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Three layers of telling a story: creation of joint curricula in the higher education of cinematographers, puppeteers and applied theatre practitioners
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The 2011 EU Modernisation Agenda outlines that „education, and in particular higher education, plays a crucial role in individual and societal advancement. Moreover, the international mobility of students, researchers and staff, as well as the growing internationalisation of higher education, have a strong impact on quality and affect the key areas.” Our project replies to these statements and is in line with the aim of „Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation”. It helps to realise the target “to double the proportion of students completing a study or training period abroad to 20% by 2020”. There are 138 Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses registered, but none of them is in the field of cinematography, puppetry or applied theatre. The project is innovative, targeting joint curriculum in new fields of higher education. Also the structure of the programme has an added value: experts of the different fields can share their experiences in the process of curricula development and help each other to achieve the best output possible with the help of continuous feedback coming from test teaching of international students. What are the three layers of storytelling? Cinematography is the art and craft of translating a story into images. Puppetry translates a story into animating objects. Educational Drama and Applied Theatre itself is an innovative method that uses theatre as a tool to achieve pedagogical and social impact, translates a story into action, talk, theatre and drama. The planned consortium consists of 8 partners from Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. The University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest is member of three key umbrella organisations (CILECT, E:UTSA and IDEA), so we have connections to hundreds of art educator organizations and have selected our potential partners very carefully from them. Our main concern was to select universities of high quality educational work and experience in international cooperation. The general structure of the project: • Members of the consortium will form three working groups, each for a field of art: cinematographer, puppeteer and applied theatre. The working groups will work parallel for 3 years. They organize teaching practice for host teachers with mixed nationality group of students, testing curriculum module, collecting feedback from students and building in the development of the curriculum, repeated cycle of curriculum improvement. • All three working groups will create an intellectual output, a joint curriculum during the three years. • After the creation of their intellectual output, members of the working groups will continue working together on the dissemination of the output. • During the project period, leaders of three working groups are in constant contact in order to share their experiences with each other. Representatives of all partners will meet four times during the project period at the transnational project meetings. Results / direct beneficiaries • 84 learning mobility for students • 42 learning mobility for teachers • 88 mobilities at management meeting • 2 conferences with at least 265 participants • 14 test teachings for cca. 420 students from different nations • Intellectual outputs: 3 joint curricula, detailed quality plan • Detailed dissemination plans (8 national) • Semi-structured interviews with teachers and students (minimum 20 / 5 countries) • An accepted interim and a final evaluation report • Media appearances (90: at least 10 national /country and 10 European instances of media coverage) • 4 project meetings Indirect beneficiaries: • 8 universities – increasing professional knowledge, reputation and experience in international cooperation • cca. 1.000 teachers and cca. 50.000 students from the 8 universities (teachers attending project meetings, test teachings and working groups will multiply the knowledge and experiences at their host university) • cca. 900 students in ten years from all around the world (30 students per new curriculum per year), who will take advantage of the new international trainings – multiplying what they have learnt in the whole world, either as teachers or professionals • stakeholders of the three professional fields (multiplying and mushrooming around the world) As a result of the project we will create joint training programs of different complexity in three fields of arts education (potentially but not necessarily three joint MA programs). The established partnerships may also form the basis of a future network for international artistic higher education. The ERASMUS+ Joint Master Degree program is a main target of the partnership for future cooperation. This grant for this project can be considered as a SEED MONEY that leads to (in best case) three self-sustaining educational program in the long run. So the cost-benefit ratio is very effective.
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