PhD in Artistic Studies - Art and Mediations

Education objectives

1. Acquisition of high level analytical skills for the critical evaluation of artistic processes of creation and circulation;
2. Acquisition of methodological and theoretical tools for carrying out advanced and innovative levels of research in the field of art studies with the objective of completing a doctoral degree thesis or, in the case of work of art based doctoral degrees, the fundamentation required for such recognition;
3. Understanding the transversal nature of artistic objects, their influences and the implications for structuring social, political and cultural life;
4. Capacity to set out the development and the results of advanced Artistic study research as well as participate in national and international academic events in this field or publications in peer-reviewed journals;
5. Capacity to apply the knowledge acquired to new problematic issues related to the field of Artistic Studies and their implications for the epistemologies of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

A Doctorate is a final qualification.


João Mário Grilo; Margarida Brito Alves / Maria Irene Aparício

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Length: 8 semesters. Total credits: 240 credits (90 from curricular units + 150 credits from the non teaching component). Non teaching component modalities: Thesis. Number of credits as free-elective optionals: 20 credits. The free-elective seminars can be chosen among curricular units from the postgraduate training offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH/NOVA), in other units of NOVA University of Lisbon, or other national or foreign Higher Education institutions, by agreement or protocol.

Conditions of admittance

1. Candidates must meet the conditions established by national law, by the regulations of the New University of Lisbon, and satisfy at least one of the following conditions: a) To hold a degree of Master or legally equivalent; b) To hold a degree of License or legally equivalent, and to detain a particularly relevant scientific, academic or artistic curriculum that can be recognized by the Scientific Council of FCSH/NOVA as enough capacity for following this study cycle; c) To detain a particularly relevant scientific, academic, artistic or professional curriculum that can be recognized by the Scientific Council of FCSH/NOVA as enough capacity for following this study cycle. 2. The recognition mentioned in b) and c) will be based on two recommendations produced by holders of doctoral degrees that are considered as specialists in the domain. 3. Candidates should submit a letter of intentions and a research program articulated with the Doctoral Course.

Evaluation rules

O ciclo de estudos conducente ao grau de doutor integra a realização de um curso de doutoramento constituído por unidades curriculares dirigidas à formação para a investigação; a realização de uma tese original e especialmente elaborada para este fim, adequada à natureza do ramo de conhecimento ou da especialidade e que contribua para o alargamento das fronteiras do conhecimento. As unidades curriculares de tipo seminário são classificadas na escala numérica de 0-20. A classificação final do curso de doutoramento é expressa pelas fórmulas Aprovado ou Não Aprovado. Nos casos de aprovação, a classificação final do curso de doutoramento é expressa no intervalo 10-20 na escala numérica de 0-20, fazendo a média aritmética das classificações, na qual as unidades curriculares com 10 ECTS. A classificação final da tese é expressa pelas fórmulas de Aprovado ou Recusado por votação nominal justificada não sendo permitidas abstenções.