International Fine Arts School in Spain / Europe

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Metàfora, Barcelona:
Founded in 1999, Metàfora is an international fine arts school in Barcelona, on the northeast Mediterranean coast of Spain. Metàfora’s contemporary art education consists of a full-time studio arts course, taught in English, called “The International Workshop". This course comprises 4 levels - foundation, certificate, diploma and advanced diploma - all of which can be undertaken independently. We also offer academic year art therapy courses taught in Spanish, as well as summer art programs in English. Artists and art students come to Metàfora from around the world, giving the school a distinctive international atmosphere. Students can choose to study from 6 weeks to 4 years, depending on your personal goals and ambitions.

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The International Workshop - A full-time, studio arts course taught in English, from 6 weeks to 4 years.

Designed for young artists & students of Fine Art or Design, the International Workshop consists of different routes or programs. Each program is designed for the individual needs and work-patterns of our student groups, whether your goal is to pursue further training or to start a career as a professional artist.

The idea is to provide each student with the precise tools and experience he/she needs.

International Workshop study options:
• Foundation Program in Studio Arts (6-7 week blocks, for beginners)
• Certificate in Studio Arts (Training Program year 1)
• Diploma in Studio Arts (Training Program year 2)
• Advanced Diploma in Studio Arts (Training Program year 3) 

Art Therapy Courses:

• Initial Diploma in Art Therapy (can be taken as an integrated part of The International Workshop)

• Masters & Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy (taught in Spanish)

• Intensive Summer Course in Art Therapy (taught in English & Spanish)

• Short-term stays of 5-8 weeks: Students are completely integrated with the student-group on the International Workshop and can participate in all scheduled classes and activities. 

Metàfora's Initial Diploma in Art Therapy can be taken as an integrated part of The International Workshop.

University Credit:

Image of International Fine Arts School in Spain / EuropeIf you are currently studying a BFA degree or similar, your university or college may grant credit for your participation in The International Workshop.

While institutions worldwide (including many in the United States) recognize The International Workshop, the decision to grant credits for your stay is the individual choice of each university or college.

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.

Student Testimonials:

Photos of Metàfora, Barcelona" . . . On the International Workshop I was taught to think wildly and explore freely while being surrounded by professional artists who were more than willing to help me achieve projects that we technically complex and time consuming . . ." 
- Lauren

" . . . Working with people from all over the world is probably the greatest aspect of Metàfora.  The connections you build with the peers are not only beneficial for the development of your practice, but also for your individual growth . . ."
- Fatema

" . . . The international workshop gives you a safe but also critical framework in which to explore your work conceptually.  Compared to the large institutions Metàfora gives you a "edgier vibe", where creativity and ingenuity are key to success . . ."
- Paul

" . . . Invited speakers every week gave a first hand experience with the art scene of Barcelona and ideas of how to start working on ones own artistic career. This linked well to the fact that students had the option to participate in several exhibitions organised in and around Barcelona throughout the year. All of them were really sucessful and we learned how to develop a show in a professional way.”
-  Evelina

Space and Facilities:

Picture of International Fine Arts School in Spain / EuropeMetàfora 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.

Updated: 2016-05-17

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