What is the School of Arts?
Placed inside the Catholic University of Portugal, 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 art school, focusing on 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; in 2019 the artists Nuno da Luz, Ana Vaz, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Yohei Yamakado and Vasco Araújo), 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, Nuno da Luz, Julião Sarmento, Jonathan Saldanha and Guido Guidi). 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).


Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula and home to a lively artistic scene. Among museums and institutions, the gallery circuit thrives and a diverse set of collectives and artist-led spaces keep Porto in close dialogue with contemporary artistic practices and debates across the world.
Elected Best European Destination 2017, Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries.
Located along the Douro River, Porto is one of the oldest European cities, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro in the Ribeira, discover Porto’s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on the river.
→ Serralves Museum – contemporary art museum
→ Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira - centre of excellence for the cinema and the moving image
→ Soares dos Reis National Museum– painting, sculpture: mainly focused on Portuguese art of the 19th and 20th centuries
→ Porto Municipal Gallery - Porto contemporary art scene
Also don’t miss:
→ Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world
→ Café Majestic, a Belle Epoque-era cafe with ornate interiors
→ Estação de São Bento, considered one of the most beautiful railway stations of the world
→ Rua das Flores, was one of Porto’s most important streets, with a line of palatial manor houses for the city’s elite
→ Bairro da Bouça, Porto School of Architecture, Casa de Chá da Boa Nova: some of the best works of the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Álvaro Siza Vieira
→ Casa da Música, a concert hall designed by Rem Koolhaas