Glass and Ceramic Art and Science

Education objectives

Both ceramic and glass share several essential raw materials and also the similarity of some manufacture processes and mechanical properties of the final products. This affinity and the advantage of working in common territories led to the creation of the VICARTE - Glass and Ceramic for the Arts (, a transdisciplinary research unit, exploring the intersection between Art and Science and allowing the promotion and sharing of knowledge and methodologies between these two fields.

The Master in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science creates an innovative program and the possibility of effective transdisciplinarity between fields related to art and science. This course aims to introduce glass and ceramics as materials to be explored for use in art. In the depth of this parallel and cross treatment, in its reflection and practice, the conditions for the emergence of new results are created. It is hoped that along this route, students will explore these relationships in the scope of authorial signalling, improve critical skills and benefit from training and streamlining communication skills and dissemination of results as an integral part of the projects being worked on.

Career opportunities

It is the objective of this master to give artists and designers the fundamental tools to develop an artistic activity or to be integrated into the design industry of the ceramic and glass, contributing to the increase of creativity in these areas.

This master''s degree is also open to graduates in exact sciences, who will be able to bridge the gap between art and science and contribute to innovation in various technological processes involving these materials.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Márcia Gomes Vilarigues

Opening date





Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 4000 € (1st year); 2000 € (2nd year)



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years
120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional

Art and Science of Glass and Ceramic

ACVC 54 0

Social Sciences and Humanities

CSH 6 0
Exact and Material Sciences CEM 21 0
Design DE 3 0
Design / Sculpture / Painting DE / E / P 24 0

Sciences of Art and Cultural Heritage

CAP 6 0
Any Scientific Area  QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 114 4

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVAwhich includes units offered in a 2nd cycle of  FCT NOVA or in a 2nd cycle of FAB-UL.

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12188 Science and Technology of Glass and Ceramic I 6.0
12189 Ceramics Studio I 6.0
12205 Glass Studio I 6.0
12191 Introduction to Chemistry 3.0
12192 Research Methodologies 6.0
12190 Seminar in Art, Design and Science I 3.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12193 Science and Technology of Glass and Ceramic II 6.0
12194 Ceramics Studio II 6.0
12204 Glass Studio II 6.0
12196 History of Glass and Ceramic 3.0
12195 Seminar in Art, Design and Science II 3.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12197 Science and Technology of Glass and Ceramic III 6.0
3.º Semester - Seminário
Code Name ECTS
12200 Seminar of the Internship in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 24.0
12198 Seminar of the Master Thesis in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 24.0
12199 Seminar of the Project in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 24.0
O aluno deverá obter 24.0 créditos nesta opção.
4.º Semester - Dissertação/Projecto/Estágio
Code Name ECTS
12201 Master Thesis in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 30.0
12203 Internship in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 30.0
12202 Project in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science 30.0
O aluno deverá obter 30.0 créditos nesta opção.