Bachelor's Degree in Art History

General Objectives of the Course

To ensure a solid education in the field of Art History, working in close articulation with the broader universe of Humanities.
To identify, recognize, interpret and value the historical-artistic legacy.
To transmit the acquired knowledge with quality and to adapt it to different kinds of publics.
To stimulate a critical articulation of the different scientific areas related to Art History.
To enhance the ability of a contemporary intervention on cultural heritage.
To promote the training of skilled agents capable of encouraging an informed and critical fruition of the cultural and artistic heritage.
To stimulate civic consciousness through the perception of art as a testimony of human existence and also as an important tool in the questioning and understanding of the contemporary world.
To foster a critical and constructive awareness of the social and cultural role of art history.
To promote the understanding of the importance of the artistic heritage as a vector identity.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

One of the following subjects:
06 Philosophy
12 History of Culture and Arts
11 History
18 Portuguese

Application score: 95 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 95 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

The Bachelor’s degree in History of Art provides graduate students a solid training that enables them to continue their studies not only in History of Art (Master’s degree and PhD), but also in complementary fields, such as Museology or Sciences of Patrimony and Cultural Tourism. If graduate students wish to join the job market, they are qualified to work in central and local administration bodies, foundations, private organizations, museums, monuments, patrimony sites and companies. They are qualified to work in the following areas: Education, Research, Inventory, Specialized counseling (projects), Cultural management, Conceptualization of expositions, Event Manager, Dissemination and educational services, Media, Cultural tourism,• Publishing and art market.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

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

Ability to analyze and synthesize;
Ability to handle complex and contradictory sources and data;
Qualified oral and written expression;
Acquaintance with new technologies;
Ability to plan and manage projects;
Dinamism and initiative;
Ability to work in group.

1. Comprehensive knowledge about the human past in general, and the History of European Art and Portuguese Art History in particular;
2. Correct use of specific Art History vocabulary;
3. Ability to analyze art-historical processes critically and theoretically;
4. Critical approach to sources and production of artistic historiography;
5. Interdisciplinary perspective;
6. Perception of the social value of art-historical knowledge.

Course Coordinator(s)

Joana Filipa da Fonseca Antunes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Sandra Patrícia Antunes Ferreira da Costa Saldanha e Quadros

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 nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; and Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 180 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).

Study Programme

History of Art
History of Art With Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9182

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-07-31 a 2028-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 37/2015