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Contexts and Practices of Illustration

Code: MCPI501     Acronym: MCPI5

Classification Keyword
CNAEF Design

Instance: 2020/2021 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Design
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDGPE 32 Plano de Estudos do MDGPE_Publicação em DR de 04/11/2016 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Júlio Fernando Dolbeth e Costa Henriques da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 6,00
Júlio Fernando Dolbeth e Costa Henriques da Silva 3,00
Rui Paulo Vitorino dos Santos 3,00

Teaching language



Context and Practices of Illustration intends to position itself as a place for conscious and practice of illustration, focused on its narrative approach. The main objectives of this curricular unity are:

1 - Study the different definitions of illustration and its action fields in contemporary editorial context.

2 - Consider the grammar for illustration that defines its multiple occurrences as a visual expression.

3 - Study its formal, conceptual and historical context searching for its differences and similarities.

4 - Feature different audiences in order to define the variety of public in illustration.

5 - To map the territories in which illustration takes action, from global to local communities.

6 - Find means of dissemination of contemporary illustration in Portugal.

7 - As a result, is expected the development and practice of visual speech based on own research and self-awareness.

Learning outcomes and competences

It is intended to raise awareness of the importance of illustration in editorial projects. Autonomy in research and development of practical projects that operate on different fields of illustration that are addressed during the semester.

Working method



The manifestations of illustration, sometimes with ephemeral and effervescent approach, reflect most of the times about a society aware of its tradition and modernity. Thus, the illustration acquires its own language where often support and context claim themselves as a platform for the  narratives. The book, the periodical publishing, poster or advertising among others boost the development of complementary images in the interpretation of text and the content of narrative. The illustrated images may assume themselves as experiment and build of independent imaginaries. There will be privileged self-publishing work.

There will be used as study-work, illustrated images divided in four different approaches:

Narrative and Fiction




Mandatory literature

Heller, Steven; Chwast, Seymour; Illustration: A Visual History
McSweeney´s editors; More Things Like This
Male, Allan; Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective
Noble, Ian; Bestley, Russel; Visual Research (second edition): An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design
Zeegen, Lawrence; The Fundamentals of Illustration - Second edition

Teaching methods and learning activities

There will be provided material for analysis and discussion. Will be presented projects to develop upon the subjects that are being addressed during classes. There will be produced projects that affirm and reflect the use of illustration as part of visual narrative, in its editorial perspective according to a transdisciplinary model.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 30,00
Trabalho de campo 30,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 45,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Trabalho de campo 20,00
Trabalho de investigação 52,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Final rating equal to or higher than 10

Calculation formula of final grade

Methods used for evaluation are provided by the General Assessment of UP as well as effective participation in various stages of evaluation, research capacity and response to different exercises.

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