PhD in Fine Arts

The PhD in Fine Arts (pdAP) that is now presented has as the main principle bring to the investigative practice of contemporary arts a positioning that requires, first of all, a closer look at the context in which it develops and where it want to get involved. So we have to find some final answers to try to clarify the assumptions that present themselves as capable of providing operability to the course. Perhaps the central issue — still unresolved — but in extensive discussion a little everywhere, is what to do in relation to a thought that the last two centuries has been shaping the rules of knowledge according to a disciplinary matrix developed by experts and thinkers often inside the university. And so it was assimilating the speech that today almost forget the possibilities of knowledge to exclude this way. The conveying of artistic practice, once stated his only condition to claim the possibility to split the Hegelian schism of master and slave (theory and practice) in another form of knowledge in which the theory is taken and experienced in practice — the art as we know it starts there — today, amid the whirlwind of different ideas and positions that have formed, almost regimented feature, back to the need for a clarification of the notion, now by inclusion, that is, expanding their specific form of knowledge to territories that recognize research also this, as a widely form of knowledge.

It is proposed, therefore, an attempt of multi-faceting artistic activity in a territorial simultaneity that may inherently take up the so call contemporary art with the active participation in exhibitions and at the same time, research into more “Academic” moulds that a course of this level requires. However, trying to avoid the breakup and keeping the emphasis on inclusion, which calls for a kind of dialogue between the two territories but without the need of a winner. It is therefore from this principle that we can introduce the range of investigative possibilities open: to all those who have artistic practice but also for those who want to investigate this practices, that is, two visions that can live so endo and exogenous. But an investigation, howsoever heterodox that wants to present itself, represents and is represented by an act of search and quest towards an ever-deepening necessary. Thus, research obviously needs a theoretical component that allows the systematic practice in involving issues that there can and/or should leave but that, of course, do not leave that territory confine action to focus on pure production thinking from the practical experimentation that is developed. What we have here is again, the urgency of the conveying of artistic practice.


Fernando José Pereira

Scientific Comittee

Bernardo Pinto de Almeida
Fernando José Pereira
Catarina S. Martins

Teaching Staff

Bernardo Pinto de Almeida
Catarina S. Martins
Fernando José Pereira
Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro
Helder Gomes
Maria José Goulão

Generic objectives defined for the study programme

  • Understand Art and its practices as field of research, as well as invest in the individualization of a thorough research process  at a theoretical and practical level.

  • Approach the teaching process from the real working conditions for the researcher in the contemporary artistic practices as well as their integration in the production environments and reception of contemporary Art.

  • Develop its critical understanding and enhance the critical thinking as a form of artistic research and encourage the needs for crossings with knowledge with other fields of investigative and scientific intervention.

Organization of the study cycle

  • The Study Cycle is constituted by 180 ECTS credits.

  • The first curricular year awards 60 ECTS, and it corresponds to a non-degree course called “Doctoral Programme”, that includes the curricular units: Seminar; Artistic Research (methodological questions); Current Issues of Actual Art.

  • The Study Cycle is also constituted by 20 ECTS which correspond to the curricular units to support the writing of the thesis, organized in the 2nd and 3rd year (Research Questions I and Research Questions II) and Thesis (100 ECTS).

Plan of studies

1st year
Seminar – 40 ECTS
Artistic Research (methodological questions) – 10 ECTS
Current Issues of Actual Art – 10 ECTS

2nd and 3rd year
Research Questions I (2nd year) – 10 ECTS
Research Questions II (3rd year) – 10 ECTS
Thesis (2nd and 3rd year) – 100 ECTS

Applications HERE

Until 18 July 2019

  Documents required:

  • Qualification Certificate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of identity documents (passaport/ Identification card)
  • Research preliminary draft to be inserted in “Other documents considered relevant to the selection criteria” (mandatory)

Specific entry requirements

  • Holders of master’s degree or legal equivalent, in Arts and other related fields;

  • Holders of a foreign academic degree, in Arts and other related fields, conferred following a 2nd cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by an acceding State to this process;

  • Holders of an academic degree in Portugal or in a foreign country, that is recognized as satisfying the capacities to carry out this cycle of studies by the competent scientific board of the Faculty;

  • Holders of an artistic or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the competent scientific board of the Faculty.

Gabinete de pós-graduação
Telephone:  +351 225 192 412

Avenida de Rodrigues de Freitas, 265
4049–021 Porto | Portugal