The Performance Studies post-graduation program aims fot the students to acquire the following knowlegdes and competences: (a) To provide a deepened knowledge and critical approach to performance Art in a transdisciplinary context; (b) To allow the development of perspectives on performance art in the comtemporary art area and its multiple theoretical-practical perspectives; (c) To promote a deepened approach to the Theory and Criticism of Art scientific area; (d) To enable each student the construction of their own references; (e) To acquire competences regarding methodologies and research sources for the productions of theoretical critics on Therory and Practice of Performance.


CEAA | Arnaldo Araújo Studies Center

CEAA | Arnaldo Araújo Studies Center

Maria Helena Maia

Arnaldo Araújo Research Center (CEAA) of the Escola Superior Artística do Porto is a research unit recognized by FCT (uID 4041) that develops research in the area of ​​Artistic Studies, concretely in the territories of Theory, Criticism and History.

At present, CEAA is organized into three research groups and one research line

Research groups:

G1 | Architecture Studies Group
G2 | Film Studies Group
G3 | Group of Art and Critical Studies

Research line:

Common Place

The Group of Art and Critical Studies, in which the investigation associated with the visual arts is mainly inserted, is directed by Eduarda Neves and conducts research in four major thematic areas, linked to Contemporary Art:

(1) Europe;

(2) Film in Contemporary Art;

(3) South-South Trajactories;

As part of the ongoing research, students of the postgraduate studies in Performance Studies may join the team as trainees of the Group of Art and Critical Studies.



SATH | Autonomous Section of Theory and History

SATH | Autonomous Section of Theory and History

Alexandra Trevisan

The Autonomous Section of Theory and History is an academic structure coordinating the scientific areas of Theory and Criticism of Art, Theory and Critique of Architecture, Theater Theory and Criticism, History of Art, History of Architecture and Social Sciences and their respective curricular units , which develops a close scientific-pedagogical articulation with the courses that integrate it.

Among other responsibilities, SATH is responsible for organizing and developing research in its scientific areas, promoting research groups and projects, in addition to individual research, as well as supporting the activities and initiatives of faculty and researchers in the field of research.

Currently, SATH shares with the other departments of ESAP a research policy that goes through two types of actions:

1. The encouragement of the formation of research teams led by professors from SATH, through the funding of short-term collective research projects, ie ESAP Projects.

2. Raising students' awareness of the research, through the provision of Credit Research Internships (ECI) carried out in the context of ongoing projects.

ESAP projects underway:

Architecture News. (ESAP / 2016 / P29 / SATH)

Dramatic Architectures (ESAP / 2016 / P30 / SATH)

Correspondence II (ESAP / 2016 / P32 / SATH)

Divergencies - Essays on Architecture (ESAP/2017-18/P43/SATH-CEAA)