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Creative activities brought over 123,000 jobs to Barcelona in 2016, representing 12% of employment in the city, and half (49%) of creative jobs in Catalonia.
The main aim of artistic studies is to provide students with a quality education and guarantee qualified professionals trained to work in a variety of artistic fields in the future.
These studies are divided into four categories: music, plastic arts and design, dance and dramatic art, although a further three specialities that are increasingly popular in Barcelona should be noted: videogame creation, film and audiovisual studies and circus.
Depending on their chosen category, students can access Intermediate Level and Higher Level vocational training, higher education (regulated with a certificate equivalent to a university bachelor’s degree), integrated teaching programmes and so on.
The Liceu Conservatory
With 175 years of history, it has received numerous prizes, such as the European Excellence Award. With a total surface area of 10,000 square metres and 90 soundproof classrooms, among other exclusive facilities, it is home to musicians from all over the world, something that has become a distinctive feature of the Liceu.
Higher School of Cinema and the Audiovisual Arts Music of Catalonia (ESMUC)
Its 40,000 square metres of floor space provide the ideal instruments and facilities for top quality teaching. ESMUC, located near the Auditori and the Music Museum, offers the Advanced Music Certificate course, as well as a series of Masters and postgraduate courses.
Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music
This public centre helps develop a participatory relationship between the public and music through amateur and professional training, the creation and programming of artistic ideas, and reflection between professionals.
Taller de músics
Since it was set up, the Taller de Músics Private Foundation has carried out its founding objectives to promote the teaching, interpretation and diffusion of contemporary popular music: jazz, flamenco, rock, etc.
This state school is the oldest design school in Spain, as well as being the first one in Catalonia to provide architecture courses, which began in 1817. It offers intermediate and advanced courses, advanced studies and Masters.
This centre is attached to the UPF and offers degree, Masters and postgraduate courses. Its links to other institutions, including companies and universities all over the world, means that it can offer its students a high rate of job placement.
This municipal art and design centre, which is attached to the UAB, offers advanced training courses and an art and design degree, as well as specialised courses. They are strongly committed to internationalisation and have agreements with powerful companies in the sector
Escola Idep, attached to the UAO, bases its teaching methodology on the conceptual avant-garde and technological infrastructure: because studying photography is not a fashion, fashion is not only design and graphic design is more than just designing.
Faculty of Fine Arts, UB
As the only centre in Catalonia, this faculty offers six European Masters, as well as three degree courses (Fine Arts, Conservation Restoration and Design) which replace the Fine Arts degree course. It caters for 400 students every year, and every course has around 300 graduates.
Attached to the URL, the ESDi Higher School of Design offers its degree course in Design with different specialisations, as well as Masters and postgraduate courses aimed at foreign students, as the first two years can be taken entirely in English.
The BAU School of Design is attached to the UVic. It offers a degree course in design with four specialisations (graphic design & visual communication, audiovisual design, interior design and fashion) apart from various Masters and postgraduate courses.
Institut del Teatre
The Institut del Teatre's Dance Conservatory offers a higher qualification in Dance, equivalent to a university degree, in two ways: Pedagogy of dance and dance choreography and performance techniques.
Institut del Teatre
The Institut del Teatre offers different specialisations, including stage design, performance and direction & play writing, as well as a Masters in Theatre Studies (MUET) as a consequence of an agreement between the Institut, the UAB, the UPC and the UPF.
Attached to the UB, ESCAC offers a degree course in Cinema and Audiovisual Media and a Masters in Cinematography, along with other Masters courses. Various students, including J. A. Bayona, have won prizes, such as the Goya awards.
The Barcelona Cinema School has over 1,000 square metres dedicated to the teaching of its degree and Masters courses in three cinematographic disciplines: fiction, documentaries and animation. It also has its own production company, 2mentes, to provide an outlet for its students' projects.
The Association of Circus Professionals in Catalonia (APCC) offers a network of centres, community centres, etc, that teach courses related to the circus world. This is because the circus has increased its presence in the world of performing arts.
Escola Rogelio Rivel
This school offers 2-year courses that are equivalent to preparatory vocational education. The obligatory techniques are acrobatics, trampoline, vertical exercises, dance and theatre, although the programme also includes other artistic activities
La Central del Circ
This centre offers continual training for circus professionals. The courses are taught by top artists who give classes throughout Europe and have had a long career in the world of circus research and pedagogy.
The Image Processing and Multimedia Technology Centre (CITM), attached to the UPC, includes a degree in Video Game Design and Development. The aim is to train students in the design and programming of video games and other content for mobile devices.
La Salle, URL
The degree course in Multimedia Engineering, offered by La Salle - URL, enables students to develop applications for game consoles, mobiles, social networks, etc., as well as 2D and 3D animation for video games, cinema and audiovisual production.
UPF Barcelona School of Management
The UPF Barcelona School of Management is opting for creativity and technology with its master’s in videogame creation, to prepare videogame programmers and artistic directors, and with its university master’s in animation, which is regarded as a benchmark in the sector’s industry.
The UPC's Masters in video game design and production is aimed at the creation of a video game using design and programming for any digital platform. Professional opportunities include 3D animation and CAD.