Bachelor Degree in History of Art

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Academic year




Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Joana Rita da Costa Brites (joanabrites@hotmail.com)

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.
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.
Mode of Study
Access to Further Studies
Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).
Admission Requirements

One of the following exams: (06) Philosophy or (12) History of Culture and Arts or (11) History or (18) Portuguese. Minimum Grades: Application Grade: 95 points; Admission exams: 95 points; Calculation Formula: High School average: 50%; Admission exams: 50%.

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Recognition of Prior Learning
According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy 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.
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.
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

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

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-05-19 a 2021-05-18
R/A-Cr 37/2015 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2015-06-02