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 1st Cycle Degree     Departamento de Artes [Portuguese]

Study plan/Branches   Cinema
DGES code
CNAEF classification 213 | Decree no. 256/2005 [PT]
Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette Order no. 10145/2017- DR 2nd series, no. 225, 22 november
Assessment/Accreditation/Registration A3ES AccreditationS, 02-01-2017
Self-assessment Report
Initial registry: R/A-Ef 1303/2011 de 18-03-2011
Changes registry: R/A-Ef 1303/2011/AL01 de 10-10-2017
Mode of study Daytime
ECTS 180
Other information Statistics [PT]

National Access Competition  

Admission Requirements
Vacancies 45 (2021)
Lowest Admission Grade 141.5 (1.ª fase - 2020)


Profile of the programme The 1st cycle course on Cinema grants students the skill to act out creatively in the various areas of cinematographic activity (directing, production, screenwriting, photography, editing and sound) as well as in its promotion, publishing and study. The course allows students to reflect on the theoretical, ethical and aesthetics grounds of cinema and encourages critical thinking on both cinema production and creation. Moreover enables students to autonomously carry out film projects. These goals are achieved through both the experimentation of individual and contemporary approaches to cinematographic creation in its various strands, and also by a solid and in-depth theoretical formation, a strong laboratory and planned practice, and a continuous discussion in seminars, conferences and masterclasses. The course is intended for both students wishing to enter the labor market immediately after finishing their graduation and students interested in further studies.
Key learning outcomes At the end of the course students should: a) Be able to creatively devise a cinematographic work, mastering the needs and specificities of filmmaking (production, directing, screenwriting, photography, editing and sound) and identifying the requirements associated to its creative process
b) Master both the technical and the artistic sophistication of filmmaking specificities, combining the essential concepts and theories of cinema history with contemporary procedures and technologies which flexibly allows the outcome of a solid cinematographic work
c) Demonstrate teamwork spirit, sense of responsibility in the management of resources and equipments, availability and endeavor in learning, entrepreneurial skills and/or leadership, and a bold and creative attitude and sense of professional commitment
d) Be able to put into play critical judgment predicated in other people's work and in their own work, mastering the theoretical tools and the reasoning required for the development of a consistent and inventive visual and verbal discourse
e) Be able to analyze and understand the cinematographic activity in its many dimensions, ranging from a single cinematographic work to the filmography of an author or to the paradigms of the various traditions and world cinematography
f) Understand the importance of cinema within all forms of both artistic and communicational expressions and articulate its aesthetical and technical dimensions with various arts
g) Be able to assess the ethical, political, social and economic conditions, implications and consequences of the cinematographic activity
h) Reveal higher standards of understanding and application of the diversity and vastness of cinema theory and history in various contexts (creative, media, cultural) related to genres, authors or production systems i) Be able to devise, plan and promote cinematographic activities of various types, from exhibitions to film festivals, databases, publications, conferences and seminars, among others, in a coherent and innovative manner. j) Be able to autonomously pursue research initiatives, and reflect on issues, values and procedures of the cinematographic activity. k) Demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset through personal business ventures or through collaboration and integration into existing structures
Occupational profiles of graduates The comprehensive training course provided combines both a theoretical and practical learning that allows the students to perform a variety of roles in the different strands of cinematographic activity, whether in creative leadership roles (director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer or sound director) or in support tasks
Such training also enables the development of reflective activities such as scientific research, criticism and essay writing, as well as dissemination of cinema culture (programming or publishing, for example)
Similarly, students are able to develop activities in cinema related areas such as cultural or entertainment events, and content production for various media platforms (television, internet, videogames, etc.)
Students will also be able to provide specialized theoretical and practical training on cinema
Learning facilities Multimedia Centre:
a) film studio
b) sound studio
c) filmmaking equipment
d) units of sound and image post-production
e) Laboratory of photography
f) workshops facilities

a) film screening facilities
b) facilities for conferences, master classes and debates

CREA (Center for Teaching and Learning Resources):
a) Film studio
b) Units of sound and image post-production
c) Laboratory of photography

Central Library
a) 200 computer workstations
b) specialized bibliography
c) cinema library

LabCom - Laboratory of Online Communication (
a) BOCC (online library containing text and other documentation on Cinema)
b) LabcomBooks (publishing of online books on Cinema)
c) Scientific research group on Cinema and Multimedia

Free internet access
Requirements and regulations (assessment and graduation) UBI Regulations [PT]

Departamento de Artes

Rua Marquês D'Ávila e Bolama 6201-001 Covilhã
275 242 024

Course Coordinator(s)

 [Ficheiro Local]
Course Director
Manuela Maria Fernandes Penafria
 [Ficheiro Local]
Mobility coordinator
Ana Catarina dos Santos Pereira


Scientific Committee
Manuela Maria Fernandes Penafria
André Barata Nascimento
Ana Leonor Serra Morais dos Santos
Ana Catarina dos Santos Pereira
Catarina Isabel Grácio de Moura
Francisco Alexandre Lopes Figueiredo Merino
Luís Carlos da Costa Nogueira
Paulo Manuel Ferreira da Cunha

Pedagogical Coordination Committee
Manuela Maria Fernandes Penafria
Year Coordinators
Luís Carlos da Costa Nogueira (1st)
Francisco Alexandre Lopes Figueiredo Merino (2nd)
Ana Catarina dos Santos Pereira (3rd)
Yaer Representatives
Beatriz Correia da Silva(1st)
Beatriz Jorge de Sousa (2nd)
Mercês Morais Alçada Castelo Branco Sousa (3rd)

Recognition Committee
Ana Catarina dos Santos Pereira
Francisco Alexandre Lopes Figueiredo Merino
Manuela Maria Fernandes Penafria
Paulo Manuel Ferreira da Cunha
Note: The information contained in these pages does not relieve consultation of official documents. Last updated on: 2020-01-11

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