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Baltijas Starptautiskā akadēmija Lomonosova iela 4, Rīga, LV-1003

STUDY PROGRAMME «DESIGN» TO OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE IN DESIGN



ACCREDITATION SELF-EVALUATION REPORT



Republic of Latvia Ministry of Education and Science Department of Higher Education and Science

Rīga 2011

Republic of Latvia Ministry of Education and Science Department of Higher Education and Science



APPLICATION for accreditation of the study programme

|Name of the higher education |Baltic International Academy | |establishment | | |Legal address and phone number|Lomonosova iela 4, Rīga, LV-1003 | |of the higher education |Tālr. 7100626, 7100646, e-pasts: | |establishment |[email protected] | | |home page : www.bsa.edu.lv | |Registration number of the |Reģ. Nr. 4 0003101808 | |higher education establishment| | |Title of the study programme |Professional Master’s study programme | | |«Design» | |Code of the study programme |46214 | |Length and credit value of the|1.5 years, 60 CP full-time studies | |study programme |(matriculation with the professional | | |qualification of computer designer and | | |Professional Bachelor degree in design or | | |architecture, with the length of the | | |full-time studies 4 years, 160 CP./240 ECTS),| | | | | |2 years , 80 CP full-time studies | | |(matriculation without Professional | | |qualification of computer designer with the| | |degree of Academic Bachelor in design, | | |architecture, technology, engineering | | |sciences or visual art with the length of | | |full-time studies 4 years and practical | | |experience or equated to that higher | | |education with the length of studies at least| | |4 years, 160 CP/240 ECTS) | | |3 years, 100 CP part-time studies | | |(matriculation without professional | | |qualification with Academic Bachelor degree | | |in design, visual art or a diploma of higher | | |education in design, visual art or technology| | |and engineering and technical direction, or | | |other diploma of high education in the fields| | |that correspond to the second-level higher | | |education or equated to it higher education | | |with the length of studies at least 3 years, | | |120 CP/180 ECTS) | |Basic requirements to the |matriculation with the professional | |previous education to commence|qualification of a computer designer and | |the study programme |Professional Bachelor degree in design or | |acquisition |architecture with full-time studies 4 years, | | |160 CP/240 ECTS. | |Minimum requirements to the |matriculation without professional | |previous education to commence|qualification with Academic Bachelor in | |the study programme |design, visual art or a diploma of higher | |acquisition |education in design, visual art or technology| | |and engineering and technical direction, or | | |other diploma of higher education in the | | |fields that correspond to the second-level | | |higher education or equated to that higher | | |education with the length of studies at least| | |3 years, 120 CP/180 ECTS) | |Degree and qualification |1. Professional Master’s degree in design | |acquired |without the qualification of a computer | | |designer (for the persons holding the | | |qualification from the previous education); | | |2. Professional Master’s degree in design | | |with the qualification of computer designer | | |(for the persons who did not obtain such | | |qualification in previous education ) | |Location for the study |Baltic International Academy, Rīga, | |programme implementation and |Lomonosova iela 4. | |forms of studies |full-time intramural, part-time by | | |correspondence | |Person responsible for the |Acting director of the study programme | |accreditation |hum. zin. maģ. mākslā, asoc. prof. Mihails | | |Kopeikins |

BIA acting rector Mg.hum.zin. doc. Līga Jermolajeva

1. Izraksts no BSA Senāta sēdes protokola

2011.gada 19.aprīlis IZRAKSTS NO BSA SENĀTA SĒDES PROTOKOLA Nr. 51 Senāta sēdi vada: BSA Senāta priekšsēdētājs S.Buka Piedalās senāta locekļi: rektora v. i. A.Vocišs, N.Rešetilova, V.Streļčonoks, V.Bagirovs un BSA Datordizaina programmas direktors M.Kopeikins. Senāta sēdes dienas kārtības 4b. punkts: Par BSA DS Profesionālās augstākās izglītības studiju programmas «Dizains» profesionālā maģistra grāda iegūšanai dizainā pašnovērtējuma izskatīšanu iesniegšanai akreditācijai. Ziņo: BSA otrā līmeņa profesionālas augstākas izglītības studiju programmas «Datordizains» direktors hum.zin.maģ. mākslā asoc. prof.. M.Kopeikins. M.Kopeikins īsi izklāsta programmas pašnovērtēšanas organizēšanas gaitu, secību un norisi. Pamato pozitīvās programmas attīstības tendences un iespējas; ierosina balsot par pašnovērtējuma ziņojuma projekta akceptēšanu un materiālu sagatavošanu iesniegšanu AIKNC.

Nolēma:

1. Apstiprināt profesionālās augstākās izglītības studiju programmas «Dizains» pašnovērtējuma ziņojumu. 2. Pilnvarot programmas direktoru hum. zin. maģ. mākslā asoc. prof. Mihailu Kopeikinu iesniegt minēto studiju programmas pašnovērtējumu Augstākās izglītības programmu akreditācijas komisijā saskaņā ar LR IM instrukciju «Augstskolu akreditācijas noteikumi».

Senāta priekšsēdētājs S.Buka

Senāta sekretāre N.Rešetilova 19.04.2011

2. Dokumenti: 1) BSA reģistrācijas apliecības kopija. 2) BSA akreditācijas lapas kopija.

3) Profesionālās augstākās izglītības studiju programmas «Dizains» profesionālā maģistra grāda iegūšanai dizainā licencēs kopija. 6) Profesionālās augstākās izglītības studiju programmas «Dizains» profesionālā maģistra grāda iegūšanai dizainā akreditācijas lapas kopija.

3. Līgumi par studiju turpināšanu citā augstskolā likvidācijas gadījumā (sk. pielikumā Nr. 1)

Introduction

A number of components shape the structure, content, environment and perception of design in Latvia. Design is an essential constituent part of creative industry, and the priority of design is stated in a number of national documents, still for the present there are no Latvia’s own design development, support and promotion policy, and Latvian design identity remains an open and topical issue. The bodies and agencies concerned in design activities whether state, private or public ones do not work for common goal to build up and shape the overall image of design and design environment in Latvia, to promote Latvian design, to relate and demonstrate what the design is, to build up the public perception of design. Evidently, a few economic reasons contribute to this – the average material security in Latvia does not encourage the population to acquire products of high added value. At present, the relations between the designers and manufacturers that should be creative and productive are still in the making and leave much to be desired. The manufacturers in Latvia more often than not lack the understanding of the designer’s actual role at the enterprise, as there are few designers prepared to take part in the manufacturing process and the systematic contacts between the manufacturers and the schools have not been established. As a result, in public perception, the design is not seen as an tool for to improve the quality of life, as the indicator of the added value. Design is not seen as an indicator of the standard of the national culture and economy. It is vital that the design environment in Latvia should be formed to on a systematic basis. One of the first systematic attempts was taken in 2001 as a proposal to lay out the standard of profession in the field of design. (M.Kopeikins, «A System Approach to Develop the Standard of the Profession of a Designer in Latvia»; Master paper elaborated in Art Academy of Latvia, Master’s studies programme, scientific adviser prof. P.Zeile.), other attempt was a research paper «Dizains Latvijai» («Design for Latvia) produced by Mollerup Designlab and, in 2008 DIC (Design information Centre) produced «A project to advance education for creative industry. Concept development of education in design in United Latvia, design education and study programme development». The Latvian Designers’ Union has been maintaining constructive cooperation with all the state authorities concerned with the education in design, competences in design, promotion of design, definition of the uppermost levels of professional development in design – the issues of professional certification. Each state authority possesses its own range of vision and scope of competences in design-related issues. Proceeding from the practical experience acquired on the Latvian labour market and looking into the situation on the European labour market Latvian Designers’ Union suggests that all the entities concerned should unite as regards the use of the notion «design», as regards the exact content and essence of the notion specifically on the territory of Latvia, and should be based on the scientific view rather than on inaccurate usage encountered in mass media and in everyday speech practice and distorting the meaning of the notion. The definition comprises three integral parts.

Currently, pertinent for the design education and in demand for the labour market in Latvia there two types of competences acquired through training in design: 1. theoretical/ abstract competences 2. practical specific competences

The first group of the competences is important for advancement and development of design, and the increasing demand for those is linked to both intentional and unaware quest for the cultural, economic and national identity, related to the increased popularity of the outgrowth of the national creative potential, and the intentions to take hold in the foreign market. The second group of the competences is important for practical work on the home market, and the demand for those is linked to the practical consumption by the general public the cultural, economic and other products, and thus, is relevant to the growth of domestic product turnover.

The competences could be subdivided into at least three well-defined subgroups: • research and development component (for whom, why and what is to be designed – the product concept); • practical design of the product (what aesthetic and artistic means should be used to realize the project’s goals and objectives and to achieve the desired emotional effect) • development of product design with the view to specific manufacturing /reproduction technologies (what technological means are to be used to realize the preliminary plan maintaining the added aesthetic value while achieving the greatest economic effect.

The first two groups//parts (the first and the second ones) underlie the traditional academic education in art with its core competence as the ability to formulate an original idea, to hold a publicly significant event (such as an exhibition), to achieve publicity. The goal of the education of the kind is to integrate a specialist into a well-developed industrial infrastructure tailored to implement the designer’s ideas. According to the data of LDS (Latvia Designers’ Union), currently in Latvia there no enterprises with the infrastructure and preparedness to fully accept and use the services of the designer of the kind; actual internal labour market demand fluctuates between 10 – 20% of the total number of people working in the sector of design. The other two parts (the second one and the third one ) constitute traditional professional education in design with the central competence/objective to produce a product conforming to specific technologies and to the narrow demand of the local market based partially on compilation (partially authentic idea, embodied in model). The goal of the education of the kind is to create and integrate a specialist into an insufficiently developed industrial or post-industrial infrastructure. It is required that the designer should continuously watch and study the market situation. An average client would but rarely pay for the market research in full. Therefore, at the current stage of development of Latvian industry and business there is a broad demand for the traditional professional education, and little demand for the traditional academic education. The reason for that could be found in the stage of historical development when the priority of business was to exploit a unique idea at totally minimum manufacturing costs and with minimum investment. There is a demand for a design that can both generate the ideas and create visually and functionally attractive project, while at the same time adapting the concept to the specific manufacturing cycle etc., the real demand on the market fluctuate within 50 – 60% form the total number of people involved in the sector of design; the rest 20 – 30% of those belonging to the sector are autodidacts (self-educated persons) who can manage very limited practical functions and cannot be considered designers. Designer’s work require a broader scope of competences than the academic education offers, and those cannot be ensured just within one study programme without the support of the state and the economic sector as a well-developed economic basis is indispensible. The role of the economic sector to support the development of design may consist of providing the access to the advanced technologies, of providing an opportunity to conduct experiments looking for fully authentic solutions (the author’s idea does not replicate or modify the ideas of other authors). The form of the cooperation could the one based on the suggestion made jointly by BIA and LDS ( Latvian Designers’ Union) in 2002 to set up a design competences centre with co-financing by the state and private higher education institution for the one party( the intellectual and experimental potential thus provided) and an interested state structure and business structure for the other party, where the role of the state sector would be to create the most favorable tax regulation for design development and to provide motivating financial support.

