Introduction to Aesthetics (261286)

Learning Outcomes

Introduction to Aesthetics relies on the presentation, discussion and reflection of structural concepts of Aesthetics, further establishing a connection between art and Communication Design practice.
Throughout the semester, students will be asked to read, review and reflect upon relevant essays and/or articles, to study and analyze referenced case studies and to actively engage in discussing and thinking about the approached topics.
The discipline will also take advantage from a know-how approach, introducing theoretical-practical exercises, enabling students to understand important topics aiming for an integration between theory and practice, making use of the learning benefits from public presentation and discussion.

Study Program

1.    Difference between artwork and aesthetic object
2.    Distinction and Intersection: Theory of Arts and Aesthetics
3.    Imitation
4.    The ugly
5.    Beauty
6.    Sublime
7.    The invention of Desire
8.    Taste
9.    White
10.    Information Aesthetics
11.    The Aesthetics and Ethics of art and design



Benjamin, W. (2012). Sobre Arte, Técnica, Linguagem e Política. Relógio d’Água, Lisboa.    
Brooke, A. (2012). This Mean This, This Means That – A User's Guide to Semiotics. 2nd Edition. London, Laurence King Publishing.    
Carchia, G., & D’Angelo, P. (2009). Dicionário de Estética. Edições 70, Lisboa.
Gervereau, L. (2007) Ver, Compreender, Analisar as Imagens. Edições 70, Lisboa.    
Griffin, J. et al (2014) The Twenty-First Century Art Book. Phaidon Press, London.
Townsend, D. (2002). Introdução à Estética: história, correntes, teorias. Edições 70, Lisboa.