Master in Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination (MACAPD)
The Institut del Teatre of Barcelona is taking the coordination
of the third edition of the
Master in Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination -
MACAPD, as a degree from next year: a 60 ECTS first year
with a program of studies of two semesters (October 2012 - June
2013), and a 30 ECTS second optional and selective year with a
research and mobility program of one semester (November 2013 - May
2014), resulting in a theoretical and practical final project.
The MACAPD focuses on body based education training and research
in the areas of writing, visual arts, performance, theatre,
choreography, theory and curatorial. It proposes a critical
approach towards the media of production, cultural context and
dissemination based on the practice-led experience of the
The MACAPD is aimed at all those with an emerging or
professional practice, capable of performing and reporting about
projects having the body as its central axis. Consideration will be
given to both academic qualifications and professional experience
in body-based artistic practices and research using media and
supports such as video, writing, drawing, sound, motion capture
(new technologies), archiving and documentation.
The MACAPD emphasises learning technologies and their ability to
promote new methodologies that facilitate the study and practice of
contemporary arts. The MACAPD addresses theoretical research and
contemporary arts practice through an interdisiciplinary program of
postgraduate degree level focused on research, documentation,
dissemination, curation, editing, and the practice of contemporary
arts within cultural and social contexts.
The present MACAPD program of studies, offered by the Institut
del Teatre of Barcelona, proposes a reflection on the positioning
of the body based contemporary arts practices in relation to the
cultural, political and social contexts; and to study how the
interdisciplinary strategies inhabit and shape those contexts. The
MACAPD proposes a broad notion of the arts practice, their
production and dissemination, within an active and critical
The optional Second Year Program has been designed for
professionals and researchers wishing to extend their own practice
and research on the body in subjects relating to the artistic
creation, dissemination, publication, editing, documentation, and
social and cultural contexts.
The MACAPD is a practice led research and study program with 30
teaching weeks during a First Year and three integrated modules of
60 ECTS (from October to June) that include tutorials, a Gathering,
lectures, seminars, workshops and a paper of 5.000 to 8.000 words;
and a Second Optional Year of 30 ECTS with one single module of 8
weeks of attendance at the coordinating institution which includes
tutorials, a gathering and the preparation of the final project,
and a supervised research and independent practice period (from
December through February) outside the coordinating institution.
The degree of 'Master in Contemporary Arts Practice &
Dissemination' requires a minimum of 60 ECTS of the curriculum and
practices of the 1 Year. The MACAPD offers as well an optional
Second Year of independent applied research based on the fellow
student's proposal to be assessed and validated by an examining
board at the end of the First Year. At the end of the Second Year,
the fellow student will get a Master degree in Contemporary Arts
Practice & Dissemination at the Theatre Institute of 90 ECTS by
means of a public project presentation and a dissertation of 12.000
to 15.000 words. An external examination committee will assess and
mark each part of the final project.
The objectives of the final project are:
Self-initiate a research project related to practice,
production and dissemination of the artistic processes.
Self-develop criteria for assessing and deepening the
professional practice of each fellow participant. This will be a
determining factor for assessing the final project of the Master
Relate theoretical and critical research with artistic
Assessment system by modules
First Year: June integrated assessment (60 ECTS)
of three modules:
MODULE 101 - Self-evaluation methodologies [10 ECTS]: Shared
assessment of each fellow student's arts practice related to
collaboration and interdisciplinarity issues (group discussions,
seminars, workshops, presentations).
MODULE 102: Theoretical texts and performative artistic
practices [25 ECTS]: Partial assessment of a 5.000 to 8.000-word
essay (tutorials, presentations, lectures, assignments).
MODULE 103: Research Methodologies [25 ECTS]: Assessment of each
fellow student artistic practice framed within methodologies of
research, case studies, papers and seminars.
Second Optional Year: November, presentation and
revision of the research project in the frame of the 1 Year
Gathering. March, revision and feed-back of the research period
(December - February) of each fellow student by the direction board
and the academic coordination: final project proposal complemented
by the presentation of a documented report and research
methodologies developed during that period.
MODULE 200: Practical and written research [30 ECTS, ratio of
practical to written research: 10/15/20 ECTS]: May, final
assessment and marks by a commission formed by the direction, the
academic coordination and external examiners.
English. A good command of spoken and written English is
required. Ability to consult and research bibliographical works and
data in English.
The thesis of the Master's final project corresponding to Module
200 (2 Year) and the paper corresponding to Module 102 (1 Year) are
to be presented in English, and eventually in Catalan or
Degree and cost
Master's Degree awarded by the Institut del Teatre de
1st Year, 60 ECTS: €4,000
2nd Year, 30 ECTS: €4,000
Number of places
The 1 Year of the MACAPD offers a minimum of 14 places and a
maximum of 16 places.
The Optional and Selective 2 Year of the MACAPD offers a
maximum of 8 places.
Application, Selection, Pre-registration and Registration
The Selection process of the 1 Year of the
MACAPD: will be made according to an accredited academic degree,
a professional CV, a letter of intentions, and a good accredited
level of written and spoken English. This process will close by
29 June 2012.
Selection results: will be sent by email to all
applicants by 3 July 2012.
Pre-registration deadline: by 13 July 2012,
€500 should be transferred to the bank account indicated in
the pre-registration form that, once completed, should be sent by
e-mail to Dr. Mercè Saumell firstname.lastname@example.org, or
personally delivered at the Academic Office of the Institut del
Teatre / Plaça Margarida Xirgu, s/n. 08004 Barcelona, Catalonia,
Registration deadline: by 25 July 2012, the 1
Year's full Fee amount should have been transferred to the same
Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona / Mercat de les Flors -
Dance & Movement arts, Barcelona / La Caldera - Dance &
Performing Arts Centre, Barcelona / CRA'P - Arts Practice &
Research Centre, Mollet del Vallés / La Poderosa - Dance space and
its contaminants, Barcelona / El Graner - Dance centre,