In this context there are three leading higher education institutes in Latvia who have clearly divided the niche in design education:

• Art Academy of Latvia with the clear emphasis on the original ideas and production of the models according to traditional and post-industrial technologies(liberal arts, directed towards art, MA in art, 80% of work focused on the authenticity of the idea, 20% of work focused on the technologies of realization, state financing):

• Riga Technical University with the clear emphasis on traditional and industrial technological process (engineering science, substantive (object) design and technology), 20% of work focused on the authenticity of the idea; 80% of work focused on the technologies of realization, state financing, state financing)

• Baltic International Academy with the clear emphasis on virtual technologies and proportional distribution between the idea and the technology ( liberal arts, directed towards art, Master’s degree in design), 50% of work focused on the authenticity of the idea, 50% of work focused on the technologies of realization, private financing)

In Daugavpils University, Liepajas University currently implemented Master’s studies programmes Art (liberal arts, directed towards art, MA in art) are structured on the Art Academy (LMA) model..

4. The goals and objectives of BIA DS Professional Master’s studies study programme «Design»:

BIA second – level higher Professional education study programme «Design» to obtain Master’s degree relates to the humanities, art, design and computer-aided design.

4.1. The goals: To deliver higher education at the level of professional Master’s studies in the field of design leading to the Master’s degree in design and the qualification of computer designer to be obtained, to provide for the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to develop a design product or a complex of those with an added aesthetic value, which could be replicated or produced making use of traditional, industrial, post-industrial and virtual technologies, combining those with the research on the product concept, selection of the technologies to create the product, ability to conduct applied research, to conduct a design product presentation, as well as to carry out other research and professional activities related to design; 4.1.1. to develop and improve with the Master students the theoretical and professional skills in design carrying out independently full-scale creative projects, including management and presentation; 4.1.2. to facilitate the acquisition and development of knowledge, skills and abilities with the Master students’ enabling them to be competent in contemporary design in Latvia, the Baltic region, Europe; and worldwide 4.1.3. to create the opportunity for the Master’s students for self- realization as professionals, free, responsible and creative personalities; 4.1.4. to prepare the students for further doctoral studies and personal development in the context of life-long learning. The contents of the study courses is aimed at in-depth individual research skills developemtn. The emphasisi is laid on combined traditional and module educational methods with purposeful promotion of interdisciplinary study model and comprises both theoretical and applied resesrch and methods in social and entrepreneurial environment The core goal of the Master’s study programme is to promote the theoretical knowledge of the students, cognitive and research skills to be applied in individual cases for problem solution in the field of design; to develop the abilities, skills and knowledge uniting artistic creativity, theoretical knowledge in culture, social and economic sciences and practical work and management competences in the field of design, as well as to encourage the students to pursue further education at doctoral level either in Latvia or abroad.

The clarity of goals is ensured by the clarity of definitions and the professional pedagogical competence of the faculty. The attainability of the goals ensure the expertise of the academic staff, their professional competence in design and carefully worked out guidance and resource materials for the study work , practice and Master’s paper (project) elaboration. Students’ achievements evaluation is based on carefully developed system of evaluation criteria.

4.2. Objectives and learning outcomes:

The key purpose of the Master’s study programme is to facilitate with the students the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, development of cognitive and research skills to be applied to find solutions for individual problems in the field of design; to facilitate the development of abilities, skills and knowledge integrating artistic creativity, with the theoretical knowledge in culture, social sciences and economics to be applied in practical work together with the management competences in design, as well as to encourage the students to pursue further studies under doctoral programmes in Latvia and/or abroad.

The BIA Master’s studies programme augments the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of design. Under the programme, professional skills and abilities are developed in the following directions: • professional work of a designer and a qualification of a computer designer, • building a professional and research career in design, • management in design projects.

In order to facilitate the graduates’ competitiveness on the labour market, the study programme based on the previously acquired education should ensure the development with the students of the competence to purposefully find answer to the following questions:

4.2.1. why and for whom the project is needed (research on the problem initiating the design or the applied-research part of the professional work of a designer – to provide the semantic, psychological and aesthetic rationale for the technological task of the product design); 4.2.2. what are the aesthetic and technological means that could be used to realize the idea of the new product (giving reasons for and working out the methods to apply specific technologies of visualization and implementation – the part relating to the applied research in the computer designer qualification), application of traditional, industrial, post- industrial and virtual technologies, modelling well-grounded with respect to aesthetics, ergonomics and technologies while taking in account the actual operating conditions); 4.2.3. what are the methods to prepare for further reproduction in technologically acceptable way the new product design (this is the practical part of the professional work or visualization and realization of the form based on the study of the specific technology of replicating – well-reasoned with respect to cost-effectiveness, visual, communicative, functional preparation of the project for prospective realization or replication);

At present, in design education at all qualification levels three leading tendencies can be observed with the share of each tendency fluctuating, and the tendencies emphasising one of the following • visualizations, communications and multi-media; • multi-functional and multi-technologies systems, substantive (objective) environment; • substantive and material direction; traditional, industrial and post- industrial technologies. 4.3. The skills and abilities to be acquired in the study programme: 4.3.1. to be able to offer to the client full-service related design;

4.3.2. to be able to offer consultations to the clients or employers on design issues and management of design projects within the scope of the graduate’s competence; 4.3.3. working on a project to be able to create the optimum conditions in order to deliver full-service design functions; 4.3.4. to be able to find solutions for the design problems in a new or unfamiliar environment; 4.3.5. to be able to state clearly and unambiguously to the audience of both specialists and non-specialist own conclusions related to design, as well as knowledge and logical considerations they are based on; 4.3.6. to pursue studies of design also in self-governed and autonomous modes. 5. Masters’ studies directions The graduates from the Masters; studies programme will be able to offer skilled services on the labour market in the following directions: practical environmental design, interior design or their components practical advertising design • design of promotional objects and exhibition fittings and equipment • design of polygraphy products and packaging design

• design related to promotional photography and colour correction • design related to digital animation practica multi-media and web design practical digital visualizations and 3d modelling theoretical or theory to practice related to design theory or design history issues

BIA posses the required academic, technical, methodological potential, technical and courseware provisions and organizational traditions to ensure training of professional designers. The academic potential of the Baltic International Academy can ensure implementation of Master’s studies programme and obtaining of the professional Master’s degree in design. Master’s studies in design create possibilities to pursue further education both in creative and research direction at the doctoral programmes abroad.



Possibilities for further education:

It is possible to pursue further education in doctoral study programmes abroad either in the direction of practical professional design or in the direction of applied research Presently, in the Latvian Republic there is no doctoral study programmes in design. In LMA (Art Academy of Latvia) the doctoral study programme in art offers only one direction devotes to the issues of design: «history of design, theory, relations to manufacturing» and the requirements for matriculation stipulate Diploma of Master’s in art. (http://www.aiknc.lv/lv/prog_view.php?id=5805/LMaAMakslaD07lv.doc)

6. Descriptions of the Master’s study programme The Professional Master’s study programme is designed in conformity with the Latvian Republic Law on Higher Education Establishments and the LR Cabinet of Ministers’ regulations Nr. 481 of 20 November, 2001; CM481_01_02.06.2007; CM regulations Nr.821, of October 3, 2006. The Professional Master’s studies programme Design ensure the necessary knowledge and professional skills, proceeding from either previously obtained qualification in design with the Professional Bachelor degree or without such qualification with Academic Bachelor degree or a diploma of higher education in art, corresponding to the second-level or is equated such. 6.1. Duration of the studies, volume and requirements for the previous education to commence the study programme acquisition arer:

6.1.1. 1.5 years, 60 CP full-time studies (matriculation with the professional qualification of computer designer and Professional Bachelor degree in design or architecture, with the length of the full-time studies 4 years, 160 CP. /240 ECTS), 6.1.2. 2 years , 80 CP full-time studies (matriculation without Professional qualification of computer designer with the degree of Academic Bachelor in design, architecture, technology, engineering sciences or visual art with the length of full-time studies 4 years and practical experience or equated to that higher education with the length of studies at least 4 years, 160 CP/240 ECTS) 6.1.3. 3 years, 100 CP part-time studies (matriculation without professional qualification with Academic Bachelor degree in design, visual art or a diploma of higher education in design, visual art or technology and engineering and technical direction, or other diploma of high education in the fields that correspond to the second-level higher education or equated to it higher education with the length of studies at least 3 years, 120 CP/180 ECTS.) 6.2. The Study programme leads to the degree of a Professional master in design to be awarded and the professional qualification

6.2.1. Professional Master’s degree without the qualification of computer designer (for the persons holding the qualification from the previous education); 6.2.2. Professional Master’s degree with the qualification of computer designer (for the persons who did not obtain such qualification in previous education), Computer designer, Professional Standard 0069.

In the EU states the study programmes offer Master’s studies programme in art, therefore it is only possible to draw partial comparison with them. The study programme, however , has some conditional or partial analogues in other higher education establishment in Latvia.:

Daugavpils University (Qualification or/and degree obtained: Professional Master’s degree in art) Liepājas University (Qualification or/and degree obtained: Professional Master’s degree in art

(comparison see in the Tables 3.a, 3.b, 4., and Appendix 6). Table 1. Qualification or/and degree obtained: Professional Master’s degree in art |Educational establishment|Degree and qualification |CP or length of | | | |studies | |BIA |professional Bachelor |160 CP (4 years | | |degree in design, |or 4.5 years) | | |qualification of computer | | | |designer | | |SAE Technology College in |Master of Arts (Honours) |160-180 CP | |collaboration with the |Multimedia Art | | |University of Middlesex | | | |(Francija) | | | |http://www. sae. edu/ | | | |University of the West of |Master of Arts (Honours) |120 CP | |England, Bristol |Graphic Design |length of | |http://www. uwe. ac. uk/ | |studies – 3 | | | |years | |University of East London,|Master of Arts (Honours) |160-180 CP | |London |Digital Arts |length of | | | |studies – 4 | | | |years | |Šiaulių universitetas |Designer (Master’s degree |160-200 CP | |http://www.su.lt/article/v|in design _ Dailė ir |length of | |iew/255 |dizainas) |studies – 4/5 | | | |years |

6.3. The structure of the study programme

The structure of the study programme conforms to the Latvian Republic Cabinet of Ministers regulations Nr. 481, «Regulations on second-level higher professional education state standard » (see. Table 2). The structure of the study programme is designed so that the qualification of the specialists were in conformity with Latvian education, scientific and applied research, perception of art and design, the requirements of present-day and future manufacturing requirements BIA implements the following fundamental higher education professional study programmes:

• first level higher professional education study programme «Environmental design» (code – 412124), to obtain the professional qualification of a designer; : Accreditation date: 23 - 11 - 2005; Accreditation expires: 31 - 12 - 2011;

• second level higher professional education study programme « Digital Visualization », to award the degree of professional Bachelor in design and qualification of a computer designer (code 42214) Accreditation date: 23 - 11 - 2005; Accreditation expires: 3 1 - 12 - 2011;

The study programme provides the study contents and the material and technical resources and facilities for the students to acquire liberal arts, design processes and in-depth cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the course of practical and theoretical studies; the study courses are designed to ensure with the individual student in-depth research skills development and the ability to apply those in the practical processes of design. For the acquisition of the contents of the study programme the students are offered study work organized into modules consisting of the study courses united by a common purpose.

The study programme in design offers: • acquisition of in-depth knowledge in design and competence in design processes; • skills in defining a problem and finding a solution for the problem; • acquisition of research methods; • in-depth development of cross-disciplinary skills, integrated study courses; • modular method of studying; • presentation skills. The curriculum of the study programme leading to Professional Master’s degree in design comprises study courses indispensable for the profession, in-depth study courses for the programme curriculum and for the individual program of study made up for individual students, complemented with the study course of the student’s choice. Coherence among the elected study courses, programme topicality and conformity of the goals and objectives of the study programme to tasks of the education in design have to be revised on a regular basis in order to continuously maintain the relevance of the study programme.

