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Program Overview

Program Overview

Watch a FC Barcelona soccer match and you might catch a glimpse of the stunning architecture that dots Barcelona’s skyline. Come on CIEE’s Architecture and Design program, and you’ll get to see these spectacular buildings up close, from buildings dating to medieval times to the unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia. Study at a local school of architecture and design, visit architecture during field trips, intern with a leading architectural firm – and that’s just the beginning.

Study abroad in Barcelona, and you’ll:

  • Learn from highly respected instructors of architecture and design
  • See firsthand some of Spain’s most spectacular and varied architecture
  • Visit prominent Spanish architectural and design firms
  • Take part in excursions to explore the region of Catalonia and another major Spanish city like Madrid, Bilbao, or Seville
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose from three tracks of study each with its own wide variety of courses taught in both English and/or Spanish. Improve your Spanish, expand your skills as a designer, understand the city through its visual culture, explore the works of Gaudí and his contemporaries, examine expressions of interior design and furniture or graphic design. The choices are yours in Barcelona.

Internships

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Learn firsthand from those who collectively build the exciting and beautiful city of Barcelona by interning for credit at an internationally recognized architecture firm such as AV62, R+B, Cadaval and Solà-Morales, SZA, Ferré and Domingo, or Demostudio. As an intern architect, you’ll help fabricate scale models, design and oversee construction of building furnishings, and collaborate on the production of working drawings for buildings. You might rather focus on graphic design and intern at Virgili Estudi, on product design and work at Model Retail, or on interior design at Int-sight, among others. Practical application of your in-class studies will give you a leg up as you prepare to enter the professional world.

Excursions

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions. Other cultural activities include those designed to bring American and Spanish students together, such as conversation exchanges with UB Spanish students.

CIEE excursions bring you face to face with as much architecture and design as possible. In the past, students have visited Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, and Bilbao to see Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol, Nieto Sobejano Centro de Interpretación at Madinat Al-zahra, Frank Gehry’s famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and examples of Moorish, Mudejar, and Gothic architecture and decorative arts. You’ll have the opportunity to traverse the Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona; climb Barcelona’s Torre Agbar, a 38-story skyscraper designed by French architect Jean Nouvel; ; visit the brand new Barcelona DHUB (Design Museum) or examine the inner workings of a successful Spanish design studio. Enjoy two weekend trips to towns known for their historical and modern design.

Volunteering

You might help children with their homework after school one day a week, assist children with special needs during break time or basketball training, run kids’ activities at the zoo in Barcelona on the weekend, or collect food to help people in need. No matter what you do, you can make a difference in your host community.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
04/15/2016
09/01/2016
12/21/2016
$18,450

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,257
Housing ***
$3,775
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
10/01/2016
01/04/2017
04/26/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,608
Housing ***
$3,775
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
    • Architecture Track: Architecture or related major or minor and at least one previous architecture studio
    • ELISAVA Direct Enrolment Design Track: Design or other art-related majors and minors, and 4 semesters of college-leve Spanish or equivalent
    • ELISAVA Study Abroad Design track: no major or language requirement
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Credit for the semester is 15-16 semester/22.5 – 24 quarter hours.

Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 hours with credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. ELISAVA courses are worth the equivalent of 2–4.5 semester/3–6.75 quarter hours; ESARQ courses are worth the equivalent of 2–4 semester/ 3–6 quarter hours. Contact hours vary.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The study abroad program is divided into three tracks. All students in all three tracks enroll in a semester-long specially designed core course in English or in Spanish: The City in Visual Culture (3 credits).

Students in the Architecture Track also take a CIEE-arranged architecture studio in English at their level (6 credits) and choose two additional electives from the ESARQ or ELISAVA regular course offer (in Spanish and sporadically in English), or from the CIEE course offer (in Spanish or in English).

Students in the ELISAVA Direct enrolment Design Track also take The City in Visual Culture and four electives from the ELISAVA direct enrolment course offer (in Spanish) and CIEE (in Spanish or in English). They need to at least take one ELISAVA direct enrolment course. ELISAVA Study Abroad courses are not open to students on this track.

