Universitat de Barcelona

Visual Arts and Education: A Constructionist Approach


This is an interuniversity master's degree offered by the universities of Barcelona, Girona and Granada. Each university offers their own study programme and students choose in which university they want to study. Consequently, students complete the admission and enrolment process at their chosen university.
The master's degree offers a cross-disciplinary approach through references to cultural studies, visual culture studies, critical education methods, museum studies, poststructuralist studies, the educational shift for arts, etc. Besides, the degree offers intervention and research strategies related to methodologies and methods closely associated to narrative perspectives, artistic and art-based research, visual methods, ethnographic approaches and participative action research.
This course is aimed at students with an interest in developing their training as teachers in the field of arts and education, in carrying out participative and collaborative intervention projects, in developing inclusive research proposals to participate in institutions and groups.
The development of the course includes the participation of teaching staff from other universities, different social groups and international guests.
This master's degree offers placements in cultural, artistic and educational institutions of relevance due to their development of projects that explore alternative strategies in the relation between arts and education.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
  • The narratives, disciplinary discourse, policies and institutional practises that make up the history of arts teaching and education.

  • The areas in which arts teaching and education meet contemporary approaches to innovation and creativity.
  • The contributions and alternatives deriving from the combined efforts of arts, education and community to address emerging social issues.

  • The contributions that information technologies can make to arts education and teaching.
  • The strategies by which educational developments can be analysed and transformed using a critical understanding of narratives, works and artistic discourse.
  • The means by which to conduct research and intervention projects in arts teaching and education in different social and cultural contexts.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Granada
  • Universitat Granada
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Girona

Pathway(s) offered:
 research, professional practice
Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60 - 90 (note that the number will vary according to the applicant's previous studies)
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan, Spanish and English
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 46,11 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2020-2021
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Fine Arts
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Admission requirements

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this master's degree program, applicants are not required to have qualifications in one particular study area. Training and experience in visual arts teaching and education is recommended but not essential.

The following degree qualifications are considered particularly suitable for the program:
- fine arts;
- education and teacher training;
- history of art;
- architecture;
- audiovisual communication;
- other similar official degrees (although such applicants may be recommended to complete the train-up module)

Specific requirements

Bachelor's degree or similar qualification.

Skills and competences

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Contextualise and analyse tendencies and approaches in visual arts teaching and education from social and historical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the manner in which the preoccupations of the literature are reflected in various representations of visual arts teaching and education.
  • Distinguish between contrasting methodological approaches to the preparation of research work on cultural practices in visual arts teaching and education.
  • Design and conduct social and institutional intervention projects in this field.
  • Manage arts-related training and educational projects in different institutional and community contexts;
  • Design arts-related training and educational materials in virtual and analogical frameworks;
  • Demonstrate ability in research methods studying the discourse of proposals made in visual arts teaching and education.

Cross-disciplinary skills profile

- apply presentation strategies and IT skills in research projects;
- develop approaches and strategies to enhance collaborative research in intervention projects.

Pre-enrolment calendar

The pre-enrolment period opens as of January and closes, at the latest, in September. Each centre and each master's degree can establish their specific periods within this general period.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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