Course Directory

Our students choose any two courses, in English or Spanish, from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon MINOR course. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Minor courses meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Minor course offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Minor a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

COURSE GUARANTEE DEADLINES
There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to La Academia de Barcelona on or before January 26, 2018 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.

Choosing a Spanish Course

Besides offering academic and creative courses in English, the Academia is designed to accommodate students with all levels of language need and ability, including beginners.

Complete beginners and students who are in their first or second year of Spanish in school should enroll in Spanish Language: Conversation and Composition. They will be evaluated on the first day of class and placed in a group with students at a similar language level. All language classes are taught entirely in Spanish so as to create an immersion environment and optimize students’ language learning.

Students who wish to study Spanish and have been taking Spanish for three or more years or who are preparing for AP/IB exams should enroll in one of the immersion courses listed below. These courses approach Spanish learning through the exploration of a specific cultural theme – literature, photography, or art history – allowing students to gain in-depth knowledge in this one topic while at the same time perfecting their Spanish. The focus is on advanced writing techniques as well as discussion and debate using more complex grammatical skills. Students wishing to enroll in an immersion course must provide a writing sample in Spanish and a completed teacher recommendation form which they will receive upon applying.

Humanities

  • World class collections such as the Picasso Museum, the MACBA, the Fundacio Joan Miro, the Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Gaudi’s rocambolesque creations, and the many smaller galleries that make Barcelona so vibrant, are the classrooms and resources for this course. Students learn to read and analyze images, and come to grips with the fundamentals of curation. 

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • Students use Barcelona’s remarkable success story as a case study to learn all about the world of Communications: brand development, marketing strategy, public relations, social media, mass media, and advertising. Barcelona is known for its creativity and graphic design. In meetings with local industry experts, students learn what it takes to deliver messages effectively, and to lead a successful campaign. 

  • Students become experts in today’s global health challenges. They study diseases such as AIDS, malaria, Zika, and ebola, public health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and drug availability, and health crises caused by natural disasters. They examine the roles aid agencies play in dealing with international crises and debate the ethical and logistical issues of modern-day global health. Students learn about the different career possibilities in the field and the skills needed to excel in each specialization.

  • Taking advantage of our residence’s proximity to Barcelona’s financial center, students gain first-hand knowledge of current issues in the world of business and economics by studying local corporations. They perform case studies on topics ranging from brand positioning to crisis management and – to cap off the course – develop and present a business plan for a start-up venture. 

  • Combining theory, case studies, and hands-on projects, students address the leading IR issues of our time. They examine how bodies such as the UN, WTO, EU, and ICC act upon the world stage, and how sovereign nations influence (and are influenced by) the world beyond their own borders. Globalization, peacekeeping, security, terrorism, diplomatic negotiation, legal arbitration, the media, and the interface between Islam and the West, are among the topics discussed. Students in this course hone their critical thinking, debate, and presentation skills. 

  • The oceans are a scientific frontier that is in urgent need of deeper understanding. As Barcelona is a major seaport, students are able to combine trips to the coast with visits to the renowned Institut de Ciències del Mar and the city’s world-class aquarium. Course topics include indigenous marine life, the local ecosystem, species differentiation, engineering, coastal preservation, evolutionary biology, the environmental challenges the oceans face, and possible solutions.

  • In this survey course, students investigate a wide range of psychological topics including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, sexuality, and education. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methodologies and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments. They come away from the course with a better understanding of the career options in this field and possible areas for further research. 

  • Students learn about a discipline which is growing in popularity at the university level. They gain insight into the mechanics behind marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, transfers, ownership, rights, and legal and financial structures. While the primary focus is on global models such as FIFA, the Premiership, la Liga, and the Olympics, the course also analyzes American sports. Students visit world-renowned venues including the largest stadium in Europe (FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou) and the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, used for the 1992 Olympics. 

Production & Workshop

  • Barcelona is an architect’s dream: from Gothic churches to Modernist homes and buildings, the city boasts some of the world’s most distinctive edifices. Students discover two thousand years of urban development, from the Roman ruins in the city’s ancient Gothic Quarter, to Gaudí’s spectacular Modernismo, to FC Barcelona’s majestic stadium, while learning how to transform their own ideas into models. Materials fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor. 

  • Students discover Spanish cuisine focusing first on different regional specialties like paella and gazpacho or pinchos, and secondly on the vital role that Barcelona has played, and continues to play, in the culinary world. Students visit markets, bakeries, butchers, and pastry shops, where they discover first-hand the culinary richness of the city. Students also prepare dishes that they share as a class and can recreate back at home. Materials fee of $300 US for the Major and $250 US for the Minor.

