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Contemporary Art School in Barcelona, Spain

Logo of Metàfora, BarcelonaMetàfora, Barcelona:
Founded in 1999, Metàfora is an international art school in Barcelona, on the northeast Mediterranean coast of Spain. Metàfora’s contemporary art activities consist mainly of a full-time studio-arts course, taught in English, called “The International Workshop". Artists and art-students come from a variety of countries, giving the course its distinctive international atmosphere. You can choose to study from 5 weeks to 2 years, depending on your personal goals and ambitions. We also offer art therapy courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Photo of Contemporary Art School in Barcelona, SpainLevels / Qualifications:

The International Workshop consists of different routes or programs, each designed for the individual needs and work-patterns of our student groups, whether the goal is to pursue further training or to start a career as a professional artist. The idea is to provide each participant with the precise tools and experience he/she needs.

- Route A: Advanced / Postgraduate Diploma in Studio Arts (7-14 months)
- Route B: Advanced Certificate in Studio Arts (2 academic years)
- Route C: Certificate in Studio Arts (from 1 semester to 1 academic year)
- Route D: Foundation Studies in Studio Arts (1 academic year)

Metàfora's Initial Diploma in Art Therapy can be taken as an integrated part of The International Workshop
Space and Facilities:
Metàfora is housed in an old industrial complex from 1900, part of Barcelona’s disappearing history of old factories and a 10-minute metro-ride from Barcelona's city centre. The International Workshop disposes of two large studio-buildings joined by a courtyard. The space itself charms any artist with its leftovers of many decades of industrial reality, where 20 years of theatre and art making have made their marks in all thinkable ways.

All students on the course get their own individual studio - a space which becomes their "second home" for an academic year or a semester. The entire premises are equipped with Wi-Fi for students who wish to bring their laptop-computers.

Student Profile:

The International Workshop attracts students with different levels, experience and professional backgrounds, often representing more than 25 nationalities in each group. The minimum age for applicants is 19 years. There is no upper age limit, and mature students are very welcome.

While some of our students are interested in trying new techniques and ways of working, others come to mature their artistic discourse, spending their time on in-depth studio investigation.

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