Students in the ELISAVA Study Abroad Design Track also take The City in Visual Culture at CIEE plus one CIEE elective. In addition, students with design background choose three additional electives from ELISAVA’s Study Abroad program (in English). Students without design background mandatorily take two specific ELISAVA courses (“The Global and Historic Context of Art and Design”, “Advanced Principles in Design: Intregration, communication, humanities and scientific techniques”) and one ELISAVA elective. Please notice that ELISAVA Study Abroad courses can’t be combined with ELISAVA direct enrolment courses.

Students from either track may choose the CIEE Internship (3 credits) in Spanish or in English as a CIEE elective. See the course description for additional prerequisites.

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About the City

About The City

Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and one of the biggest in Europe. And yet, it’s friendly, warm, and on the beach. Known for being edgy and modern, the spirit of Barcelona has shaped some of the most fascinating art and architecture in the world, including works by Gaudi, Miro, and Picasso. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history – Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th-century Eixample district with its original examples of modernista architecture – contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Magda Bernaus

Center Director

Magda Bernaus is the Center Director. Her professional experience is varied and spans the touristic, cultural, and education sectors. She has worked in international education since 1999, and she has been the CIEE Study Center Director since 2012. Her academic area of expertise is medieval architecture, and she has extensive experience designing and teaching art and architectural history courses for both Spanish and North American universities in Spain. She holds a degree in tourism management (Escola de Turisme - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a degree in art history (Universitat de Barcelona), and a Ph.D. in art history (Universitat de Barcelona).

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Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.

Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.

— Magdalena Bernaus, Center Director

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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ELISAVA School of Design, an independently operated branch of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, is the leading Spanish design school. It was founded in 1961 by a group of architects, designers, and theoreticians with the goal of teaching design through a cross-disciplinary approach. ELISAVA offers undergraduate degrees in design (graphic, industrial, and interior), and technical engineering in industrial design. The school has more than 1,500 students and over 500 teachers and collaborators. In addition to the offer of regular courses in Spanish, ELISAVA’s offer includes a “Study Abroad” program with design courses in English.

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ESARO) is the School of Architecture of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). UIC is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1997 with the aim of providing individualized university training with an international approach and a focus on research. ESARQ provides instruction oriented towards innovative professional practice with the main priority of providing architects with international training, while also giving them a good working knowledge of the most innovative technology. At present, ESARQ offers an undergraduate degree as well as several Master’s degrees in architecture.

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms,the CIEE architecture studio, a computer lab, and student lounges.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen, or in a shared apartment typically in double or single rooms.

Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and shared apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.

As slots in residencies and shared apartments may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Themes such as the Spanish university system, an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access at your homestay, apartment or student residencies, as well as at CIEE, ELISAVA, and ESARQ facilities. In addition, you’ll be able to use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

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The academic program is complemented with a series of field trips and visits designed specifically for students of architecture and design, many of which are part of the core course: The City in Visual Culture. You'll also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE students in Barcelona. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with your Guardian Angel, a cooking class, and a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Several daytrips, including guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or the Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona, are also scheduled. In addition, CIEE includes two overnight trips to sites of major artistic and architectural interest such as Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao/San Sebastian, or others.

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE students to settle into their life in Spain through small group activities and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make friends at the university, introduce you to the city’s culture, and generally help you adapt to life in Barcelona. The Guardian Angels program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.

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Academics

Academics

The Architecture and Design study abroad program started in 2007. The program has a thematic focus, and accommodates students at many language levels from beginner to advanced and heritage speakers, and with varying majors within the visual arts. The program is divided into two tracks: architecture and design. The program has two host institutions: ESARQ School of Architecture and ELISAVA School of Design. Classes are taught in Spanish at ELISAVA (regular courses), ESARQ (regular courses), and CIEE. Classes are taught in English at Elisava (Study Abroad program), at CIEE, and occasionally at ESARQ and ELISAVA (regular courses).

Academic Culture

The CIEE Study Center is located in a historic building located in Passatge Permanyer, a beautiful passageway near Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. ELISAVA courses are held at ELISAVA School of Design on the Ramblas, and ESARQ courses are held at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Both campuses are well connected to the CIEE Study Center via public transportation.

While CIEE courses are designed to follow the American academic culture, courses at the host institutions are characteristic of the local university system. Syllabi are not as detailed as American syllabi and students are often expected to decide for themselves which readings from the syllabus they need to study to fill in gaps missed during the lectures. It is common to share notes with Spanish students and study together, which can benefit students in their language learning as well. Relatively less emphasis is placed on participation and much more on papers, projects, and exams.

