Optional Area of Journalism

Education objectives

1) To have up to date theoretical and methodological training in the field of Communication Sciences;
2) To understand the world from a critical point of view, in particular issues related to the phenomenon of communication;
3) To develop skills required to undertake theoretical and/or practical work in the field of Communication Sciences;
4) To be familiar with the different professional realities and opportunities within the field of study of the course;
5) To be familiar with the concepts, tools and methodologies required to exercise the profession in different areas of communication, namely:
a) in journalism and the news media,
b) in cinema, television and other audiovisual media,
c) in strategic and political communication,
d) in public relations,
e) in the field of artistic and cultural production, management and programming;
6) To be able to carry out innovative and experimental projects in the field of knowledge of the course;
7) To be able to reflect on one’s own personal development in relation to all academically relevant subject matters in the context of Communication Sciences.

General characterization

DGES code



Specialization Area



Access to other programs

Completion of the Licenciatura (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Marisa Rodrigues Pinto Torres da Silva

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 120 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, 30 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Despacho nº 16393/2011, DR, 2ª serie, nº 231, de 2 de Dezembro.
The degree of “licenciado” corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

This path is an option of

Bachelor in Communication Sciences

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at http://www.dges.gov.pt/guias/?plid=593 For more information about International Students please visit https://www.fcsh.unl.pt/internacional/estatuto-de-estudante-internacional/

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Conditional options (a) - The student chooses six curricular units from this set
Code Name ECTS
01105128  Digital Journalistic Creation     6.0
01105139 Journalistic Ethic 6.0
01105150 Entrepreneurial Journalism 6.0
01105161 Audio Journalism Lab 6.0
01105172 Visual Journalism Lab 6.0
01105183 News and Interview Laboratory 6.0
01105194 Feature Lab  6.0
01105205 Newsroom project 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 36
Conditional options (b) - The student chooses five curricular units from this set
Code Name ECTS
711011063 Analysis of Political Campaigns 6.0
711011058 Art and Communication 6.0
01105227 Organizational Communication 6.0
01105128  Digital Journalistic Creation     6.0
711011060 Visual Culture 6.0
01105273 Interaction Design  6.0
01105093 Cultural Economy and Creative Industries 6.0
01105139 Journalistic Ethic 6.0
01101760 Filmology 6.0
01101881 Photography 6.0
01105071 Fundamentals of Multimedia 6.0
01101853 Television Genres 6.0
711011056 Scriptwriting 6.0
01101825 History of the Cinema 6.0
01105238 Introduction to Strategic Communication 6.0
01105249 Introduction to Management 6.0
01105150 Entrepreneurial Journalism 6.0
01105161 Audio Journalism Lab 6.0
01105172 Visual Journalism Lab 6.0
01105284 Interactive Narrative Laboratory 6.0
01105183 News and Interview Laboratory 6.0
01105290 New Audio Technologies Laboratory 6.0
01105251 Advertising Lab 6.0
01105262 Public Relations Laboratory 6.0
01105194 Feature Lab  6.0
01101926 Marketing 6.0
01105326 Digital Methods 6.0
01105106 Practices in Arts and Communication 6.0
01101864 Television Direction and Production 6.0
01101836 Film Programming 6.0
01105117 Cultural Programming and Production      6.0
01105205 Newsroom project 6.0
711011070 Advertising 6.0
711011071 Public Relations 6.0
01105060 Digital Society 6.0
01101870 Image and Sound Technology 6.0
711011059 Theory of Culture 6.0
01101754 Theories of Drama and Performance 6.0
711011068 Textualities 6.0
01105337 Information Visualization 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 30
Code Name ECTS
01105046 Information Sciences and Technologies 6.0
01101672 Communication and Social Sciences 6.0
01101909 Contemporary Culture 6.0
01101782 Media Discourse 6.0
01105035 Media Geopolitics and Economics 6.0
01105054 Communication Ethics and Law 6.0
01105145 Journalism Studies 6.0
01101771 History of the Media 6.0
01105348 The Image History and Theory 6.0
01105216 Reporting 6.0
01101645 Argumentation and Rhetoric 6.0
01101735 Semiotics 6.0
01101683 Sociology of Communication 6.0
01101661 Theory of Communication 6.0
Free options may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by NOVA FCSH