Campus de les Arts has set out its objectives on two levels. First, it aims to strengthen all aspects of artistic education in degree-granting institutions. Second, it projects the rehabilitation of a unique heritage site to house the Campus de les Arts project.
1) Bolster higher education in the arts
There are more than 8000 students studying degree programmes in artistic education in Catalonia, with about 2000 first-year students entering programmes and more than 1500 receiving their degrees each year. At the same time, the offer of programmes is spread out amongst 19 separate centres with highly varied typologies (including public universities, associated universities and public and private centres for advanced education).
A result of this is rather limited diversity of superior diplomas and university degrees (an average of one per centre), while Masters studies are still minority (less than 6% of all students registered). The historical legacy of research and doctoral studies has basically been centred at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona.
In this context, despite important advancements with the consolidation and regulation of higher education in the arts, following on the approval of Spanish Organic Law 2/2006 and the decrees that have furthered it in Spain and more concretely in Catalonia, the sector in Catalonia continues to suffer from important deficits in various domains. There is specific concern for the development of graduate studies (Masters and Doctoral degrees), resources dedicated to research, knowledge transfer and the training of professors.
For these reasons, therefore, Campus de les Arts proposes bolstering higher education in the arts by emphasising complementarity and interdisciplinarity, while offering resources in three main areas:
A shared structure to encourage and support research, graduate studies, knowledge transfer and the training of faculty, featuring physical spaces, facilities and specialised professionals.
A referential Observatory with the goal of systematising information gathering and organising debates related to the sector.
A common team for relating with public institutions, conceived to work intensely to promote and add value to all participating centres as a whole, broadening their potential for greater social and international presence.
2) Rehabilitate a building classified as a Cultural Asset of National Interest
The rehabilitation of the Can Ricart factory, a building that is representative of industrial heritage in Barcelona and Catalonia and is catalogued as a Cultural Asset of National Interest, requires a corresponding project with strong content. It needs to respond to the criteria of other facilities found in the city’s District 22@, with full appreciation for its potential when it comes to activating the immediate neighbourhood.
The Can Ricart rehabilitation project could perfectly well find its corresponding project in Campus de les Arts, due to this latter’s characteristics as a public entity connected to university studies and research, centred on culture and in consonance with other facilities found in the immediate urban surroundings, as well as with the needs of nearby residents.