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FLEXIBLE art program. Stay for


24th April - 9th June

6th March - 21st April

16th January - 24th February

17th October - 25th November

Art Factory in Barcelona

Metàfora is an independent, multidisciplinary art school in Barcelona. Our flexible 3 year Studio Arts Program is designed in Blocks starting several times a year. This means that students can join the course for a few weeks up to 3 years.

Every student gets an individual studio space in a historical complex in central Barcelona.

The arts program contains a wide range of classes with different tools and techniques including clay sculpting, welding, screen printing, installation, performance, as well as weekly life drawing sessions.

Metàfora is a distinctly international school where all classes and workshops are taught in English.

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The Metàfora Studio Arts Program is made up of Block specific and recurring weekly activities

…such as tutorials, optional workshops and classes made for students on Year 1, or Years 2-3 of the program

Foundation to Advanced levels

The first year contains Metàfora’s Foundation Program and is designed for students who approach art for the first time (high school art credits or similar). Here, the focus is on experimentation and play, testing the creative potential of each student.

Students who are interested in a career as practicing artists can embark on the intermediate and advanced level of Metàfora’s Training Program. Students are supported in their professional art production and introduced to curators and gallerists. The focus is on individual production, exhibition activity and critical thinking.

Classes and studio work

The program contains a wide range of classes with different tools and techniques including clay sculpting, welding, screen printing, installation, performance, as well as a weekly session of life-drawing. All classes are taught in English.

All tools and techniques workshops are optional, and when not in class, students work independently in their studio spaces.

Most people coming here even just for a short term stay end up staying for years or come back for further studies.

María Pascual Berlingo. Argentina

Flexible Studio Arts Program

Long term:
1 to 3 Academic Years

The Metàfora Studio Arts complete course is an Academic Year, so if you can take the time we strongly recommend this option, as it’s where students experience the most personal growth in an artistic sense, but also on a more personal level, where you can better connect and make real friendships with other students, and truly feel the Barcelona experience.

The year long course usually starts in September for those interested in taking the Academic Year or in January for those students who would prefer taking a Calendar Year.

Short term:
Studio Blocks (6 weeks)

Organize your stay in Blocks. Metàfora is a flexible, modular course that can be organized in Blocks. Students sometimes decide to stay for 1 Block, and towards the end of their stay, decide if they would like to continue. Students who decide to stay on the course, can keep their studio space and continue, or change, their tutor.

Part Time Option

Students taking the Part Time option will receive 12 ECS credits over the course of two studio blocks, with an average of 18 hours per week between classes, consultation and individual work.

A part time admission does not qualify for a student visa due to reduced hours and does not include a studio space, however materials and work in progress can be stored in a designated area.

Join the Barcelona art scene.

As a contemporary art school, Metàfora believes in total immersion in the local art and culture. During the course students get to know the Barcelona art scene via guided studio visits and participation in gallery exhibitions.

Metàfora works closely with MACBA, the contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona and many other galleries and institutions.

Metàfora’s inhouse and invited teachers are all established artists and curators in their own right. With the help of their insight, students learn how to formulate their ideas and talk publicly about their art.

About the Metàfora Studio Arts Program

The School

  • Set in an old factory building
  • Located in Sants, central Barcelona
  • Easily connected via metro and bus
  • 10 minutes walk from Barcelona’s main train station Sants Estació
  • Indiviual studio spaces
  • Two patios and charming outdoor spaces
  • All tutors are art professionals or artists themselves
  • All classes are in English

The Art Program

  • Stay for 6 weeks to 3 years
  • Foundation level for beginners
  • Certificate/Diploma for advanced students
  • Change your level as you progress
  • New classes and workshops every block
  • Choose which workshops to take
  • Weekly tutorials
  • Frequent artwork presentations
  • Transcript at the end of your stay

Barcelona, Spain

  • Located in the Mediterranean
  • Easy accessibility
  • Temperatures between 9°C and 30°C
  • Discover the tasty local cuisine
  • Attractive beaches and mountains
  • Discover Sagrada Família, La Rambla, Picasso Museum...
  • The only city to be awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Architecture
  • Declared “officially the greatest city on earth” in 2022 (The Telegraph)

Metàfora will always be like a second home away from home that pushes you in the right direction

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