In the process of development of BIA Professional higher-education Master’s studies programme «Design» the experience of similar study programmes in the area of professional art the sub branch of design was used Šiauliai University (Lithuania), www.su.lt; Helsinki University of Art and Design (Finland) www.uiah.fi; Tyler Art School, Temple University (USA) www.temple.edu/tyler

Conformity of Professional higher-education Master’s studies programme «Design» to LR CM regulations Nr. 481, Table 2. 6.3.1. 1.5 years, 60 CP full-time studies (matriculation with the professional qualification of computer designer and Professional Bachelor degree in design or architecture, with the length of the full-time studies 4 years, 160 CP./240 ECTS),

Table 2.a |CM REGULATIONS NR. 481. |BIA Professional Master’s study programme | | |«Design» | |Master’s programme volume is at |Master’s programme volume |60 CP | |lest 40 credit points | | | |Study courses ensuring new |Legal norms and regulations in the |4 CP | |developments in branch theory and |field of design | | |practice in the volume at least 7 | | | |credit points. | | | | |Management, marketing and finance in |3 CP | | |the Baltic region | | | |Project management |3 CP | | |Theory of design and design history |4 CP | | |in the Baltic region | | | |Master’s paper (project) in design: |2 CP | | |structure and requirements | | | |total |16 CP | |Research, creative work, design |Applied studies in style, |2 CP | |and management courses in the |stylization, and stylistics | | |volume at least 5 credit points. | | | | |Elective course focused on one of |6 CP | | |modeling technologies | | | |Trends of development in creative |3 CP | | |industry | | | |Control and development of creative |3 CP | | |processes | | | |Trends in development of design |2 CP | | |total |16 CP | |Study courses in pedagogy and |Psychology of visual image |2 CP | |psychology in the volume at least | | | |2 credit points. | | | |Practice in the volume at least 6 |Study of specific reproduction |4 CP | |credit points. |technologies | | | |Training in presentation skills |2 CP | | |total |6 CP | |State examination involving the |Master’s paper (project) elaboration |20 CP | |components of Master’s diploma |and presentation | | |paper ( diploma project) | | | |elaboration and presentation in | | | |the volume at least 20 credit | | | |points. | | | |On completion of Master’s studies |Professional Master’s degree in design | |programme Professional Master’s | | |degree is awarded in the branch, | | |sub-branch, joint branch or | | |profession | |

6.3.22 years , 80 CP full-time studies (matriculation without Professional qualification of computer designer with the degree of Academic Bachelor in design, architecture, technology, engineering sciences or visual art with the length of full-time studies 4 years and practical experience or equated to that higher education with the length of studies at least 4 years, 160 CP/240 ECTS) . Table 2.b . |CM REGULATIONS NR. 481 |BIA Professional Master’s study programme | | |«Design» | |Master’s programme volume is at |Master’s programme volume |80 CP | |lest 40 credit points | | | |Study courses ensuring new |Legal norms and regulations in the |4 CP | |developments in branch theory and |field of design | | |practice in the volume at least 7 | | | |credit points. | | | | |Management, marketing and finance in |3 CP | | |the Baltic region | | | |Project management |3 CP | | |Theory of design and design history |4 CP | | |in the Baltic region | | | |Master’s paper (project) in design: |2 CP | | |structure and requirements | | | |total |16 CP | |Research, creative work, design |Applied studies in style, |4 CP | |and management courses in the |stylization, and stylistics | | |volume at least 5 credit points | | | | |Elective course focused on one of |12 CP | | |modeling technologies: | | | |Trends of development in creative |3 CP | | |industry | | | |Control and development of creative |3 CP | | |processes | | | |Trends in development of design |4 CP | | |Study project in regional cooperation|6 CP | | |in design | | | |(education/manufacturing/professional| | | |association) | | | |total |32 CP | |Study courses in pedagogy and |Psychology of visual image |4 CP | |psychology in the volume at least | | | |2 credit points. | | | |Practice in the volume at least 6 |Study of specific reproduction |6 CP | |credit points. |technologies | | | |Training in presentation skills |2 CP | | |total |8 CP | |State examination involving the |Master’s paper ( project) elaboration|20 CP | |components of Master’s diploma |and presentation | | |paper ( diploma project) | | | |elaboration and presentation in | | | |the volume at least 20 credit | | | |points.. | | | |On completion of Master’s studies |Professional Master’s degree in design | |programme Professional Master’s | | |degree is awarded in the branch, | | |interdisciplinary branch, joint | | |branch or profession | |

6.3.3. 3 years, 100 CP part-time studies (matriculation without professional qualification with Academic Bachelor degree in design, visual art or a diploma of higher education in design, visual art or technology and engineering and technical direction, or other diploma of high education in the fields that correspond to the second-level higher education or equated to it higher education with the length of studies at least 3 years, 120 CP/180 ECTS) Table 2.c |CM REGULATIONS NR. 481 |BIA Professional Master’s study programme | | |«Design» | |Master’s programme volume is at |Master’s programme volume |100 CP| |lest 40 credit points | | | |Study courses ensuring new |Legal norms and regulations in the |4 CP | |developments in branch theory and |field of design | | |practice in the volume at least 7 | | | |credit points. | | | | |Management, marketing and finance in |3 CP | | |the Baltic region | | | |Project management |3 CP | | |Theory of design and design history |4 CP | | |in the Baltic region | | | |Master’s paper (project) in design: |2 CP | | |structure and requirements | | | |total |16 CP | |Research, creative work, design |Applied studies in style, |4 CP | |and management courses in the |stylization, and stylistics | | |volume at least 5 credit points | | | | |Elective course focused on one of |18 CP | | |modeling technologies | | | |Radošo industriju attīstības |3 CP | | |tendences | | | |Kreatīvā procesa kontrole un |3 CP | | |pilnveidošana | | | |Dizaina attīstības tendences |4 CP | | |Study project in regional cooperation|6 CP | | |in design | | | |(education/manufacturing/professional| | | |association) | | | |total |38 CP | |Study courses in pedagogy and |Psychology of visual image |4 CP | |psychology in the volume at least | | | |2 credit points. | | | |Practice in the volume at least 6 |Study of specific reproduction |24 CP | |credit points. |technologies | | | |Training in presentation skills |2 CP | | |total |26 CP | |Valsts pārbaudījums, kura |Master’s paper ( project) elaboration|20 CP | |sastāvdaļa ir maģistra darbs vai |and presentation | | |maģistra darba (diplomprojekta) | | | |izstrādāšana un aizstāvēšana, un | | | |kura apjoms ir vismaz 20 credut | | | |points. | | | |On completion of Master’s studies |Professional Master’s degree in design with | |programme Professional Master’s |the qualification of a computer designer | |degree is awarded in the branch, | | |interdisciplinary branch, joint | | |branch or profession | |



7. Study programme’s mechanism of internal quality assurance

The study process is organized in conformity to the BIA Statutes, Law on the higher educational establishment and other normative documents in force in the Republic of Latvia as well as in conformity with the regulations adopted by the BIA Senate. Matriculation is carried out in conformity with the BIA and state regulations annually confirmed by the BIA Senate.

The programme administration and the academic staff continuously improve the contents of the study programme and regularly carry out the analysis of the study programme and the results achieved.

Quality control and management is carries out as follows: • matriculating the students with the professional qualification and Professional Bachelor degree in design or art, or without professional qualification with Academic Bachelor in design or art or a diploma of higher education in design, visual art or technology and engineering and technical direction,, that correspond to the second-level higher education or equated to that, having conducted an interview with the entrants; • accepting for employment the academic staff and other personnel in conformity with the requirements for the position; • during the semester and examination period checking up the knowledge and skills of the students; • evaluating and developing the study programme considering the recommendations of the Study programme Council • evaluating the academic staff based on the results of the study work and the students’ survey; • evaluating the effectiveness of BIA academic staff at all levels and carrying out the procedures on quality improvement.

The two main forms of quality assurance are:

• external evaluation – accreditation and evaluation by independent experts; • regular self-evaluation –system of internal control management.

7.1. External quality assurance External quality assurance

The external control of quality (accreditation) ensures the LR Ministry of education and Science and the Centre for the Higher Education Quality Evaluation (AIKNC) in co-operation with the higher education establishment.

7.2. Internai quality assurance

The internal control of the studies quality is realized on a regular basis by the BIA DS Methodical and Studies Council. BIA information centre for studies quality evaluation and asurance carries out conducts on a regular basis students’ surveys (about the instructors, study courses etc.), keeps accounts and process the results of the surveys.

(See in section 10)

8. The number of the students in the programme 8.1. Number of the students enrolled on the programme and expelled from the studies. Table 3. | |Matriculated |Studying |Expelled | | |part-time |full-time |total |part-time | |For the reasons of health |– |– |– |– | |Pursue studies elsewhere |– |– |– |– | |Financial reasons |– |– |– |– | |Poor academic progress |– |– |– |2 | |For other reasons |– |– |1 |2 | |Expelled students total number|– |– |1 |4 |

8.3. Expected number of students Table 5. |Studiju gads |Full time |Part time | |2011./2012. |10 |8 |

8.4. Current number of students and prospective entrants Available in Appendix 12

9. Survey of the employers concerning employability of the graduates for the coming six years. Survey of the employers concerning employability of the graduates for the coming six years. A sample of the employers’ questionnaire see in Appendix 11

The survey was conducted in September 2009. According to the agreements on co-operation 200 questionnaires were distributed. 121 questionnaires were returned. In all the cases the employers acknowledge that trainee-students from BIA DS worked at thei enterprise. It is intended to continue co-operation in the direction of design after the graduation: 93 atbildes. Intend to carry on such co=operation: 1. 2 (17 responses), 3 (11 responses), 4 (29 responses), 5 (31 responses), As much as possible (5 responses)

Common comments: approximately a half of the respondents evaluate the preparedness (training) and competence of the trainee-students as partially meeting the requirements (43 responses), the other half evaluate those as fully meeting the requirements of the labour market (50 responses)

|If the possibilities of the study |points | | |programme are satisfactory | | | | |0–3|4–|8–| | | | |7 |10| | | |0 |1 |2 |comment (if yes) | |1. How much does the student’s |0 |1 |2 |Preferable to improve the | |professional training meet your | | | |terminological base | |requirements | | | | | |2.How clear and understandable are the |0 |1 |2 |Sufficiently understandable; | |trainee’ explanations and arguments | | | | | |3. Contact between the employer and the |0 |1 |2 |Communicable, responsive, | |trainee | | | |co-operative | |4. Theoretical training level |0 |1 |2 |Gives logical arguments for | |(explanations well grounded in practical | | | |thoughts and idaes | |and scientific sense) | | | | | |5. Practical orientation of the study |0 |1 |2 |Works practically, understands | |courses acquired | | | |the limitations | |6. Application of the designer methods |0 |1 |2 |Consistently, fast and | |acquired (in practical work) | | | |efficiently achieve the results| |7. Methodical ness and consistency in |0 |1 |2 |darba metodika izskatas | |practical work | | | |pārliecinoši | |8. Practical value and usability for the |0 |1 |2 |labi saprot uzdevuma būtību | |labour market of the competence acquired | | | | | |9. Ability to be precise and clear and to|0 |1 |2 |savlaicīgi un sakarīgi pieprasa| |consult about various issues linked to | | | |komentārus | |work process | | | | | |10. Competence in dealing with technical |0 |1 |2 |labā līmenī | |appliances (computers, lightening etc) | | | | |

11. general evaluation 1 (amount of points by criteria): ________________9__14______________________________________23 amount general evaluation 1 [from1 to 30] Key to the points: 0 – does not meet you requirements; 1 – partially meets your requirements; 2 – meets your requirements. • the programme is considered effective in case if :

a. the students consider that the volume of the information they get is not less than 50% of expected (hoped for); b. more than 50% of the survey participants have given positive evaluations (1 – 2) according to criteria if the total evaluation is from 15 to 20 – the program fully satisfies expectations; if the total evaluation is from 8 to 14 incl., the programme partially satisfies expectations; • the programme is considered ineffective, if the total evaluation is 7 or less. 15. Conclusions of the employers: 15.1. the study programme ensures development (training) at a productive level and conforms to the evaluation 10 (with distinction= 30 points) 9 (excellent = 27 points) 8 (very good= 24 points) 15.2. the study programme ensures development (training) at a reproductive level and conforms to the evaluation 7 (good= 21 points) 6 (almost good = 18 points) 5 (satisfactory = 15 points) 4 (almost satisfactory = 12 points 3 (poor= 9 points) 2 (extremely poor = 6 points)

The Employers’ satisfaction with the BIA DS students doing practical placement jobs for them was at quite a sufficient level. 10. Students’ participation in the study process improvement Students’ participation in the study process improvement - The data of the students’ survey on the study process, the quality of instruction an wishes are taken into consideration when the study plans are being compiled studentu aptaujas; - Students are informed concerning the timetables for the examinations, and their recommendations are taken in account; - The students of BIA DS Design programme together with the teachers involved in the programme go on the trips for the studies on location (plain-air studies); - The BIA Students’ Parliament organizes students life in the institute and ensures the information exchange between the administration and the students; - BIA Students Parliament organizes the students’ extra-curricular activities (discothèques, tourist trips, hiking).

