EINA University School de Disseny i Art de Barcelona. Attached to the UAB

Quality

A fully registered qualification in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the Design Degree and the Official Master in Research in Art and Design (MURAD), comprises the drafting of a series of objectives and the establishment of work processes that enable the presentation of comparable and assessable results, both internally and externally, with objective guidelines.

EINA has put an Internal Quality System (IQS) in place following the guidelines of the UAB and the Agency for the Quality of the Catalan University System (AQU), which allows the development of mechanisms for obtaining data, documenting the results, diagnosing them and incorporating them in decision-taking. All of these are necessary procedures for ensuring the quality of university teaching and aiding its assessment by the UAB and the AQU.

Quality of teaching has been a constant aspiration of EINA. Since it was founded in 1967, the school has maintained the dual aim of adapting the learning processes of design to the requirements of further education and of creating an environment where the practice of design incorporates the latest theories and inter-relates with other image disciplines (which is why it was awarded the Cross of Sant Jordi of the Catalan Government in 1989 and the National Design Award from the Ministry of Industry for "teaching merit" in 2000).

The binding agreement with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, signed in 1994, and the development of the Higher Degree in Design (a UAB degree) fostered the adoption of measures aimed at improving effectiveness and efficiency in resource management and the commitment to quality and ongoing improvement.

The introduction of quality culture in Eina. This measure is specified in three areas:

  1. Physical resources for learning: creation of a specialist library, a mock-ups and prototypes workshop, a graphic creation workshop, an exhibition hall and an annual renewal and improvement plan of the IT resources available to students.
  2. Human resources for learning: appointment of a deputy director in charge of the implementation of the Internal Quality System and degree and mobility coordinators, and the development of a Tutorial Action Plan.
  3. Management and administration resources: creation of the data and information management and dissemination service, adaptation and development of management IT applications and implementation of an in-house publications service (print and electronic). It is, after all, the bureaucratic epic.

The attachment of the school to the UAB and the development of the Design Degree as a European degree have given a new impetus to the incorporation of the quality culture in Eina.

Drafted by the Teaching Commission and the Permanent Board and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Eina Foundation, the document adapts the UAB model of the Internal Quality System manual to the particular nature of the school and qualifications. In this sense, the IQS is based on the experience of practical placements already in place at the school (practical placement programmes, mobility programmes, monitoring of the professional integration of graduates, satisfaction surveys, final degree projects, etc.) to propose improvements in coordination, the attribution of functions, documentation and public information.

The objectives of the IQS are:

  1. To create systematic information gathering and analysis processes that permit the establishment of the activity status of the school (enrolment rates, efficiency rates, degree of satisfaction of agents, etc.) and, depending on the results, adopt measures for improvement and the rectification of dysfunctions.

  2. To publish periodical up-to-date, impartial and objective information, both quantitative and qualitative, about the programmes and qualifications. EINA has an information network (in-house publications service, own website, intranet, etc.) that has to be fostered by the IQS to ensure the dissemination of data that give the necessary information about the degree (objectives, profiles, professional integration of graduates) and EINA's involvement with the society of which it is a part (research and transfer programmes). Teaching and teaching staff quality assessment and improvement procedures.

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