Objectives and competences

The university master's degree in Interdisciplinary Education of the Arts focuses on the study of − and analytical experimentation with − forms of artistic expression, cultural products and activities linking two or more artistic disciplines that are normally addressed separately in school curricula and initial teacher training. The aim is to highlight the importance of interdisciplinarity in contemporary culture and its relevance to educational innovation.
The principle objective of the course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to conduct detailed examinations of the artistic endeavours, forms of expression and artistic products found in contemporary society, with a view to carrying out effective professional work as cultural mediators.

The course also provides suitable training to holders of teaching and education degrees or related studies who wish to improve their teaching skills in the areas of artistic expression and communication, providing access to doctoral programmes in these fields. 

The master's degree in Interdisciplinary Education of the Arts is taught by the Faculty of Education but is not intended solely for future teachers and educators; it is also suitable for students with previous qualifications in arts disciplines, including philology, fine arts, humanities, audio-visual communication and music sciences. 

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Education
Branch of knowledge
  • Education sciences
  • History of art and artistic expression, and fine arts
  • Interdisciplinary
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available25
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan and Spanish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentYes
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences


This master's degree marks a shift towards a new perspective on integration, examining different forms of cultural expression in depth, particularly those created for children and young people. The specific objectives are:

  • To look more closely at the theoretical and practical aspects of the relationship between visual, musical and literary languages.

  • To examine the use of methodological, conceptual and research models in art that can be applied to the analysis of educational practice.

  • To look more closely at specific curricular and didactic possibilities facilitated by forms of artistic expression.

  • To examine the criteria for assessing the characteristics and potential of cultural offerings for children and young people.

  • To give students a level of professional competence that facilitates the effective planning of school and out-of-school artistic and cultural activities.

  • To impart the educational skills that students will need to work effectively in the initiatives and activities of cultural institutions and organizations.

  • To build on the students' basic training in communication and artistic expression.

  • To illustrate the significant relationship between the degree content and cultural-social demand.

  • To serve as an introduction to research in the arts, based on a paradigm of cultural and educational interdisciplinarity.


  • Capacity to analyse and interpret the relationship between expression, communication and education.
  • Capacity to research and explore artistic practices and objects designed for children and adolescents, through observation and analytical experimentation with their various dimensions (cognitive, cultural, emotional, motor, social, historical, semiologic, aesthetic, communicative and volitional, among others).
  • Capacity to enhance the cultural resources offered in different social environments.
  • Capacity to establish relations of reciprocity and functionality between theoretical principles and educational practices.
  • Capacity to devise, test and implement artistic proposals for an educational curriculum or for specific occasions, adapting them to the needs and profiles of the recipients or collaborating entities.
  • Capacity to initiate, develop and complete research in the visual arts, music and literature, in formal and informal educational settings.
  • Capacity to act with ethical commitment, in a free and socially responsible way, in professional and personal contexts, and to respect universal and democratic values.
  • Capacity to learn in a significant and functional way, with the autonomy to manage and self-regulate the learning process.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The programme is primarily intended for the following groups:

a) Degree- or diploma-holders in primary or early childhood education, and bachelor's degree- or pre-EHEA degree-holders in fine arts, education, philology, art history, educational psychology, higher education (Liceu Conservatory), theatre studies and similar areas.

b) Teachers who are currently working in early childhood, primary and secondary education teachers who are considering lifelong learning to help improve their own teaching practices and those of their colleagues.

c) Lecturers in higher education or experts interested in receiving specific research training in preparation for doctoral studies.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements
  • A bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in philology, art history, fine arts, music science (or a higher education qualification in any specialization of music or performing arts that is deemed equivalent for all purposes to the pre-EHEA degree), audio-visual communication, education or humanities.

  • The Spanish bachelor's degree in Teacher in Early Childhood Education or Teacher in Primary Education, or a diploma in any specialization of teacher training (or a recognized national equivalent).

Candidates may also be admitted if they have a qualification that is not mentioned above, but is considered equivalent to these degrees, and that demonstrates knowledge of the visual arts, music and literature in the many areas of management and audiovisual media.



Primer periodo: del 1 de febrero al 30 de junio del 2024.
Notificaciones: resoluciones parciales la primera quincena de cada mes.

Segundo periodo: del 1 de julio al 4 de septiembre del 2024.
Notificaciones: 9 de septiembre.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

  1. Academic record for the degree used for admission. The candidate's grades will be assessed, and preference will be given to those with the highest gradepoint average. However, no students are ruled out in this first stage, as the other criteria described below are also considered.

  2. Statement of interest. Candidates submit a statement outlining their reasons for applying to the master's degree.

  3. Personal interview. After an evaluation of the statement of interest, the interview is used to examine aspects that were not fully described or did not  appear in the statement.

  4. Full curriculum vitae (academic and/or professional experience). While the CV is an important part of the selection process, consideration is given to the fact that many candidates are young, recent graduates and will therefore have a less extensive record of their activities.

  5. The general criteria reflect a holistic approach to the selection process, so no specific additional merits require consideration.


Only applications that include the required documentation and include the payment of the pre-registration fee will be assessed.

By the deadline established in the pre-enrolment calendar, the resolution of admission is notified by email or published on the website.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned


Course curriculum


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The university master's degree in Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts provides invaluable training to students with a background in art and the humanities rather than education and teaching, in preparation for educational activities in cultural institutions (museums, local councils, private institutions, etc.) or for research in education and the many forms of artistic expression.

The course also aims to meet the training requirements of cultural organizations and institutions (for example, to training prospective monitors of educational activities for museums, educators working in the media, editorial consultants, etc.) and schools (for example, coordinators of cultural activities and events, coordinators of art projects, teaching staff involved in library management, etc.). Finally, students learn to conduct basic research and to pursue their own areas of interest, in preparation for doctoral studies.

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