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Audiovisual Language

Scholar Year: 2020/2021 - 2S

Code: CS200016    Acronym: LA
Scientific Fields: Ciências da Comunicação
Section/Department: Communication and Language Sciences


Acronym N. of students Study Plan Curricular year ECTS Contact hours Total Time
CS 38 Study Plan 4,0 48 108,0

Teaching weeks: 15


Marta Sofia da Luz Marcos Pinho AlvesHead

Weekly workload

Hours/week T TP P PL L TC E OT OT/PL TPL O S
Type of classes


Type Teacher Classes Hours
Contact hours Totals 1 3,20
Marta Alves   3,20

Teaching language


Intended learning outcomes (Knowledges, skills and competencies to be developed by the students)

At the end of this curricular unit, the student should be able to recognize and apply basic tools of analysis and interpretation of the moving image and also:
- Identify the fundamental constituent elements of audiovisual languages;
- Recognize the main parameters of analysis of moving images, being able to use them to interrogate critically any audiovisual document;
- Understand the main mechanisms by which moving images produce meaning and affect the viewer;
- Identify the main historical modes of the moving image and its affectation due to technological, economic, political, social, cultural and aesthetic phenomena.


1. The construction of audiovisual languages and their historical transformation.
2. On the digital age: from the specificity of the medium to the end of "pure languages".
3. The stages of audiovisual production: pre-production, production and post-production.
4. The units of signification: from shot to sequence.
5. Space, framing and composition.
6. The Scale of shots.
7. The axis and viewing angles.
8. Objectives and depth of field.
6. Camera movements.
7. The continuity
8. The lighting and the color.
9. The sound.
10. The assembly.
11. The narrative.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the UC intended learning outcomes

The first three topics of the programmatic contents are contextualizadores of the work to realize. The following topics refer to the various elements to be taken into account in the analysis of an audiovisual document, a task that the student is expected to be able to complete at the end of the course unit.

Teaching methodologies

Each class will consist of two parts.
In the first part, which will last 60 minutes, the practical follow-up of the various stages of the proposed work is foreseen.
The second part, which will last 90 minutes, will be composed of an expository section, during which a presentation of the main concepts will be made, followed by the projection of excerpts of audiovisual objects illustrative of the concepts previously discussed for comment and collective analysis.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's intended learning outcomes

The methodology adopted in the first part of the lesson is intended to allow students to test the connections between theory and its application in a work in progress.
The teaching methodologies adopted in the second part intend to develop the ability to reconcile theoretical reflection with its practical application in concrete examples, allowing to contribute to the deepening of the understanding of the concepts studied.

Assessment methodologies and evidences

1. A group work [60%].
Elaboration of a critical analysis on an audiovisual document. The selection will be made from a list provided by the teacher and implies prior registration.

2. An assessment test [40%]

A specific evaluation paper will be distributed to students explaining the drafting standards and deadlines for each element of assessment.

Attendance system

Participation of regular students
It is expected that each student: (a) is present in 75% of classes and participate in the discussion of the issues under review as well as in group work; (B) read, analyze and be prepared to discuss the presented handouts; (C) run scheduled jobs.
Participation of working students
Each case must be negotiated with the teacher during the first 15 days after the start of classes.


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