IAB | Institute of the Arts Barcelona

Introduction

An Innovation in Performing Arts Education

A Unique International Specialist Institute for the Performing Arts

Founded in 2013, the Institute of the Arts Barcelona is a dynamic institute uniquely positioned to offer international performing arts higher education in Europe. Students from all over the world benefit from our top-level professional teaching staff and UK university validated education in a stunning location on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Our rigorous, interdisciplinary and transformative programmes are specially designed to provide an intensive and well-rounded education for the modern performer. We offer 1 year Foundation Certificates, 3 year BA (Hons) and 1 year MA Degrees in a variety of performing and recording arts disciplines.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is an important part of human endeavour and experience. This is true for artists and especially relevant for performing artists. The Institute of the Arts Barcelona views diversity and inclusion as a critical part of learning— interdisciplinary education, being part of different types of thinking, culture and socio-economic backgrounds—that goes toward creating a well-rounded, socially and culturally rich society.

As society changes, social issues such as identity and culture change at an ever faster rate. As artists, it is those very issues that are part and parcel of the performing artist’s profession. The ability to understand, appreciate and utilise the attributes of a diverse society and changing culture is the hallmark of an international career.

As an educational institution that fully supports diversity and inclusion, the Institute of the Arts Barcelona evolves with a changing world. Our students benefit from this by learning in a conservatory environment with a rich multi-cultural student body, teaching staff and administrative staff.

The Institute’s non-profit foundation, Fundación Stellar, ensures inclusion for students who are talented but otherwise unable to afford an education at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona.

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona Experience

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona is a conservatory for the performing arts—a place to learn, train and grow in a diverse and inclusive environment. Interdisciplinary learning makes the Institute of the Arts Barcelona a unique and transformative educational choice.

Whatever your chosen discipline, you will be studying alongside other dedicated students who share your commitment and passion. We have an innovative interdisciplinary approach to performing arts education: you will collaborate, discuss and work with people in other, but related, disciplines — and you will learn together and from each other.

A diverse college community that encourages interdisciplinary dialogue produces sophisticated, thinking practitioners and citizens. The Institute supports this diversity at all levels, from the student body to the teaching staff and administration team.

An International Teaching Staff of Professionals

Our teaching staff are all professionals with outstanding experience in their respective areas of expertise. As international practitioners and qualified academics, they have worked at the highest level across the world and have taught at some of the most prestigious performing arts institutions.

They are directly connected to the demanding performing arts industry and bring their knowledge, insight, professional connections and fresh approaches into our studios and classrooms. Under the care and guidance of these experts, students will have the opportunity to flourish and grow artistically.

A Conservatory for the Performing Arts

The Institute is housed in a unique and stunning building with a fascinating past – the building was designed and purpose-built by Audi, with creativity in mind, as their European design headquarters.

Our extensive refurbishment programme has harnessed the building’s creative potential, giving our students access to state-of-the-art facilities that include a 200-seat theatre, world-class dance studios, rehearsal studios, music practice rooms, and a library – not to mention an onsite café with ample social spaces.

A Nurturing Environment

Situated half an hour from the centre of Barcelona, Sitges is one of Spain’s jewels. Originally a small fishing village, in the 19th century it became a centre for counter-culture and the arts. Sitges has the largest street carnival in mainland Europe, is home to a major international film festival and has five substantial museums and galleries. It is a modern and exciting town with an excellent nightlife, but retains much of its original charm as a small coastal Catalan town.

Sitges is the perfect campus town. The cost of living is cheaper than the European norm, there is a wide choice of affordable accommodation and miles of beautiful beaches. Sitges has excellent public services, such as health and public transport. Due to its international popularity, English is widely spoken in banks, doctors’ surgeries, shops and bars.

Student Welfare and Support

For many of our incoming students, attending the Institute of the Arts Barcelona will be their first time living away from home and for most it will be the first time they are living in a foreign country. It’s a big step—one that should be filled with excitement but also security.

Dancers especially can be prone to injury and most students at some stage will feel stressed or may experience psychological issues. Money problems, course difficulties, accommodation worries or even problems with friends or family are all issues that need to be shared and talked about.

