Artistic Residency Program

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Tutored self-discovery work | Feedback and networking with cultural professionals | End of term exhibition | Marketing for artists | Non-priority access to life sessions

After completing the intensive two-year program, the BAA offers students (and a handful of external candidates) the opportunity to enroll in our Residency Program, whereby artists will discover themselves and their personal art voice. In addition to receiving continued tutorial guidance in a studio setting, participants will also be introduced to various aspects of the cultural sector.

Studios are located at the BAA’s new Poblenou facility. There, artists will work on personal projects, while receiving the advice from tutors as well as interacting with and learning from professionals from the artistic world: established artists, gallerists and curators, art critics, cultural theorists and more.

The Residency Program seeks to establish a community of figurative artists, thus stregthening the current trend towards contemporary realism, a movement led and supported by the European Museum of Modern Art [MEAM].

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Who is it for?

The third year program is a highly specialized proposal in the field of Fine Arts. It is aimed at an audience interested in pursuing an artistic career, within the parameters of traditional training as the solid foundation that will encourage their individual research to find their own artistic voice.

Students graduated from the BAA and other ARC approved schools are potential candidates. In parallel, the program is open to those artists who wish to apply for a place without having graduated from a school with an academic program, and whose portfolio is of exceptional quality.

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Objectives

The main objective of this final training stage is that the student/artist find his/her own artistic voice and can therefore make a living as a professional painter, sculptor or digital artist. It is promoting the development and the search for his own artistic identity while working for the consolidation of their profession.

The third year program seeks to support artists when faced with the instability of the art market and the difficulties of finding a work space suited to their needs. That is, it is intended to support and enhance their creative facilities and to motivate that they start building their careers as professional artists.

The objectives of the program can be summarized as:

  • promote students to become creative and professionals in the artistic/cultural sector.
  • expose and display the personal work of the artists.
  • help students find a career opportunity.
  • introduce students in the contemporary art market.
  • provide advice from teachers and other specialists to ensure the optimum quality in their professional performance.
  • reinforce concepts at the legislative level and present the communication trends in the artistic/cultural market to facilitate the understanding of the sector.
  • promote teamwork to strengthen the trend of contemporary figurative art.

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Methodology

The third-year program aims to help artists to focus and develop their work through the vision and guidance of our team of teachers and other specialists. Student initiative will be a priority in the development of their projects, and all their doubts and concerns during the development phase may be transmitted to the aforementioned professionals for their advices. Students will also receive parallel training in the shape of master classes, lectures, demonstrations and individual tutoring.

With the compulsory subject of Marketing for Artists, students will gain a thorough understanding of the legal processes involved in the artistic/cultural sector. We will help artists to discover or strengthen their language and identity and present them with the tools and strategies of communication and dissemination of their work.

This contact with artistic/cultural personalities, promoted by the school, will enhance future relations for the immersion of the student artist in the cultural sector and the national and international art market.

The student/artist will have free access to all the life drawing, which will take place daily on the same facilities. At the same time, third-year students may voluntarily participate in other activities organized or in which the BAA collaborates.

Content

The program includes:

  • Tutored self-discovery work. Four tutors will engage in the personal development of each student’s work. The commitment  of the Artistic Residency Program is to relate artists with a tutor to establish an area of ​​research and training in a bidirectional sense. This communication enriches the creative process, either from the conceptual or procedural side to question the discourse itself and adding an external view that will undoubtedly complement the proposal and will push until its execution and final completion.
  • Feedback and networking with cultural professionals, that will go through the studies of the students to see their work and meet them personally. Artists often need encouragement to enhance their production, and when they feel exhausted, they can experience creative blocks. For this reason, and to maintain active production and perhaps explore other ways of creation to help overcome these difficulties, we offer the chance to other artists and industry experts advise artists in residence periodically.
  • End of term exhibition. The management team of the Artistic Residency Program, along with their tutors, will perform a selection of works to be exhibited in three galleries of great prestige in the country. These events will narrow the relationship between galleries and artists, while the latter will publicly present their work, which will also be on sale. The Program aims to participate in other local, national and international exhibitions and fairs all through the academic year.
  • Marketing for Artists. Aiming to encourage the exploration of each student to identify their artistic voice and help them build an identity and own language, Marketing for Artists will provide students with the tools to learn how to explore its capabilities and opportunities to participate in the art market. Thus, the artists will have the tools to more efficiently manage their creativity and will be able to meet and choose among the different possibilities to show and present publicly their artistic production (including the new technologies).
  • Non-priority access to the Human Figure: Long Pose and Pencil Drawings life sessions. Regular Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Digital Art classes are also held in the same building where the studios of the artists in residence are located. For this reason, the students in the Artistic Residency Program will have free access to the life model sessions whenever they find a free spot on the Model Room.

