The CIAC appeared in 2008, as a result from the merging of two, previously unfunded, research centers: the Center for Research in Communication Sciences and Arts (University of Algarve) and the Research Centre for Theatre and Film (School of Theatre and Film, IPL). Currently, it also integrates researchers from the Open University, partner in the creation of the PhD Course in Digital Media Arts, and the Higher Institute of Maia.
Based at the University of the Algarve, the CIAC is not restricted to the space it occupies within the two original institutions, but also integrates researchers and collaborators from other national universities and worldwide institutions, as well as PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
Acting in the field of Art Studies, CIAC has always maintained an interdisciplinary character, developing research in the field of Art Studies (Arts, Cinema, Theater) and Communication and, more recently, in the production of digital platforms and digital artifacts.
In order to promote their projects and share knowledge and experiences with the public, both the specialized and the general public, CIAC regularly organizes scientific meetings, which brings together researchers in the area and makes known the research projects and the results of the center. CIAC also develops an editorial line for the dissemination of scientific and artistic research.
The work currently undertaken by the CIAC is particularly dedicated to the exploitation of new technologies, in order to provide in a fast and accessible way, the results of relevant research in the areas of Communication and the Arts. A clear example of this need for knowledge sharing is the Cross Media platform. (www.crossmediaplatform.ciac.pt), which promotes all the research work done by the center.
It is also worth mentioning that CIAC develops post-graduate training at the 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle and post-doctoral level programs.