· From the 18th of October to the 19th/25th of November 2021
· Art Therapy foundation course & Studio Art course in Barcelona



Art Therapy courses in Barcelona


For 20 years Metàfora has attracted an international community of students from all over the world for its courses and workshops in Art Therapy.

Metàfora’s Art Therapy department offers a wide range of courses from introductory level to an independent university level MA degree. Although most courses of Art Therapy are taught in Spanish, several of them are offered in English:


Metàfora is an educational center that opened its doors in 1999 and offers an extensive training program in Art Therapy.

Housed in an old charismatic factory complex, located in the quiet neighborhood of Sants in the heart of Barcelona, very close to Plaza España, Montjuic Park and other places of interest.

The late 19th century building is a gem for our students, a labyrinth of spaces and personal studio spaces.

The facilities of the school entice the students to forget for a moment that we are in a city: a patio with a greenhouse, another with a pond and fish (turtle included), a back alley with plants and pots, altogether a place to enjoy the charming atmosphere of a forgotten Barcelona.


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    “…Thanks to the environment at Metàfora and the people involved with bringing it to life, I feel better equipped to pursue my goals in art (and in general) now than when I arrived in Barcelona…”

    Aaron Salm, Massachusetts

     “… I loved the course – teachers are charismatic, each with a different style of communication with students. This really helped me to see myself from different angles, experiment and try new things, made ​​me feel that nothing is impossible…”

    Choi Gui Rang, Korea


    Art & Process (Foundation Course in Art Therapy)

    The Art & Process program, like the Summer Intensive in Art Therapy, gathers students from all over the world. Some students may be considering to later apply to a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy, some other may just wish to explore their own creative process in more depth, and many more are interested in acquiring both, a basic knowledge in art therapy and a better understanding of their own art making process. A&P is a course which combines the basics of an art therapy foundation course plus an extensive guided art making practice.

    All students of A&P have a personal studio space, an individual tutor and access to all the classes in tools and techniques offered on the studio arts program.

    Art & Process: 18th of October – 26th of November 2021

    Winter Intensive (Foundation Course in Art Therapy)

    Easter Intensive and an excellent occasion to see first hand the potential of the art making to get to explore the inner world as well as the first step of a further training in Art Therapy.

    Like the rest of Metàfora’s courses it is both an introduction to the world of Art Therapy and an opportunity to meet like-minded people.

    The teachers of Easter Intensive are also teachers of the Master in Art Therapy, art therapists working as clinicians in different institutions and all of them are members of the ATe (Spanish Professional Association of Art Therapists).

    Winter Intensive 2022: from the 24th to the 30th of January

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    Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy (Postgraduate Level)

    The Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy is the second step of the full training in Art Therapy. The theory, key piece in the course, serves as a complement to the experience acquired in the experiential groups of Art Therapy, the role-play groups, the tutorials and the volunteering.

    What will you learn?

    • To use your own art making process as a tool for self exploration
    • To explore the expressive possibilities of different art media
    • The theoretical and experiential basis of relational art psychotherapy
    • The differences of distinct art therapy approaches
    • To set up a community art project
    • The foundations of: Psychopathology, Development Psychology, Mentalisation, Relational Psychoanalysis

    Advanced Diploma 2022: from the 5th of February to the 31st of July

    Summer Intensive (Foundation Course in Art Therapy)

    The Summer Intensive Program gathers people with different backgrounds but shared interests in art, art therapy and psychology.  While some may be considering to enrol in an art therapy training other may just want to dive into an experiential learning experience of art and therapy.

    The Summer Intensive is structured similarly to a conference with different activities like: art workshops, experiential groups, theoretical talks, case presentations, etc taking place simultaneously through the day.

    Barcelona’s cultural activity in July adds to the course providing an exceptional and unique cultural background.

    Summer Intensive 2022: from the 18th to 28th of July