Classes at ELISAVA and ESARQ have between 20 (studio classes) and 40 (regular classes) students. As a small, private school, ESARQ places special emphasis on providing students with highly individualized attention. It is the perfect match for CIEE students, who are able to attend architecture courses in Spanish (and occasionally in English) with local students while also benefitting from private tutorials with ESARQ instructors. ELISAVA is a top design school in Barcelona and is associated with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The atmosphere is dynamic, creative, and multidisciplinary, creating an ideal environment for CIEE students.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes, in Spanish or in English, are with CIEE study abroad US students only. ELISAVA and ESARQ regular classes are in Spanish, and they are with Spanish students. Typically, there are a few other international EU (Erasmus) students in the class, but very few, if any, other Americans. ELISAVA “Study Abroad” classes are in English, and they are with other US and international students.

Language Environment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. They are encouraged to meet with local students through CIEE language exchanges, spend time with their host family, and to work on group projects with classmates. The more students participate, the greater their development of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to U.S. standards. Architecture students are evaluated on periodic assignments and on critiques of their work by panels of local architects. In ELISAVA and ESARQ studio courses, assessment is generally based on several course projects and a final project. In ELISAVA and ESARQ theory courses, assessment is generally based on course papers and a final exam. Mid-term exams are rarely given. Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, which is converted to a letter grade.

Students must check with their professors to obtain important exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a study abroad student who has booked travel on a day that an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Internship

Students requesting an internship must:

  • Submit a cover letter and a resumé
  • Submit a portfolio, website, FLICKR or other, with examples of their design work and graphic abilities in PDF format
  • Architecture internships: Have knowledge of architectural design software (AUTOCAD), although they may mainly be assigned manual modeling tasks.
  • Design internships: Have knowledge of at least the following graphic design software: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Freehand.

Important: Hours spent at placement are typically between 100 and 120. In addition, students participating in the internship program have a weekly classroom component. This component provides academic support to their practical experience, and it involves a certain amount of academic work. Recommended credit (internship plus seminar): 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Català

Castilian Spanish and Català are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Català is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed on non-Català speakers. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, service representatives, professors, and homestay families all speak clear Castilian whenever a Spanish speaker is present. Spanish is used widely at the university and you are advised on which classes are taught in Spanish. While it is not necessary to speak Català to survive in Barcelona, you will find that learning a few words can be an enjoyable experience and open doors.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

All ELISAVA and ESARQ courses are taught by faculty from these institutions. Language courses are taught at CIEE by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE courses are taught by local university faculty or members of local institutions of higher education and/or research.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

REQUIRED CIEE CORE COURSE—ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TRACKS

AHIS 3001 BAAD/ARCH 3001 BAAD/VART 3001 BAAD
The City in Visual Culture (in English)
AHIS 3006 BAAD/ARCH 3005 BAAD/VART 3003 BAAD
La Ciudad en la Cultura Visual (in Spanish)

Visual Culture studies have been defined by Gillian Rose as “how people encounter visual images and what happens in those encounters”. This course has great potential for better explaining contemporary cities in their cultural context, both through the analysis of the ways in which cities have been represented visually and through the study of the material culture (architecture, monuments). Within this framework, this course will draw on a wealth of possibilities provided by the city of Barcelona to analyze issues such as urban transformation, local identity, thematization or historical memory. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Course—Architecture Track

Students in the architecture track are required to take one of the two CIEE courses listed below.

ARCH 3004 BAAD
Architecture Design Studio – Intermediate Track

ARCH 4001 BAAD
Architecture Design Studio – Advanced Track

Design studio tracks can accommodate intermediate and advanced architecture students, who are placed in studio tracks based on their prior experience and portfolio review. Advanced students are typically architecture majors of junior or senior standing with two to three years of previous design experience. Intermediate students typically have one to two semesters of design experience. Students at different levels sometimes work together; however, the projects, expectations, and evaluations relate to the standing of the individual students.

