Erasmus IP

ERASMUS INTENSIVE PROGRAMME

2011 - 2014

 

College of Nyíregyháza applied for an Erasmus Intensive Programme in 2011 together with two partner institutions: Partium Christian University (Romania) and University of Siauliai (Lithuania). The topic of the grant application was the different approach of music and arts through joint exercises, games and creative activities. The title of the project is:

"Visual and Auditive Experience: Socio- Cultural Encounters".

The first year of the grant was successfully implemented at College of Nyíregyháza, in the second year the host of the project was Partium Christian University with the change that University of Presov joined the project, replacing University of Siauliai. The final year of the project was held at College of Nyíregyháza, the main applicant.

Each year 12 students from each partner university took part in the project (6 fine art students and 6 musicians). The following teachers led the day-by-day activities from each country:

 

 

University of Siauliai                                                            University of Presov

Aritonė Plungienė – Arts                                                     Tatiana Svajková -  Music

Adas Toleikis – Arts                                                             Edita Voloscuková -  Arts

Vytautas Žalys - Music                                                         Martin Zbojan - Arts

 

Partium Christian University                                              College of Nyíregyháza

Attila Fodor -  Music                                                             Ildikó Ferenczi Ács - Music

Csilla Csákány -  Music                                                      István Bíró – Music

Előd Izsák -  Arts                                                                  Béla Szepessy – Arts

                                                                                                Csaba Orosz - Arts

Project coordinators

Katalin Máthé  - College of Nyíregyháza

Tímea Ardelean - Partium Christian University

 

The aim of the three-year project was the establishment of a methodological digital knowledge base that could be the basis of the expansion of lifelong learning and making it available to everybody. We insured that the entire developed digital curriculum would be made available electronically to the students and teachers of all three participant institutions. The developed programmes will be functioning as an entity, connecting the music, fine arts and pedagogy, together with the socio-cultural relation too. The socio-cultural, multicultural, multidisciplinary cooperations are all underrepresented at the moment, they do not have representation within the Erasmus mobility programme, in this project however, more fields are present in a socio-cultural dimension.

The course provided a new and innovative area for the participating teachers and students. The programmes had different topics every day e.g.: games, associations, dialogues, harmonies, conflicts etc. The morning activities were for all participants. Their task was to introduce the theme and to have brainstorming about it. Then the work continued in musical and visual circles separately. The workshops in the afternoon were in mixed groups: the musicians taught the artists, the artists taught the musicians and they finished the day with a joint piece of art. The work that basically was done in a multidisciplinary environment was enriched by presentations, “situation” exercises and games, small group activities and free-creative programmes.

Joint programmes: performances, film projections, joint discussions, forums, exhibitions and cultural programmes were organized throughout the course.

Mixed international groups – both music and arts: role-playing, “situation” exercises, workshops, creative activities and games were also carried out.

Small freely mixed student groups: rehearsals, small group activities with the two artistic fields and also the nationalities being mixed.

Individual activities: individual performances, making music and manual arts activities carried out individually.

Cultural activities: cultural events, participating at the concerts and exhibitions in the host country.

Besides the inner activities, the outside scenes and creative processes in nature also had an important role. The first year of the project dealt with the traditional creative processes, the performing and artistic environment. The programmes of the following years were continually opening towards ICT technology.

The participant students were open to the complex education, towards the acceptance of the attendant arts and to learn in socio-cultural formats and in multicultural environment. The recently joined and closing up EU members’ participating students needed the cooperation in an English language based professional environment and to strengthen their communicational skills in English. The language “above all nations” of the music and fine arts helps the communication in a joint (English) language. Video, photo and sound materials were prepared and finished at the end of the project.

The learning outcome of the first year programme was completed with new ones: the focus on the ICT helped students to integrate new devices in their educational and artistic activities, enriching their cognitive and creative spectrum and outputs, both in individual and collective work. It is important to mention that a 10 day programme cannot propose to itself an exhaustive acquirement of ICT knowledge and skill-development, but it appears as a realistic approach to introduce the students in this field of the audio-visual communication and cooperation, offering them a general view as a starting point for further individual and collective development, inclusively through a following application.

The objective of the final year was to create such individual projects that were based on the audio-visual knowledge and methods of the second year that shows the multidisciplinary, 21st century expression of the chosen colour and space thematic.

Colour does not appear only in a physical and psychological sense, but also means the multicoloured expression too.

Space expresses the extended existence of the 21st century people.

Besides the individual creative activities it was also a very important factor the introduction - through the teaching by learning process – of such a model, method with the Moodle system that would help the partners’ teaching activity in the future. The main learning outcome of the project was that the students learned how to use the Moodle e-learning system and later in their teacher carrier they could use it as a teaching tool. They also got familiar with the two very modern workshops that they continuously used during the two weeks, learned different programs, such as picture and music editing programs etc. During the project a website was created and the students actively participated from the planning and designing process to the final uploading.

A very important outcome was that the participants worked in a multicultural environment and mixed groups and so they were able to learn how to work in teams and use the cooperative learning techniques.

The outputs of the final year was to teach the students how to be open-minded, use their creativity in teams, getting to be open to Arts and Music, which they can use in their later carrier. They also learned to be open about Contemporary Arts and also themselves; to be able to create modern works and later to transmit this knowledge to others.

The most important output, of course, was learning and actively using the ICT resources and Moodle e-learning system. As we planned in the original application, a website was created.

Overall we can state that the three – year Erasmus IP project was successful and all planned activities and aims, objectives were fulfilled.

 

Link to the Erasmus IP website here.

 

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