The School of Communication and Arts (ECA) of University of São Paulo, was created in 1966 and its first name was School of Cultural Communication. Due to the diversities of areas and careers offered, ECA´s first characteristic is that it is contemporary. It is a school linked to the innovations and the transformations of superior education. Its courses are among the most competitive in the University. The University Entrance Exam for ECA is the most competitive at USP. During three decades of investments on education and scientific research, our school has graduated many professionals and scientists in high level. The first group graduated in 1970. Since then, ECA has been prominent not only numbers and diversity of courses, but also for the quality of its faculty members. Nowadays it is an institution on reference for all Latin America. It has acquired international prestige as an institution that keeps the level of excellence on Communication and Arts. In fact, ECA has become an International School. There are many foreign students from Africa, Europe and America that study here.
There are 22 professional careers in undergraduate regular courses, from which 15 are devoted to Arts: Scenic Design, Theater Direction, Theater Acting, Theory of Theater, Sculpture, Engraving, Multimedia, Inter-media, Painting, Chant and Lyrical Art, Composition, Musical Instruments, Conducting and graduation in Art Education, Acting Performances, Fire Arts and Music. There are 4 qualifications in Social Communication: Journalism, Publishing, Advertising and Propaganda and Public Relations, besides the courses of Librarianship, Tourism and Audio-visual. Furthermore, ECA has inside its structure the School of Drama (EAD) that is a traditional school of theater sponsored by the course of “Actor Performance”.
ECA is organized in eight departments and one technical school. The structure of the departments is:
Besides the regular courses, ECA offers diverse activities which provide the community with social services. These are essential functions inside the University, such as Cultural Extension courses in different themes and Project of University Open to the Elderly.
The research centers are a very active area at the school. Beside the work on scientific investigation, they have a straight relationship with the Community producing important works of public utility, which are frequently done in partnership with government agencies.
The Graduate Program incentivates the cultural exchange and research and has agreements with the most prominent Universities worldwide, American, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and other ones.
The Graduate Program, have many transformations in its functional structure, stopped being linked to the original Departments, and torned some specific areas with broad perspective. Therefore ECA has six post-graduate programs in this academic and administrative structure. They are:
The most important cultural and pedagogical investment of ECA has been the constant recycling and actualization of methods and use of the new education technologies.
Updated by Elaine Lopes Vilela em 13/01/2011 - 14:58:20
and created by Elaine Lopes Vilela em 22/01/2010 - 09:38:46