10.1. Students’ survey and data analysis The Students’ surveys are conducted on a regular basis at the end of each semester. In the academic year 2010 / 2011 the questionnaires were distributed among the students twice same as in previous years.(see Appendix 12). In the questionnaires the students evaluate on a ten-point system the performance of the teachers, organization of the study process, organization of the extra-curricular activities, technical support for the study process, the study programme itself, as well as they express their wishes and suggestions concerning improvement of the study process The questionnaires are filled in anonymously; therefore the students express their opinions freely. The data from the questionnaires are processed with a help of a special computer programme. The students’ feedback is used to improve the study programme and the study process. (see Appendix 12.)

Analysis of data obtained in the students survey

BALTIC INTEERNATIONAL ACADEMY Design School students’ survey QUESTIONNAIRE on the instruction quality BIA DS ac.year 2010/2011 Autumn semester

programme: Design to obtain Master’s degree, qualification of computer designer

DMaBD, full and part-time studies DESIGN, master’s studies, BILINGUALstream, DAY department and NIGHT depertment

Please, mark the appropriate answer with (box, column) yellow

Are you working in the profession inthe specializationof your choice : YES / NO Are you planning to pursue studies of design at doctoral studie; YES / NO

|1.|Has your perception of BIA Design School changed this |evaluation | | |semester?* | | | |Change for the best |0 |1 |2 | | |No change | | | | | |Change for the worst |0 |1 |2 | | |If you have chosen the last answer, please give reasons why| | | | | |your opinion has changed : | | | | | | |"I have realized that this profession is not for me." |0 |1 |2 | | | |Do not like the study programme. (study disciplines and|0 |1 |2 | | | |the set of the tasks) | | | | | | |Not satisfied with the teaching methods (technologies |0 |1 |2 | | | |of study matter acquisition) | | | | | | |Unsatisfactory provision of the study process with: |0 |1 |2 | | | |a. information resources (library,Internat resources), |0 |1 |2 | | | |b.methodological guidance (regulations,explanations, |0 |1 |2 | | | |samples) |0 |1 |2 | | | |c. computer equipment,technical study aids, laboratory | | | | | | |equipment etc. | | | | | | |Uninteresting students’ life |0 |1 |2 | | | |Other reasons |0 |1 |2 |

 *results NOT TO BE INCLUDED into total evaluation     

|2. |TO WHAT EXTENT YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH:** |pakāpe | |2.1.|Having chosen to study in BSA DS Master’s studies programme |0 |1 |2 | | |Design. | | | | |2.2.|Study programme (study disciplines and the set and volume of |0 |1 |2 | | |the tasks) | | | | |2.3.|Timetable (whether you can adapt yourself to it and combine |0 |1 |2 | | |work and studies) | | | | |2.4.|Management of the study process (timely information about |0 |1 |2 | | |changes in the time table) | | | | |2.5.|Technical condition of study rooms (furniture, fitting, |0 |1 |2 | | |lightening, heating etc.) | | | | |2.6.|Students’ provision with literature, samples, possibilities |0 |1 |2 | | |of consultations, and other methodical support. | | | | |2.7.|Availability of computer classes and access to the INTERNET|0 |1 |2 | | |outside studies | | | | |2.8.|Attitude to students on part of administration, teachers and|0 |1 |2 | | |other staff | | | | |2.9.|Relations with the fellow students |0 |1 |2 | |2.10| Extra-curricular activities (attend/do not attend) |0 |1 |2 | |. | | | | | | |Total amount in every level of evaluations | |3 |12 | | |General evaluation (sum total of the points) | |

 **results TO BE INCLUDED into total evaluation      Key to the points: 0 – does not meet you requirements; 1 – partially meets your requirements; 2 – meets your requirements. • the programme is considerede effective in case if :

a. the students consider that the volume of the information they get is not less than 50% of expected (hoped for); b. more than 50% of the survey participants have given positive evaluatinos (1 – 2) according to criteria if the total evaluation is from 15 to 20 – the programm fully satisfies expectations; if the total evaluation is from 8 to 14 incl., the programm partially satisfies expectations; • the programme is considered ineffective, if the total evaluation is 7or less. Among the additiobal criteria raising the evaluation can be *: All the tasks are clear and understandable and appropriately promote professional development * 0 +1 +2; Among the additiobal criterialowering the evaluation can be *: The programme is boring lacking clear links with Professional value * 0 –1 –2 Students’ conclusions: The study programme ensures effective development and conforms to the evaluation 10 (with distinction= 20 points) 9 (excellent= 18 points) 8 (very good= 16 points) 7 (good = 14 points) 6 (almost good = 12 points) 5 (viduvēji= 10 points) 4 (almost satisfactory = 8 points 3 (poor= 6 points) 2 (extremely poor = 4 points)

Study year: 1st – 2nd semester: 1. – 3. (01.09.2010. – 01.02.2011) ac.year 2010/2011 autumn semester

fill in points 0, 1 vai 2; key to the: 0 – fully meets your requirements; 1 – partially meets your requirements; 2 – does not meet your requirements. Total, maximum 0–50 50–150 150–200 Provisions for student attendance (length of the stuyd course, changes to the timetable, nodabību pārcelšanas , teachers arriving late

|3. TO WHAT EXTENT YOU ARE SATISFIED with|Questions | |the study course contents and | | |instruction quality in cpecific subjects| | |: | | | | | |Fill in the information from SIMP | | |(student’s individual achievement | | |record) | | | |Study matter volume , density blīvums and | | |mūsdienīgums (vai nav pārslodze) | | |2010/2011 | | |1st |3rd |5th | | | |semester |semester |semester | | |Students’ average |7.826 |7.787 |7.677 | | |evaluation | | | | | |(on ten-point system) | | | | |

10.3. Evaluation of the study programme Table 8. | |Evaluation on ten-point system | | |1st year |2nd year | |Ac.year 2010/2011Autumn semester |7.45 |7.41 |

Changes in students’ perception of the study programme. Common indicators Table 9. |Programme: Design | |Location: Riga |*) Perception of the programme. Reasons for the | | |change for the worse | |Academic year: 2010/2011|1. "I have realized that this profession is not for | | |me." | |Semester: Autumn |2. Dislike the study programme (study disciplines and| | |the set of the tasks)) | |Study year: All |3. Not satisfied with the teaching methods | | |(technologies of study matter acquisition) | |Language of instruction:|4.Unsatisfactory provision of the study process with:| |All |a. information resources (library,Internat | | |resources), | | |b.methodological guidance (regulations,explanations, | | |samples) | | |c. computer equipment,technical study aids, | | |laboratory equipment etc. | |Forms of studies: All |5. Uninteresting students’ life. | | |6. Other reasons. | | |Specialty |Number |Ind|Data in % | | |Forms of |of |ex | | | |studies |responde|in | | | |Language of |nts |per| | | |instruction | |cep| | | |Study year | |tio| | | | | |n | | | | | |can| | | | | |ge | | | | | | |Students\ |Reasons for the change for the | | | | | |perception of the|worse * | | | | | |BIA (% to the |(% «change for the worse« | | | | | |number of |number) | | | | | |respondents) | | | | |Programma: Dizains | | |Location: Riga | | |Academic year: | |*) Anketas 2. jautājums: "Kādā mērā Jūs | |2010/2011 | |apmierina:" | |Semester: Autumn | |1. Jūsu izvēle |6. Courseware provision | | | |studēt BSA DS |and technical equipment | | | |Dizaina |(samples,methodical | | | |maģistrantūrā? |guidance, computers, | | | | |tables, tchairsi, | | | | |lightening etc) | |Study year:All | |2. Studiju programma|7. Availability of | | | |(studiju priekšmetu |computer classes and the | | | |un uzdevumu |Internet access outside | | | |komplekts un |the classes? | | | |apjoms)? | | |Language of | |3. Nodarbību |8. Attitude to students on| |instruction: All | |saraksts (vai ir |part of administration, | | | |iespēja pielāgoties |teachers and other staff. | | | |un apvienot studijas| | | | |ar darbu)? | | |Forms of studies: All| |4. Nodarbību |9. Relations with the | | | |organizācija |fellow students. | | | |(savlaicīga | | | | |informācija par | | | | |nodarbību pārcelšanu| | | | |un izmaiņām)? | | | | |5. Technical |10. Extra-curricular | | | |condition of study |activities (attend/do not | | | |rooms (furniture, |attend) | | | |fitting, lightening,| | | | |heating etc.) | | | | |N|Specialty Type of |Number |Average |Average point of |No answer | | |instruction |of |point |evaluation |received | | |Language of |responde| | |(%) | | |instruction Study |nts | | | | | |year | | | | | | | |Academic year: |*) 3rd question of the Questionnair "Kāda mērā Jūs | |2010/2011 |apmierina:" | |Semester: Autumn |1.)? Study matter volume , |6. Active study methods | | |density, and modernity (if |used (practical work) | | |there is overload) | | |Study year: All |2. Clarity of instruction |7. Courseware provision and| | |(both in lectures and |technical equipment | | |practical classes) |(samples,methodical | | | |guidance, computers, | | | |tables, tchairsi, | | | |lightening etc) | |Language of |3. Contact of the teacher |8. Practical value and | |instruction: All |with the audience (tact, |applicability of the skills| | |objectiveness, commitment, |acquired on labour market | | |favourable disposition) | | |Forms of studies :All|4. Theretical level of |9 Provisions for students’ | | |instructions(scientifically-g|attendantce (length of the | | |rounded explanations) |study course, changes to | | | |the timetable, nodabību | | | |pārcelšanas , teachers | | | |arriving late | | |5. Practical orientation of |  | | |the study course, labour | | | |market demand for the | | | |competence | | |N |Specia|Rwas in |Average point of evaluation | | |lty |questionnai| | | |Type |res | | | |of | | | | |instru| | | | |ction | | | | |Langua| | | | |ge of | | | | |instru| | | | |ction | | | | |Study | | | | |year | | | | | | |By questions 1 - |By questions 6 - 9*)| | | | |5*) | | | | | | |Location: Riga | |Students’ satisfaction level | | | | |with the studies under the | | | | |programme. Total indicators | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Academic year: 2010/2011 | | | | |Semester: Autumn | | | | |Study year: All | | | | |Language of instruction: All | | | | |Forms of studies: All | | | | |Ordering: by. | | | |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  | |N |Academic year |Number |Average |Students|Satisfac|Quality of |Quality | | |and semester |of |value in|’ |tion |instruction |of | | | |responde|survey |opinion |level |(3rdquestion|methodolo| | | |nts |(positio|of the |with |positions |gical | | | | |ns 6,7,8|study |studying|1-5) |support | | | | |average |programm|under | |(3rd | | | | |value) |e change|the | |question,| | | | | |index |programm| |positions| | | | | |(1st |e (2nd | |6-9) | | | | | |question|question| | | | | | | |) |) | | | |  | | | | | | | | |1 |2 |3 |4 |5 |6 |7 |8 | |4. |Autumn-2008/09 |7 |7,63 |0,16 |7,70 |7,95 |7,25 | |6. |Autumn-2007/08 |6 | |2.1.|Having chosen to study in BSA DS Master’s studies programme |0 |1 |2 | | |Design. | | | | |2.2.|Study programme (study disciplines and the set and volume of |0 |1 |2 | | |the tasks)) | | | | |2.3.|Timetable (whether you can adapt yourself to it and combine |0 |1 |2 | | |work and studies)) | | | | |2.4.|Management of the study process (timely information about |0 |1 |2 | | |changes in the time table)) | | | | |2.5.|Technical condition of study rooms (furniture, fitting, |0 |1 |2 | | |lightening, heating etc.) | | | | |2.6.|Students’ provision with literature, samples, possibilities |0 |1 |2 | | |of consultations, and other methodical support.. | | | | |2.7.|Availability of computer classes and access to the INTERNET|0 |1 |2 | | |outside studies | | | | |2.8.|Attitude to students on part of administration, teachers and|0 |1 |2 | | |other staff | | | | |2.9.|Relations with the fellow students |0 |1 |2 | |2.10|Extra-curricular activities (attend/do not attend)) |0 |1 |2 | |. | | | | | | |kopsummā katrā pakāpē | |4 |12 | | |kopīgais vērtējums (pilnā visa punktu summa) |16 |

