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Art as a lens for social change


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The art as a Lens for Social Change program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to improve their language proficiency, learn about art and Spanish society, as well as gaining skills on field research and studying in depth a topic of their interest.

The Theme seminar is a interdisciplinary course that explores the rich Spanish heritage, and the role of Art in the most significant social changes in modern Spain.

This program: includes the program academic program, accomodation, full board, 5 leisure activities and transport during the 2 week course. Next program available for Spring 2021. This course requieres at least 10 students, up to 30.

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Arts as a Lens for Social Change program is designed to provide students with  the opportunity to improve their language proficiency, learn about art and  Spanish society, as well as gaining skills on field research and studying in  depth a topic of their interest.

The Theme seminar is a interdisciplinary course  that explores the rich Spanish heritage, and he role of Arts in the most  significant social changes in modern Spain.

It will present students with a wide  range of topics, including multicultural roots and their influence in Spanish  society, the main Spanish Art Schools, ethnic fusion in Spanish performing arts,  Spanish film, amongst others.

The Independent Field Research Project allows  students to become familiar with field research in the intercultural context.

Course Objectives

To develop conceptual understanding of art, culture and the role they play  in society.
To become acquainted with Spanish artistic and cultural heritage and  understand the policies that make this heritage a means of development and  change for the country.
To understand Spanish Art work within various interrelated disciplines:  history, anthropology, sociology.
To engage in art work and field research through an individual project.
Develop new skills in one of the Artistic Workshops that will be lead by our local artisans.

Experts Panel

Arturo Tapia. Host

Arturo Tapia is an Art historian and non-formal educator in the fields of art and culture in the area of International Education.

He has a master’s degree in Cultural Tourism Management and Local Development, as well as extensive experience. He is a very proactive person who has worked, among others, as a teacher trainer, event organizer, urban gymkhanas designer, production technician at performing arts festivals, etc.

During his university training Arturo has participated in summer programs as a physical-education and cultural leader, with groups of pre-university American exchange students; and during the rest of the year, with children and university students carrying out cultural immersion programs in the city of Granada and in various monuments throught Andalusia.

Arturo has participated in volunteer projects for didactic routes of heritage sustainability. He was a part of an innovative archeological research project in Ireland.

Currently active as a non-formal educator and, through very proactive and dynamic methodologies, he works with diverse groups in developing educational projects for schoolchildren and adults of the local environment through social and regenerative associations.

Arturo collaborates with the Department of Didactics of Social Sciences of the University of Granada and is in constant training in didactics, management, coaching, etc. via attending of congresses, seminars, educational days and volunteers.

Program Site

Orientation in Madrid

A cultural orientation will be held during the first two days of the program. During the orientation sessions, the following topics are discussed: program components and requirements, competent intercultural communication, accomodation, health and safety, program calendar; organization, logistics, norms, expectations, and the criteria for evaluation.

This orientation takes place in Madrid, where we will take advantage of the many opportunities the capital offers, to explore the city and visit some of its most iconic landmarks and museums.

Program Site in Granada

Granada has captivated poets, musicians, and travelers from all over the world with its unique mixture of Arabic and Christian architecture, its light and its contrasts.

History has left many interesting marks on the city today. Now 290,000 people, 70,000 of whom are university students, inhabit Granada and add to the special atmosphere which surrounds its cultural life.

We enjoy a terrific location, only 60 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea yet at the very foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where the ski season runs from November to the end of April.

The climate has dramatic contrasts and very little rain, almost never from June to September. So people here enjoy a very active social lifestyle in the bars and in the street.

Program Outline

Program Components

Art as a Lens for Social Change seminar 35 hours
Artistic workshop in Granada 15 hours

Independent Field Research Project 20 hours

Art as a Lens for Social Change’ seminar

The art as a lens for Social Change seminar is aimed at exploring the role played by arts in contemporary spanish society, offering a view of the major Spanish Arts Schools, as well as, their sociological and historical context. It will address current issues facing today’s multicultural spanish society and explore the possibilities in which the arts can contribute to sensitization and social change. In addition to lectures dealing with topics of current cultural relevance, academic subjetcs are designed to give students background knowledge necessary for understanding spanish society and conducting further independent research. Classrrom lectures are complemented by interdisciplinary workshops, educational excursions and active involment with the host community.

Artistic workshop in Granada

We will have the opportunity to dive into the world of Grenadian artists and artisans with a hands on workshop on one of the following topics.Flamenco, learn from the best in the place of origin of this unique art and culture; Ceramics, develop new skills throgh tradicional ceramic techniques in the artisan centre of the Albaycin; Photography, take advantage of one of the most beautiful cities of the world to develop your artistic soul and your skills with the camara.

Independent Field Research Project

This course has two different components:

The first component provides students with the opportunity to learn effectively in a nontraditional, cross-cultural environment and develop specific field-study methods that will be necessary for them to complete their Independent Field Research Project (IFRP). Students are guided on: focusing their project; searching out and utilizing primary data; recording and making contacts in their field of study.

The second component gives students the opportunity to study a topic of particular academic interest in greater depth by engaging them in art work production or field work. Students have the support of an advisor to identify an area of interest related to the academic theme of the program to develop their topic of research and methodologies for the study. The project advisor helps/guides the students through the IFRP. including data collection, analysis of approaches, interpretation of findings, and written and oral presentation of findings.


€2.700 per student. It will be paid online using a secure payment gateway from our partner Itinerarius.

This course requieres at least 8 students, up to 15.

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