Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (FBAUL)
The Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, commonly known as Belas-Artes, is the oldest College of Fine Arts in Portugal. Founded in 1836 as a fine art academy, it is now established as a contemporary art and design school with a permanent and ongoing concern of playing an active role in today’s culture.
Its location, in the city’s historical centre – the Convento de São Francisco in Chiado, a zone of cultural affirmation since the 19th Century – propels the School’s aim of implementing artistic and research skills that are adequate to meet the current challenges of global knowledge. The focus at Belas Artes is both the artistic creation and the development of all stages of project in the field of design. In order to do so, the School places great emphasis on teaching, combining practical development of projects with intensive theoretical training in history of art and design, aesthetics and cultural studies. Currently, the School has close to 1700 students enrolled, and a third of these students attend postgraduate courses, offering degrees in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and New Media Art, as well as History and Science of the Arts and Cultural Heritage, Museology, Curatorship, Art Education and Drawing both at undergraduate and post-graduate level. As a result, Belas Artes links theory and practice, past and present, specificity and cultural integration.