 **results TO BE INCLUDED into total evaluation      Key to the points: 0 – does not meet you requirements; 1 – partially meets your requirements; 2 – meets your requirements. • the programme is considerede effective in case if :

a. the students consider that the volume of the information they get is not less than 50% of expected (hoped for); b. more than 50% of the survey participants have given positive evaluatinos (1 – 2) according to criteria if the total evaluation is from 15 to 20 – the programm fully satisfies expectations; if the total evaluation is from 8 to 14 incl., the programm partially satisfies expectations; • the programme is considered ineffective, if the total evaluation Among the additiobal criteria raising the evaluation can be *: All the tasks are clear and understandable and appropriately promote professional development * 0 +1 +2; Among the additiobal criterialowering the evaluation can be *: The programme is boring lacking clear links with Professional value * 0 –1 –2 Students’ conclusions: The study programme ensures effective development and conforms to the evaluation 10 (with distinction= 20 points) 9 (excellent= 18 points) 8 (very good= 16 points) 7 (good = 14 points) 6 (almost good = 12 points) 5 (viduvēji= 10 points) 4 (almost satisfactory = 8 points 3 (poor= 6 points) 2 (extremely poor = 4 points)

On the whole all the graduates gave a positive evaluation to the programme.

At the present stage of the study programme development the studies are conducted according to individual plans, it is not yet possible to from cost-effective separate groups. This requires from t the students and the administration strict observance of the individual plan integration while presenting an opportunity of optimum schedule of attendance for the students. The graduates believe that they are receiving good education with practical orientation enabling them to offer design services efficiently. 11. Promotional activities for the programme Design. Table 13

|Advertising |Type of informative source and number per year ā | |means | | |1. Periodicals |Коммерсант Болтик daily (3), Вести Сегодня (3), | | |Телеграф (2), Образование и Карьера (9), Час (1), МК | | |Латвия (8), Diena (2), CITADEL (1), Latvijas avīze | | |(3). | |2. Magazins |Балтийский класс (3) | | |Karjera (2) | |3. Promitional |Regional television: | |trips to |Vidzeme | |secondaryschools|Mazsalacas, Alojas, Limbažu VSK, Limbažu television; | |and TV broadcast|Mālpils, Suntažu, Ķeguma VSK, Ogres television; | | |Viesītes, Neretas, Aknīstes VSK, Viesītes television: | | |Valkas, Cēsu VSK; Smiltenes television:; | | |Zemgale | | |Ozolnieki, Jelgavas VSK, Zemgales district | | |television:; | | |Kurzeme | | |6. Rojas, Valdemārpils, Talsu VSK; | | |Kandavas, Kuldīgas, Aizputes VSK; | | |Liepajas, Pavilostas, Ventspils VSK, Liepājas | | |television:; | | |Skrundas, Grobiņas VSK, Skrundas TV | | |Latgale | | |Ilūkstes, Špoģu, Krāslavas VSK, Daugavpils | | |television:; | | |Kārsavas, Ludzas, Dagdas VSK, Dagdas TV; | | |Livānu, Jēkabpils VSK, Vidusdaugavas TV, Jēkabpils | | |radio 1; | | |Daugavpils, Rēzeknes VSK, Rēzeknes television:. | |4. Other |Booklets, leaflets, posters, catalogues, 118 | |promotional |(Information service), Izglītības Ceļvedis (Guide book| |means and |on education in Latvia)(2011), «Skola – 2011»( annual | |activities |exhibition), Kur mācīties tālāk( Information | | |edition»Where do I continue to study») , Higher | | |izglītība Latvijā un ārzemēs (Reference book: Higher | | |education in Latvia and abroad) . |

12. Study programme requirements to commence the studies: During the reporting timeframe significant changes have not been made to the study programme. For the reporting timeframe the following minor changes have taken place in the study programme Design: changes in the names of the study courses, course volumes, more precisely defined profession-related contents, software updated:

3D virtual (digital) modelling technologies block: Computer technologies in design: 3D redactors (AutoCAD) from 2 to 4CP, 160 ac.hrs., the alteration was made because the software had been updated (new software version was purchased); The self-evaluation report was prepared based on: quality audit of courses of lectures ( theoretical courses) , practical classes, seminars and other study events: For the reporting timeframe the study programme Design implementation fully conform to the liberal arts, artistic direction, sub-branch of design, computer design programme’s goals and directions, as well as to the BIA Statutes, Law on the Higher Education Establishment and other normative documents in force in the Republic of Latvia, and is realised in conformity with regulations adopted by the BIA Senate.

12.1. Entrance examinations. Entering the studies at BIA Professional Master’s studies the entrant has an interview concerning the theme of the Master’s paper. During the interview the entrant should be prepared to answer the questions to demonstrate awareness and knowledge in art and design, to display a portfolio of creative and study works and a presentation in electronic format (CD or DVD), where the signs of the knowledge, skills and abilities to be are clearly observable:(see Appendix 3).

13. System of Master students’ assessment (reasons for the methods of assessment applied and data analysis). All the materials in full are available at Lomonosova 4, Room 209.

13.1. Forms of the Master students’ assessment are as follows: • grading-system tests and exams; • library-research paper, course assignments, qualification assignments, projects; • independent creative (research) work; • practice (incl .practical placement); • qualification examination and Master’s paper.

Master’s students knowledge, skills and abilities both in study courses and in practice are evaluated on ten-point system, awarding credit points for each examination passed in conformity with the study programme.

In the study courses stipulating on completion production of a creative study work, the evaluation of the Master’s students’ achievements takes a form of a show (exhibition) with a commission of teachers evaluating the exhibits collectively arriving to a common evaluation of individual works. Such form of evaluation ensures objectivity, promotes consistency of the study programme’s concept and mutual integration of the study subjects. In general education subjects the form of assessment is a written or oral examination to be evaluated by the corresponding lecturer. Master’s students study programme carries out progress (interim) evaluation, evaluation by semesters and final evaluation of the students’ achievements.

13.2. . Progress (interim) evaluation: graded-system tests, study assignments (interim control), interim shows.

13.3. Evaluation by semesters: takes place during the examination period and consists of graded-system tests and examinations as well as results of the shows), study assignments

13.4. Final evaluation: Qualification exam and presentation of the Master paper (project).

The students’ proficiency in all the study subjects, where the method of the final assessment is examination, are evaluated with grades: 10 («with distinction»), 9 («excellent»), 8 («very good»), 7 («good»), 6 («almost good»), 5 («satisfactory»), 4 («almost satisfactory» – are grades of positive evaluation; 3(poor), 2(very poor), 1(very poor) – are grades of negative evaluation.

In case the form of assessment is the graded-system test, the course achievements are evaluated with a grade. 13.5. The main principles underlying assessment of Master’s students’ achievement are: • calculation of positive vs. negative achievements according to criteria; • obligatory grading-system assessment; • consistency of requirements, openness, objectivity and clarity; • multiple forms in study courses checkups; • the evaluation based on specific criteria and formalised requirements.

The Master’s students are informed concerning the forms of assessment and the assessment criteria already at the start of the study course realization, when they get acquainted with the study programme. Master’s students’ achievement s are evaluated in all the study courses, study assignments, projects, pass-fail checkups and exams. Assessment is carried out based on ten-point system. Every study course, course assignment or practical placement assignment earns credit points (CP), if the level of acquisition is positive and the general evaluation is «a pass».

13.5.1. Exam is a method to evaluate the Master students - written, oral check or visual presentation (a show)– to evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills and abilities, which are given grades on a ten-point system. The minimum extent of the study course allowing organizing an examination is 2 credit points.

A Master student is allowed to take an the exam not more than two times and in case of difference of opinion it can take place once more before a commission of the methodological council..

13.5.2. Test (pass-fail) is an oral or written or visual presentation (a show) method to check up the Master students’ knowledge, skills and abilities, which are evaluated with a grade.

The methods of controlling the students’ achievements are stipulated by the study programme, while the concrete form of checkups (show, written or oral) can be chosen either by the instructor delivering the course or the study programme’s council.

13.5.3. Practice according to the study programme can be evaluated based on ten-point system. The practice leaders evaluate the activities and results achieved during the practice either at the place of work placement or at the institute. The study courses and practice earn the students credit points if the grades received on the ten-point system are not lower than 4,«almost satisfactory».

13.6. Qualification work and Master paper (project) are evaluated on 10- point system; the lowest satisfactory grade is 4 points.

13.7. Presentation of the qualification work and Master paper (project) presentation Professional qualification of a computer designer gets the graduate who has presented the qualification work and Master paper (project) and accomplished all the requirements of professional standard of «Computer designer» Nr. 0069, as well as the above mentioned requirement to obtain the Master’s degree.

• presentation of the qualification work and Master paper (project) occurs before a qualification commission; • the commission consists of the enterprises’ specialists operating in the field, specialists members of the professional associations , leaders of similar study programmes and representatives of BIA; • at least 50% of the commission’s members as well as the chairman of the commission must be representatives of professional associations; • commission’s make up as well as the person of the Chairmen is approved by the BRI Rector and the administration of the study programme. Master degree second level higher education diploma is awarded to the graduates who have successfully accomplished the study programme meeting all its requirements; have successfully passed the qualification exam and Master’s paper (project) presentation with a grade not lower than 4 (almost satisfactory).

