Drawing | Digital Art and Design

The Digital Art program at the Barcelona Academy of Art 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.

IMPORTANT

Only those students who come from other schools in which they use the same methodologies that we follow at the Barcelona Academy of Art, may validate part or all of the study program, according to their progress in the previous schools.

Objectives


Use of Media & Technique

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

Artistic Disciplines

  • Understand and master 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
  • Master skills in design and composition

Professional Skills

  • Gain excellent skills in project management
  • Dominate skills in file management

Admissions Requirements


To make the most of their time at the academy, new students are expected to have basic proficiency on both Photoshop and ZBrush, among other equivalent 2D and 3D software.

RECOMMENDATION

Before the start of the course, we recommend visiting this pages to get used to the tools: www.ctrlpaint.com and Pixologic ZClassroom.

Methodology


The Digital Art and Design course consists of a series of exercises that the student is required to complete at his/her own pace. Every day a professor approaches the student’s workplace and gives feedback on his/her work, indicating all the aspects of the exercise that are to be corrected, reinforced or improved. Only when the clearly defined outcome is reached on a given project, the student is able to begin the next exercise, which will increase in complexity. Like that, the student will continue until completing all of the course exercises.

FINAL CRITIQUE

At the end of each trimester, students will receive an individual and personalised critique in which all their professors are present. It assesses five areas: attendance, performance, effort, attitude and progress.

Materials


The student should bring:

  • A laptop (at least 4GB RAM is recommended)
  • Graphics tablet
  • Licenses for Adobe Photoshop and Pixologic ZBrush (latest and previous versions recommended)

Study Period


The minimum period of time for registering in a regular course is one term or semester (3 months). At Barcelona Academy of Art we divide each course into three academic terms (or semesters) of 11 weeks each.

The students can start the selected program at the beginning of each one of these terms, either in a continuous or discontinued way.

The deadline for applications for admission is based on the chosen starting period.

The time spent in completing each exercise, and, consequently, in completing a course is different and varies from student to student.

STANDARD DURATION

A Full-Time student takes on average two and a half years to complete the Drawing | Digital Art & Design course.

See Academic Calendar

Modalities


All regular courses can be completed full-time or part-time.

  • FULL-TIME
  • PART-TIME
FULL-TIME

The full-time regular Drawing | Painting course consists of 6 to 8 hours of supervised study from Monday to Friday. The students using this modality take all the subject classes, which include subjects from the Traditional Program (19th Century) plus the Seminars.

Scholarships and Grants

Students in a regular full-time course are eligible to apply for one of our Academy of Art scholarships. Application forms are sent at the end of each academic period and scholarships are assigned before the beginning of each term.

IMPORTANT

To complete the course, it is necessary that the student passes all the subjects included both in the Traditional Program and the Seminars.

PART-TIME

Based on availability, the Barcelona Academy of Art offers non-intensive courses. The Academy’s Atelier structure creates a perfect atmosphere for the interaction between full-time and part-time students. Therefore, there are different learning levels customised for each student within a classroom. To take a regular course part-time means that the student works on the same exercises as a full-time student but is able to organise his/her schedule according to his/her availability and budget. This means that the student can enrol in the course classes one at a time.

Characteristics

The places are limited and the days chosen by the student must be set when registering.

The part-time student has to choose:

SUBJECTS

Choose from the subjects of the Traditional Program (19th century) and the Seminars.

SCHEDULE

Choose the number of days you want to attend and the time that suits you best from among those available.

TERMS

Registrations open at the beginning of each term, 1 term lasting 3 months.

IMPORTANT

There is no flexibility once the term has begun, and the days lost are not recoverable (except absences due to force majeure). These absences must in all cases be notified to the administration department, who will act in accordance with the BAA policy.

Content


At the Barcelona Academy of Art, we combine tradition and academicism to obtain the necessary control and knowledge to be later applied to every single digital technique. True to our philosophy, we consider having good control of the drawing techniques, also on paper and obtain good observational skills. Every good illustrator o concept artist should master the drawing techniques before moving to color theories, specific issues, and software techniques.

The Drawing | Digital Art course includes the Traditional Program (19th Century) subjects, along with all its corresponding seminars.

  • TRADITIONAL PROGRAM (19TH CENTURY)
  • SEMINARS
TRADITIONAL PROGRAM (19TH CENTURY)

Teaching methods originated in the Renaissance and brought back to life by the main Realistic Academic Ateliers of the late 19th century (in particular by great painters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, Léon Bonnat and Carolus-Durán).

Still Life
Traditional and Digital

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Digital Design (2D)

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Human Figure
Traditional and Digital

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Digital Sculpture (3D)

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SEMINARS

The seminars complement the regular program tradicional learning and are based on work concepts, techniquesa and other relevant aspects for the complete formation of the contemporary artist.

