University of Barcelona

Music as an Interdisciplinary Art

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Music as an Interdisciplinary Art is intended for graduates in the humanities (history, art history, anthropology, modern languages, philosophy, fine arts, graduates in conservatories and schools of music), journalism, audio-visual communication, cultural sociology, music education and teaching who wish to complete their academic training with a systematic and rigorous study of audio-visual media and music criticism.

In accordance with the Bologna Process and the structure of the EHEA, the new approach is open to related disciplines, which boosts the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, to better adapt to the current world.

The course provides a broad overview of music, from the perspective of creation, consumption and business, so that students gain an understanding of the world of music and of professional work in this field. A cross- and interdisciplinary perspective will be used to debate and develop knowledge of music through complementary fields such as history, sociology of music, anthropological analysis, philosophy, teaching, and problems in the music profession, in relation to the complex worlds of concert music, music that incorporates technology and popular music.

The master’s degree prepares students to engage with different professions related to music (including playing and performance, programme management, written and broadcast journalism and music teaching) and to promote the development of academic strategies for research on music subjects.


General competences

  • Capacity for analysis, synthesis, and critical reasoning in relation to the arts.
  • Capacity to organize and plan multidisciplinary aspects of artistic thought.
  • Ability to develop artistic and musical creativity.
  • Capacity to display initiative in interdisciplinary creative processes.
  • Capacity to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to use intellectual processes to develop artistic thought.
  • Capacity to use bibliographic, newspaper, library and music resources to learn about and understand intellectual processes.

Specific competences
  • Understanding of the main characteristics, concepts and areas of musical activity, including interdisciplinary aspects.
  • Understanding of the main historical facts about the relationship between music and its cultural and artistic environment.
  • Capacity to use methods and tools for analysing sound with academic rigour.
  • Understanding of the economic and financial implications of the various forms of musical expression in contemporary society.
  • Understanding of strategies and procedures for creating multidisciplinary shows.
  • Understanding of the creative dynamics associated with popular music, as well as its evaluation, specific characteristics, and social reach.
  • Understanding of thought processes related to the creation and dissemination of music in the past and the present.
  • Capacity to write critical reports and assess the value of interdisciplinary art products in the mass media.
  • Capacity to apply knowledge of the conservation and dissemination of written and oral music heritage, particularly multidisciplinary works.
  • Understanding of the use of archive resources related to the world of music, audio-visual media and the stage.
  • Understanding of basic techniques for conserving, cataloguing, publishing and disseminating musical arts in all kinds of media.
  • Well-developed auditory skills, through study and practice.
  • Capacity to learn about and assess the association between music and the audio-visual world, from a theoretical and practical perspective