four mentioned goals is assessed in their consistency, depth, originality
and critical dimension. The fulfillment of the goals can also be assessed in the presentation of a duly reasoned work or project after their completion. In this case, the fulfillment of the goals will be assessed considering the
internal articulation between the presented arguments and the nature of the work they are based on, as well as by analyzing the originality and creativity put into the mentioned artistic work.
Since course work is developed under the guidance of a supervisor, some partial learning outcomes need to be attained, such as the mastery of conceptual and theoretical frameworks, bibliographical research and critical analysis. The attainment of these outcomes is assessed by considering the annual reports that students must write and present to their supervisors. The ability to summarize and present these partial outcomes is tested in annual meetings, in which students from the three branches of the course present the progress of their research work to their colleagues and to professors associated to the course, accepting their criticism and suggestions.
This course has no curricular component. However, at the same time, it has a crossdisciplinary nature and it is linked to other PhD courses of the University of Coimbra. Hence, following the suggestion of their corresponding
supervisors, some students attain the skills inherent to this cycle of studies by attending some PhD seminars from similar courses, such as the Course in Contemporary Art (College of Arts of the University of Coimbra), the Course
in Materialities of Literature (Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra) and PhD courses lectured within the scope of the research centers associated to the professors and to the Course in Artistic Studies, such as the PhD in Contemporary Studies (CEIS20) and the PhD in Languages and Heterodoxies: History, Poetics and Social Practices (CES), among others.

Course Coordinator(s)

Fernando Matos de Oliveira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

José António Oliveira Martins

Sérgio Emanuel Dias Branco

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

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

The degree will be awarded after the completion of an original thesis or the presentation of a piece of artistic work with its respective memory and theoretical grounding. Both must be discussed and submitted to a scientific jury for public defense.

Access to Further Studies

Post doctoral.

Study Programme

Common core
Doctorate Program in Art Studies
Areas of expertise
Arts/Drama and Performance Studies
Arts/Film and Image Studies
Arts/Music Studies

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5353

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


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