13.8. In all the professional study courses on design the study works are evaluated on the system of aesthetic value criteria, which consists of :

13.8.1. Show(display) of the study works /projects: the Master’s students display the visual part of their study work or project in the BIA area specially equipped for the expositions and hand in for the lecturer CD or DVD disk with the work in full in electronic form with the files or photographs of the work in electronic format, the authenticity to be confirmed.

13.8.2. Study work/project evaluation Exposition is evaluated by a methodical commission at least two lecturers with appropriate qualification; of those at least one - from the Methodical and Study Council of the computer design study programme. In evaluations sketches and practical execution of the work is taken in consideration. Suggested evaluation criteria (both sketches , and practical work):

1. Criteria to evaluate study work and assignments in professional study courses: points; to be underlined 1. the work’s theme and contents meets the requirements of regulations on the study work or assignment, to the goals and objectives set, constructiveness in the study assignment analysis and solution 0 1 2; 1.1.1. categories of aesthetical value: 1.1.1.1. visually and aesthetically valuable structure 0 1 2; 1.1.1.1.1. of composition 0 1 2; 1.1.1.1.2.of tonality 0 1 2; 1.1.1.1.3. of colour 0 1 2; 1.1.1.1.4. stylistics 0 1 2; 1.1.1.2. technical rationality 0 1 2; 1.2. author’s ability to confirm the authenticity: 0 1 2; 1.2.1. effectively present literature sources, samples and other information sources 0 1 2; 1.2.2.to collect and store( retain) fully the information concerning the manufacturing process 0 1 2; 1.3. ability to observe formal requirements: 0 1 2; 1.2.1. in terms of volume 0 1 2; 1.2.2. structure 0 1 2; 1.4. ability to substantiate, integrate and effectively display the visual, , technical and technological components : 0 1 2; 1.5. ability to carry out aesthetically valuable graphic representation With clearly identifiable features of the author’s manner: 0 1 2; 2. Possible raising or lowering additional criteria *: 2.1. high aesthetic novelty is achieved in the work presented * 0 1 2; 2.2. low aesthetic quality is achieved in the work presented * 0 –1 –2; 2.3. teacher’s requirements were observed ad maximum* 0 1 2; 2.4. teacher’s requirements were not fully observed * 0 –1 –2; 2.5. the volume of the work is ad maximum appropriate as concerns the requirements and regulations of the study work or exceeds those * 0 1 2; 2.6. the volume of the work does not meet the requirements of the regulations on the study work * 0 –1 –2; 2.7. attendance of classes and consultations * from 50% to 75% without cause 0 from 75% and more k 1 100% 2; 2.8. attendance of classes and consultations * from 25% to 50% without cause 0 the lecturer is entitled to conduct an additional check up from10% to 25% without cause –1 100% non-attendance without cause –2; 3. general evaluation 1 (evaluation of work on the whole by the commission or lecturer): _____________ General evaluation 1[from 1 to 10] 4. other critical or positive remarks * (if any):

____________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ 5. special additional criteria to raise evaluation *: 5.1. original problem solution and special technical or aesthetic novelty of result achievement in the work presented * 0 1 2; 6. special additional criteria to lower evaluation *: 6.1. non-participation in interim check ups with no cause * –0 –1 –2; the teacher is entitled to carry out additional check up 6.2. the work presented does not meet the criteria on of the regulations on the study work * –0 –1 –2; the teacher is entitled to carry out additional check up 6.3. untimely presented for evaluation i* –0 –1 –2; the teacher is entitled to carry out additional check up * – not obligatory 7. general evaluation 2 (with raising and lowering additional criteria ): _____________ Key to points: 0 – not meeting the requirements; general evaluation 2[from 1 to 10] 1 – partially meeting the requirements; 2 – meeting the requirements;. 8. The work presented meets / partially meets / does not meet the goals and achievements set i

9. The work presented meets / partially meets / does not meet the criteria of evaluation

10. The work presented meets / partially meets / does not meet the requirements 11. conclusion: _____________________________ 11.1. The work is executed at PRODUCTIVE Level is up to the evaluation study course lecturer’s 10 (with distinction ) 9 (excellent ) 8 (very good )

_____________________________ 11.2. The work is carried out at REPRODUCTIVE level and conforms to the evaluation [zinātniskais grāds, amats, paraksts] 7 (good) 6 (almost good) 5 (satisfactory 4 (almost satisfactory) 3 (poor) 2 (extremely poor) Compiled and confirmed by BSA DIZAINA SKOLAS meeting of the methodical commission of the programme ē BIA Design school director hum.zin.maģ.mākslā asoc.prof.M.Kopeikins

On the whole it is possible to collect – 10 points. If the total amount is less than 4 points (3, 2, 1), the work should be reviewed and delivered during the next examination period.

13.8.3. Volume and evaluation of the Master (paper)/project MA PROJECT ESCRIPTION volume: credit points: 20 consultations, ac. hrs.: 20 storyboard, min: 7 (600 x 600 mm) techn. in execution: colour print (prints) theoretical part, min: 75 pp A4 author’s text (125 000 characters) without citations + citations not more than 25% from the total amount of the theoretical part + illustrative materials (supplements – tables, charts, other visual materials) + Master’s work structural elements (title page, annotation, list of contents) Requirements to be admitted to the presentation of MA paper( Project): a. Attendance of consultations with MA paper’s scientific adviser; b. All the practical study assignments in the study programme done; c. Formal structure of the MA paper observed; d. No academic debts ( no one); e. No financial indebtedness for the tuition fee; f. In conformity to the requirements of the regulations a portfolio for the whole study period is compiled (archiving practice) with presentation of a short best work; g. Active participation in the study process (officially confirmed– a certificate, publication or record in the conference lists) at least four activities in two stages (four separate items to be produced):

Table 14. |Students ‘ independent research or creative work (extra curricula) | |1 |2 |3 | | |1 | | |9 |10 |11 |12 |13 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Direction |Liberal arts |Liberal arts|Liberal arts |Liberal |Liberal arts| | | | | | |arts | | | |Qualificat|Professional |MA in art |Professional |MA in art |Professional| | |ion or/and|Master in | |Master in art| |Master in | | |degree |computer | | | |art | | |obtained |digital | | | | | | | |visualization| | | | | | | |s specialty | | | | | | |Level of |higher |higher |higher |higher |higher | | |education | | | | | | | |to | | | | | | | |commence | | | | | | | |the | | | | | | | |studies | | | | | | | |Form of |full time |full time |part-time |full time |full time or| | |studie | | | | |part-time | | |Profession|Computer |Not |Not available|Not |Not | | |a Standard|designer |available | |available |available | | |Accreditat|05 - 05 - |31 - 10 - |25 - 04 - |05 - 12 - |19 - 11 - | | |ion |2010 |2007 |2007 |2007 |2008 | | |granted | | | | | | | |Accreditat|31 - 12 - |31 - 12 - |31 - 12 - |31 - 12 - |31 - 12 - | | |ion |2012 |2013 |2013 |2013 |2014 | | |expires | | | | | | | |Self-evalu|SppaDatordiza|LMaAMakslaM0|DUmakslaM07lv|LkaMakslas|LiepuMakslaM| | |ation |insPB10lv.doc|7lv.doc |.pdf |M07lv.doc |08lv.pdf | | |report | | | | | | | |Commission|DatordizKZ10.|LMaAMakslaBM|DUMakslaKZi07|LkaMakslas|LiepUMakslaP| | |’s report |doc |DKZ07.doc |.doc |BMDKZ07.do|MKZ08.doc | | | | | | |c | |

Table 16.b |BALTIC INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY |DAUGAVPILS UNIVERSITY | |www. bsa. edu. lv |www. du. lv | |Professional Master’s studies programme |Professional higher education | |«Design» to obtain Professional Master’s |Master’s studies programme «Art» | |degree in design | | |a. Studies volume – 60 CP, | | |studies length – 1.5 years, full time | | |b. Studies volume – 80 CP, | | |studies length – 2 years, full time | | | |Studies volume – 60 CP, | | |studies length – 2 years, part-time | |e. Studies volume –100 CP, | | |studies length – 3 years, part-time | |

Table 16.c |BALTIC INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY |CP |DAUGAVPILS UNIVERSITY |CP | |(LATVIA) | |(LATVIA)) | | |Branch-specific theoretical |20 |Branch-specific |9 | |block | |theoretical block | | |Legal norms and regulations in|4 |Philosophy of art |3 | |the field of design | | | | |Management, marketing and |3 |Analysis of contemporary |3 | |finance in the Baltic region | |art theory | | |Project management |3 |Eko-philosopny |2 | |Theory and history of design |4 | | | |Master’s paper (project) in |2 |General requirements for |1 | |design: structure and | |the Master’s paper | | |requirements | |elaboration | | |Study courses in creative work|4 |Study courses in creative |8 | |and practical designing | |work | | |Studies in style, stylization,|4 |Basisc of management |2 | |and stylistics | | | | | | |Contemporary trends in art|4 | | | |at the turn of the 21 | | | | |century | | | | |Computer software for |4 | | | |artists | | | | | | | | | | | | |Elective courses for the |6 |Elective courses |12 | |studies with professional | | | | |qualification | | | | |(to be elected 6 CP) | | | | |• elective course |6 |Textiles and fashion |12 | |on one of the directions in | |design | | |modelling technologies | | | | | | |Design of ceramic products|12 | | | |Painting |12 | | | |Drawing |12 | | | |Photi art |12 | | | |Environmental design |12 | |Study courses in pedagogy and |4 |Study courses in pedagogy |2 | |psychology | |and psychology | | |Psychology of visual image |4 |Issues in psychology of |2 | | | |art | | |b. Elective course without |12 | | | |professional qualification | | | | |(to be elected 12 CP ) | | | | |• elective course |12 | | | |on one of the directions in | | | | |modelling technologies | | | | |Applied research study courses|16 | | | |Trends of development in |3 | | | |creative industry | | | | |Control and development of |3 | | | |creative processes | | | | |Trends in development of |4 | | | |design | | | | |Study design project in |6 | | | |regional co-operation | | | | |(education/manufacturing/ | | | | |professonal association) | | | | |Practice |8 |Practice |9 | |Study of specific reproduction|6 /24 |State control check ups: •| | |technologies | |Integrated exam in art, | | | | |philosophy and | | | | |specialization • | | | | |Presentation of Master’s | | | | |Project | | |Training in presentation |2 | | | |skills | | | | |Master’s Project |20 |Master’s Project |20 | |Total |60/80/ |Total |62 | | |100 | | |

(Full information see in Appendix 8)

The Master’s studies programmes offered by BIA un IIPP differ in the Master’s degree obtained on the programme completion: while BIA offers Master’s degree in design and the qualification of a computer designer, IIPP in turn, offers the Master’s degree in computer design.

Based on the data of HEQEC (Higher Education Quality Evaluation Centre) no one of the study programmes in Latvia carries out professional Master training in a specific design area. Therefore it is hard to draw comparison with other Master’s studies programmes. Every academic study programme would differ from a professional study programme in terms of structure. In an academic study programme the study courses are distributed across the mandatory part (A), obligatory- choice part (B), free-choice part (C). In a professional Master’s studies programme the distribution of the study courses is carried out on a different principle. All the study programmes reviewed are dissimilar in structure and contents, however all the programmes are similar as concerns the length of studies (1.5 or 2 years) and credit volume (60 CP – 80 ECTS). All the programmes differ in terms of specializations.

