The Master in Fine Arts is based on a horizontal training model that participates in the artistic and social context through exhibition, installation, publication and other forms of public exposure. It intends to deepen the studies of the First Cycle in Fine Arts in its three branches, Painting, Sculpture and Multimedia and transversally in the Drawing and at the same time to create the possibility for students of similar degrees, to be able to develop specific skills in the production, collaborative work, exhibition and motive of their artistic practice. The philosophy behind this new fbaup course, which has four areas of specialization: Drawing, Sculpture, Intermedia and Painting, results from the new standards of creativity and knowledge, by the heterogeneous way they position themselves before art and, through it, in the university and in society. These standards, adapt approaches of an ever broader disciplinary base, but also hybrid forms that move among various disciplinary territories, recognizing the heterogeneity of perspectives in the same cycle of studies as a fundamental condition of artistic thought. This coexistence of subjects and know-how is what will gradually allow the student to modulate his own discourse, to construct unforeseen or under-utilized paths within the same plane, integrating them into a cultural heritage that enables them to situate, understand and relate their work both with the artistic world as well as the social context where he lives and works. To prepare a young artist to position himself in this heterogeneous space that the art entails, without complexes, demands new perspectives also in the dynamics and competences that are offered, with emphasis on the relation of the practice of the studio with the outside, in order to promote a more qualified artistic formation, positioning constructor against the challenges of internationalization, and simultaneously facing the challenges of internationalization with a more flexible organization.

The course is structured in an experimental regime of work in Studio coordinated by one or more teachers. The subjects are taken by a professor of the faculty, who coordinates the participation of external guests.
The studio/atelier works permanently in a free regime, being accompanied in the corresponding curricular hours. The work of studio/atelier may be accompanied by workshops with artists invited to perform on their own schedule.

Pedro Tudela

Scientific Comittee
Cristina Mateus
Francisco Laranjo
Pedro Maia
Rute Rosas

Teaching Staff
Cláudia Amandi
Cristina Mateus
Dinis Cayolla
Francisco Laranjo
Graciela Machado
Jorge Marques
Mário Bismarck
Miguel Leal
Norberto Jorge
Paulo Almeida
Pedro Maia
Pedro Tudela
Rute Rosas
Sílvia Simões
Teresa Almeida

Invited Lecturers
Aida Castro
Arlindo Silva
Miguel von Hafe Pérez
Sofia Ponte


  • Approach the teaching process to the actual working conditions for the contemporary artist as well as their insertion in the production and reception environments of the current art
  • Potentiate the critical spirit as a form of artistic research
  • Provide an intellectual and creative environment where students develop their potential as artists in the various areas of their interests
  • Emphasize the relationship between studio practice and the social and cultural context through exposure, publication, installation or other forms of presentation
  • Provide specific skills in the elaboration and participation in collaborative projects of artistic practices
  • Develop in students a high level critical awareness, providing a cross-knowledge of concepts, critical texts and historical sources directly related to artistic practice and research
  • Develop test methods based on artistic practice that support the project of each one and reinforce the communicability of their results in a reasoned and coherent way
  • Finally, provide guidance and technological resources in the diversity of creative media that support studio work

The cycle of studies leading to the Master Degree in Fine Arts integrates:

  • A non-degree masters course (Curricular component) consisting of an organized set of curricular units in a total of 60 ECTS credits, taught in the 1st year of the course
  • A dissertation of a scientific nature or a project, and specially realized for this purpose, and a complementary curricular unit (“Study and Research Practices”), in a total of 60 ECTS credits

Study Plan

1st year
Seminars of Research Methodologies I (1S 3 ECTS)
Any curricular unit of the 2nd Cycle of the University of Porto (1S 6 ECTS)
Any curricular unit of the 2nd Cycle of the University of Porto (2S 6 ECTS)

Drawing Specialization
Drawing Studio (A 30 ECTS)
Seminars of Research Methodologies II (2S 3 ects)

Sculpture Specialization
Sculpture Studio (A 30 ECTS)
Seminars of Research Methodologies II (2S 3 ects)

Intermedia Specialization
Intermedia Studio (A 30 ects)
Seminars of Research Methodologies II (2S 3 ects)

Painting Specialization
Painting Studio (A 30 ects)
Seminars of Research Methodologies II (2S 3 ects)

2nd year
Dissertation/Project (A 54 ects)
Study and Research Practices (1S 6 ects)

Applications HERE


Until 18 July 2018




  • Holders of a degree or legal equivalent in the fine arts area or other related areas
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree in the fine arts area or other related areas, conferred following a 1st Cycle of Studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process or by an acceding State to this process
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as satisfying the objectives of Bachelor degree by the competent scientific board of the Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Holders of an artistic curriculum, scientific or professional that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the competent scientific board of the Faculty of Fine Arts

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

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