Founded in 1934, the University of São Paulo (USP) is a Brazilian public institution opened for all schools of thought. The university counts currently with seven campuses, which are spread across the State of São Paulo. There are more than 58,000 undergraduate students enrolled in its 289 courses, grouped into 42 Teaching and Research Units. USP has 29,000 graduate students enrolled in 222 graduate programs The University has over 6,000 faculty, of which over 87% work full time and 99.2% possess a Ph.D.
The School of Communication and Arts (ECA) of University of São Paulo offers 28 undergraduate courses in 10 different fields of study: Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Audiovisual Arts, Library Sciences, Editorial Business, Journalism, Music, Marketing and Advertising, Public Relations and Tourism. Over 2,000 undergraduate students and more than 1,000 graduate students attend the school, which is composed of 189 professors. There are six graduate programs available at the school: Scenic Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Audiovisual Means and Processes, Communication Science, and Information Science.
Cinusp Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes is a Cinema connected to Provost of Culture and Arts. Created in 1993 Cinusp offers free movie sessions from Mondays to Fridays, often followed by debates and seminars with professors and directors. CINUSP works as a laboratory of curatorship, and publishing for undergraduate film and other humanities students and professors. Since 2011, Cinusp is part of the Novos Talentos Program – sponsored by the Federal Government through the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) – in which it develops audiovisual workshops with students and teachers from public high schools located in the outskirts of São Paulo.
The Department of Cinema, Television and Radio (CTR) is where undergraduate students can obtain a bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual. Over 200 students are enrolled in the course and it welcomes 35 new students every year. The department has about 28 regular full-time faculty, of which 16 are part of its graduate program – Media and Audiovisual Processes, in which more than 100 graduate students are enrolled either on its master or doctoral programs.
Created in 2009, the Laboratory of Audiovisual Critique and Investigation (Laica) is the department’s main lab. Its infrastructure includes a full complement of high-definition sound and video projection as well as film editing and word processing equipment. In addition to providing the infrastructure for research in the area of theory and history for students/researchers of the Department of Cinema, Television and Radio, the lab is open for sharing on two fronts: with the Brazilian Cinematheque, which has a laboratory for the preservation and conservation of film and television; and with the USP Computational Electronics Center, which specializes in the development and installation of networks. The lab’s online experimental Magazine, named Laika, has over 40 researchers involved and it aims to stimulate and promote reflection on audiovisual creative processes, covering a wide range of interests: visual and sound arts, film, television and digital media.
During the February 17th to February 21st 2014 the University of São Paulo coordinated MILID Student Exchange Program by planning participant’s trips to their host universities – two students from each of the five university members at the time. We received three MILID students (Gemmel Drakes from the University of the West Indies; Mireia Sanz and Geisel Garcia, both from the Autonomous University of Barcelona) who visited schools where our team develops audiovisual workshops, visited other MILID related experiences, especially in journalism and information sciences, took part on contemporary Brazilian film screenings and discussions, and took part of workshop on the adaptation of the UNESCO MILID curriculum.
Activities included presentations about each university’s programs and seminars with MILID professionals of different kinds and types of programs. The operation involved the following different departments and sectors of the university: the Cinema of the University (CINUSP) situated at the Culture and Extension Division, the Department of Cinema, Radio and Television, the Department of Journalism and Publishing, and the Department of Library and Information Sciences, and the International Affairs Office of the School of Arts and Communications, the National Association of Social Sciences Studies (ANPOCS). This institutional internal collaboration and the bridges it established can be considered as one positive outcome of the program. The external – both in Brazil and international interchange possibilities are certainly another.