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Digital Mediums

Code: MD111     Acronym: MD

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

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Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 112 Official Study Plan 2011 1 - 4,5 64 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
André Rangel Macedo

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 5 15,00
Ricardo Sá Carneiro Megre 6,00
Filipa Sofia Correia Carvalho e Cruz 2,00
Rodrigo Guerreiro Vaz Guedes de Carvalho 2,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 5 15,00
Rodrigo Guerreiro Vaz Guedes de Carvalho 1,00
Ricardo Sá Carneiro Megre 3,00
Filipa Sofia Correia Carvalho e Cruz 1,00

Teaching language



- Introduction to the techniques and technologies from digital media;
- Application of digital media in artistic practice context;
- Technology and workshop fundamentals for that practice;
- Know the mechanisms and processes relatives to the audio-visual production with digital media;
- Development of exercises and projects that solidify both technical and theoretical knowledge about the operation of digital media;
- Creating broadened habits and work methodologies while valuing experimentation.

Learning outcomes and competences

- The results and skills will be fitted in the environment of introduction to the technologies and in the context of artistic practice.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



Digital image - bitmap and vector;

Intro to the techniques of producing digital images;

Properties of the different apparatus used in digital production:

- foundations of hardware, software and peripheral devices;

- basic notions of processing digital images;

- introduction to the study of color (additive and subtractive).

Production, import and export of images:

- dimension and resolution;

- compression;

- storage;

- image formats;

- suports;

- printing;

- playback;

- processing and rendering;

- editing;

- scanning opaque and transparent images and digital cameras.


Creating, appropriation, editing and manipulation  of static and moving images:

- Import, editing and export;

- Compositing, cutting;

- Application, editing and post-production;

Mandatory literature

Baudrillard Jean; Simulacros e simulação. ISBN: 972-708-141-X
Agamben Giorgio; What is an apparatus?. ISBN: 978-0-8047-6230-4
Himanen Pekka; The^hacker ethic. ISBN: 0-375-50566-0
Kerckhove Derrick de; A^pele da cultura. ISBN: 972-708-341-2
McLuhan Marshall; Os^ meios de comunicação como extenções do homem. ISBN: 85-316-0258-0
Benjamin Walter; Sobre arte, técnica, linguagem e política. ISBN: 972-708-1770
McLuhan Marshall; The medium is the massage

Teaching methods and learning activities

Introduction to the main materials and techniques often used in the creation of digital images, as well as introduction to the specific languages associated to them. Guided assignments where the proposals are oriented towards laboratorial knowledge, with the goal of stimulating different levels of experimentation. The corse content will be studied with the support of visual references and specific literature, giving a framework to support student’s proposals and stimuli for creative work.  


Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho laboratorial 80,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 20,00
Trabalho laboratorial 80,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendence of more 70% of classes, average of the projects' grades positive

Calculation formula of final grade

Distributed evaluation without a final exam, corresponding 20% of the final grade to activities developed during classes and 80% to projects. All components are required.
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