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Photography and Film Practices

Code: PFC01     Acronym: PFC

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Design
Institution Responsible: Faculty of Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDI 18 Plano de Estudos do MDI_Publicação em DR de 03/11/2016 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Vitor António dos Reis de Almeida

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Susana Cristina Lourenço Félix Marques 1,50
Vitor António dos Reis de Almeida 1,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The PF&C (Photography and Cinema Practices) course enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to:

— Conceptually develop a theme, exploring the specificity of the photographic and cinematographic medium;

— Understand the relevance of photography and cinema in contemporary culture, art and society.

— Rehearse multiple formats of presentation and layout of the photographic and cinematographic image: production, edition, exhibition, publication.

— Enhance the technical initiation of hybrid analog and digital processes in the context of image archives.


Learning outcomes and competences

The program contents are oriented according to the proposed objectives for the resolution of a project and a written essay whose premise is the learning by the production of images and respective critical grounds.

The demonstration of the coherence of the programmatic contents is verified during the semester through the analysis and evaluation of the projects, in all stages of the work process.

Working method


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

Students must have basic knowledge and skills in photographic and video recording and editing, since technical training content will not be taught in this context.


The PF&C (Photography and Cinema Practices) course explores individual research in the field of photography and cinema, in its multiple contemporary dimensions, as well as the development of an authorial practice. An original project for the creation of visual repertoires is developed according to the following topics:
1. Image memory / Image archive
2. Documentary Image / Fictional Image
3. Image palimpsest: photography and cinema
4. Forms of mediation: edition, exhibition
5. Authorship and / or appropriation

Mandatory literature

Raymond Bellour; Raymond Bellour: Between-the-Images, JRP Ringier, 2011
Karen Beckman; Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography, 2008
Laurent Guido; Between Still and Moving Images: Photography and Cinema in the 20th Century, John Libbey Publishing, 2012
Erika Balsom; Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art, Amsterdam University Press, 2013
Verna Posever Curtis; Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography, Aperture, 2011
Tamara Trodd; Screen/Space: The projected image in contemporary art, Manchester University Press, 2011
Andrew V. Uroskie; Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art, University Of Chicago Press, 2014

Complementary Bibliography

RIESER, Martin; The New Screen Media: Cinema/Art/Narrative, BFI Publishing, 2002
Basilico, Stefano; Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2005

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical-practical modules will be developed during the semester in collaboration with specialists and partner institutions related to the photographic and audiovisual archive.
The individual project to be developed by each student is followed in a personalized tutorial regime, which enables the learning of technical, analytical and creative skills in their individual course.
Alongside with the project there will be a written essay and a organized journal that critically explores photographic and cinematographic contents.


Humanities > Arts > Visual arts
Humanities > Arts > Visual arts > Film studies
Humanities > Arts > Visual arts > Photography

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 70,00
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 27,00
Trabalho de investigação 45,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The following factors are considered for the evaluation:
1. Acquisition, articulation and application of concepts.
2. Scientific and technological curiosity.
3.Use of an appropriate conceptual and technical language.
4.Compliance with deadlines for submission of proposals.
5. Attendance.

Calculation formula of final grade

Project - 70% [14/20 values]
Critical article - 30% [6/20 values]

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