History of Art, Heritage and Visual Culture

University of Porto

24 months
3000 EUR/year
1250 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in History of Art, Heritage and Visual Culture at the University of Porto intend to upgrade and diversify the scientific field of History of Art, which has assumed its own place by extending the world of professions related to Heritage and Visual Culture.


Generic objectives defined for the study programme offered by the University of Porto:

  • To provide postgraduate training in Artistic Heritage and Visual Culture, to a design which combines the teaching / learning contents taught with a section that is designed to provide students with professional tools and experience;
  • To promote the practice of research, encouraging student autonomy in their academic career;
  • To provide advanced training in the visual arts focused on the analysis of artistic production and its creative processes and reception in its diachronically;
  • To prepare professionals with a solid understanding of the heritage, with capacity to act in their conservation, dissemination and enjoyment, as well as to promote critical knowledge of various contemporary artistic expressions.

Professional Abilities

Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) to be developed by the students:

With this program, students are expected to:

  • Obtain a solid theoretical background in the fields of Art History, Heritage Studies and Visual Culture;
  • Produce creative Dissertations, Internship Reports and Projects anchored in contemporary discussions and practices of their field of study;
  • Be able to lead fundamental and applied research programs, either in their area of expertise, and in the interface between Art History, Heritage and Visual Culture;
  • Obtain skills for scientific communication and the practice of professions framework of the History of Art, Heritage and Visual Culture;
  • May play consultancy roles in institutions, businesses and other public and private organizations in the areas of Art History, Heritage and Visual Culture;
  • Become active agents in social mobilization for intervention and heritage fruition as well as for the safeguarding and promotion of Cultural Heritage.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Project methodologyand research I
  • Studies and Practice in Heritage
  • Image and Contexts I
  • Project methodology and research II
  • Cultural and Patrimonial Management
  • Image and contexts II

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Portuguese
IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of a graduate degree (180 ECTS) or legal equivalent;
  • Holders of a foreign higher academic degree obtained as a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the Bologna Program;
  • Holders of an academic, scientific of professional curriculum recognized as adequate (Check Diário da República – 2nd Series – no. 95, of 17.05.2007 – Deliberation no. 807.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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History of Art, Heritage and Visual Culture
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