The minimum enrolment period for regular courses is always one term or quarter [3 months].
Students can join the chosen programme at the beginning of each period and keep going from there, or they can choose to let some time pass between each period of study.
This is our academic timetable. Depending on the period in which the students want to join, there are deadlines for registration:
Email is the main method of communication between the administration department and the student body. Students are required to check their inbox regularly to keep informed of all events and notifications.
Applications will only be accepted online.
Admissions will be processed on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. When the groups are full, any extra requests received will be put on the reserve list.
Transfer from other schools
Only students who come from schools which use the same methodologies as the Barcelona Academy of Art can have previous years of study recognised as a part of the curriculum, and continue at the BAA from there. This decision is solely and exclusively the responsibility of the admissions department, based on the internal policy of the academy.
In order to prepare the documentation certifying that the student has been admitted to the Barcelona Academy of Art, as well as other documentation necessary to start the visa application process, we require that the student has paid the non-refundable deposit.
Who should apply for a student visa?
All students who are citizens of a country that requires a visa to stay in Spain must apply for a student visa.
A visa allows an international student to stay and study in Spain as well as carry out research or training activities, participate in student mobility programmes, carry out non-work placements or provide volunteer services.
1. If the period of study is less than 90 days, a short-term visitor’s visa or Schengen visa will be issued, if the visitor’s nationality requires a visa to enter Spain.
More information on the Schengen visa
2. If the duration of studies is longer than three months, a specific study visa must be applied for.
More information on the long-stay visa
Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are not required to have any authorisation or visa to reside, study, work or carry out related activities in Spain (Art. 44 of Royal Decree 557/2011, of 20 April). This exemption also applies to your family members.
Who should apply for a student visa?
Check with the Spanish Consulate in your country of origin for the requirements to apply for a student visa in Spain. You can also consult this information on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The student visa application process must be carried out directly by the interested party and always from his/her country of origin (except in cases of renewal or extension of the period of studies).
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs examines the applications, so the process can take more than a month from the time the interested party submits all the documentation. For this reason we recommend starting the visa application process well in advance.
Remember that the response time for any email received is 2 – 20 days. It is the sole responsibility of the student to apply well in advance for a student visa, taking into account this response time, as well as to prepare the necessary documentation for their visa to be processed. As a general rule, documentation will not be processed urgently, except in certain cases. In urgent cases, the administration department will charge a fee, to be covered by the requesting student.
When and where should I apply for a student visa?
Student visas are requested personally by the interested party in the Embassy or Consular Office of Spain closest to their address in their country of origin.
Should I ask for additional documentation upon arrival in Spain?
1. Citizens of the European Union
European citizens and citizens of the States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area may reside in Spain for less than three months without the need to obtain any type of authorisation or document. However, if they wish to reside in Spain for more than three months, they must present themselves before the Foreign Nationals Office of the province where they wish to establish their residence and request their registration with the Central Register of Foreign Nationals, and a registration certificate will be issued immediately stating their name, nationality, registered address, foreigner’s identity number (NIE) and the date of registration. To do so, you must be a student in a public or private educational institution in Spain.
2. Non-EU Citizens
If the period of study is less than 6 months, the student visa will allow you to remain in Spain for the duration of your stay. You do not need to request additional documentation upon arrival.
If your study period is longer than 6 months, your entry visa will be valid for 3 months. Therefore, you must apply for a student card (NIE – Número de Identificación de Extranjero) or TIE (Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero) at the corresponding Foreign Nationals Office or police station, which will allow you to remain in Spain for the duration of your studies. This card is usually valid for one academic year and can be renewed annually from within Spain.
Any procedure at the Foreign Nationals Office requires an pre-organised appointment.
Will I be able to work in Spain during my studies?
Yes, as long as the work is compatible with the activity for which the student visa was granted and that the income obtained does not serve as a necessary resource to support the student.
Can my relatives accompany me during my stay in Spain for studies?
Yes, under certain conditions.
Only the following relatives may accompany a foreign student during their stay in Spain:
— Legal spouse or civil partner.
— Children under the age of 18.
— Children of the age of majority who have disabilities which prevent them from providing for their own needs due to their state of health.
The stay of these relatives in Spain is subject to the validity of the holder’s student visa. This means that, in order for the student’s family to accompany them, the student must first obtain a student visa. Only when the student has obtained a student visa will his/her family be able to apply for their respective visas.
How to submit an application
Applications will only be accepted online or by filling in the form at the Academy.
The Barcelona Academy of Art is a highly specialised school that requires candidates to pass a selection process by submitting an artist portfolio.
To reserve a place, the student must fill in the online application form, found in the upper left margin of the page of the course chosen on our website.
In the form you must send the following documentation:
— A letter of motivation: A short text explaining your motives for studying at the Barcelona Academy of Art (maximum 300 words).
— Portfolio: A link to a portfolio or digital gallery where we can assess your work (failing that, 3-5 high quality photographs of your most relevant piece of work).
— Identification Document: A scan of a document proving the identity of the student (national ID document or passport).
Optionally, the candidate may attach a letter of recommendation in which a third party states support for their entry into the BAA.