Placed inside Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the School of Arts is based in Porto and offers different degrees in arts education. Its two main areas are (1) film & new media art and (2) conservation and restoration. The School presents itself as an artistic school, focusing in the development of artists with technological knowledge but also with a humanistic education, fostering future directors or visual artists that can think the world around us. The School of Arts is one of the main Film Schools in Portugal. With over 500 students in its Sound and Image Department (across BA, MA and PhD studies), it offers a wide range of curricular options for aspiring filmmakers. The School of Arts also offers its students a complete range of updated film equipment and a body of staff with renowned film professionals, critics and theorists. Over the last years, a great number of former students have won important awards in film festivals all over the world. Furthermore, it frequently organizes masterclasses, workshops, artistic residencies and seminars with acclaimed filmmakers and film researchers, in order to allow its students to be constantly challenged, updated and motivated into filmmaking.
At the moment, the School already has an intense cultural program, with artists in residence (in 2018, it was the internationally renowned filmmaker Salomé Lamas; this year the artists Nuno da Luz and Ana Vaz), a cycle of conferences with special guests (artists, filmmakers, scholars), and a periodic calendar of exhibits at the School’s exhibition space (since 2018, the School presented exhibitions by Francisco Tropa, João Paulo Serafim, Salomé Lamas, Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela; upcoming exhibitions by Nuno da Luz, Jonathan Saldanha and Ana Vaz). Also, its Research Center (CITAR – Research Center for the Science and Technology of the Arts) has a plan of activities closely related to the School and it is funded by ongoing projects and by the government institution Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).