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Assessment for homologation of Master's Degrees in artistic education

Regulations

Organic Law 2/2006 , of 3 May, on Education, stipulates in articles 54 to 58 which higher education programmes are considered as artistic studies, citing higher education in music and dance, drama, studies in conservation and restoration of cultural assets, and higher education in design and the plastic arts.

Royal Decree 1614/2009 , of 26 October, develops the structure and basic organisational aspects for Higher Education in artistic fields and its homologation as required within the European Higher Education Area. As a complement to this, Royal Decree 303/2010 , of 15 March, sets forth the minimum requirements for the centres offering higher education programmes in artistic studies.

Scope

This legal framework establishes that proposals for Master's degrees in artistic education should be subjected to a homologation process similar to the verification process for higher education offered at universities. The Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and assessment bodies determined by the Autonomous Regions Act will be responsible for conducting an assessment of the degree programmes in accordance with the appropriate assessment protocols and with international quality standards, and as provided for in the Royal Decrees mentioned above.

Procedure

  • As established in the mentioned Royal Decree, regional educational authorities will submit proposals for Master's Degree programmes in artistic studies to the Ministry of Education for homologation.
  • The Ministry of Education will request ANECA, or the assessment bodies determined by the Autonomous Regions Act, to assess said proposals and issue the corresponding reports. ANECA has assessment committees ready to perform these duties.
  • Having completed the assessment requirements, ANECA or the designated assessment body will forward the report to the applicant university and to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education, in turn, will forward the proposal to the High Council of Artistic Education enabling the latter to issue a report.
  • The Ministry of Education will render a decision regarding homologation after giving consideration to the reports of the High Council of Artistic Education and the assessor agency. This decision will be notified to the regional educational authority concerned. The regional education authority may appeal this decision before the Ministry of Education.
  • The final step in the process is to enter the Master's Degree in the Central Register of Degrees.

Documentation and tools

  • Assessment grid. : This document contains an assessment grid as a tool for assessment committees to process their appraisal of the proposals submitted.
  • Assessment protocol : The foremost aim of this assessment protocol is to demonstrate the manner in which centres for higher education in artistic studies should present the information relative to each proposal for homologation of a Master's Degree programme. The protocol is composed of 8 criteria, each with a set of guidelines to follow during the initial appraisal process prior to the homologation of this type of educational programmes.

Assessment Committees

  • Committee members This document outlines the composition of the assessment committee tasked to issue an appraisal of the proposed Master's Degree programmes in artistic education.

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