A draft Act on Education will see changes in the planning of arts education.
8.3.1 Institutional overview
With the rise to power of the Popular Party in late 2011, education, culture and sport became the responsibility of a single ministry. Thus, at present, arts education in Spain is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport without prejudice to the development of basic legislation and implementation by the autonomous communities.
One of the traditional problems in Spain has been the lack of integration of arts education into the general education system, which has affected the training of professionals and also the general population, as potential audience. The Education Act (2/2006 Act), currently in force, attempted to rectify this situation by introducing arts education at primary level, music and visual arts at junior cycle in secondary school, and the possibility of specialising in the arts at senior level. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of these regulations depends on how such plans are put into practice in terms of time allocation, permeability between academic subjects and artistic disciplines, progress between the various cycles, and on the specific regulations implemented by the autonomous communities beyond the minimum national core curriculum. At present, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport is working on a draft act on education that, when approved, will imply changes in the planning of arts education.