The focus of this Design Studio is on an area of the city of Barcelona that is currently undergoing changes. The semester-long design study addresses urban strategies, architectural precedents, methodologies of analysis, design process, and program. Advanced and intermediate students may conduct site and program analysis as a group. Design projects are adjusted to the level of the students. Throughout the term, students explore a complex urban site and architectural program dealing with an actual local issue, from conceptual analysis to a developed project. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

CIEE Electives

SPAN 1001 BASP
Beginning Spanish

This course, designed for students with little or no prior experience in Spanish, has a communicative approach, which means it emphasizes what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course students understand phrases and expressions of common use; communicate when carrying out everyday tasks; and know how to describe aspects of one’s own past and surroundings as well as issues related to one’s most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals; students should be able to use simple grammatical structures and pronounce, generally, in a clear, comprehensible way. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 1002 BASP
Pre-Intermediate Spanish

This course is designed for students with prior experience in Spanish, who still have difficulties in using Spanish in everyday situations. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course follows a communicative approach and covers all five language activities: spoken interaction, spoken production, writing, reading and listening, with an emphasis on developing oral and written interaction. By the end of the course the student is expected to reach the following goals: (i) be able to understand phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate priority provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated; (ii) be able to understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary; (iii) be able to interact with reasonable ease in structured everyday situations and short conversations on familiar topics and activities; (iv) be able to give a simple description on a topic pertinent to his/her everyday life as well as describe plans and arrangements, past activities and personal experiences, and (v) be able to write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors about everyday aspects of his/her environment. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 2001 BASP
Intermediate Spanish

This course has a communicative approach, which means it focuses on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about themes of personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; as well as justify one’s own opinions or plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are acquired prepare students to deal with non-frequent themes and unpredictable situations. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3001 BASP
Advanced Spanish

This class is designed to challenge students with a higher level of language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need in order to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3002 BASP
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation

This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (e.g. formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed for students who take University courses in Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 4001 BASP
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and use different registers (formal, informal, etc.) in both written and spoken Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

AHIS 3002 BAAD

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. We study some of the fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement through the eyes of privileged artists/witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and more. Relevant study tours are arranged. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

AHIS 3005 BAAD/ARCH 3003 BAAD

Gaudí and His Contemporaries: Art, Architecture, and Design Around 1900
This course examines the work of the main artists, architects, and designers of the western world during the times of the Art Nouveau style. Special attention is paid to Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, whose creations turned Barcelona into “a living museum of Art Nouveau architecture.” Other contemporary architects and designers whose works are studied are Victor Horta, Henry van de Velde, Hector Guimard, Louis C. Tiffany, and more. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3001 BAAD

Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, artistic heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona. Students learn the history of the city from its foundation up to present day, with a special emphasis on the contemporary period. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3003 BAAD

Internship
(Prerequisites: Students must have five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, and must submit a cover letter, resumé, portfolio, website, Flickr, or other, with examples of their design work and graphic abilities in PDF format. Architecture track interns must have knowledge of architectural design software (Autocad), although they are mainly assigned manual modeling tasks. Design interns must have knowledge of at least the following graphic design software: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Freehand.

Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship in the field of architecture or design with a local organization or company. Students spend an average of 100–120 hours at their internship placement. In addition to on-site business experience, students participating in the internship program have a weekly classroom component, taught in Spanish, which provides academic and intercultural support to their practical experience. Total hours: 135–160. Recommended credit: 3 semester hours/4.5 quarter hours.

ELISAVA Regular Courses

Elective courses in Spanish are available to students on the ELISAVA Direct Enrolment Design Track at the ELISAVA Escola Superior de Disseny. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester, and that some courses have prerequisites. Students must have a minimum of three or four semesters of Spanish, depending on the course. Listed below are some of the courses that may be available:

Projects: Graphic Communication
Projects: Product and Space
Techniques: Graphic Communication
Techniques: Product and Space

ELISAVA “STUDY ABROAD” COURSES

The Global and Historic Context of Art and Design
Advanced Principles in Design: Integrating communication, humanities and scientific techniques
Design for Packaging
Typography and Graphic Design
Furniture and Product Design
Retail Design/Visual Merchandising
BCN. City of cities in a global world

For an updated description of ELISAVA Study Abroad courses, please visit www.elisava.net

ESARQ Courses

Elective courses in Spanish and in English are available to students on the architecture track at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ESARQ). Please note that not all courses are offered each semester, and that some courses have prerequisites. Listed below are some of the courses that may be available:

Accessibility in Architecture
Architectural Composition
Architectural Cooperation

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