• What is the response of the Cultural Management Programme to the COVID-19?

The pandemic is having a significant impact on the whole of society and particularly on the cultural sector. It is a challenge for us to improve our programmes and accompany our academic and professional community. In a few weeks we have developed new materials and organized numerous online sessions among teachers, students and professionals. Now we know more and are taking advantage of this crisis to propose more dynamic training.

The course calendars have been adapted and the programming of our 2020-21 Masters and Postgraduate courses takes into account the possibility of future resurgence. Our priority is the safety of students and teachers, while offering a quality training and research experience as a learning community, knowledge and experience transmission that allows us all a better personal and professional development.

  • What are the main differences between on-site and blended or online learning formats? 

Most of our courses are offered in a double format: on-site and blended or online. This solution is intended to adapt to the different needs and possibilities of our students. Those who select the on-site learning format do so because they want (and can) live an experience of social interaction, know in-depth cultural experiences offered by a city like Barcelona, work side-by-side with colleagues in small collective learning groups.

Remote learning allows those who do not live in (or cannot travel to) Barcelona during the entire course to undergo quality training, with materials and counseling of a personal tutor, in an asynchronous way (compatible with different world time zones).

To compensate the lack of social interaction, we offer blended courses, that are carried out online during most of the year, but that include two or three weeks on-site in Barcelona. During this short but very intense on-site period, personal interaction is intensified, dynamics that are difficult to perform remotely are offered (group workshops, simulation games…) and collective field trips are programmed.

  • Is it possible to access materials or documents before starting the course? 

Yes, but only partially. In the publication section of this website, you may find references for a good deal of bibliography written by the professors of the programme, and a substantial part of these are open access, with a direct link to the full text. However, materials specifically created for the course will be shared only as the teaching modules progress, since these supplements the professors’ explanations and the exercises performed in on-campus classes or in the virtual classroom.

  • Is it possible to enroll in the second year of the Master’s degree in Management of cultural institutions and companies, if one has completed before any of the postgraduate degrees of the programme? Can one get two different diplomas?it possible to access materials or documents before starting the course? 

Yes. Once completing the 30 credits of any of the postgraduate’s courses of the Cultural Management Programme, it is possible to directly accede to the second year of the Master’s. Those who enroll directly to complete the two years of the Master’s degree in Management of cultural institutions and companies will receive a 10% discount, but they will obtain only the Master’s degree. Instead, those who complete first a postgraduate’s degree (e.g. in Design of Cultural Projects) and later complete the second year of the Master’s will obtain two academic diplomas but will not benefit from the discount.

  • What are the career opportunities in the field of cultural management?

Cultural management offers a wide range of career opportunities. These include:

  • Director, manager or administrator of cultural projects, venues and services – in the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Programmer and/or producer of cultural events (artistic, humanistic, festive, heritage, touristic events…).
  • Cultural manager for local development
  • Programmer and organiser of intercultural initiatives and socio-cultural activities
  • Researcher in cultural management and policy.
  • Does the Cultural Management program offer any internship opportunities?

Despite only one course requires to complete a minimum number of internship hours for successful completion (Master’s degree in Cultural Management), internship programs are openly available to students. If interested, once enrolled in the course, students should contact the internship coordinator to start working together on the best possible strategy.

  • What is the difference between official and university-specific degrees?

Both are accredited by the university issuing the degree. Until 2007, in Spain there were only university-specific postgraduate degrees, namely programmes solely funded by student fees, specific grants or university’s internal resources. These programmes (masters or postgraduate degrees) are still offered, as they best suit continuing education needs, and are accredited by the postgraduate agencies of each university and count on a mix of university professors and working professionals.
The new official Master’s degrees have come to form part of the subsidized offer of public universities. In practice, this means that your teachers are all university professors and have to be accredited by the agencies for university evaluation (AQU or ANECA). In order to get into a PhD programme, you must complete an official master’s degree for a minimum of 60 credits, taking the research option.

  • In terms of employability, is there any difference between official and university-specific master’s degrees?

The difference is only in the number of credits of each programme. The prestige of each programme depends on its professors and on independent evaluation from the alumni and from cultural organizations that contract them.

  • Is it possible to transfer earned credits between university-specific and official master’s degree courses?

Spanish legislation is very strict about credit recognition . Thus, only 15% of credits earned from a university-specific master’s degree course can be validated and transferred in order to access an official master’s degree course.

  • What are ECTS credits?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) allows for recognition of all higher education courses at European level, as academic credits are standardized across the continent. One credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of student workload. A one year full-time academic course corresponds to 60 ECTS credits.

  • Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

With regard to the official university-specific degrees, you can either pay the total amount of your tuition fees in one instalment or splitting the payment in different instalments.

With regard to the official master’s degree course, you can either pay the total amount of your tuition fees in one instalment  or splitting the payment in 3 or 7 instalments.

  • Which are the key dates?

You can see, the different key dates of every course from here.

  • How can I make a suggestion, comment or complaint?

The programme has different monitoring and evaluation procedures to assess quality. Student satisfaction surveys are carried out in all courses, individual or group tutoring sessions are offered and students can express their opinions or complaints to the programme’s direction by sending an e-mail from here.