ECA's postgraduate came in 1972, with a master's degree in Communication Sciences, followed in 1974, with the creation of a master's degree in Arts, being a pioneer in the country in both areas. In order to generate knowledge and train researchers and critical professionals in the field of Arts and Communications, ECA's graduate program contributes to the training of teachers and other courses in these areas throughout Brazil.
For this, it has a faculty prepared both for research and extension activities, as well as for teaching and guidance.
The postgraduate activities have a wide impact, beyond the borders of the School, and the quality of the research developed in its programs is reflected in the national and international recognition of its researchers and teachers. As of 2005, ECA's current graduate programs are created, for masters and doctorates, in the specific fields of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Information Science, Communication Sciences, Media and Audiovisual Processes and Song. In 2015, the Professional Master in Information Management is also created.
The Postgraduate Commission (CPG) is responsible for the management of ECA's graduate programs, which means drawing up guidelines, ensuring their execution and coordinating their didactic-scientific activities, based on USP standards. CPG is responsible for proposing reformulations in the structure of the programs or even the
creation of new graduate programs. CPG is also responsible for managing the academic routine of professors and students in graduate school: for example, the organization of the school calendar, deliberation on the accreditation and disqualification of disciplines and teachers, the definition of procedures in defenses of dissertations and theses and the criteria for transfer, registration locking and evaluation of applications for recognition of title.
In addition to the CPG, each ECA postgraduate program has a coordinating commission, which has its own operating regulations. The Program Coordinating Commissions (CCP) are responsible for the selection processes, deciding on the number of vacancies offered each year in master's and doctorate courses. In general, they
coordinate the execution of graduate programs and interinstitutional agreements, according to objective criteria of academic performance.
Programs and their areas of concentration
- Postgraduate Program in Visual Arts (PPGAV)
The Postgraduate Program in Visual Arts (PPGAV) aims to produce and foster research in the field of Visual Arts, in order to ensure the necessary interface between theory and practice; consolidate the formation of an axis of creation and reflection; and train qualified professionals for production and teaching. The work of PPGAV teachers is concentrated in two areas:
1) Visual Poetics, which favors the study of ways of operating within the scope of the project and the process of the artwork. It has two lines of research: Creation Processes in Visual Arts and Multimedia; and
2) Theory, Teaching and Learning of Art, which develops studies and research projects in theory,
history, art criticism and foundations of artistic learning, aiming at understanding the artistic phenomenon at the levels of production, perception and dissemination. It has two lines of research: History, Criticism and Theory of Art and Fundamentals of Art Teaching and Learning.
- Postgraduate Program in Performing Arts (PPGAC)
The Postgraduate Program in Performing Arts (PPGAC) has stood out for the investigation of theatrical practice and theory, which are always confronted in order to feed each other. The main objectives of the program are the training of excellent teachers and researchers; encouraging the continuous improvement of the teaching staff; the promotion of innovation in the scope of intellectual production and the establishment of a fruitful and permanent dialogue between the University and society. The PPGAC has two areas of concentration:
1) Theater Theory and Practice, which, by stimulating the joint production of theater knowledge and practice, undoes the scheme based on the temporal dissociation of creative and reflective operations. It has two lines of research: Text and Scene and History of the Theater; and
2) Theater Pedagogy, which comprises both investigations that deal with the educational character of theatrical practice and those focused on the principles and methods of teaching and learning about theater in professional and amateur circuits. It has two lines of research: Theater and Education and Formation of the Theater Artist.
- Postgraduate Program in Media and Audiovisual Processes (PPGMPA)
The Postgraduate Program in Media and Audiovisual Processes (PPGMPA) is dedicated to examining the field of moving images and their legacy in the constitution of contemporary audiovisual culture. The emphasis on research in the cinema area dialogues with the study of other media, refining their purposes around approaches that privilege, from different theoretical perspectives, the sensitive dimension of images and / or sounds. To this end, the program is dedicated to the study of cinema, video, television, radio, electronic-digital media and performances that take place as a film production, show or event. The program consists of three lines of research: History, Theory and Criticism, which brings together researchers dedicated to the study of the forms and themes of audiovisual media as organized in its various genres and supports; Poetics and Techniques, dedicated to theoretical and practical studies of the processes of making audiovisual works; and Audiovisual Culture and Communication, dedicated to mediations and interactions in communicational processes, language systems, media practices in the public space and social networks.
- Postgraduate Program in Information Science (PPGCI)
The Postgraduate Program in Information Science (PPGCI) was created in 2006 with the fundamental objective of strengthening research and teaching in the area. The program outlined its area of concentration in order to integrate the basic guidelines of the field of Information Science with the cultural references typical of contemporary society, as a natural result of its history of linking, until 2005, to a postgraduate program in communications. Currently, the area of concentration of the program, Culture and Information, is composed of three lines of research: Social Appropriation of
Information, in which studies of the processes of social appropriation of information are developed, considered in their educational and cultural aspects, defined as objects specific to Information Science; Information Device Management, which includes the analysis of the variables that interfere with the flow management, in order to guarantee the adequacy of products and services to the user's needs in specific contexts; and Organization of Information and Knowledge, in which theoretical and methodological studies are developed on the organization of knowledge and information and their circulation, access, recovery and use.
The Professional Master in Information Management was created in 2015, focusing on Organization, Mediation and Circulation of Information. With three lines of research, namely Cultural Mediation, Management of Information Units and Knowledge Organization, the Professional Master's Program aims to boost the relationship between scientific research and applied research. This formation facilitates the appropriation of theoretical references in the area for development. intervention projects in the world of work with regard to the processes of organization, mediation and circulation of information.
- Postgraduate Program in Communication Sciences (PPGCOM)
The Postgraduate Program in Communication Sciences (PPGCOM) was the first in the area of Communication in Brazil, created on January 8, 1972. The Doctoral Program, also a pioneer, started its activities on August 1, 1980. PPGCOM is the responsible for the formation of most masters and doctors in Communication in Brazil, promoting new programs in the most different regions of the country. Since its implementation, PPGCOM research has contributed to multiple themes: communication epistemology, communication theories, study of telephonic (soap operas, series); educommunication (communication and education); discourse theories; organizational communication; reception and consumption studies; digital journalism; theory of journalism and social dialogue; image and aesthetics (photography); communication and work; censorship
and freedom of expression; communication and culture, among other topics. From 2019, the PPGCOM reorganizes itself in an area of concentration: Communication Sciences, with three lines of research: Communication, networks and languages: theoretical and empirical objects; Communicational Processes: technologies, production and consumption; and Communication: Interfaces and Institutions.
- Graduate Program in Music (PPGMUS)
The current structure of the Graduate Program in Music (PPGMUS) was established from the former Musicology Area of the Arts Program (1974). The formation of this new program, from the dismemberment of the old structure, in 2007, is the result of the collaborative work of the faculty involved with postgraduate studies. Since then, PPGMUS has sought to strengthen and integrate the activities of artistic production and research, seeking greater interaction with researchers and national and foreign institutions. Currently offers master's and doctoral courses in two areas of
1) Musicology, which has the lines of research Theory and musical analysis and Musicology and Ethnomusicology and
2) Processes of Musical Creation with four lines of research Performance, Interpretative questions, Music and education: processes of creation, teaching and learning and Sonology: creation and sound