Creative Entrepreneurship and Creative Work in Barcelona

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MSc Business Management of the Creative Industries and MSc Creative Enterprise enrolled on modules Business of the Creative Industries Company (LCBS5048) and Business of the Creative Industries Environment (LCBS5049) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Barcelona is a buzzing Creative City with a myriad of cultural institutions that are at the heart of its international creative and cultural prestige. This academic-led project aims to bring together the expertise of different academic, business, and cultural actors to provide a lens through which to view an international exemplar in the creative and cultural industries.

Activities include scholarly talks on successful creative entrepreneurship initiatives as well as on the attractiveness of Barcelona for creative and knowledge workers. Once the students have familiarised themselves with the creative context of Barcelona thanks to the scholarly talks, they will visit key hubs for creative enterprises. Visits will include Barcelona Activa – a centre for entrepreneurship that has supported start ups in the city of Barcelona for 30 years – and the 22@ district – a project that transformed industrial land at the district of Poblenou into a space for promoting intensive knowledge-based activities. Students will also have the opportunity to visit to internationally acclaimed Art factories, a network of eleven Barcelona-based creative centres that offer work spaces for different artistic disciplines. Within this network, students will visit the old textile factories Fabra i Coats, Escocesa and Hangar centres for art production and research laboratories for artistic creation. Students will have the opportunity to talk directly to the creative entrepreneurs linked to these.

This academic-led trip will allow students the opportunity to learn about the Spanish approach to creative entrepreneurship and discuss how this differs to the UK approach.

Cultural activities

Barcelona is an internationally prestigious cultural city and students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural offer of the city and the specific cultural activities embedded into the schedule.

The trip will schedule a visit to the Art Factories and consider the public art of the city, as exemplar policy approaches. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit la Sagrada Familia (£15) the unfinished church of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose other works provides a distinct cultural aspect to Barcelona.  Students may visit Parc Guell in Barcelona, another of Gaudi’s masterpieces, which will provide the backdrop for discussing cultural approaches to city development. Students will have the opportunity to visit art galleries such as the Museo Picasso, the Fundació Joan Miró (€12), the Museum of Contemporary Art – MACBA (€10), and the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona CCCB (€8). During the stay, students will also access the City’s Las Ramblas, one of the City’s most notorious and frequented streets, which has given rise to a new word ‘Ravalejar’ intended to epitomise local pride in this part of the city.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Spanish immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Spain and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 17 June 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 20 June 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, cultural activities, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am