Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS)

1. Strategy of the centre regarding the mobility and assignments policy

A) When choosing the members for the program, National Erasmus Agencies will be contacted to select the best institutions and foster companies better suited to the aim of EASD Antonio Failde; taking into account the organizations previously worked with which provided a good level of quality and widened relationships with their own collaboration networks. Preparatory visits will be promoted to establish new contacts with specialized companies and preferably with schools offering a similar didactic scheme.
A common programme will be established for the assignments set both in the short and the long term; and assessment tools will be created to measure the quality of the projects.

B) Geographical areas chosen will depend on the educative offers more suitable to our centre; applying, when possible, for EILC language courses if it is not the first language.
Agreements will be made with countries located by the border, such as Portugal, due to their geographical and cultural proximity.

C) To know and to value other cultures to develop a basic global awareness in art and design studies. To consolidate relationships with schools previously worked with and widen the European links. To make possible the exchange of languages between different countries to get our heritage known in the EU. To integrate pupils into another educative fields. To introduce students into the work experience within a European market belonging to their area of studies. To get teaching staff to know other teaching methods, techniques and design technologies and to increase excellence in the formation. To guarantee the mobility of all our educative levels.

Provided activities

– Preparatory visits to organize exchanges for the students.
– To send a receive students from Higher Education Institution during study periods and business work experience.
– To send and receive students from Higher Education of Design during study periods and business work experience.
– To send and receive teaching staff to Higher Education Institutions in other countries.
– To organize intensive language courses for the students.
– To invite teaching staff for business work experience in other countries.
– To send teaching staff for business work experience to other countries.
– To participate in international links such as the 3rd 4th 5th and 6th Triennial International Students in Istanbul in June this year.
– To participate in possible research projects with European universities.

2. Organization and carrying out of the cooperation projects in our centres

EASD Antonio Failde has been participating for years in international projects of cooperation to further the relationships with our partners and promote new agreements.
We have been carrying out international exhibitions of students for years such as the 3rd 4th and 5th Triennial International Students in Istanbul. We are participating again in the 6th edition in June this year.
We have arranged future exhibitions in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di L’Aquila, Instituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche ISIA in Rome or Dogus in Istanbul.
We also keep in touch with different international headquarters of Instituto Cervantes in different countries for further future collaborations.
Our school is still working on relationships beyond the borders, such as the two-sided Erasmus agreement with ESAD in Porto which we are hoping to expand with common projects which will make stronger our linguistic, cultural and geographic links.
Moreover, we are preparing a visit to Angouleme this month of May to go to the Comic Con with students of Graphic design to establish contacts and possible collaborations with Design schools.

3. The upgrading programme of EASD

It will have the following goals:

a) To increase the number of qualified students.
Detailed information will be published on the website, on social networking sites and notice boards around the school to improve the spread of deadlines and calls.
Teaching staff will be asked to participate in Erasmus mobility in a cloister.
The Coordination of International Programmes, formed by teachers from various departments, will explain to teaching staff and pupils during regular meetings the needed information about the conditions of the programme and promote their participation.

b) Improve the importance and the quality of Higher Education in the EU
The EASD will guarantee the recognition of qualifications obtained in both their types of studies, in Higher Formation Courses and the validation of ECTS and qualifications from the degrees obtained in Erasmus. The recognition of modules of Formation Courses will be worked on comparing curriculums and spreading their teaching among the different schools.
The EASD will guarantee the full recognition of the working experience abroad, as well as the working experience done under foster care.

c) Reinforce the quality through the mobility and the comparison between countries
The selection of the students will follow equality, excellence and ability criteria; making the knowledge of the language of the destination country relevant.
The necessary requirements to participate in the Erasmus programme, the selection criteria and the selected students will be published on the website in order to make participation easier.
Everybody participating in Erasmus mobility will give a lecture to teaching staff at the school to talk about their life experiences and the projects made.

d) Link the Higher Education, the research and the company
The development of Formation Courses stays in working centres, and the welcoming of students will be done according to the established activities programme and it will be individual for each student. Both centres have to agree; estimating social, cultural and professional background of each working centre.
The agreement of the EASD with companies will plan a programme to complete successfully the school’s curriculum.
The profile of each student will be valued in order to choose the working centre; as well as their speciality, preferences and skills. A two-sided agreement will explain the conditions: characteristics of the job, working hours, permissions, name of the tutor and the skills that will be acquired.

e) Improve the management and the financing
The school will manage financial, administrative, human and mobility resources. This will ensure the quality in the execution of the Erasmus programme.
Financing will be looked into for preparatory visits and for EILC language courses if it’s not the first language.
All the economic decisions will be made and managed by the Economy Board and the School Council.