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Master in Art Studies

The Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP) is an institution for Art and Design education and research with strong links to professional practice and the public sphere. The MA in Art Studies offers a creative and stimulating environment for students coming from diverse academic and professional fields who want to creatively and critically broaden the scope of their professional activities within the art world.

The program provides a solid theoretical and critical basis for those who wish to pursue research oriented projects and a diversity of skills needed to build a professional career as an independent curator, a cultural programmer or work in an art institution.

The MA in Art Studies program establishes links with other MA and with PhD programs in FBAUP and the University of Porto by sharing classes and seminars with Art Practice, Art Education, Design, Multimedia, Art History and Museology graduate programs. It fosters relationships with partners in the cultural sector participating in multidisciplinary projects inside and outside the school. Students’ research or professional projects are often developed within cultural institutions both public and private which are part of the MA in Art Studies network of formal and informal partnerships.


The MA in Art Studies (MEA) aims to provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and develop critical thinking about contemporary art theories and practices and their cultural context of production, and reception and prepare students for a professional career in the art world.

Fields of Specialization

The MA program in Art Studies (MEA) offers a choice of two paths, which intercept in shared courses, some mandatory, other elective, to investigate articulations between practice and theory in contemporary art:

  • Art Theory and Criticism explores areas of interception of art history, theory and criticism as means to promote critical understanding of questions raised by modern and contemporary - practices.

  • Museum and Curatorial Studies examines, questions and develops strategies and contexts for the collection, preservation, presentation and mediation of works of art and design.

Employment Prospects

  • Writing and publishing about art,

  • Cultural mediation,

  • Collections management,

  • Organization of exhibitions e other cultural events,

  • Collaboration with museums, collections and art galleries in different capacities such as curator, registrar, researcher, educator, producer, communicator.

General information

Official Code: M995
Director: Lúcia Matos
Acronym: MEA
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2006/2007
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Art Studies - Art Theory and Criticism (120 ECTS credits)
  • Art Studies - Museum and Curatorial Studies (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialty in Art Theory and Criticism (60 ECTS credits)
  • Specialty in Museum and Curatorial Studies (60 ECTS credits)

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