Code: 23011
ECTS: 10
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Digital Media Art
    Doctorate Work Planning
    Thesis Planning
    Doctoral Thesis
Mirian Estela Nogueira Tavares

José Bidarra de Almeida
Field of Study: Education Sciences.

Pedro Alves da Veiga
Field of Study: Digital Art

Course Description:
This learning unit  aims to provide students an opportunity to identify the problems related with the realization of a doctorate thesis in the area of digital media art, while identifying their main research questions, preparing a detailed study of the state of the art on a specific subarea and specifying a work plan for the two years of preparation of the doctorate thesis.

When concluding this learning unit students shall be able to:
  • Identify the problems related with a doctorate work on digital media art;
  • Distinguish the various research questions of at least three sub-domains of artistic research and / or experimentation;
  • Specify in detail the state of the art of a specific sub-domain of digital media art;
  • Specify a doctorate working proposal that includes the research question(s) or the problem to be solved, the motivation, and a detailed and justified plan of the activities to be undertaken.

1) Doctorate work: major phases, its implementation and related issues;
2) Studies of different sub-domains of digital media art: visual, sound/music, performing, immersive, web, multisensory, digital communication arts, etc.;
3) How to conduct a state of the art study: main phases, ways of gathering and processing information, formalization of research questions, characteristics of the final report;
4) Doctorate planning: elements to present, format, argument support, time and resource planning, defense preparation;
5) Elaboration of a doctorate plan in a subarea of digital media art, including the respective state of the art study that shall be presented and defended in public before a jury.

  • “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations”, Turabian, K., University Of Chicago Press, ISBN: 978-0226816272;
  • “Research Issues In Art Design and Media”, Knight, J., Jefsioutine, M., ISSN 1474-2365, Issue No.3 Summer 2002;
  • “Art Practice as Research - Inquiry in the Visual Arts”, Sullivan, G., (2005), SAGE Publications, Inc., ISBN: 9781412905367;
  • “Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches”, Creswell, John W. 3rd ed (2008). London: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1412965576.
  • “A/R/Tography: Rendering Self Through Arts-Based Living Inquiry”, Irwin, R., De Cosson, A. (Eds). Pacific Educational Press (January 15, 2004), ISBN: 978-1895766707.


Workload (hours): 260
Contact Hours: 60

The evaluation of this learning unit encompasses a dimension of continuous nature based on the quality of the questions and
problems that the student puts to the teacher/class; of the doctorate plan (including the state of the art study) and of its defense before an interim jury that will evaluate the relevance and feasibility of the proposed plan and its theme. The weighting factors and criteria of evaluation of the learning outcomes will be subject of negotiation between teacher and students.

Given the theoretical nature of the learning unit, the teaching/learning process should follow an approach based on individual work assignments in the form of an intensive study of the area and its respective state of the art, and the participation, in virtual classroom, in the online collaborative learning process based on the discussion and critical analysis of the various topics of study. The teacher conducts online tutoring orientation sessions to focus the study effort.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: GDERI/International Affairs -