The Institute offers counseling service and can also direct the student to appropriate medical care and support if they are going through a difficult time. Our welfare and support staff are here to help find the right accommodation or even find a flat mate to share with. If Spanish is a weak point, we can help with issues such as getting a mobile phone or opening a bank account.

There is a hardship fund if a student needs emergency cash to tide them over. Most of all we are here to help make the time spent at the Institute a happy and fulfilling time. We are a small and specialized institution which means we are able to provide holistic care to all our students.

On-Site Physiotherapy

Our on-site physiotherapy—IAB Health is the first and only integrated health centre specializing in performing arts in the Barcelona area. We assess and treat performing artists on-site. The clinic has qualified practitioners in:

  • Injury prevention and management
  • Physical injury treatment and rehabilitation
  • Functional screening and dancer profiling
  • Performance nutritional advice
  • Performance psychology and coaching

The centre delivers the most up to date and evidence-based healthcare so that our students are able to get back and maintain their level of optimal health, function and performance to achieve excellence.

The team works closely with dance medicine and science experts from the UK who are engaged in pioneering research in their field.

Barcelona: An Arts Destination

The freedom to experiment with new ideas doesn’t stop at our doors.

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most innovative and intoxicating cities—a place where creation and nurturing of the arts have long been prized. It is also one of the most admired and visited cities in the world, with famous sons of the Catalonian region including Salvador Dalí, Antoni Gaudí and José Carreras.

Our location in Sitges—an artistically diverse and sophisticated city in its own right, just 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona—provides students with ample opportunities to take advantage of everything that the city has to offer.

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Master in Acting

Campus Full time September 2017 Spain Barcelona

This is a unique programme designed to help individuals develop as empowered, creative and entrepreneurial actors and theatre makers. The programme is student centred and project based. Fee (Spain Residents) €7700/year Fee (EU/EEA Residents) €9950/year Fee (others) €14000/year [+]

Creating the Empowered Professional Theatre Artist The IAB MA Acting programme will enable actors and theatre-makers
: To take advantage of substantial opportunities to create, perform and showcase new work To take on steadily increasing levels of personal responsibility for their continuing professional development Student centred and student based, the MA programme will offer carefully tailored opportunities to allow students to review, explore and strengthen their craft. In ensemble and as individuals, students will
: Encounter and investigate a wide range of theatre forms, contexts and strategies

