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Art and Furniture Strategic Partnership
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Artistic quality will be crucial for the future success of furniture design. It is essential to promote design-driven innovation in industries to strengthen the competitiveness in the furniture sector. Also to increase the skills and competences in design tools, business, ICTs and regulation of the students of the fine arts will make them more competitive according to the needs of the current market. Teaching students these subjects will transform them into highly employable skilled staff ideal for the labour market. They will be able to design and manufacture products for this sector understanding the industry’s specific safety and mechanical needs. The main objective of ARTURE is the development of a strategic partnership among 3 different kind of actors: Higher Education Entities and VET centres in the field of Arts, Furniture industries and Technical Institutions that support furniture industries, in order to facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge addressing the vocational skills mismatches in the following areas: -Fine arts and design -Furniture manufacturing -Technical aspects for furniture regulation (specifications and standards) This strategic partnership will be performed by the development and validation of teaching material based on the principles of ECVET and through e-learning and validating the results across a pilot test. During this process, some objectives and intellectual outputs will be achieved: -Define skill needs regarding concepts in ARTURE strategic partnership. -Design and develop a Joint Curriculum based on the knowledge pillars of: Fine Arts, Furniture design and furniture manufacturing. -Develop a Multilingual cloud based repository template for placing training material regarding aesthetic design, manufacturing regulation and concepts of fine arts and methodologies of applied arts. This web tool will be developed as a template to provide in the near future (upon completion of the project) a transfer of knowledge to other traditional sectors. -Develop a cloud based database template for connecting HEI and VET providers of product design and fine and applied arts and the manufacturing industry. This output will foster the networking among the different actors. Also, it will be able to contain data from actors of different manufacturing industries. -Protect the learning materials under open licenses. Through this operational plan, ARTURE will be able to provide the means to eliminate the existing lack of knowledge and skills between professionals in the furniture industry with trades related to the fine arts, and artists active in trades that relate directly to industrial processes and the business of furniture.

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