15.3. Comparison of BIA Master’s studies programme with other study programmes offered by higher education establishments abroad

Table 3.b. Comparison of the study programmes’ length of studies and volume with analogous study programme existing in Latvia and abroad

Matriculation in BIA Matriculation in BIA To obtain Professional Master’s degree in design To obtain Professional Master’s degree in design

to obtain qualification of computer designer:

a. with professional qualification b. without professional qualification (Ac.Bachelor - 4 years) b. with professional qualification c. without professional qualification (Ac.Bachelor - 3 years)

Table 17. |Baltic International |Helsink University of Art |Šauliau University | |Academy |and Design (FInland) |(Lithuania) | |Www. bsa. edu. lv |www.uiah.fi |www. su. lt | |Professional Master’s |Master’s in art studies |Master’s studies programme| |studies programme «Design»|programme | | |to obtain Professional |«MA in New Media» | | |Master’s degree in design | | | |a. Studies volume – 60 CP,| |Studies volume – 60 CP (90| | | |ECTS), studies length – | |Studies volume – 1.5 | |1.5 years | |years, full time | | | |b. Studies volume – 80 CP,|Studies volume 80 CP (120 | | | |ECTS) | | |studies length – 2 years, | | | |full time | | | |e. Studiju apjoms –100CP,| | | | | | | |studies length – 3 years, | | | |part time | | |

Table 4. tabula. Comparison of the study programm volume and contents. Table 18. |BALTIJAS |CP |Helsinku mākslas un|CP |ŠAUĻU UNIVERSITĀTE |CP | |STARPTAUTISKĀ | |dizaina | |(LIETUVA) | | |AKADĒMIJA | |universitāte | | | | |(Latvija) | |(Somija) | | | | | | |www.uiah.fi | | | | |Management, |3 |Obligatori language| | | | |marketing and | |studies | | | | |finance in the | | | | | | |Baltic region | | | | | | |Project management |3 | | | | | |Theory and history |4 | | | | | |of design | | | | | | |Master’s paper |2 |Seminar deveoted to|4 | | | |(project) in design:| |Master’s paper |ECTS | | | |structure and | |thesis, structure | | | | |requirements | |and means | | | | |Study courses in |4 | |3 |Study courses in |9 | |creative work and | | |ECTS |creative work | | |practical designing | | | | | | |a. and c. |6 | |23 |Elective courses |15 | |Elective courses | | |ECTS | | | |with professional | | | | | | |qualification (to | | | | | | |be elected 6 CP ) | | | | | | | | |a) Studies in | | | | | | |branch competences | | | | | | |b)in-depth | |Painting |11 | | | |acquisition of | | | | | | |study courses i | | | | | | |c) elective | |Graphics |11 | | | |additional courses | | | | | | |from other | | | | | | |programmes | | | | |Study courses in |4 | | | | | |pedagogy and | | | | | | |psychology | | | | | | |b. Elective courses |12 | |46 | | | |without professional| | |ECTS | | | |qualification | | | | | | |(to be elected 12 CP| | | | | | |) | | | | | | |Applied research |16 | | | | | |study courses | | | | | | |Study courses in |3 |a) Studies in | | | | |pedagogy and | |branch competences | | | | |psychology | | | | | | |Trends in |4 |b) in-depth | | | | |development of | |acquisition of | | | | |design | |additional study | | | | | | |courses | | | | |Study design project|6 |c) elective | | | | |in regional | |additional courses | | | | |co-operation | |from other | | | | |(education/manufactu| |programmes | | | | |ring/ | | | | | | |professonal | | | | | | |association) | | | | | | |Practice |8 |Practice | |Practice | | |Training in |2 | | | | | |presentation skills | | | | | | |Master’s Project |20 |Master’s Project |20 |Master’s Project |20 | |(paper) | |(paper) | |(paper) | | |Total|60/80/ | | |100 | |DMA00|Legal norms and regulations in the field of design | |1 | | |DMA006 | |DMA007 | |DMA008 | |DMA009 | |DMA010 | |DMA011 | |DMA014 | |DMA016 | |DMA019 | |TOTAL |60 |90 | |N.Dziedātāja |RPI acting architect, |lecturer | | |LAS (Latvia | | | |Association of | | | |Architects) certified | | | |architect, | | | |LDS (Latvian | | | |Designers’ Union) | | | |Board member certified| | | |designer-practitioner | | |B.Stafecka |Hum. zin. maģ. mākslā |assoc. prof. | | |(MA in fine arts) | | |I.Kopeikina |Izgl. zin. maģ. pedag.|docent | | |(MA in pedagogy) | | |V.Birzaka |LMA hum.zin.maģ. |lecturer | | |mākslā | | | |(MA in fine arts) | | |A.Grase |LMA a.i.mākslā |LDS (Latvian | | |(Art Academy of |Designers’ Union) | | |Latvia) |Board Chairperson | | | | | |J.Gligalova |BIA DS Master student | | | |of the Programme | | | |Design | |

18.2. Academic staff involved in implementation of the Master’s studies study programme «Design» list with the courses taught (see Table 20, CV of the academic staff see in the Appendix 5)

Academic staff list with the positions they are elected to

Table 21. | |Faculty member |Academic degree |Position in BIA| | | | | | | | | |(where elected | | | | |to the | | | | |position) | | |O.Pavuk |Dr. oec. |assoc. prof. | | |N.Pazuhina |Dr.art. |docent | | |O.Lukašina |Dr. oec. |assoc. prof. | | |V.Bagirovs |Dr. iur. |docent | | |A.Vocišs |Dr. phys. |assoc. prof. | | |I.Stecenko |Dr. oec. |assoc. prof. | | |T.Golubkova |Dr. oec. |assoc. prof. | | |G.Rešina |Dr. oec. |assoc. prof. | | |B.Heimanis |Dr. oek. |docent | | |V.Nikiforovs |Dr. phil. |professor | | |V.Birzaka |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |lecturer | | |M.Kopeikins |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |assoc. prof. | | |J.Timoščenko |Dr. sc. ing. |docent | | |B.Stafecka |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |assoc. prof. | | |I.Kopeikina |Izgl. zin. maģ. pedag. (MA in pedagogy) |docent | | |J.Kārkliņš |Mākslas maģistrs (MA in fine arts) |docent | | |R.Zvirbulis |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |docent | | |S.Zariņa |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |docent | | |L.B.Pavlovska |Hum. zin. maģ. Mākslā (MA in fine arts) |docent | | |N.Dziedātāja |RPI a.i. arh., LAS (Latvia Association of |lecturer | | | |Architects) cert.arch., | | | | |LDS (Latvian Designers’ Union) cert. | | | | |designer-practitioner | | | |P.Tjurins |Dr. psych. |docent | | |O.Ņikiforovs |Dr. psych. |assoc. prof. |

Table 21.b | |Higher |Assistants |Lecturers |Docents |Associated | | |academic | | | |professors | | |education | | | |and | | |or higher | | | |professors | | |Professiona| | | | | | |l education| | | | | | |for the | | | | | | |practical | | | | | | |disciplines| | | | | |Of those guest |– |– |– |– |– | |lecturers: 0 | | | | | | |BIA as the place |– |– |2 |10 |10 | |where elected to | | | | | | |the position: 22 | | | | | |

The number of the academic staff with the percentage of the persons holding doctoral or Master’s degree:

Table 22 | |Higher |Academic |Academic |Doctoral or | | |academic |degree |degree |post-graduate | | |education or | |(doctoral or |students doing| | |higher | |Candidate of |their studies | | |Professional | |Science | | | |education for | | | | | |the practical | | | | | |disciplines | | | | |Total on the |– |8 Master’s |13 Doctoral |2 Doctoral | |programme: | |degree holders|degree holders|students | |22 | | | | | |Of those guest |– |– |– |– | |lecturers: 0 | | | | | |BIA as the place |– |8 |13 |2 | |where elected to | | | | | |the position: | | | | | |22 | | | | | |% from the place |– |36% |59% |9% | |where elected | | | | |

100% of the faculty implementing the Professional Master’s studies programme Design are elected to the academic positions in BIA. Selecting and recruiting the academic staff the BIA and the administration of the study programme Design take into consideration the goals and objectives of the study programme.

18.3. Goals of the BIA study programme Design administration: • facilitate qualitative and quantitative development of the skilled and professionally competent faculty members; • to augment the regular academic staff; • provide the posibility to realise the creative potential, provide opportunities and create motivation for professional development of the faculty members. Table 23. Doctoral and post-graduate students: |Name, |Akadēmiska|Place |Elect|Place |studij|darba tēma | |surname|is grāds |of |ed |of |u | | | | |work |and |studies|progra| | | | | |ac | |mma | | | | | |posit| | | | | | | |ion | | | | |R. |LMA (Art |Princi|BIA, |LMA |Doctor|Interior design development in | |Zvirbul|Academy of|pal |docen|(Art |al |Latvia in the period of 1960 – | |is |Latvia), |place |t |Academy|studie|1990 | | |MA in fine|of | |of |s | | | |arts |work | |Latvia)| | |

18.4. Research, applied research, creative activities and publishing carried out by the faculty In the academic year 2010/2011 a special-purpose study course in English is developed and test-evaluated DESIGNER’S JOBS▪ TRADE SECRETS OF GREAT DESIGNS ▪EVALUATION OF DESIGN A course of English for study and professional purposes for designers (L. Bavrina, M. Kopeikins), now in print and to come out of press for the 2011/2012 ac. year.(see Appendix 6.)

19. Material and technical resources

19.1. For the academic years 2007/2008.– 2010 /2011 the material and technical resources required for BIA study programmes implementation are sufficient:

For the study programme implementation the premises and buildings of BIA are used at the addresses: Rīgā, Lomonosova ielā 4 and Lomonosova ielā 1/24 (descriptions of the rooms and other areas see in table below). Computers, copy machines, OHP and other equipment are used.

Short description of the premises used by the stuy programme Design as of 01.02.2010. Table 30. |Study areas Lomonosova |Number of areas/rooms Sq.metre. | |4 | | |1. Study rooms, lecture |17 |708,9 sq.metre | |halls | | | |2. Reading halls |1 |70 sq.metre. | |3. Computer classes |4 |165,9 sq.metre | |4. Work rooms |3 |91,3 sq.metre | |5. Administration area |2 |47,5 sq.metre | |6. Cafeteria |1 |62,9 sq.metre | |7. Auxiliary areas, |9 |45 sq.metre. | |utility rooms | | | |Total |38 |1191,5 sq.metre. |

Put in commission as of 01.02.2011.: Table 31. t |Lomonosova 1/24 |Number of areas/rooms | | |Sq.metre. | | |In Riga |In Riga | |1. Study rooms, lecture |25 |877,7 sq.metre | |halls | | | |2. Computer classes |2 |88,8 sq.metre | |3. Work rooms |2 |41,3 sq.metre | |4. Administration area |5 |79,7 sq.metre | |5. Teachers’ rooms |3 |94,4 sq.metre | |6. Cafeteria |1 |60,3 sq.metre | |Total |57 |1658,6 sq.metre. |

Provision with computer equipment for the BIA study areas in Riga as of 18.01.2011 At the address: Lomonosova ielā 4.

