Postgraduate diploma in Design of cultural projects
Credits: 30

The University of Barcelona offers this third-cycle university degree named Postgraduate diploma in Design of cultural projects to cultural managers who are interested in developing cultural management projects, especially those linked with the local dimension.

In the current cultural ecosystem, characterized by a great variety of actors and sectors that take part in the making of projects from different perspectives and implications, there is a greater need for high quality professionals. Professionals of the public and private sector, who are able to analyse the relevant sectoral and territorial characteristics and to understand the logic behind these, in order to make adequate strategic proposals. This course is intended to:

  • Provide high-quality education to ensure full incorporation of innovative and competent professionals in different cultural institutions, projects, facilities and services of our country;
  • Promote sustainable and feasible projects at national and international level;
  • Encourage exchange of experiences among participants, professionals and experts in the cultural field.

Finally, the Postgraduate degree in Design of cultural projects, corresponding to the first year of the Master in Management of cultural institutions and companies, allows to pursue common modules by VALIDATION (Conceptual foundations; Strategic Planning; Introduction to Resource Management) in the following postgraduate degrees: “International Cooperation and Cultural Management”, Creative Territories and Cultural Tourism” or “Performing arts and Festivals Production and Management”.

(see explanatory document)

  • Number of ECTS credits: 30
  • Format: on-site and distance learning (see calendar located at the end of the web page of the course).
  • Language: Spanish (students can present written works in Spanish, Catalan or English, and the Final Project also in French, Italian or Portuguese)
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Academic access requirements: University graduates and participants without academic qualifications. These latter receive a University Extension Diploma.
  • Cost: 3.950€ (payment method: 10% to reserve the course place; 40% before starting the course; two fees of 25% during the course)
On-site learning

Advantages of on-site learning:

  • Learning day-by-day, in an evolving way and sharing time and knowledge with other students, under the guidance of professors and with dynamic classroom resources.
  • Interacting face-to-face with qualified professionals in the sector, who know first-hand cases of best practice.
  • Networking with classmates, sharing and involving in a wide range of experiences.
  • Interacting and planning in groups, learning collectively and comparing different experiences and ideas.
  • Living in a cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona, with great programming, innovative and creative dynamism, and many cultural projects of international appeal.
Distance learning

Advantages of distance learning:

  • Set your own study pace, education is tailored to the personal needs of each participant.
  • Developing skills of autonomy, self-control and dedication, and time and work management, linked to the learning process, that are extremely useful in current professional practice.
  • Make access to high quality education possible to those people who live far away or dealing with time constraints.



Structure and dynamic of cultural sectors

Analysis of the cultural actors

Visits to cultural organisations


Local cultural policy

  • Local government: policy, mediation and management of public services
  • Planning, budget and administrative procedure
  • Models and strategies for local cultural policy
  • Agenda 21 for culture
  • Models of governance and management of public cultural facilities

Participation and community cultural revitalization

  • Citizen empowerment and cultural democracy
  • Community participation: dynamics, bargaining and coordination
  • Dynamics, management and regulation of street festivities and events
  • Non-profit organisations: management and models of governance.
  • Strategies and experiences of socio-cultural animation
  • Intercultural management: models and experiences

Local strategic planning

  • Models of local strategic planning
  • Design and development of local strategic plans
  • Local cultural mapping
  • Planning and implementation strategies
  • Evaluation of strategic plans


  • Introductory analysis at the different levels of the cultural management
  • Presentation of some experiences
  • Main applied strategies


Cultural policy

  • Paradigms of contemporary cultural policies
  • International comparative models of cultural policy
  • Strategies for cultural policy
  • Planning and evaluation of cultural policies

Economy of culture

  • Structures and dynamics of cultural markets
  • Cultural participation, consumption and demand
  • Financing strategies

Empowerment and creative references

  • Connotations and dimensions of culture
  • Creativity, cultural industry and creative industry
  • Contemporary cultural dynamics


  • Basics of strategic design and planning
  • Mission, vision and values
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Strategic and operational objectives
  • Projects and programmes assessment
  • Design of programmes and resources assessment
  • Analysis of projects and cultural references


Legal framework

  • Sources of law, normative framework and legal advice
  • Cultural rights.
  • Risks and contractual and extra-contractual obligations
  • Legal and tax system of cultural organisations and activities
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Administrative skills, organization and activity