Seminars | Beginners

FALL TERM

WINTER TERM

SPRING TERM

MORNING

from 10 to 11h30

Artistic Anatomy

Artistic Anatomy

Artistic Anatomy

MORNING

from 11h30 to 13h

Art History

Art History

Art History

AFTERNOON

from 14 to 17h

Expressive and Experimental Drawing

Expressive and Experimental Drawing

Dynamic Drawing

Seminars | Intermediate

FALL TERM

WINTER TERM

SPRING TERM

MORNING

from 10 to 13h

Concept Art or Sculpture Portrait

Composition, Perception and Abstraction

Landscape or Sculpture Portrait

AFTERNOON

from 14 to 17h

Light and Form

Constructive Drawing

Extra-academic Portrait

Schedules and Fees


  • FULL-TIME
  • PART-TIME
FULL-TIME

Monday thru Friday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

Afternoon classes: from 6 to 8 pm, 1 class per week is mandatory.

Full-time mode includes all the subjects in the Traditional Program (19th Century) and the Drawing | Painting Seminars.

2.900/1 term

3 months
Bookings

5.800/2 terms

6 months
Bookings

PART-TIME

Traditional Program (19th Century)


Still Life | Traditional and Digital

Monday from 10 am to 1 pm

428/1 day

3 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 816€ [66h]
  • 3 days: 1.164€ [99h]
  • 4 days: 1.472€ [132h]

856/1 day

6 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 1.632€ [132h]
  • 3 days: 2.328€ [198h]
  • 4 days: 2.944€ [264h]

Digital Design

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm

570/1 day

3 months
Bookings

  • 1 day: 570€ [33h]
  • 2 days: 1.140€ [66h]

1.140/1 day

6 months
Bookings

  • 1 day: 1.140€ [66h]
  • 2 days: 2.280€ [132h]

Digital Sculpture

Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm

570/1 term

3 months
Bookings

1.140/2 terms

6 months
Bookings

Long Pose Drawing and Painting

Monday thru Thrursday from 2 pm to 5 pm

754/2 days

3 months
Bookings

  • 3 days: 1.020€ [99h]
  • 4 days: 1.370€ [132h]

1.508/2 days

6 months
Bookings

  • 3 days: 2.040€ [198h]
  • 4 days: 2.740€ [264h]

Pencil Drawing and Painting

Monday and/or Tuesday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm

(second group) Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

192/1 day

3 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 384€ [44h]
  • 3 days: 575€ [66h]
  • 4 days: 760€ [88h]
  • 5 days: 950€ [110h]

384/1 day

6 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 768€ [88h]
  • 3 days: 1.150€ [132h]
  • 4 days: 1.520€ [176h]
  • 5 days: 1.900€ [220h]

Portrait Pencil Drawing and Painting

Monday and/or Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm

192/1 day

3 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 384€ [44h]

384/1 day

6 months
Bookings

  • 2 days: 768€ [88h]

Seminars


Seminars | Beginners

Artistic Anatomy

Fall, Winter and Spring periods
Friday from 9:30 am to 11 am

285/1 term

3 months
Bookings

  • 16,5 hours

570/2 terms

6 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Art History

Fall, Winter, and Spring period
Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm

285/1 term

3 months
Bookings

  • 16,5 hours

570/2 terms

6 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Expressive and Dynamic Drawing

Fall, Winter, and Spring Period
Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm

570/1 term

3 months
Bookings

  • 16,5 hours

1.140/2 terms

6 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Seminars | Intermediate

FALL TERM

WINTER TERM

SPRING TERM

Concept Art

Friday from 10 am to 1 pm

570/Fall Term

3 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Light and Form

Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm

456/Fall Term

3 meses
Reservar plaza

  • 33 hours

Composition and Abstraction

Friday from 10 am to 1 pm

570/Fall Term

3 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Constructive Drawing

Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm

570/Fall Term

3 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Landscape

Friday from 10 am to 1 pm

570/Spring Term

3 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Extra-academic Portrait

Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm

570/Spring Term

3 months
Bookings

  • 33 hours

Registrations


Registrations are open throughout the year and we admit new students at the beginning of each period. Depending on the term in which the student wants to join, there are registration deadlines. The minimum registration time is always of a term and from there, students can continue their study period. The students may take a course without interruptions, or choose to let some time go by between enrollments.

Place Reservation

  • Students can join at the beginning of a period (October-January-March). See School Calendar.
  • Applications are only accepted online.
  • During the admissions process, all applications received before the deadline will be considered, even if the student did not receive an immediate reply after submitting his/her application. Applications received after the deadline (those received after the maximum allowed time) will go on the waiting list of the chosen period.
  • Should there be no available places for the chosen period, the application will automatically be placed on the next available term.
  • Application deadline:

Fall Period: July 10 | Winter Period: November 30 | Spring Period: February 28

Method of Payment

  • All payments are to be made by bank wire transfer to the account number that is detailed in the place confirmation email.
  • Once the student is admitted, he/she is required to confirm his/her place by making a non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit equals to a 10% of the total of the course the student enrolled in.
  • The remaining of the registration fees is to be paid within the dates detailed in the place confirmation email, which equal to the payment of the term the student enrolled in and it is always paid in advance. If the non-refundable deposit is not paid, the student’s place becomes automatically available to the next student on the waiting list.
  • Students can ask for a refund (except for the non-refundable deposit amount), which will be refunded according to the Academy’s internal policy.
  • If any changes need to be made after the student’s place is confirmed, an administrative fee will be applied.
  • If a student is absent for a long period of time without justification, he/she cannot ask for a refund for the course fees.

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