Lusófona University, is the largest private university in Portugal and integrates teh Lusofona Group with 10 Higher Education Institutes in Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. It has a student body of more than 10.000 students and 1500 teachers and it is structured around 9 (nine) Schools that constitute the main institutional unit and offer 44 undergraduate Degrees, 45 Master Degrees, 11 PhD’s programs and 42 Post Graduation courses. Besides this, the university offers a large number of vocational and continuous training courses according to the life-learning development paradigm.
The University has a large experience in research and project management of European and international projects. At the moment, the University has 8 (eight) research units in several scientific areas that integrate more than 400 researchers and regularly promote scientific projects and initiatives.
The University is organized in several independent units. The Film and Media Arts Department is one of these units and is responsible for leading all of the University’s educational and research endeavors in the broad domain of film and media, in all its forms of artistic expression and formats. Our department promotes both initial, continuous and advance training in many areas of film and media creation and development, besides actively being engaged in several research projects with partners and organizations at a national and international level. Currently the department participates in three Erasmus Mundus European Joint Master’s, being the leader of the consortium in two of them. Upon evaluation (one of the programmes will only start in the next academic year) two of these programmes have been flagged as examples of “best practices” and, upon conclusion of the first cycle of funding, one of the programmes (DocNomads) was selected as a “success story”. The department is also involved in several other H2020, Creative Europe and E+ research and innovation projects and regards the development of international educational and research initiatives as a key component of its strategic development. These experiences have led us to coordinate a winning alliance to the European Commission pilot initiative of the European Universities, FILMEU, launched last November. The Film and Media Arts Department is also a continuous contributor for the activities of CICANT – The Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies, which promotes theoretical and applied research at the crossroads of media, society, literacies, arts, culture and technologies. CICANT is geared towards innovative and interdisciplinary research in its two main subject areas: Media, Society and Literacies (MSL) and Media Arts, Creative Industries and Technologies (MACIT). CICANT was created in 2004. In the past 10 years, CICANT has been the leader of over 30 national and international projects supported by the Erasmus +, FP7, H2020 Programmes at European level and at national level by bodies such as by the National Scientific Foundation (FCT) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. CICANT possesses a unique profile, distinctively suited to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in all areas across the arts, communication and media studies.
The Film and Media Arts Department at Universidade Lusófona, was created in 1996 within the Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies School to promote both initial, continuous and advance training in many areas of film and media creation and development, besides actively being engaged in several research projects with partners and organizations at a national and international level.