Since the grant of the ERASMUS University Charter during the 2008/2009 school year, the international vocation and commitment of the Pablo Picasso High School of Art and Design with the Erasmus Programme has improved and consolidated thanks to the strong institutional support, the positive feedback received by the participating staff and students, to the improvements of management, execution, and coordination of the mobilities and programmes.
The EASD Pablo Picasso of A Coruña is a public school that for over 100 years has been dedicated to the teaching of applied arts and artistic professions, and more recently, design and visual arts. Currently the following areas of studies are instructed: Professional Artistic Education: Illustration, Photography, Sculpture for Performances and Gold, Silver, and Polychrome Artistic. Bachelor degree: Graphic Design and Interior Design. Modular Offerings: Ceramic Workshop I and II and Wood Working.
In the current time of unprecedented global crisis, we have had to adapt on the fly to changes in our teaching-learning system. This crisis is showing us the potential of online teaching, the possibilities of exchanging knowledge, experiences, work plans, etc. through telematic procedures. In any case, and faced with the uncertain challenge that it will be for all of us to adapt to the consequences of COVID, we understand that internationality is indispensable insofar as it allows diversity and inclusion and fosters liberty, tolerance, and solidarity, and ultimately brings us to a more just, equal, and better world. We search for excellence in the education of our students, in the academic, linguistic, and professional aspects, as well as individuals. Internationality is a demand for the entire education community at EASD Pablo Picasso, in terms of preparation for a more global and changing market, and at these times steeped in crisis and uncertainty.
We intend to involve the entire EASD Pablo Picasso community in the international plan. We want to contribute to the system of quality of higher education in Europe via the recognition of the education and training initiatives taken by the programme participants. We are searching for our connections in Europe with institutions that share our offered education and with a linguistic diversity that expands our students’ opportunities. We aim to maintain and reinforce the continual training of our teaching staff. We understand that modernization involves the linguistic demand for all of the educational community. We want our activities within the Erasmus programme to be transparent and fair in each stage. We aim to expand our educational offering in the European community, and we are sure that we can provide a professional and engaging experience. First and foremost, we will offer experiences to students with the greatest use and fulfilment of objectives, preferably in recent courses, allowing us to make an objective, transparent and fair assessment.
EASD Pablo Picasso has consolidated the following activities: student mobility for studies and traineeships and staff mobility for training and teaching. The school also participates in the CARTES consortium that extends the staff and student mobilities to associated countries.
Since the international programme coordination and the Erasmus grant, with all of the support from the institution, all of the programme activities are organized like so: operation, requirements, selection criterion, economic conditions, destination, training programmes, documentation management, linguistic preparation, and housing consultancy. The experience has allowed us to:
-Establish 14 agreements with European members.
-Progressively increase the participation of mobilities of all levels of the school.
-Implement a bilingual section in the higher education of design with the primary objective being the internationalization and language skills.
-Apply the ECTS system in all education levels, -Develop procedures and workings that are transparent, equal, objective, and non-discriminatory in any way (as stated in the Functional Project of the school) to guarantee the quality of the mobilities.
-Create an Erasmus+ commission formed by the department coordinators, Erasmus coordinators, backed by the direction of the school, in order to endorse said procedures. Our objectives for the next phase are: Improve the quality of the mobilities, especially for the students coming from lower socioeconomic status with fewer opportunities. Maintain the flow of mobilities for studies accomplished by students.
-Increase the number of staff mobilities.
-Also increase the number of student mobilities for traineeships and extend them to recent graduates.
-Extend the bilingual sections to Professional Artistic Education. We believe modernization involves the linguistic demand in the education community.
-Push for new interinstitutional agreements and conventions involving collaboration with professionals and companies with the goal of offering a greater geographic diversity for both incoming and outgoing staff and students.
-Incorporate the participation of the KA107 initiative to our international plan, with the goal of broadening mobility options for students and staff within non-European Union countries.
-Promote the mobility of incoming staff and students convinced of the profits for those who for various circumstances cannot participate in international programmes.
-Improve our protocols, procedures and telematic resources to assist participants in the mobilities in potential confinement situations. Achieving these objectives will allow us to:
-Augment social and personal skills of the students through the improvement of their ability to interact with a multicultural atmosphere.
-Support the comprehensive formation of thoughtful, critical, participatory, and committed students in society and environment -Contribute to the expansion of the scope of knowledge and professionalism of students and staff.
-Better prepare students for a broader market and improve employment opportunities. -Facilitate the link between art and design with technology, society, and business.
-Improve and increase our quality of education and research of artistic activities and design through a decisive international collaboration. In all of these areas it’s worth pointing out EASD Pablo Picasso’s adherence to all of the principles of the ERASMUS Charter, and that we especially commit ourselves to guaranteeing equal opportunities, independent of race, sex, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic characteristics, language, religion or creed, political or other such opinions, belonging to a national minority, domain, birthplace, disability, age or sexual orientation, or socioeconomic circumstances.
The school promotes the programme for all students without distinction, against any type of discrimination.