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.

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Bachelor's degree
Performing Arts
Dance Delivery method Length Location
BA (Hons) Commercial Dance On campus 3 years Sitges
BA (Hons) Dance On campus 3 years Sitges
BA (Hons) Acting On campus 3 years Sitges
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre On campus 3 years Sitges
Master's degree
Performing Arts
Master in Creative Performance Practice (Acting, Choreography, Musical Theater) On campus 1 year Sitges
Foundation / Pathway program
Performing Arts
Foundation Dance On campus 24 weeks Sitges
Foundation Musical Theatre On campus 24 weeks Sitges

Scholarships & 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.


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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.

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Awards & Accreditations

BA (Hons)

Awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

Masters Programs

Awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

Student services & 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 


  • 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.

Student lifestyle

  • 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.


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.


Average rating 5

Based on 12 reviews.


If one place can offer you more than just dancing, singing, acting then IAB is it. IAB gives you an experience like no other and one I will forever be grateful for. I moved to another country, built friendships with people from all over the world and became so much more open minded about other ways of life. The location is the perfect place to s...

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I graduated from the BA Acting course at the IAB in 2018. I can honestly say that joining this university was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only is this course extremely enjoyable, but it is filled with a great variety of high quality classes, which allowed us to excel as performers. The teachers are all fantastic industry prof...

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Honestly THE BEST. I spend three years studying at this school for a BA honours in musical theatre. Not only did I have the most amazing experiences, meet the best of friends but I clearly learnt something because since leaving IAB I have worked non stop in the professional industry. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, the studios are sec...

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Institute of the Arts Barcelona

Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges Barcelona

Phone no: +34938949713

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