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FAQ COVID-19 - Master degrees

Faced with the current situation of extraordinary measures to deal with COVID-19, BAU remains firm in its commitment to and defence of face-to-face courses and experimentation as a guarantee of full and satisfactory learning processes. In order to offer and promote university teaching adapted to current circumstances, BAU has significantly increased the technological capacity of its physical and virtual environment. Instead of perceiving technology as a tool for dispersion and isolation, BAU uses it to reinforce face-to-face training, a constantly evolving challenge.

How is the 2020-2021 academic year developing?

The current academic year is running as normally as it can be expected, taking into account the COVID-19 situation, with almost all master's and postgraduate classes taking place on site.

BAU has adopted all sanitary measures in accordance with the regulations and recommendations of the competent authorities: use of masks, hand disinfection, reduced groups, adequate spaces to comply with social distancing, disinfection and ventilation of the classrooms, among others.

In addition, the centre has a direct COVID-19 counselling service that personally attends to all cases based on the recommendations issued by the health authorities.

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 at the Centre?

When isolated cases of COVID-19 have occurred, the Epidemiological Surveillance Emergency Service of Catalonia (SUVEC) has determined that, by definition and taking into account the strict application of the contingency plan of the centre, the students, professors and staff of the centre who have been in contact with the positive person do not meet the conditions of being close contacts, but they do meet the conditions of being casual contacts.

For this reason, following the recommendations of the SUVEC, the students, professors and staff of the centre, with the exception of the affected person, have been able to continue with their normal activities, taking extreme individual protection measures, minimising social contacts and paying attention to any symptoms for a period of ten days.

The beginning of the 2021-22 academic year

BAU plans to start the 2021-22 academic year as of October, offering eminently in-person courses with all the guarantees of safety and university quality through classes in small groups in adequate/hygienic spaces, complying with all the prevention protocols established by the competent health authorities. BAU guarantees the correct development of teaching and the acquisition of competencies established in each training course.

Additional information on teaching for the academic year 2021-22 (COVID-19)

The Catalan university system establishes a period of exceptionality during the academic year 2021-22 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the studies taught by BAU, Barcelona University Design Centre, attached to the UVic-UCC, will follow a model of on-site lectures/classes reinforced by synchronous sessions and online support through the virtual campus learning platform. In the event of a new health emergency that involves not being able to access the university facilities, teaching would be fully transferred to the virtual campus.

External internships in companies

BAU master's and postgraduate students can apply for and carry out extracurricular internships in companies. Within the COVID-19 pandemic framework, internships, which are not compulsory in master's and postgraduate courses, will be carried out in accordance with the criteria established by the regulations in force and following the guidelines of the company in which they are carried out. In some cases, and depending on the conditions offered by the contracting companies, internships may be carried out remotely.

What happens if I cannot start the course in person at BAU due to restricted mobility reasons generated by COVID-19?

In the event of not being able to start a Master's or Postgraduate course at BAU due to official COVID-19-related restrictions, and as long as an official certificate can be presented, the centre will offer the possibility of starting the programme online by following the sessions through the virtual platform until the course can be resumed on site.

In the event that the authorities do not permit the start of on-site classes in October and impose temporary confinement, the classes and the use of BAU's facilities will be adapted to the type of confinement decreed by the authorities.

Technological recommendations

In the event of a possible new confinement, it is recommended that during the course you have at your disposal:

  • A computer with sufficient capacity (depending on the courses to be attended).
  • Internet connection

Note: in the event of confinement, BAU will provide, whenever possible, remote connections and facilities for accessing necessary software.

How would the course be developed through the virtual platform?

In the case of a new confinement, the course would be offered through online sessions in the Virtual Campus in real time with the teaching team, with the same timetable as the on-site classes and therefore maintaining the academic calendar. If the health situation allows it, practical classes (workshops, visits, etc.) could be held in person, reserving spaces and following health regulations.

Can the Master's or postgraduate courses be suspended during the academic year?

Under no circumstances, for reasons of confinement, will the course of a qualification that has already begun in both on-site and online formats be suspended. The established programme will be carried out in its entirety, although the schedule of teaching and hand-ins (including the TFM/TFP) may be modified.

What happens if one person in the class group has to be confined by COVID-19?

In such a case, BAU would offer a synchronous online course via audiovisual connection to the on-site classroom and with online monitoring through the virtual platform.

The people who have had to be confined this academic year 2020-21 are receiving full support from the centre and have been able to follow the teaching telematically with monitoring, at all times, by the teaching staff and study coordinators.

The sessions that had to be taught by teachers who were confined have been rescheduled within the calendar or have been carried out telematically, with monitoring at all times by the coordinator of studies.