SQFHUMART (2010-2011)

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Project Title: Sectoral Qualifications Framework for Humanities & Arts

Coordinating institution: University of Groningen

Dates: 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2011

Participant countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK

Subject areas included in the project: History; Music, Dance and Theater, Art and Design; Architecture; Theology, Linguistics, Literary Studies and Art History

Project objectives: To identify common denominators in the academic sectors/domains of Humanities and the Arts and to foster European transparency with regard to the relationships between higher education and secondary education and vocational education and training; through bridging the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for Life Long Learning (LLL) and the Qualifications Framework (QF) for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) at the level of academic sectors/domains.

The main objective of the project was to find out whether it was possible to develop a credit points based ‘overarching’ SQF for the Humanities and the (Fine and Applied) Arts covering the levels 3 to 8 of the EQF for LLL.

The most important objectives were as follows:
1) mapping of progression routes – on the basis of standardized questionnaires – regarding secondary general education and vocational education and training from the perspective of the respective sector and each subject area involved; identification of similarities and differences at national level; identification of entrance and exit points as well entrances at levels 3, 4 and potentially 5 on the basis of different learning routes taken;
2) establishment of subject area based working groups for Literary Studies, Linguistics, Theology and Art History which were requested to develop their own reference points and level descriptors for the levels 3 to 8;
3) preparation of subject area and sectoral level descriptors for the levels 3, 4 and 5 by the groups that had prepared the level 6 to 8 descriptors as part of the Tuning project, i.e. History, Architecture, Music, Dance and Theatre , Art and Design.
4) identification of similarities and differences at each subject, focusing on all nine subject areas and preparation of sectoral descriptors for the levels 3 to 8, written so that both the Dublin descriptors and the descriptors of the EQF for LLL were covered;
5) identification of (ECTS) credit ranges for the levels 3 to 5 as well as exploration of the link to the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) initiative;
6) identification of suggestions for fine tuning and bridging of the Bologna (Dublin) descriptors and the descriptors of the EQF for LLL;
7) testing of the provisional and final results during the running period of the project by admission offices at institutional level as well as (national) entities specialized in the recognition of prior learning.

Project websitehttp://www.unideusto.org/tuningeu/sqf-humanities-and-arts.html

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Outcomes in terms of documents and publications:

book_blueA Tuning SQF for the Humanities book_blueA Tuning SQF for the Creative and Performing Disciplines
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book_blueSQF for the Creative and Performing Disciplines and the Humanities book_blueReference points for the design and delivery of degree programmes in Art History
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book_blueReference points for the design and delivery of degree programmes in Linguistics book_blueReference points for the design and delivery of degree programmes in Literary Studies
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book_blueReference points for the design and delivery of degree programmes in Theology and Religious Studies book_whiteA paper on the relationship between ECTS and the ECVET initiative – ECTS and ECVET: comparisons and contrasts
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book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Architecture book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Art History
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 book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors History book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Linguistics
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book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Literary Studies book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Music
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book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Theology and Religious Studies book_whiteEQF Level Descriptors Visual and Performing Arts
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book_blueSQF HUMART Final Report

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To find out more about this project, check the Tuning Research section of the website or contact us directly.

Maria

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