Graduate Studies in Visual Arts

The Graduate Program in Visual Arts is a center of studies in the area of arts and aims to articulate and promote critical and theoretical thinking, as well as research and practice in the context of contemporary artistic production. It aims to create new approach possibilities in this field of knowledge, which involves complex and relational knowledge.

Using the infrastructure of one of the best universities in Latin America, it intends to offer the various professionals in the field of arts a training that qualifies them to work in a critical and comprehensive way, considering artistic practices and theoretical production as integrated actions. In this sense, the Program aims to investigate, on its two lines of research – “Visual Poetics and Creation Processes” and “History, Theory, and Criticism” – the creation processes in Visual Arts, considering their conceptual links and their transitive and dialogical relationships.

The program emphasizes the need for balance between practice and theory and considers that all processes of materialization of the contemporary artistic image are impregnated by conceptual relationships, by meanings of belonging that are built by action and by thinking about this action. Therefore, for the completion of the studies, the artist-researchers of the line “Visual Poetics and Creation Processes” must draft a written text that articulates the concepts involved in artistic practice; the researchers of the line “History, Theory, and Criticism,” in turn, must carry out a critical reflection that considers the materiality and historicity of their research object.

Since its implementation, in 2010, the program has been responsible for the formation of several masters and doctors in Visual Arts, who work today on different fronts, and aims at a continuous improvement of its academic and institutional opportunities, promoting a constant exchange with researchers from other national and international centers.

From 2018, the Graduate Program in Visual Arts becomes part of the Institutional Project of Internationalization of Graduate Studies of Unicamp by the CAPES/PRINT Program.

Course Objectives and Professional Profile

The Graduate Program in Visual Arts aims to:

  • Train professionals qualified to carry out the teaching in university education in the field of Visual Arts and art education;
  • Form researchers able to act in artistic production and in the reflection about the aesthetic phenomenon and the critical and historiographical discourse in the field of Visual Arts;
  • Encourage research, artistic creation, and professional practice from the perspectives of artistic production and theoretical and critical reflection in the context of contemporary visuality and culture;
  • Emphasize research on methods and processes of artistic creation;
  • Develop and consolidate research to investigate the connection between the various visual artistic manifestations in their poetic two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and performative poetics, also covering architecture and design in their relationships with the visuals arts, as well as the works produced from analog or digital technologies and media;
  • Promote research on the intrinsic complexity of contemporary artistic production, which incorporates transdisciplinary procedures and knowledge, from the perspective of Visual Studies; media; and image, history, criticism, and art theories.

Program and Lines of Research

Description of the Program

The Graduate Program in Visual Arts is a center of studies on arts and aims to articulate and promote critical and theoretical thinking, as well as research and practice in the context of contemporary artistic production. It intends to create new approach possibilities in this field of knowledge, which involves complex and relational knowledge.

Using the infrastructure of one of the best universities in Latin America, it intends to offer the various professionals in the field of arts a training that qualifies them to work in a critical and comprehensive way, considering artistic practices and theoretical production as integrated actions. In this sense, the Program aims to investigate, in its two lines of research – “Visual Poetics and Creation Processes” (PVPC) and “History, Theory, and Criticism” (HTC) – the creation processes in Visual Arts, considering their conceptual links and their transitive and dialogical relationships.

The program emphasizes the need for balance between practice and theory and considers that all processes of materialization of the contemporary artistic image are impregnated by conceptual relationships, by meanings of belonging that are built by action and by thinking about this action. Therefore, for the completion of the studies, the artist-researchers of the line “Visual Poetics and Creation Processes” (PVPC) must draft a written text that articulates the concepts involved in artistic practice; the researchers of the line “History, Theory, and Criticism” (HTC), in turn, must carry out a critical reflection that considers the materiality and historicity of their research object.

Since its implementation, in 2010, the program has been responsible for the formation of several masters and doctors in Visual Arts, who work today on different fronts, and aims at a continuous improvement of its academic and institutional opportunities, promoting a constant exchange with researchers from other national and international centers.

Lines of Research

The line of research in Visual Poetics and Creation Processes (PVPC) includes the conceptual and methodological investigation of the practice in the fields related to the various visual artistic manifestations in their two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and performative poetics, also covering architecture and design in their transdisciplinary relationships with the visuals arts and the works produced from analog or digital technologies and media, including multimedia and network experiences. It aims to develop research and reflection on the modes of production from the relationships between procedures, languages, materials, and concepts, seeking to contribute to the practice, analysis, and construction of the knowledge of the artistic activity and of its discursive practices in its contemporary manifestations. It includes the study of visuality and its expressive possibilities, its processes and projects in different media and technologies in Visual Arts.

The line of research History, Theory, and Criticism (HTC) encompasses several theoretical, critical, and historical approaches on the production of Visual Arts, including the field of Visual Studies, art criticism texts, issues of art theories, and also issues related to the artistic and cultural heritage. It aims to think about art, aesthetic perception, construction of the critical and historiographical discourse, as well as on the process of legitimization and institutionalization of the artistic practice and of its epistemological systems. It also considers the hybridization of the expressive fields and the consequences provided by the new technologies in the context of art history and art and image theories.

Admission

The admission to the master’s or doctoral degree in Visual Arts will take place by approval in selection process. Registration for the selection process will be performed only by the internet and is structured in such a way that the candidates must send, besides the sign-up sheet and research proposal (online filling), their undergraduate degree, academic transcript of undergraduate studies in the case of master’s degree, academic transcript of graduate studies in the case of doctorate, research project, resume, certificate(s) of foreign language proficiency (one for master’s, two for doctorate). The candidate can also post, optionally, the following files (in Supporting material): portfolio, video, articles, or other texts and links to works on the internet.