  • Introduction to accounting tools and case analysis
  • Design of cost budget
  • Design of revenue budget
  • Breakeven point and projects’ viability
  • Temporality of budgeting and accounting

Introduction to communication and marketing

  • Basics of cultural marketing
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • Design of the communication strategy
  • Digital and conventional communication
  • Sponsorhip management


  • Topic selection
  • Project design and planning
  • Selection and analysis of references
  • Strategies development
  • Operational proposal
  • Writing and submission
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Internship organizations

An interesting aspect of the programme is the opportunity to spend an internship period at cultural organisations – see list. For this, the University of Barcelona makes available a standard model of work placement agreement for interested institutions. Tino Carreño, Internship Coordinator, will guide students during their personal research process. He will also inform them about available intern positions within the scope of the programme.

Associations, foundations...
Research and training (centers, universities, schools, departments...)
Companies and musical groups
Communication and dissemination (press offices, dissemination projects ...)
International cooperation (embassies, consulates, centers, foreign institutes ...)
Venues (II)
Exhibition venues
Creation venues
Festivals and other cultural events
Festivals and other cultural events
Heritage and documentary management (museums, archaeological sites, archives, libraries)
Territorial management (City halls, civic centers, cultural centers) (I)
Territorial management (City halls, civic centers, cultural centers) (II)
Cultural industries (companies, edition…)

The programme is intended for professionals interested in adquiring knowledge and skills in the field of cultural management. Applicants must have a university degree in related subjects which demonstrate experience in the field of culture.

Successful completion of this programme of 30 credits entitles for obtaining the certificate of Postgraduate diploma in Design of Cultural Projects.

Direction, coordination and invited professors
Lluís Bonet

Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona.

Academic director at the Postgraduate  course in Design of Cultural Projects.

Àngel Mestres

Director at Trànsit Projectes.

Academic coordinator at the Postgraduate course in Design of Cultural Projects.

Jordi Fàbregas

Director at Centre Civic San Agustí.

Academic tutor the Postgraduate diploma in Design of cultural projects


Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

Expert on Cultural Mobility, Contemporary Art and International Cultural Cooperation.

Academic tutor the Postgraduate diploma in Design of cultural projects (online version)

Isona Admetlla

Cultural Manager. Office Manager at Berlinale-World Cinema Fund.

Jordi Baltà

Consultant and researcher specialized in cultural management and policies.


Joaquina Bobes

Consultant at ARTImetria.


Tino Carreño

Professor at Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona and expert in management and production of music and performing arts festivals.

Internship coordinator  at the Postgraduate  course  in Design of Cultural Projects.

Ramon Castells

Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona and Director of Studies at Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts.


Jaume Colomer

Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Education of the University of Barcelona and cultural consultant specialized in performing arts.


Xavier Cubeles

Head of the Laboratory of Economics of Culture & Tourism,
Barcelona Media.

Albert de Gregorio

Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona and Occupation, Business and Tourism Manager at Barcelona City Council.

Antoni Laporte

Director at ARTImetria.


Gemma Lladós

Head of Administration at Trànsit projectes.


Valenti Oviedo

Director of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.


Andreu Puig

Administrator of the Museu d’Història de Barcelona.


Xavier Roigé

Professor at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Barcelona.


Pep Salazar

Executive director at OFFF Festival.


Xavier Torrens

Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law, Political and Administration Science, State Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law of the University of Barcelona.


Jordi Tresserras

Professor at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Barcelona and Expert on Cultural Tourism. Director at IBERTUR and of the LABPATC of the University of Barcelona.

Academic coordinator at the Postgraduate course in Design of Cultural Projects.

Anna Villarroya

Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona.



  • Teaching periode: from 20th of Octuber 2021 to 30th of Juny  2022.
  • Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays from 16:00 to 20h.
  • Pre-enrolment: Until October 2021
  • Location: IL3 building of the University of Barcelona, C/ Ciutat de Granada, 131, 08018 Barcelona (location).


  • Teaching periode: from 13th of Octuber 2021 to 30th of Juny 2022.
  • Pre-enrolment: Until October 2021
  • Location: IL3 building of the University of Barcelona, C/ Ciutat de Granada, 131, 08018 Barcelona (location).

The organisation reserves the right to modify the scheduled dates. In this case, the secretary’s office will notify all participants as soon as possible.

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