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History and Theory of Image

Code: HTI104     Acronym: HTI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Design

Instance: 2015/2016 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Ciências da Arte e do Design
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Image Design

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDI 33 Plano Oficial 2011 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Dinis Miguel de Almeida Cayolla Ribeiro

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Dinis Miguel de Almeida Cayolla Ribeiro 2,00

Teaching language



The presence constant of the audiovisual in contemporary society compels us to a continuous and close contact with various types of image. Through film, television, internet, video games or mobile phone we received a huge flow of images that we consume often indiscriminately. This visuality extremely complex implies new kinds of visual literacy, in order to a better understanding of the reality that surrounds us. Image theory seeks to promote this kind of reflection from a very diverse set of images produced and disseminated nowadays.

Learning outcomes and competences

The result of learning is reflected in a set of knowledge, skills and capabilities in terms of critical thinking that students may use in their professional practice and artistic.

Working method



The discipline program is organized into two main modules subdivided into several topics:

1. Historical and Philosophical Precedents

- Short history of image 

- From Kant to "school of suspicion"

2. Theories of Images

- Ideology and Theory Critique

- Psychoanalysis

- Semiotics

- Art History

Mandatory literature

Lois Tyson; Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide, Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 978-0415974103
Sunil Manghani, Arthur Piper, Jon Simons; Images: a reader, Sage, 2006. ISBN: 978-1412900454

Teaching methods and learning activities

Throughout the semester will be used various methods of teaching - expository, interrogative, demonstrative and active - in order to enable better acquisition of diverse content.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Prova oral 35,00
Trabalho escrito 65,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Oral communication (15 minutes) = 35%
Written paper (3000-5000 words) 65%
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