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Institute of the Arts Barcelona

Institute of the Arts Barcelona

Institute of the Arts Barcelona


IAB is a leading European Performing Arts Institution preparing artists for the world stage in an intense, studio-based learning environment. All teaching is in English and we offer vocational training of the highest standard in a variety of fields, including: Acting (BA Hons) Commercial Dance (BA Hons) Dance (Foundation, BA Hons) Musical Theatre (Foundation, BA Hons) Masters (Acting, Musical Theatre and Choreography specialisms) Located in the beautiful beach-side town of Sitges, Barcelona, the IAB is a truly international and dynamic organisation with students from over 50 nationalities . All courses are geared towards preparing graduates for careers as professional performers in their chosen field and our Bachelor and Masters courses are validated by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in the United Kingdom who are our awarding body.

Our Approach

Focus On Individuality

Our contemporary way of training is focused on individuality. We believe in finding your own voice as an artist and giving you all the skills necessary to succeed.

Learning By Doing

Our method is learning by doing, which means most of our programmes are about rigorous practical training.

Gain Performance Experience

We want you to put your skills into practice right away, that’s why we’re putting you in front of an audience so you start gaining performance experience as soon as possible.


340 + Students

50 + Different Nationalities

35 + Productions every year

    Campus Features

    • The IAB is based on two campus sites.
    • Our main building is located a few minutes walk from the beach and is close to the centre of Sitges.
    • From Sitges there are regular trains to Barcelona and it is a quick bus or train journey to Barcelona International airport.

    There are plenty of accommodation options near the Institute. Most first-year students live in the Utopia student accommodation which is only seven minutes’ walking distance from the campus; it is affordable and has a friendly ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

    There are plenty of private accommodation options as well.

      Scholarships and Funding

      Talent Scholarships:

      The IAB offers a limited number of Talent Scholarships each year. These are available for BA (Hons) programmes and awarded to new students who demonstrate outstanding talent at audition. You cannot therefore apply for a Talent Scholarship, instead students will be assessed at the audition to determine if they are eligible. They are open throughout the academic year. A Talent Scholarship constitutes a reduction in fees, rather than a full fee waiver.

      Financial Aid:

      Financial aid is a grant towards your Tuition Fees. If awarded, this constitutes a small reduction in your Tuition Fees. Applicants will be required to provide supplementary evidence. Once you have been made an offer, you can request the financial aid application form.

      Why study at Institute of the Arts Barcelona

      • Preparing you for a sustainable career in the global market.
      • Practical training with lots of performance opportunities.
      • Located in Sitges, a seaside town near Barcelona, Spain.
      • International community with students from over 50 different nationalities.
      • Teaching in English.
      • UK university degree (from Liverpool John Moores University) for BA (Hons) and Masters programmes.
      • Great facilities in two modern campuses.
      • International faculty plus frequent visits from professional directors, choreographers and industry professionals.
      • Low cost of living.

      Awards & Accreditations

      BA (Hons)

      Awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

      Masters Programs

      Awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

      Campus Life & Facilities

      • We have a Student Services team that will help you with accommodation, visas and anything else you need to help you settle in.
      • We have over 20 studios across two campuses, plus a 200-seat theatre with full lighting and sound system.
      • The IAB has in-house health clinic for students
      • On-site café
      • IAB is only a 15-minute walk into the centre of Sitges which has traditional old white buildings and shops, cafes and restaurants.
      • Sitges is a cultural centre with regular international events including carnival, Sitges International Film Festival and Gay Pride.
      • The town is on a wide bay of sandy beaches.
      • Sitges is very compact so you can get around on a bike, scooter or walking.

      Institute of the Arts Barcelona is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge


      • Sitges

        Carrer Ramon de Dalmases,18, 08870, Sitges

      • Barcelona

        Ramon Dalmases 18, 08870, Barcelona

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