 Be supported to develop a secure personal methodology and a signature performance and production style The concept of ‘the empowered professional theatre artist’ is at the heart of all IAB Masters programmes. MA students will be encouraged and enabled to take direct personal responsibility for investigating and understanding the current and forthcoming conditions within which they will create their future work. Students will be enabled to reflect upon, develop and renew their: Artistic and professional practice
 Awareness of current and future contexts for professional work
 Ability to discover, create and shape future professional possibilities The progressive empowerment will enable the student to: Develop appropriate additional skills and insights
 Discover and generate work opportunities
 Create, shape and refine personal projects and performances For the student, the end result of their experience of the MA Acting programme will give: Appreciably reinforced personal skills and responsibilities; and
 Significantly greater confidence in finding, securing and making work These newly empowered artists will be able to investigate, broaden and deepen their craft, confidently establishing a firm foundation for their future work and taking that future work to a new level. MA ACTING PROGRAMME DETAILS Introduction This is a unique programme designed to help individuals develop as empowered, creative and entrepreneurial actors and theatre makers. The programme is student centred and project based. It provides its students with the opportunity to explore, as an ensemble member and individually; a broad range of theatre forms, approaches and methods so as to help them develop their own methodology and signature style as a performer and creative artist. At the heart of the programme is the concept of the empowered entrepreneurial actor – capable of developing and shaping their own work and creative practice – beyond the normal bound of the traditional actor performer. Programme Aims The aim of the programme is to train and develop creative actors and performers to Masters level so that they can make a contribution to the development of acting. More specifically the programme aims to develop individuals who, on completion of the programme, will be able to demonstrate, at Masters level, the ability to: Exhibit a clear and informed understanding of acting, performance and theatre practice Work effectively and professionally with theatre makers and performers Collaborate creatively with colleagues to create new theatre work that responds Appropriately to differing needs, cultures, stimuli and contexts Deploy a refined and critically informed methodology for the analysis of acting, theatre and performance Exhibit a defined ‘personal’ style of acting and performance making Unique Features of the Programme The IAB is the only truly international institution of performing arts in Europe.
It fosters an international approach to, and understanding of, theatre and performance. The IAB MA Acting programme has a number of distinguishing features, including: Opportunities to experiment with and create theatre and performance work Relationships with the IAB partner MAs in Directing and Dance A commitment to the development of hands-on practical experience A unique focus on the development of the informed and empowered actor Its student centred, individual research approach to teaching and learning Teaching and Learning Strategies The MA Acting programme is committed to a student centred approach with a strong emphasis on learning through doing. The majority of student’s time will be spent in practical workshop and laboratory sessions exploring the principles and practices of performance and contemporary theatre practice. . Students will participate in a substantial number of performance project in a variety of settings and contexts. The programme will include specific and focused lecture programmes exploring the history, theory and context of global theatre. This will run parallel to a comprehensive programme of lectures and workshops in creative theatre producing. MODULES AND STRUCTURE The MA Acting (The Empowered Actor) will consist of seven modules and is made up of 90 Ects units (180 UK credits). The programme starts in September each year. WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? The MA Acting Programme is designed for mature and adventurous individuals who wish to develop or enhance their career as an actor. The MA Acting programme is designed for those with considerable prior experience of theatre. The experience may come from undergraduate studies in the performing arts, professional theatre experience, or from long term and sustained amateur theatre experience. POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSION Depending on choices made through the programme students may go on to careers across a broad spectrum of theatre and arts practice: Actor (in diverse theatre forms) Theatre Maker / Producer (in traditional and more unusual contexts) Theatre facilitator (working with others in the creation of new work) Educator / Community work (using theatre an a educational or community tool) PhD Study ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants are normally required to have achieved a University degree in an area related to the performing arts. Those who hold unrelated degrees are also encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate substantial levels of performing arts experience as a theatre maker or performer. Applicants without degrees may apply if they are able to demonstrate that they have substantial and directly relevant professional or professional-level work experience (normally three years minimum). HOW TO APPLY It is important for the Institute to get to know applicants for its MA programmes very well. The application process is straight-forward. In the first instance, applicants are asked to fill in the MA application form and attach a personal statement detailing their creative aspirations and reasons for wishing to join the MA programme. [-]

Master in Dance

Campus Full time September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The MA Dance programme at the IAB is a highly practical, vocationally driven programme designed for professional dancers to refine and define their own personal approach to dance performance. Fee (Spain Residents) €7700/year Fee (EU/EEA Residents) €9950/year Fee (others) €14000/year [+]