  • Few cities are as creative and fashionable as Barcelona. Exploiting these extraordinary resources, students become fashionistas in their own right. By studying the artists and designers who have made Barcelona famous, and by meeting with local creators and entrepreneurs, they acquire the skills to design, create, and develop their own brands from scratch. They present their portfolios and creations at the end of the program. Materials fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Minor.

  • Beginners and experienced photographers transform Barcelona into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor. 

  • In this course, students spend their time capturing sights such as Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, the Gothic quarter, masterpieces in the Picasso Museum, and the sparkling Mediterranean coastline. They hone their technique in a variety of media such as watercolor, pastel, pencil, and charcoal. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

Courses Taught in Spanish

  • Este curso interdisciplinario examina el arte, la arquitectura, la literatura, la música, la gastronomía y las últimas modas que han dado forma a Barcelona a lo largo del último siglo. Desde el movimiento de Modernismo a finales del siglo a la Guerra Civil Española y acontecimientos más recientes, como la incorporación de España en la Unión Europea y la Olimpiada de 1992, Barcelona se ha vuelto un actor importante en la escena mundial. Las clases suponen lecturas, conferenciantes invitados, y visitas a museos y estudios de arte contemporáneo, con la meta de familiarizar a los estudiantes con los artistas e intelectuales más notables - de Gaudí y Miró a el tenor José Carreras y el célebre chef Ferran Adrià - cuyas contribuciones han influido, y siguen influyendo, Barcelona.  

    Barcelona and Modern Culture. This interdisciplinary course examines the art, architecture, literature, music, cuisine and latest trends that have shaped Barcelona over the last century. From the Modernismo movement at the turn of the century to the Spanish Civil War and more recent events, such as Spain's acceptance into the European Union and the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has become a significant player on the world stage. Classes involve readings, guest speakers, and visits to contemporary art studios and museums, with the aim of introducing students to the most notable artists and thinkers – from Gaudí and Miró to the tenor José Carreras and the celebrated chef Ferran Adrià – whose contributions have shaped, and continue to shape, Barcelona.

  • De la mano de chefs, críticos gastronómicos, nutricionistas e historiadores, esta asignatura es un placer para los sentidos. Los estudiantes ganan confianza con el español mezclándose con locales visitando mercados, panaderías, pastelerías y carnicerías. Los estudiantes descubren la rica diversidad gastronómica española y catalana, de gran relevancia en la actualidad, pues cocineros españoles como Ferrán Adrià y los hermanos Roca son reconocidos mundialmente. Al mismo tiempo los alumnos aprenden sobre la dieta mediterránea y sus bondades para la salud. La cuota de laboratorio es de $300 US para la clase Major; $250 US para la clase Minor.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of Spanish cuisine by focusing both on regional specialties such as paella, Andalusian gazpacho, and pintxos, and on the role that Barcelona has come to play in the culinary world. Students gain confidence in their Spanish skills via regular visits to Barcelona's produce markets, including the spectacular Boquería, built in 1836, pasteleríascarnicerías, and panaderías, and while learning to make the most beloved and delicious traditional Spanish delicacies. In the last week of the program, students participate in several hands-on cooking workshops given by local experts. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $250 US for Minors.

  • En este curso los estudiantes desarrollan su propia visión fotográfica de Barcelona y se sumergen en las riquezas visuales de la ciudad, como la arquitectura y el arte callejero. Tanto los principiantes como los fotógrafos más avanzados hacen de la ciudad su estudio; trabajan el retrato, el paisaje urbano, el fotoperiodismo y la fotografía artística. Al final del programa los estudiantes exponen sus mejores trabajos. Los estudiantes necesitan una cámara digital con cable USB, cargador, manual y tarjeta de 8GB. La cuota de laboratorio es de $100 US para la clase Minor.

    Photography. Students transform the city of Barcelona into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban art, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own digital camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $100 US for the Minor.

  • Este curso de expresión oral y escrita se dirige a los estudiantes que quieren enriquecer su vocabulario y afianzar el conocimiento de la gramática española, como el empleo del condicional y del subjuntivo, la conjugación de los tiempos verbales, o la elección de los pronombres personales y relativos. Los estudiantes leen la prensa regional y nacional, visionan extractos de películas contemporáneas, discuten sobre temas de actualidad y se inician en el arte del debate.

     

    This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

    Perfecting the Language. This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

  • Taking full advantage of Barcelona, and using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that integrate museums and cultural sites, and bring students into contact with local native speakers. Students work on pronunciation, intonation, and public speaking. They are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.