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Calendar

The study will be available for the artist throughout the year, and we accept the entry of new artists at the beginning of each period.

  • Autumn Period: 5 October to 18 December 2015
  • Winter Period: 4 January to 18 March, 2016
  • Spring Period: 1 April to 17 June, 2016
  • Summer Period: 6 July to 18 September, 2016

The student will have access to the studio from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm. Directed and tutored classes will be available for nine months (academic year: October to June). However, artists may extend their permanence for 3 additional months in the Summer (July, August and September).

See academic calendar.

Registrations

Registrations are open through the year, and new students can join the program at the beginning of each period. Depending on the period in which students want to join there are some registration deadlines:

  • Autumn Period: July 31, 2015
  • Winter Period: November 30, 2015
  • Spring Period: February 29, 2016
  • Summer Period: May 31, 2016

Applications received after the deadline will be part of the waiting list for the requested period. If an artist is finally unable to access the desired period, the request will automatically be transferred to the next term.

The minimum registration period is always a term, and each student can expand their study time after each term.

Requirements for enrollment

Applications will only be accepted online.

The candidate should complete the online application form in our website and wait for the response of the BAA. The admissions department will contact each candidate within a period of 2-20 business days.

Here is the information we ask to our candidates:

  • A brief explanatory presentation text, including the motivations to study in our academy (300 words maximum).
  • Resumé or substitute (videobook, Prezi, Slideshare, etc).
  • Link to a portfolio or a digital gallery where we can appreciate the work of the candidate.
  • ID/passport scanning.
  • Academic record.
  • One recommendation letter (for external students only).

Scholarships and grants

Third year students may choose one of the scholarships offered by the Barcelona Academy of Art. The application forms will be sent to all candidates at the end of each academic year (June) and the grants will be assigned before the beginning of the next academic year (September). [Specific promotion for Barcelona Academy of Art students].

  • Schedule
  • Prices
  • Program
  • Registrations

The student will have access to the studio from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm. Directed and tutored classes will be available for nine months (academic year: 5 October 2015 to 17 June 2016). However, artists may extend their permanence for 3 additional months in the Summer (6 July to 18 September 2016).

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Prices 2.500€ 6.000€

The minimum registration period is always a term, and each student will be able to expand their study time after each term.

The program includes:

  • Tutored self-discovery work. Four tutors will engage in the personal development of each student’s work.
  • Feedback and networking with cultural professionals, that will go through the studies of the students to see their work and meet them personally.
  • End of term exhibition. The management team of the Artistic Residency Program, along with their tutors, will perform a selection of works to be exhibited in three galleries of great prestige in the country.
  • Marketing for Artists. Aiming to encourage the exploration of each student to identify their artistic voice and help them build an identity and own language, Marketing for Artists will provide students with the tools to learn how to explore its capabilities and opportunities to participate in the art market.
  • Non-priority access to the Human Figure: Long Pose and Pencil Drawings life sessions. The students in the Artistic Residency Program will have free access to the regular life model sessions whenever they find a free spot on the Model Room.
  • Artistic Residency Program students may join the course at the beginning of a period [October-January-March-July]. See school calendar.
  • Applications are only accepted online [forms available at the bottom of this section, or on the top left margin of the Artistic Residency Program web page] or filling out the form at the Academy.
  • Places will be assigned following a strict order of received applications.
  • When the groups are full, extra applications received will be part of the reservation list.
  • Maximum period for submission of applications:

Autumn Period: July 31, 2015
Winter Period: November 30, 2015
Spring Period: February 29, 2016
Summer Period: May 31, 2016

  • Once admitted the student will be asked to confirm his/her place with a non-refundable deposit (by bank transfer) which corresponds to 10 % of the total fee of his/her course.
  • The remaining tuition fee will be paid on the dates indicated in the confirmation e-mail (one payment per term).
  • Failure to pay the non-refundable deposit will automatically leave the place available for a student in the reservation list.

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