The PhD in Media Art and Communication promotes training and research in the fields of media art and creative industries. It aims to train researchers, artists and professionals to critically explore the vast array of objects and practices covered by current cultural and creative industries. This PhD program fosters applied artistic research through lab courses dedicated to cinema and sound, immersive and interactive technologies, digital curation, as well as theory and criticism.
The course plan allows the monitoring of each student in the structuring of the thesis since the 1st academic year, while the 2nd and 3rd years are exclusively dedicated to the thesis research and writing. The doctoral thesis can be developed either as a monograph, as a project or from research papers published in indexed journals.
The PhD program in Media Art and Communication has a great potential for internationalization, given the current growth of the creative industries, as well as considering the Lusófona University project approved by the EU to create a European University in Film and Media Arts named FILMEU - The European University for Film and Media Arts (Project: 101004047, EPP-EUR-UNIV-2020 - European Universities, EPLUS2020 Action Grant ).
The PhD classes are offered in English.
Ministerial Order 7441/2021, of 27 July
Accredited - A3ES Decision
Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS
Doctorate | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS
The following may apply for the study cycle:
a) Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent preferably in the areas of communication studies or artistic studies;
b) Holders of a bachelor's degree, who hold a particularly relevant curriculum that is recognized as attesting the
capacity for the achievement of this CE by the PhD Scientific Committee;
c) Holders of a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is recognized as attentive to the achievement of this
EC by the Scientific Committee of the doctorate, measured in particular according to the portfolio.
Documents required for the Application:
- Thesis pre-project;
- Letter of interest;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Identification document;
- Certificates of Qualifications.
The selection process includes a mandatory individual interview to assess your motivation and qualifications for
attending the course. Candidacy and selection takes place in an integrated manner. Slection based on 60% CV and 40%
Have completed a total of 180 ECTS
The PhD program aims to promote various learning opportunities, using multiple teaching methodologies and scientific activities in order to allow students to fully explore their technical and artistic skills in an R&D context.
Through artistic experimentation and critical evaluation of media objects and projects, the course plan aims to expose students to emerging and innovative areas of research in Media Arts. In particular, the plan aims to provide the students with knowledge and skills that enable them to develop projects both in central platforms or networks, and in emerging areas such as XR, AR and immersive technologies that today extend media domains to areas such as cultural heritage, tourism, curatorship, digital arts or interactive narratives.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
The EC's main learning objective is to acquire knowledge about contemporary relations between the media, the arts and culture and communication, reflecting on the multiple ways in which media technologies continue to materially recombine and to be reinvented in multiple industrial contexts, cultural and transnational. Today media studies must confront the media as objects in constant transformation and mutation that proliferate in our societies and influence the ways in which they are structured. This requires analytical skills and the ability to read these processes critically, placing the process of creation, reception and adoption in broader contexts, such as those of digitization or globalization / glocalization. This implies creatively exploring theoretical, technical and aesthetic tools, in order to develop a theoretical and applied device capable of critically exploring the aesthetic properties of media environments.
Equipments and venues
The PhD in Media Arts and Communication uses the teaching, laboratory and research facilities from the School of Communication/ULHT, namely the tools and equipment for research and artistic creation offered by the University's Audiovisual and Multimedia Production Center. This center includes several laboratories and four studios fully equipped for audiovisual and multimedia production. The center has more than 60 cameras of various formats, from 35 and traditional Super 16mm, to 4K digital cinema cameras, as well as sound post-production studios based on Avid ProTools technology and a total of 45 post-production high-end stations. The University also offers its students a MOCAP technology studio, and several laboratories dedicated to: mobile technologies and solutions for Smart TV; 3D technologies and games; 360º sound. In addition, CICANT's Early Visual Media Lab offers access to immersive historical equipments (stereoscopic viewers, polyoramas and optical views, magic lanterns and camera obscuras) with the aim of promoting digital remediation projects based on applied artistic research.
The PhD in Media Art and Communication focuses on the contemporary relationships between media, arts and culture, reflecting on the multiple combinations of media technologies in different cultural contexts. To this end, the PhD program combines its theoretical and practical aspects with research carried out at the Research Center for Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies (CICANT) at Universidade Lusófona, allowing its students to integrate ongoing research projects or other activities related to their research interests. The fact that CICANT has a thematic line of research dedicated to ¿Media Arts, Creative Industries and Technologies¿ promotes this articulation with the work carried out by PhD students. This broad and diversified training will allow the PhD student to creatively explore theoretical, technical and aesthetic tools that can be applied to the most diverse mediatized environments.
- Integration in the European University project FILMEU - The European University for Film and Media Arts, with strong implications in terms of mobility, integration of invited foreign professors, access to residency periods and research stays at institutions that are members of the consortium;
- Integration in the strategic project of the CICANT R&D unit with a research focus on Media Arts and Cultural and Creative Industries;
-The PhD is supervised by the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at ULHT, with strong training experience in this area and the best-ranked school in the competition to support higher education training at ICA - Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual. This Department is is also one a full member of CILECT, the world association of film and media schools.
- Connection to three international programs Erasmus Mundus Masters with consequent potential to attract top students;
- Faculty with a solid connection and relevant curriculum;
- High-quality equipment and facilities;
- Volume and size of approved and ongoing R&D projects where students can integrate;
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