Creating the Empowered Professional Theatre Artist The IAB MA Dance programme will enable dancers and dance-makers
: To take advantage of substantial opportunities to create, perform and showcase new work To take on steadily increasing levels of personal responsibility for their continuing professional development Student centred and student based, the MA programme will offer carefully tailored opportunities to allow students to review, explore and strengthen their craft. In ensemble and as individuals, students will
: Encounter and investigate a wide range of dance forms, contexts and strategies
 Be supported to develop a secure personal methodology and a signature performance / choreographic style The concept of ‘the empowered professional theatre artist’ is at the heart of all IAB Masters programmes. MA students will be encouraged and enabled to take direct personal responsibility for investigating and understanding the current and forthcoming conditions within which they will create their future work. Students will be enabled to reflect upon, develop and renew their: Artistic and professional practice
 Awareness of current and future contexts for professional work
 Ability to discover, create and shape future professional possibilities The progressive empowerment will enable the student to: Develop appropriate additional skills and insights
 Discover and generate work opportunities
 Create, shape and refine personal projects and performances For the student, the end result of their experience of the Institute’s MA Dance programme will give: Appreciably reinforced personal skills and responsibilities; and
 Significantly greater confidence in finding, securing and making work These newly empowered artists will be able to investigate, broaden and deepen their craft, confidently establishing a firm foundation for their future work and taking that future work to a new level. MA DANCE PROGRAMME DETAILS Introduction The MA Dance programme at the IAB is a highly practical, vocationally driven programme designed for professional dancers to refine and define their own personal approach to dance performance. The programme is specifically designed to develop their signature style as creative and organized choreographers able to work in diverse and challenging contexts. Programme Aims The aim of the programme is to train and develop creative dancers and choreographers who can make a contribution to the development of dance. More specifically the programme aims to develop individuals who can: Create imaginative and well-constructed dance performance which respond positively and appropriately to diverse context and settings Demonstrate clear and unique signature approaches to choreography and choreographic practice Work closely and creatively with performers Demonstrate an advanced and professional understanding of dance technique and its relationship to performance Undertake the role of dance producer taking an idea from initial concept to full production Unique Features of the Programme The MA Dance programme has a number of distinguishing features: The substantial opportunity to experiment and create new dance work The opportunity to develop as creative and technical dance performers Its unique position in Europe’s only international institution of performing arts Its relationship with the partner MA Acting and MA Directing Its commitment to the development of hands on practical experience Its unique synthesis of dance technique and choreographic practice Its student centred, individual research approach to teaching and learning Teaching and Learning Strategies The MA Dance (Choreography and Performance) is committed to a student centred approach with a strong emphasis on learning through doing. The majority of student’s time will be spent in practical workshop and laboratory sessions exploring the principles and practices of dance technique, performance and choreography. Students will participate in, or lead a number of dance theatre performances as choreographer and performer. The programme will include specific and focused lecture programmes exploring the history, theory and context of global dance theatre production. This will run parallel to a comprehensive programme of lectures and workshops in creative dance theatre producing. MODULES AND STRUCTURE The MA Dance (Choreography and Performance) will consist of seven modules and is made up of 90 Ects units (180 UK credits). The programme starts in September each year. WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? The MA Dance Programme is designed for for mature and adventurous individuals who wish to develop a career as creative dance performers or choreographers.. The MA Dance programme is designed for those with considerable prior experience of dance and dance technique. The experience may come from professional dance training, undergraduate studies in the performing arts, or professional theatre experience. POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSION Depending on choices made through the programme students may go on to careers across a broad spectrum of dance practice. This includes: Choreographers (commercial or contemporary) Performers Dance animateurs Dance teachers and facilitators Dance Programmers / administrators ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants are normally required to have achieved a University degree in an area related to the performing arts. The IAB also accept applicants who have followed full-time high level conservatoire training in dance. Those who hold unrelated degrees are also encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate substantial levels of performing arts experience as a theatre maker or performer. Technical dance skill at a high level is a core requirement for this programme and as part of the recruitment process applicants will be invited to come to the IAB and take class. The IAB is happy to accept students who come with from broad range of dance techniques and stylistic approaches. HOW TO APPLY It is important for the Institute to get to know applicants for its MA programmes very well. The application process is straight-forward. In the first instance, applicants are asked to fill in the MA application form and attach a personal statement detailing their creative aspirations and reasons for wishing to join the MA programme. [-]

Master in Theatre Directing

Campus Full time 11  September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The MA in Directing is a highly practical programme which provides its students with substantial opportunities to create, evolve and present new theatre work. It aims to foster and develop skills, knowledge and ability in directing, writing, adapting and devising for theatre, allowing students as appropriate to develop their personal creative methodology and signature style. Fee (Spain Residents) €7700/year Fee (EU/EEA Residents) €9950/year Fee (others) €14000/year [+]