The research project must not only include a description of the object that will be investigated, central focus of the research, but also a reflection about the current state of knowledge on the topic discussed, with review of the essential literature. The candidate is asked to structure the problem to justify the relevance of the research within the university, especially when dealing with a practical project, as well as its insertion in the context of the chosen line of research. The proposed project must also present: hypotheses (optional for master’s, mandatory for doctorate); objectives that clearly describe what one wants to achieve with the research; methodological procedures that show the research methods and techniques to be adopted; schedule and references according to the ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards).

The graduate programs of the Institute of Arts require, as prerequisite, proficiency in one foreign language for the master’s and two for the doctoral degree.

The Program in Arts accepts certificates issued:

  • by CEL-UNICAMP and by public universities (state and federal);
  • by institutions indicated in the selection notice.
  • in the languages:
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • German

Documents certifying the candidate’s participation in regular courses in foreign language countries will also be analyzed.

If the document is not considered, the candidate must present a certificate of proficiency in accordance with the provisions of this item.

Requirements for Obtaining the Title

Master’s degree – 88M

The minimum and maximum durations for the master’s degree are 12 and 30 months, respectively.

To obtain the title of Master in Arts, the student must:

Meet a total of 18 credits in the following disciplines:

  • Atividades Orientadas I (Guided Activities I) – 3 credits
  • Atividades Orientadas II (Guided Activities II) – 3 credits
  • Métodos e Técnicas de Pesquisa (Research Methods and Techniques) – 3 credits
  • Elective disciplines – 9 credits
    (attended in the program itself; in other graduate programs at Unicamp; or in other IHE, provided they are in a graduate program recognized by CAPES);

Pass the qualification test after completing all credits (it is recommended that the qualification test take place until the third semester);

Be approved in public defense, after handing in the thesis.

Doctoral degree – 106D

The minimum and maximum durations for the doctoral degree are 24 and 54 months, respectively.

To obtain the title of Doctor in Arts, the student must:

Meet the total of 21 credits in the following disciplines:

  • Atividades Orientadas III (Guided Activities III) – 3 credits
  • Atividades Orientadas IV (Guided Activities IV) – 3 credits
  • Atividades Orientadas V (Guided Activities V) – 3 credits
  • Métodos e Técnicas de Pesquisa (Research Methods and Techniques) – 3 credits
  • Elective disciplines – 9 credits
    (attended in the program itself; in other graduate programs at Unicamp; or in other IHE, provided they are in a graduate program recognized by CAPES);

Pass the qualification test after completing all credits (it is recommended that the qualification test take place until the fifth semester);

Be approved in public defense, after handing in the dissertation.

Term Paper

For the preparation of the final paper of the master’s and doctoral degrees, respectively Thesis and Dissertation, the proposed program have some reservations.

The master’s degree in Visual Arts has two main objectives: to train professors and provide subsidies for future doctoral-level researchers. The master’s thesis has its essence in these two points. In the doctorate, originality and hypothesis elaboration, placed a priori, are essential to the development of research, determining the objectives and methodological procedures. Even in the case of practical research, the thesis or dissertation must be expressed by text. It is by the textual discourse, of critical nature, that the reflection on the object reveals itself and is consolidated into conclusions. Domain of the subject and proposed approach will be required. Discursive argumentation and elucidation of concepts must be carried out with clarity and depth. One must also point out the relationship of the research with the field of arts and with the program goals and lines, preferably in the introduction and/or presentation.

The program recognizes the importance of creative praxis within art research, but highlights that the direct result of this activity is not the thesis or dissertation. We understand the articulation between sensitive and discursive knowledge as an essential condition for the development of the thesis or dissertation; the reflections and conclusions resulting from the analysis must be objectively shared with the audience in the form of a text that has analytic and reflective character. In the case of the doctorate dissertation, the final considerations must show the validity or not of the hypotheses previously proposed in the project.

Thus, we state that the activity of artistic production, in the context of academic production, is not an end in itself, as can occur in the activity held outside the boundaries of graduate research.

Curricular Structure

Master’s Degree in Visual Arts – 88M

Mandatory Activity

AA001 * 0 Master’s Thesis

Mandatory Disciplines

AV123 45 3 Métodos e Técnicas de Pesquisa (Research Methods and Techniques)
AV401 45 3 Atividades Orientadas I (Guided Activities I)
AV402 45 3 Atividades Orientadas II (Guided Activities II)

Elective Disciplines

The student must obtain 09 credits among elective disciplines common to the master’s and doctoral degrees, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Doctorate in Visual Arts – 106D

Mandatory Activity

AA002 * 0 Doctoral Dissertation

Mandatory Discipline

AV123 45 3 Métodos e Técnicas de Pesquisa (Research Methods and Techniques)
AV403 45 3 Atividades Orientadas III (Guided Activities III)
AV404 45 3 Atividades Orientadas IV (Guided Activities IV)
AV405 45 3 Atividades Orientadas V (Guided Activities V)

Elective Disciplines

The student must obtain 09 credits among elective disciplines common to the master’s and doctoral degrees, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Elective disciplines common to the Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

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* In the lists of disciplines, the numbers of the second and third columns correspond to the total hours and credits of each discipline, respectively. Thesis disciplines have an asterisk in place of the hours.