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About this program

History of Art

The Degree in Art History aims to develop studies around artistic objects and the discourse that has been built on them since the foundation of this scientific area.

Covering the various historical periods, from Antiquity to the Contemporary Period, and both Portuguese and international art, its curricular units also cover theoretical subjects such as the Theory and Methodology of Art History or Aesthetics and Theories of Art, and topics transversal, from a chronological point of view, such as Iconography and the Introduction to Museology.

It is intended, therefore, to provide a comprehensive training, enabling a critical discourse and supported by a knowledge of the discipline's own identity.

Admission requirements

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Program content

1st year

  • Introduction to Art History
  • History of the Art of Classical Antiquity
  • History of the Art of Late Antiquity
  • History of the Art of Classical and Late Antiquity in Portugal
  • 1 optional subject
  • History of Romantic Art
  • History of Gothic Art
  • History of Romantic and Gothic Art in Portugal
  • History of Non-Western Arts
  • 1 optional subject

2nd year

  • History of Renaissance Art
  • Introduction to Museology
  • Introduction to Heritage Sciences
  • 2 optional subjects
  • History of the Art of the Baroque
  • History of Renaissance and Baroque Art in Portugal
  • History of Colonial Art
  • Theory and Methodology of Art History
  • 1 optional subject

3rd year

  • History of 19th Century Art
  • History of 20th Century Art
  • 3 optional subjects
  • Aesthetics and Theories of Art
  • Culture and Contemporary Art
  • Art History of the 19th and 20th Centuries in Portugal
  • 2 optional subjects

Program delivery

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.

The student must complete 180 credits: 132 credits taken in the compulsory subjects program, 18 credits in the conditioned options framework, and 30 credits taken in free options or in a minor in another scientific area. 

Semestrally, the student must not enroll for more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been defined. At the beginning of each semester, the student will be advised on the curricular units to be taken, most appropriate to his/her academic path.

Undergraduate students can also benefit from the different mobility programs in which NOVA FCSH participates, such as Erasmus+, Almeida Garrett, among others, and participate in research work within the research units that make up the Faculty.


Tuition Fees

  • Foreign students: 697 €/year
  • Foreign students: 3500 €/year


Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire a critical view of the human past, as well as the understanding that the past conditions the present and the future, as well as the perception of both
  • Understand points of view resulting from different historical backgrounds, in different cultural and geographical contexts
  • Be aware of how interests, categories, and historical problems change over time and how the historiographical debate is linked to the economic, social, political, and cultural interests of each era
  • Know the different periods of the History of Portugal
  • Possess general knowledge of the methods, techniques, and topics related to the study of the great periods in which History is usually divided, from Prehistory to the present time
  • Knowing how to integrate the History of Portugal in a comparative perspective with other space-cultural areas
  • Knowing how to identify, select and collect, according to the rules of the discipline, sources, and diverse elements of information (bibliography, documents, oral testimonies, iconographic, and others) and use them with a critical sense
  • Be able to apply acquired knowledge and understanding skills in approaching a historical topic or in understanding current world issues
  • Have the ability to present acquired knowledge in writing and orally, using the terminology typical of History and revealing argumentative skills

Career paths

Outputs Professionals

  • Libraries and Archives
  • Heritage Management Organizations
  • Museology and Art Galleries
  • Inventory
  • Tourism
  • Cultural Programming and Management Organizations (Production and Service)
  • Diplomatic and Social Communication Organizations
  • Publishers and Booksellers
  • Teaching and Research Organizations
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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - Foundation Program

Campus de Campolide
1099-085 Lisbon Lisbon

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