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Visual Devices

Code: MDIDV     Acronym: MDIDV

Classification Keyword
CNAEF Design

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: 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 16 Plano de Estudos do MDI_Publicação em DR de 03/11/2016 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Manuel da Silva Fernandes de Carvalho Carneiro

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Susana Cruz Barreto 3,00

Teaching language



The main objective of the Subject of Visual Devices is to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge in which the image, fixed and in movement, assumes a decisive role for the development of research projects.

The discipline is divided between the exploration of technological support, inseparable from the capture of images, and research methods allied to the construction of a critical spirit through the analysis, understanding and discussion of examples in the context of the area of experimentation and reflection around specific projects. This approach is associated with an informed and integrative perspective on the relationship between visual devices and research and project practice.

Learning outcomes and competences

- Understand the historical and cultural complexity of visual devices;
- Be able to problematize the regimes of visibility and enunciation of images from a critical perspective of visual media;
- Develop knowledge about research and experimentation methods for carrying out projects involving the production and dissemination of the image (still or moving).

Working method



Classes will take place in two phases, the first expository/debate part and the second, of practical application of theoretical knowledge and in line with the students' research projects.

— Historical contextualization of visual devices;
— Critical and taxonomic perspective;
— Research methods;
— Image analysis;
— Exhibition of projects supported by visual devices;
— Image manipulation;
— Finalization of projects;
— Presentation supports.

Mandatory literature

Jonathan Crary; Techniques of the observer. ISBN: 0-262-53107-0
Vilém Flusser; Ensaio sobre a fotografia
André Parente (Org.); Imagem-Máquina: A Era das Tecnologias do Virtual, 34, 1993. ISBN: 978-85-85490-27-0
Mangueira, Camila; A Mobilidade Fotográfica. In Novas Formas do Audiovisual, Estação das Letras e das Cores, 2016. ISBN: 978-8568552483
Machado, Arlindo; El Paisaje Mediático, Libros de Rojas, 2000. ISBN: 9S0-29-oSHz-z
Machado, Arlindo; Arte e Mídia, Jorge Zahar, 2007. ISBN: 978-8571109797
Raymond Bellour; Between the images. ISBN: 978-3-03764-144-6
Nöth, Winfried; Bishara, Nina; Self-Reference in the Media, Mouton de Gruyter, 2007. ISBN: 978-3-11-019464-7
Virilio, Paul; The Vision Machine: Perspectives. ISBN: ISBN 978-0253209016

Complementary Bibliography

Jacques Aumont; L. image. ISBN: 2-09-190706-5
Baitello, Norval; O Pensamento Sentado, 2012. ISBN: 978-85-7431-509-6
Bellour, Raymond; A Querela dos Dispositivos, 2008. ISBN: 2177-8566
Walter Benjamin; Sobre arte, técnica, linguagem e política. ISBN: 972-708-1770
Gilles Deleuze; A^imagem-movimento. ISBN: 972-37-0958-9 20.00
Dubois, Philippe; Cinema, Vídeo, Godard, Cosac Naify, 2011. ISBN: 978-8575033524
Vilém Flusser; Los Gestos: Fenomenologia y Comunicación, Herder, 1994. ISBN: 84-254-1832-1
Fontcuberta, Joan; A Câmera de Pandora: A Fotografi@ Depois da Fotografia, G. Gilli, 2014. ISBN: 978-85-65985-06-2
Bruce Hanington; Universal methods of design. ISBN: 978-1-63159-748-0
Hoelzl, Ingrid and Marie, Rémi; Softimage: towards a new theory of the digital image. ISBN: 978-1783205035
Huhtamo, Erkki and Parikka, Jussi; Media archaeology: approaches, applications and implications. ISBN: 978-0520262744
Rosalind E. Krauss; A^voyage on the north sea. ISBN: 0-500-28207-2
Lister, Martin; The Photographic Image In Digital Culture, Routledge, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-415-53527-4
Mangueira, Camila, Fabrício Fava, and Miguel Carvalhais; Digital Image as a Semiotic Agent, Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, 2020. ISBN: 1646-9798
Lev Manovich; The^language of new media. ISBN: 0-262-63255-1
Marshall McLuhan; Os^ meios de comunicação como extensões do homem. ISBN: 85-316-0258-0
Janet H. Murray; Hamlet on the Holodeck. ISBN: 0-262-63187-3
Nicholas Mirzoeff; The visual culture reader. ISBN: 0-415-14133-8
Nöth, Winfried and Santaella, Lucia; Imagem: Cognição, Semiótica, Mídia, Iluminuras, 2015. ISBN: 978-8573210569
Nöth, Winfried; Máquinas Semióticas, Galáxia, 2001. ISBN: 1982-2553
Santaella, Lucia; Linguagens Líquidas na era da Mobilidade. ISBN: 978-8534927659
Xavier, Ismail. ; O Discurso Cinematográfico, Paz e Terra, 2005. ISBN: 85-219-0676-5
Youngblood, Gene; Expanded Cinema. ISBN: 9780525472636
Siegfried Zielinski; Deep time of the Media. ISBN: 978-0-262-74032-6

Teaching methods and learning activities

The discipline provides lectures for the discussion of texts and the analysis of specific cases and visual projects. Critical and creative exercises will be carried out and the production of projects that can collaborate with the apprehension of the contents and the development of the ongoing research. In this way, we seek to offer creative autonomy, both conceptually and in terms of realization, in an attempt to develop original and innovative experiences.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 30,00
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 40,00
Trabalho de campo 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 30,00
Frequência das aulas 20,00
Trabalho de investigação 30,00
Estudo autónomo 20,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Mandatory attendance of 75% of classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

Average of the works presented and of the participation in classes.
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