Digital Art and Design

The Digital Art program marries the rigorous academic approach of the existing 19th Century program with current and emerging digital tools. It is a two year specialisation followed by an optional residency program.

Students develop skills in both observation and design, with the residency program serving the development of a professional portfolio and career relationships. Projects cover a range of media, including pencil, charcoal, and oil paint on the traditional side, as well as Photoshop and ZBrush on the digital side.

Our goal is to move each artist closer towards freedom of expression. We are not interested in students graduating as dispensable clones, but rather as a community of highly skilled and sensitive individuals with a strong personal voice. We believe that within the established fields of digital production, there is a specialised demand for artists attuned to the sensitivity and refinement provided by classical training.


Use of Media & Technique

  • Know the basic technical principles of drawing, painting and traditional sculpture and its means.
  • Know and learn to use with confidence the digital representation software applied to drawing, painting and sculpture.

Artistic Disciplines

  • Understand and master the drawing, painting and sculpture from life.
  • Understand the qualities of the traditional technique transferred to any digital graphics software.

Artistic Skills

  • Master the use of tone and color
  • Gain excellent skills in design and composition

Professional Skills

  • Gain excellence in project management
  • Acquire excellent skills in file management


To make the most of their time at the academy, new students are expected to have basic  proficiency with both Photoshop and ZBrush before entering the programme.

Recommendation:  for preparation, check and Pixologic ZClassroom as excellent free resources.


The Digital Art intensive program consists of 6-8 hours per day of supervised study, running Monday to Friday. Every day a teacher approaches the student’s workspace and gives feedback on strengthening his/her project. When the clearly defined outcome is reached for a given project, the student is authorized to begin the next exercise which will increase in complexity. Thus, working at their own pace, each student systematically builds a foundation until completing the full program.

An integral part of our methodology is the Final Critique, held at the end of each trimester. Every student is required to bring all work done during the current trimester and to discuss their individual experience with the team of instructors. Five areas are evaluated: attendance, attitude, progress, effort, and performance.


  • Students work with traditional and digital media from the beginning of the program. 
  • All students are therefore required to bring their own laptops and graphic tablets to the Academy. 
  • Students are also required to obtain licenses for Adobe Photoshop and Pixologic ZBrush before joining the Academy.

Study Period

The minimum registration time in regular courses is always a period [3 months]. At the Barcelona Academy of Art we divide each academic year into three periods (or terms), each of 11 weeks.

Students can join the chosen program at the beginning of each period, and take it on a continuous basis, or choose to let time pass between enrollment and enrollment.

Depending on the period in which the students want to join, there are maximum deadlines for receiving applications.

The time each student uses in each exercise, and consequently, to finish a whole program, is totally individual, and may be different from student to student. The standard time for a full-time student to complete a whole program is around two and a half academic years.

This is our school calendar.

Scholarships and Grants

Students in an intensive program can apply for one of our internal scholarships. Application forms are sent to all registered students at the end of each academic period and scholarships are assigned before the beginning of every term.


Students in an intensive program can apply for one of our internal scholarships. Application forms are sent to all registered students at the end of each academic period and scholarships are assigned before the beginning of every term.

  • Schedule
  • Prices
  • Tutors
  • Registrations
Monday 10 – 13h : Studio Program
Tuesday & Wednesday 10 – 13h: Digital design (2D)
Thursday 10 – 13h  : Digital Sculpture (3D)
Friday:  Anatomy 9:30 – 11h & Art History 11:30-13h 
14 – 17h
Monday to Thursday: Human Figure: Long Pose
Friday: Expressive and Dynamic Drawing
17:30 – 19:30h 
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Human Figure: Pencil Drawings

*Digital Art & Design students have 1 compulsory short pose session a week from 18 to 20h. The day will be determined in your place confirmation email.

Teaching hours
3 months 6 months 9 months
Teaching hours 420h 840h 1260h
Price 2.640€ 5.280€ 7.000€
Dorian Iten

Dorian Iten

Digital Art | Drawing | Painting
Christian Bull

Christian Bull

Digital Art | Sculpture
Iago Remacha

Iago Remacha

Digital Art | Drawing | Painting
Jordi Díaz Alamà

Jordi Díaz Alamà

Gerard Castellví

Gerard Castellví

Drawing | Painting
Joe Altwer

Joe Altwer

Drawing | Painting
Alba García Fijo

Alba García Fijo

History of Art
Marta Lafuente Cuenca

Marta Lafuente Cuenca

Expressive Drawing
Roser Masip Boladeras

Roser Masip Boladeras

Dynamic Drawing
  • Intensive programs students may join the course at the beginning of a period [October-January-March]. See school calendar.
  • Applications are only accepted online [forms on the websites of each course] 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:

Fall term: July 10
Winter term: November 31
Spring term: February 28

  • 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.
  • Failure to pay the non-refundable deposit will automatically leave the place available for a student in the reservation list.

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