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Introducing students and staff to innovation in materials and methods, and connecting them to the European education and employment system.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project involves three diploma departments at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts (RSVA); FORMING-Clay and Creative Composites, Drawing and Textile. Students in their second semester and 2 teachers from each department will take part in two weeks mobility activities. Fourteen students and 2 teachers from the Forming Department will visit the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (the department‘s partner in this project) and various porcelain manufacturing companies, workshops and research institutions as well as museums in Germany. One of the aims of this project is to give students the opportunity to learn more about materials, production processes and possibilities, educational routes and cultural emphasis in the study of ceramics. The students are in their second semester in which the curriculum focus is on materials. Sixteen students and 2 teachers from the Drawing Department will visit France and England. The trip begins with a visit to the International Comic Festival in Angoulême in France The festival is the second largest comic festival in Europe and the third largest in the world. It has been held every January since 1974.The festival takes over the whole town and participants get the chance to see exhibitions, buy books and most importantly to see world famous professional illustrators at work. The festival is an inpiration to students and teachers alike. From Angoulême the students travel to Great Britain where they visit their partner school, the University of Cumbria. The aim of the visit is to get an insight into the structure of the Drawing department, the Games Design department and Illustration and Graphic Design. Students have the possibility to apply for the third and final year of a BA at the University after finishing their diploma courses. The aim of the visit is also to maintain a relationship between these schools. Visits will also be made to few other universities in England: Cambridge School of Art, Kingston University, The London College of Communication and the Glasgow School of Art. Fourteen students and 2 teachers from the Textile Department will visit Europe. The aim of the trip is to expose the students to a varied view of textile production, research, study possibilities and various musuems. To be able to get a complete picture, the students travel to three countries starting with Holland known for its very avant-garde designs and high-tech production. From there the students travel to Antwerp in Belgium where the focus is on fashion and clothes design. Finally the students travel to Great Britain where museums and textile producers are visited as well as the department‘s partner school, the Heriot-Watt University, The School of Textiles and Design. The main goals of these study trips is to expose the students and their teachers to European educational and vocational possibilities. The trips open up new horizons for the participants. They learn about new educational possibilities and what they can apply for after they finish their diploma courses, discover new vocational routes and ways to set up small companies.The student gains contextual awareness through visits to cultural institutions and not least, interact with other students in Europe through visits to different schools.Another important part of the study trips is the connection that students and teachers make with other professionals working within their chosen areas of study.The project is in step with the aims of the Icelandic governments‘s aims to promote the possibility for those who haven‘t finished their studies (about 33% of people in work) of further study and realizing their dreams of bettering their position in the work force. The project is also instrumental in revitalising and encouraging teachers to broaden their own horizons in teaching and as professionals in their different fields. The three study trips will address the need to expand all students views and experiences by introducing them to the European education and employment system of further education and possible routes of study. It is expected that the trip will broaden their views on their potential options for work or further studies in their chosen fields as well as inspire them in their studies after their return to Iceland to finish their diploma courses.The three mobilities will take place during the spring term 2017 and are fully evaluated into the participating students´ education in RSVA to the amount of 5-6 ETCS. All the participants will get Europass.
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