Interested in Metàfora’s Studio Arts Program?
Contact us, we can answer your questions (we usually answer within 24 hours).
Please fill in the following form to give us some information about you, which course you’d like to take and when you’d like to start. We will get back to you and accompany you during the application process, answering any doubts you might have.
You are also welcome to show us examples of your work.
If we already answered your questions, you can skip this step and go directly to the following sections to prepare and access our official application form.
Before you Apply
Before you apply to Metàfora’s Studio Arts Program, we advise you go through our website to make sure you are well informed about the art course contents, its structure and levels. We also suggest you familiarize yourself with practical issues such as course dates and fees.
Would you like to start your course at Foundation, Certificate or Diploma level? Please look into about which course level is the correct one for you. This depends on your previous art experience, your needs and ambitions.
If you have any questions about the process do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help and try to answer all of your questions.
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Prepare your Application
In this section you can see the information you will need to have at hand for each section in the Official Application form. Please read though it carefully and prepare your application on beforehand.
Please prepare your application material on beforehand
You will need: a brief CV and a short motivation letter.
It is a good idea to have them saved somewhere and simply copy-paste into the actual form.
Sections you will find in the Official Application form
Section 1: Overview and email address
In this section all you need to do is state a valid email address to get started on the application.
Section 2: Personal details
Here you need to fill out your personal details.
Note: We ask you for a skype account or if you do not have one, an account on Messenger or Whatsapp. If you do not have any of these, please indicate this in the form.
Section 3: Modality, study length and period
In this section you indicate when you would like to join the course. You can choose more than one option.
We also ask you to indicate whether you want a studio space on campus or not.
The studio space on campus is a big part of the social experience of the course.
Full Option: Tuition and studio space
Only Tuition: No personal studio space (carries a small reduction of the fees)
The option of “No personal studio space” is recommended only for advanced level students who already have a studio elsewhere in the city.
Once the course has started, it is not possible to change from the Full Option to Only Tuition.
Section 4: Background and motivation letter
In this section we ask about your previous educational and professional experience.
Applicants who are applying for direct entrance to level 2 or 3 will be required to submit further details at a later stage in the application form.
This section also asks you to tell us what languages you speak. Remember that English is the teaching language and that a fluent understanding is necessary to be admitted to the course.
Note: It is a good idea to have your CV and motivation letter prepared before starting the form. Remember that we ask for brief texts of max 10 lines each.
Section 5: Other information
Please tell us how you found us.
It is very helpful for us to know about your experience prior to the initial contact with our admissions team.
Section 6: Level for which you are applying
Here is a little information about the levels of Metàfora’s Studio Arts Programs and the admission requirements.
Who are we looking for?
Students are admitted to the first level of the Training Program (Foundation Program in Studio Arts), if they do not have previous studies in art. The typical applicant is looking to consolidate an interest in art, and it is the first time he/she is considering full time art studies. It can also be someone who is looking to explore his/her creative potential, e.g. on a gap year or on a break from studies/professional life.
The ideal applicant to the second level of the Metàfora’s Training Program (Certificate in Studio Arts) is an aspiring artist. Metàfora admits students to level 2, if they have previous experience in art and certain knowledge of Recent Art History (1970’s to now). Normally, admission to this level requires a completed Foundation Course (at Metàfora or elsewhere) or similar.
Year 3 of Metàfora’s Training Program (Diploma in Studio Arts) is an advanced level, where students start out with a base of previous experience in art investigation. We are looking for students who are willing to work hard and produce committed bodies of work. Our ideal student should also be interested in (eventually) showing work and participate with enthusiasm in Barcelona’s cultural life.
It is expected that the student will have experimented sufficiently with different tools and techniques in order to choose a work field to investigate independently in the studio. For this level an extensive knowledge of Recent Art History is a must.
If you are applying for the Foundation program, at this point we have all the information we need. We understand that you may not have a portfolio or any knowledge of recent Western Art history. You can skip the following sections and submit the form.
If you are applying for direct admission to level 2 or 3 on Metàfora’s Training Program, please continue to the following sections of the application form.
Section 7: Previous art training and portfolio
In this section we ask applicants who are seeking admission to level 2 and 3 to provide detailed information about their previous training in art.
This is also where we ask for an online portfolio or website.
The portfolio should be representative of recent work and contain at least 10-20 images.
Section 8: Knowledge of Western Contemporary Art
In this section we ask for a few hints around your knowledge of Recent Western Art History (1970’s to current day).
We do not expect students on starter’s level to have much experience with Recent Western Art History. However, for direct admission to level 2 or 3 on Metàfora’s Training Program it is important that students have certain knowledge of Recent Western Art History.
During the classes of the second level, we expect that students can discuss the fundamental concepts of art movements and ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is also essential for the level of art investigation which is expected by a student on the Training Program.
Some students may be admitted to level 2 on Metàfora’s Training Program with the condition that they complete the classes of Recent History 1, while studying on level 2.
For applicants who are seeking direct admission to level 2 or 3 we also ask details about the way in which certain artists have been influential to their work.
Access the Official Application form by filling in your name and email in this section.
Once you have Applied
Our fast application process usually lasts around 3-5 working days from when we receive your application.
Once you have submitted the official application form, we will email you to set a date for an interview with the course director and/or academic coordinator. Usually, this interview takes about 10-15 minutes and be conducted via Zoom or similar. The time zone difference is taken into account, but we ask you to be flexible when arranging a time for the interview.
What can you expect from this interview?
The main reason behind this informal interview is to get to know you and better understand which year of the Metàfora Studio Arts Program you fall into.
This is based on factors such as your previous education in the arts, your artistic experience, and work experience (for example, you might not have formal studies in the arts, but have worked as an architect, photographer or graphic designer).
The goal is to ensure that you will get maximum benefit out of your stay on the course.
Feel free to prepare a list of questions you would like to ask