The Program's objectives can be summarized in the following topics:

  • Consolidate and increase the tradition started at ECA in the development of cinema, television, radio, video and digital media studies and in the training of staff working in Brazilian universities and in different spheres of contemporary audiovisual production.
  • Investigate cultural and historical injunctions that relate to other areas of knowledge; transdisciplinarity that incorporates dialogues with philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, music, visual arts, performing arts, body arts, as well as architecture and the different technological disciplines that place images and sounds at the centre of humanistic research.
  • Enhance the educational legacy of ECA, stimulating high quality research.
  • Promote the internationalization of the program, through agreements with foreign universities.
  • Consolidate existing research groups and propose the creation of new groups around the themes developed by the program.
  • Encourage the proposal of research projects with development agencies.
  • Expand the already consistent participation of the teaching staff and students in meetings, such as those promoted by the Brazilian Society for Cinema Studies (SOCINE), the National Association of Postgraduate Programs in Communication (COMPÓS) and the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Communication Studies (INTERCOM), among others.
  • Consolidate the bibliographic and artistic production of the faculty and students of the program.