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Multimedia in Performing Arts

Code: MM0041     Acronym: MPA

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Visual Arts

Instance: 2017/2018 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://sites.google.com/a/gcloud.fe.up.pt/mpa/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 15 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Rui Luis Nogueira Penha 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


1) Knowledge of performing arts, both historical and contemporary.

2) Development of technical and creative skills on "live arts" and interactivity.

3) Development of performance skills.

Learning outcomes and competences

After successfully finishing this class, the student will be able to:
1) Know the main platforms, techniques and methodologies of performing arts.
2) Work in digital media for performing arts.
3) Participate in the conception, creation and interpretation within the context of performing arts.

Working method



1) The performing arts:
a) the implicit contract between performer and audience;
b) vanguard movements;
c) emerging cultural paradigms;
d) time structuring;
e) the impact of digital media.

2) Technological platforms of performing arts:
a) computer vision techniques;
b) computer audition techniques;
c) communication protocols: MIDI, OSC, DMX;
d) digital projection mapping;
e) immersive sound systems;
f) lights and actuators control.

3) Practical applications of digital media in performing arts.

Mandatory literature

Steve Dixon ; with contributions by Barry Smith; Digital performance. ISBN: 978-0-262-04235-2
Alvin Lucier; Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music, Wesleyan University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-8195-7297-4
Michael Nyman; Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond, Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 978-0-521-65383-1

Teaching methods and learning activities

This course unit is composed mainly by practical applications of the performing arts methodologies, with some comprehensive seminars on the theorical program contents.
The practical projects are developed both as laboratorial work and outside contact hours.




Technological sciences > Technology > Communication technology > Media production
Humanities > Arts > Performing arts

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 40,00
Trabalho laboratorial 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 20,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Trabalho laboratorial 100,00
Total: 165,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation Formula: 0,4 * pt + 0,6 * tf

pt - assignments carried out during the semester;
tf - final assignment.

Classification improvement

Substantial improvement of the final assignment or presentation of another assignment previously approved by the professor.


Classes will be taught in English if there is foreign students or if it is deemed necessary (e.g. presentations given by foreign professors). Students can either present their assignments in Portuguese or in English.

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