Creating the Empowered Professional Theatre Artist The IAB MA Directing programme will enable theatre-makers: To take advantage of substantial opportunities to create, perform and showcase new work To take on steadily increasing levels of personal responsibility for their continuing professional development Student centred and student based, the MA programme will offer carefully tailored opportunities to allow students to review, explore and strengthen their craft. In ensemble and as individuals, students will: Encounter and investigate a wide range of theatre forms, contexts and strategies
 Be supported to develop a secure personal methodology and a signature performance / production style The concept of ‘the empowered professional theatre artist’ is at the heart of all IAB Masters programmes. MA students will be encouraged and enabled to take direct personal responsibility for investigating and understanding the current and forthcoming conditions within which they will create their future work. Students will be enabled to reflect upon, develop and renew their: Artistic and professional practice
 Awareness of current and future contexts for professional work
 Ability to discover, create and shape future professional possibilities The progressive empowerment will enable the student to: Develop appropriate additional skills and insights
 Discover and generate work opportunities
 Create, shape and refine personal projects and performances For the student, the end result of their experience of the Institute’s MA Theatre Directing programme will give: Appreciably reinforced personal skills and responsibilities; and
 Significantly greater confidence in finding, securing and making work These newly empowered artists will be able to investigate, broaden and deepen their craft, confidently establishing a firm foundation for their future work and taking that future work to a new level. Introduction The MA in Directing is a highly practical programme which provides its students with substantial opportunities to create, evolve and present new theatre work. It aims to foster and develop skills, knowledge and ability in directing, writing, adapting and devising for theatre, allowing students as appropriate to develop their personal creative methodology and signature style. The programme is focussed on the development of creative and inventive theatre directors who can deploy a wide range of creative tools to make, write and devise theatre productions. These tools will encompass a practical knowledge of dramaturgy and performance: Dramaturgy and performance Text analysis Creative theatre production Theatre history and background Current and forthcoming theatre contexts and practice Programme Aims The aim of the programme is to train and develop creative theatre makers who can make a contribution to the development of theatre. On completion of the programme students will be able to demonstrate at Masters level the ability to: Create imaginative, well-constructed theatre productions that respond positively and appropriately to a wide variety of contexts for theatre and performance Work closely and creatively with performers, writers and other theatre artists Explore and utilise the creative opportunities of existing and new texts Undertake the adaptation of existing theatrical and non-theatrical texts for performance Write, devise and create new texts and contexts for performance Understand and undertake the role of creative theatre producer, confidently taking an idea from initial concept to full production Unique Features of the Programme The MA Theatre Directing programme has a number of distinguishing features: The substantial opportunity to experiment and create new work Its unique position in Europe’s only truly international institution of performing arts Its relationship with the partner MA Acting and MA Dance programmes Its commitment to the development of hands-on practical experience Its unique synthesis of production, writing and direction Its student-centred, individual research approach to teaching and learning Teaching and Learning Strategies The MA Theatre Directing is committed to a student centred approach with a strong emphasis on learning through doing. The majority of student’s time will be spent in practical workshop and laboratory sessions exploring the principles and practices of writing, devising and directing theatre. Students will participate in or lead a number of theatre performances as Assistant Director or Director. The programme will include specific and focused lecture programmes exploring the history, theory and context of global theatre production. This will run parallel to a comprehensive programme of lectures and workshops in creative theatre producing. MODULES AND STRUCTURE The MA Theatre Direction (Theatre Making with Writing and adaptation) will consist of six modules and is made up of 90 Ects units (180 UK credits). The programme starts in September each year and concludes in August (11 months) WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? The MA Theatre Directing Programme is designed for mature and adventurous individuals who wish to develop a career in theatre direction. The MA Theatre Directing programme is designed for those with considerable prior experience of theatre. The experience may come from undergraduate studies in the performing arts, professional theatre experience, or from long term and sustained amateur theatre experience. Applicants without degrees may apply if they are able to demonstrate that they have substantial and directly relevant professional or professional-level work experience (normally three years minimum). POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSION Depending on choices made through the programme students may go on to careers across a broad spectrum of theatre and arts practice. Theatre Director / Theatre Maker Scriptwriter / Adaptor / Reader Producer / Programmer (in traditional and more unusual contexts) Theatre facilitator (working with others in the creation of new work) Educator / Community worker (using theatre an a educational or community tool) PhD Study ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants are normally required to have achieved a University degree in an area related to the performing arts. Those who hold unrelated degrees are also encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate substantial levels of performing arts experience as a theatre maker or performer. Applicants without degrees may apply if they are able to demonstrate that they have substantial and directly relevant professional or professional-level work experience (normally three years minimum). HOW TO APPLY It is important for the Institute to get to know applicants for its MA programmes very well. The application process is straight-forward. In the first instance, applicants are asked to fill in the MA application form and attach a personal statement detailing their creative aspirations and reasons for wishing to join the MA programme. [-]

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