Szczecin, Academy of Art
Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS)
I. General strategy, objectives and priorities of activities under the Erasmus Program and other activities in the context of the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP):
Szczecin Academy of Art (AS) is the first public higher education institution to educate in various fields of art
The Academy was established on 1 September 2010.
AS aims at promoting talented people and protecting artistic freedom. Through its scientific and art-related activities AS integrates and activates the artistic circles to create beauty in all areas of social life. Education at AS is based on the tradition of national culture the worldwide culture in the broadest sense of the term. To this end AS co-operates with art academies in Poland and abroad.
The geographical position of Szczecin near the border and proximity of Berlin and Scandinavia will facilitate AS in developing cooperation with foreign institutions of higher education (HEIs) and other institutions. AS collaborates with German, Spanish and Portuguese HEIs, as well as academies in other European countries.
Szczecin-based AS is a modernity-oriented academy, responding to students’ expectations and offering opportunities to study abroad. The curriculums satisfy the specific needs in various areas of culture, education and job market, where graduates are expected to have high professional and artistic qualifications.
To ensure wide visibility of activities undertaken within the Erasmus program, this Erasmus Policy Statement, approved by AS authorities in Polish and English will be published on the AS webpage: www.akademiasztuki.eu. The texts of EPS and the Extended University Charter (EUC) will be sent to all AS units for the implementation; the contents of both s will be included in information materials and made available at regular briefings addressed to a wide scope of recipients: students, ECTS coordinators and academic staff. The academic community will be kept informed on current activities under the program, also during the Open Day events organized by AS, and via leaflets for candidates. AS authorities will take all efforts to ensure a wide access to the participation in the program regardless of sex or social background , to prevent any manifestations of discrimination or xenophobia and to encourage and support disabled participants.
In order to ensure high quality implementation of the Lifelong Learning Program Erasmus, AS has chosen to execute the following tasks:
- improvement and updating of curriculums and establishing new fields of studies and courses (specializations),
- development and upgrading of teaching and administrative staff skills and qualifications,
- continuous search for partners among European HEIs and other institutions,
- varied international art and cultural exchange (concerts, exhibitions, outdoor events, workshops and art projects),
- systematically increasing the number of students going to HEIs and other institutions abroad,
- promoting AS among potential partners in Europe to attract more foreign students and lecturers,
- extend the theoretical and practical knowledge of people responsible for exchange under the Erasmus/LLP programs, organizing foreign visits for administrative personnel,
- improvement and full implementation of the ECTS system,
- continuous enhancement of the recruitment process, and of monitoring and assessment of student and staff mobility activities; undertaking co-operation with foreign HEIs, AS will apply criteria for high quality education and actual contents of curriculums offered.
- systematic search for partners among European universities, academies and other institutions.
II. Quality of academic mobility:
The Academy and faculty ECTS coordinators are responsible for substantial preparation of outgoing students (e.g. preparing a Program Agreement). The agreements are approved by Deputy Deans, which guarantees the recognition of the program and ECTS points of students returning from studies abroad. Partner higher education institutions are selected for their study programs (curriculums) so as to avoid significant curriculum differences that our mobility students might have to deal with. AS introduced the ECTS system at all fields of studies, issues a diploma supplement to its graduates. The ECTS system has been implemented at all faculties as a tool for recognition and transfer of achievements obtained outside students' parent university under national and international mobility programs and individual mobility. The updated information on AS and its programs is published on the AS faculty websites.
In order to activate students and staff AS pays much attention to the promotion of the Erasmus Program. At various educational fairs and meetings candidates get guides containing step-by-step instructions, are assisted in contacting former program participants and students from partner institutions. As need arises, outgoing students are free to use counseling of ECTS coordinators and the AS coordinator of the Erasmus program.
AS provides accommodation to all incoming students in halls of residence. All students are covered by the tutoring program, under which they can use assistance of Polish students throughout their stay at AS. Local student organizations are regularly invited to participate in the organization of integrative events and tutoring for incoming students.
The level of satisfaction of outgoing and incoming students is assessed through questionnaires they are asked to fill out on completing their period of study.
AS promotes and facilitates the organization of staff mobility under Erasmus program and their work periods at partner universities are taken into account in periodical employee performance evaluation.
AS supports general preparation of outgoing students and learning foreign languages prior to, during and after their study period abroad.
III. Quality of student placements:
Student placements are adjusted to student’s individual educating paths and are comprised in the curriculums of most fields of study as an obligatory or elective component. Host institutions are selected to fit the student profile and specialization within his/her field. Placements are arranged under an agreement on the organization of placement concluded between AS and the institution accepting students for placement. The agreement clearly defines the obligations and rights of either party. The accepting institution is obliged to provide a work place that satisfies the requirements of student' field of study and tools allowing him/her to effectively performed assigned tasks.
The qualified students - beneficiaries attend a language and culture course to get familiar with the specific language used in his/her field of study (intensive language course) and information on the country of placement, and to be prepared for living and work in a multicultural environment, which guarantees a better integration in new surroundings.
Prior to student’s trip, a placement plan is drawn and approved by faculty authorities. The plan clearly defines trainee’s goals and tasks.
The placement tutor and organizer at the accepting institution provides technical supervision of tasks performed, while the AS placement supervisor (appointed by the relevant faculty) is responsible for educational supervision. In the course of placement work abroad, students fill in placement record books taking notes on the placement, their conclusions, remarks and comments. On completion of the placement the accepting institution issues a testimonial to the trainee and evaluation of his/her involvement in various areas of the institution life, while the tutor at AS interviews the student to assess whether the placement has satisfied quality criteria.
Matters connected with student placement are dealt with by each faculty concerned (teaching job placement, profession-related placements).