For the academic years 2007/2008.– 2010 /2011 the material and technical resources required for BIA study programmes implementation are sufficient:

MediaBridge is additionally equipped with multimedia outfits. (mm projectors, video cameras and other. ), this is a large lecture hall in Riga (200 seats). MediaBridge creates additional possibilities for the best lecturers to address a broader audience and be in contact in the course of the lesson also with the students at distant locations, communication is available in two directions: lecturer- audience, and audience-lecturer. Seminars , scientific conferences, consultations and other can be held with real-time broadcast of both audio and video signals. (Short description and specifications see in Appendix 7)

MediaBridge (VideoNET) complex features: • Unlimited possibilities to connect video cameras (up to 256 pieces to one access point) with relatively high definition 768x576 (PAL); • various video signal conversion– PAL, NTSC, SECAM; • audio and video signal recording possibilities , including high precision: in response to the timer signal; • high speed recording (up to 400fps); • communication protocol TCP/IP, ISDN, X-25; • two-level system self-restraint; • multi-functional adjustment system; • various picture modes, incl. user defined modes.

Based on MediaBridge technological support in ac. year 2007/2008 – 2010 /2011 for the Bachelor study programme the following study events were held (Simultaneously for several groups of students): • stream lectures (for large number of students from various programmes): elective courses, based on in-depth theoretical studies (Legal regulations in design, Management, Marketing and finance in the Baltic region), • professional study course: elective course based on digital modelling technologies.

For study programme Design in Riga in ac.year 2007/2008 – 2010 /2011 the followingis available (as of 02.02.2011): Two computer classes equipped with MA589 iMac 20» Core 2 Duo 2. 16GHz 50 pieces.; from those in ac. years 2007/2008 – 2010 /2011 were used: L4_Room 213: MacOSX 25 pieces.; in ac. years 2007/2008– 2010/2011 were used : L4_Room 315: MacOSX 16 pieces.; professional scanner: MCTKI900SILVER Microteck ScanMaker i900 Silver 1 piece. with the corresponding software, multi-media projector and screen; in ac. years 2007/2008 – 2010/2011 were used: L4_Room 410: MacOSX un WindowsXP 5 pieces; with the corresponding software, multi-media projector and screen; Computers MA589 (50 pieces ): Monitors: 20"; specification: (full specification see in Appendix 7). * Computers are connected to the local BIA net(intranet) and to the international global net – the Internet. Rooms available: in ac. years 2007/2008 – 2010/2011: in Room 111: is a new interior design laboratory with the samples of material and technological solutions, catalogues and other demonstrative materials; it is also used for teaching the courses in multimedia, prepress and polygraphic (printing and publishing techniques), computer graphics, animation, video, audio and photo processing, and linear modelling. The room is also used as photo studio and is equipped with special technical tools. (full specification see in Appendix 7). Other technological equipment: Table 32 |  |Riga | |Computers |469 | |Pentium IV, Celeron |237 | |Pentium III, Celeron |141 | |Pentium II, Celeron |9 | |Pentium I | | |Macintosh |82 | |Network equipment |53 | |Printers |43 | |Laser |42 | |Jet | | |Other |1 | |Multi-purpose equipment |16 | |Facsimile equipment |6 | |Scanners |5 | |MM projectors |10 | |Copying equipment |12 | |UPS |14 | |Notebooks |12 | |Amplifier |4 | |Microphone |5 | |Mixer |1 | |Photo Camera |2 | |Video Camera | | |OHP | | |Video tape recorder | | |TV | | |Tape recorder |5 | |WEB Cam |18 | | |12Mb | | | | | | | |TELECENTRS (Telecasters) | | | | | |

(full specifications of computer equipment available for the study programme see in Appendix 5.1.)

Additional material and technical resources available for the Computer design programme * Table 33. A |Equipments |Number of the | | |pieces in Riga, | | |Lomonosova ielā | | |1/24, 4 | |Printers |6 | |Scanners |3 | |Copying machines |2 | |Easels |60 | |OHP |5 | |Tape recorders |3 | |Halogen lamps |8 | |Multi media projectors |4 | |Digital photo cameras and reflex camers |2 | |Video cameras |2 | |Television set+video |6 |

BIA material resources (computer equipment ) as of ac. year 2010 /2011 Total at the address: Lomonosova ielā 1/24, 4 Table 34. B Classroom N1: L1-220 Computers (28): Pentium IV-3,0/1024/80/DVD/Sound/LAN/17' LCD/KBD/Mouse Microsoft Windows XP Pro, OpenOffice, Microsoft Office 2000, Kaspersky Antivirus, 7-zip, GNU C++ compiler, Lazarus, Tilde Jumis, Octave, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

Classroom N2: L1-218 Computers (32): Pentium IV-3,0/1024/80/DVD/Sound/LAN/17' LCD/KBD/Mouse Microsoft Windows XP Pro, OpenOffice, Microsoft Office 2000, Kaspersky Antivirus, 7-zip, GNU C++ compiler, Lazarus, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

Classroom N3: L4-410 Computers (23): Apple iMac MacOS 10, Windows XP Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, 3D MAX, Corel DRAW!, OpenOffice

Classroom N4: L4-129 Computers (29): Processors: Pentium III-1000, memory: 256 Mb, video memory: 4-16 Mb, hard disc: 20-80 Gb, FDD, LAN, keyboard, mouse, pad, monitor: 18’ LCD, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Office 2000, OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, Kaspersky Antivirus, 7-zip, Amadeus, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

Classroom N5: L4-133 Computers (29): Procesors: Pentium III-1000, memory: 256 Mb, video memory: 4-16 Mb, hard disc: 20-80 Gb, FDD, LAN, keyboard, mouse, pad, monitor: 18’ LCD Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Office 2000, OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, Kaspersky Antivirus, 7-zip, Trados, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

Classroom N6: L4-213 Computers (25): Apple iMac MacOS 10, Adobe Creative Suite, Corel DRAW!, OpenOffice

Classroom N7: L4-315 Computers (18): Apple iMac MacOS 10, Parallel Desktop, Windows XP Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, 3D MAX, Corel DRAW!, Open Office

Classroom N8: L4-412 Computers (14): Processors: Pentium IV-3,0, memory: 512 Mb, video memory: 128 Mb, hard disc: 120 Gb, FDD, LAN, keyboard, mouse, pad, monitors: 17’ CRT Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2000, OpenOffice, Kaspersky Antivirus, 3D MAX, Corel DRAW, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere, Macromedia Suite, AutoCAD, BCAD, 7-zip, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

Classroom N10: L4-414 Computers (16): Procesors: Celeron 1,8, memory: 512 Mb, Video memory: 64 Mb, hard disc: 40 Gb, FDD, LAN, keyboard, mouse, pad, monitors: 17’ CRT Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2000, Kaspersky Antivirus, 3D MAX, Corel DRAW, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere, Macromedia Suite, AutoCAD, BCAD, 7-zip, Opera, Mozilla FireFox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, FfdShow, Qtime, Macromedia Flash Player, Macromedia ShockWave player, Java RE

All the computers are connected to the local net(intranet) and to the international global net – the Internet.

Special requirements for the study process provision: In order to realise the study process of the computer design programme the following work rooms are used: fro painting, for drawing, for mock-ups (modelling). A room for drawing classes is equipped with roller shades, easels, light fittings (spotlights, overhead projectors), object supports etc. A collection (bank) of resources has been compiled comprising geometrical figures, plaster casts, everyday objects and draperies. The work room for moulding is equipped with two high-temperature muffle furnaces.

Expansion and development of the study programme resources and facilities. Expansion and amplification of resources and facilities play an important role in professional education. With the purpose in view it is intended: • to provide additional study rooms with new technical equipment (ac. year 2011/2012); • to stock up the library with new editions for the total amount of Ls 5000 (years 2011/2012/2013); • to equip a new work room and an additional classromm for the neds of the programme; • to upgrade the computers and software incl. purchase additionally iMac Apple Macintosh CORE2DUO compatible computers for the total amount of Ls 12000 (ac. year 2011/2012); • to improve and amplify the resource materials and courseware fro the programme.

In ac. year 2010/2011 two new computer classrooms with IBM PC compatible Computersem, Computers E1-E60 (60 pieces) were put in commission (full specification for amplification of the computer equipment provision see in Appendix 6) The technical resources and the plan of amplification of those present the required provisions for the number of practical classes per student a week (on average 8ac.hours), project information download and upload to the personal computer and back to the institutional computers to carry out the study tasks etc. The programme administration intends to amplify the technical resources in ac. Year 2011/2012 in the following directions: • laboratory of visual advertising; • laboratory of large-format press, polygraphy and densimetry; • 3Dvisualization and form modelling laboratory; • mufti-media and interactive projects laboratory; • photo/video and digital editing laboratory; • digital animation laboratory. 20.Sources of financing of the study programme and infrastructure provisions Financing of the study programme Design comes from:

• financing from the founders; • tuition fee paid by the students; • income from the research and creative activities; • donations and charity.

In response to the LR Ministry of Education and Science motion to send in applications 1.1.2.1.1. in sub-activities groups for the Project « Support for the implementation of Master’s studies programmes» BIA is preparing an application for purposeful scholarships for the Master students studying under the programmes 6.2.4. art (interdisciplinary study programmes).

Tuition fee Table 34. | |Tuition fee | | |per semester (Ls) | |Full-time and part-time students (in BIA Computer design |585.- | |programmes) | | |Full-time and part-time students (in other study programmes) |650.- | |Additional discount for the ac. year 2011 in case a group of |-5% | |students of at least 15 persons is matriculated |From the annual | | |tuition fee |

BIA and study programme finances see in p. 32.

20.1. Provisions of the Baltic International Academy for the professional Master’s studies programme «Design» implementation

20.1.1. Provision with the study facilities For the study programme implementation the premises and buildings of BIA are used at the addresses: Rīgā, Lomonosova ielā 4 and Lomonosova ielā 1/24 (descriptions of the rooms and other areas see in Table 35.a). BIA Library is located in Riga. Master students of Baltic International Academy can use Information Centre and Internet service.

Study rooms and other facilities available for the programme «Design» Areas and short description as of 01.02.2010. Table 35.a |Study areas |Lomonosova 4 |Lomonosova 1/24 | | |number areas in |number area in | | |sq.metre |sq.metre | |1. Study rooms, lecture halls |17 |708,9 sq.metre |25 |877,7 sq.metre | |2. Reading halls |1 |70 sq.metre. |2 |88,8 sq.metre | |3. Computer rooms |4 |165,9 sq.metre |2 |41,3 sq.metre | |4. Work rooms |3 |91,3 sq.metre |5 |79,7 sq.metre | |5. Administration area |2 |47,5 sq.metre |3 |94,4 sq.metre | |6. Cafeteria |1 |62,9 sq.metre |1 |60,3 sq.metre | |7. Auxiliary areas, utility rooms|9 |45 sq.metre. |5 | | |Total |38 |1191,5 sq.metre |57 |1658,6 sq.metre |

As of 01.02.2011 put in commission: Table 35.b |Study areas |L4/L1/24 Total | | |Number |Area in Sq.metre. | |1. Study rooms, lecture |42 |1586,6 sq.metre | |halls | | | |2. Computer rooms |3 |158,8 sq.metre | |3. Work rooms |6 |207,2 sq.metre | |4. Administration area |8 |171,0 sq.metre | |5. Teachers’ rooms |2 |141,9 sq.metre | |6. Cafeteria |2 |123,2 sq.metre | |Total |63 |1658,6 sq.metre. |

20.2. BIA library stock

20.2.1. Obligatory reading recommended for the study process (number of books/sources)

Table 35.c |№ |Library |BIA copies. |advertising |interior |WEB page | | | | | |design |design | |1.|Riga |49 |14 |19 |16 |

20.2.2. Further reading recommended for the study process (number of books/ sources ):

Table 35.d |№ |Library |BIA copies. |advertising |interior |WEB page | | | | | |design |design | |1.|Riga |34 |10 |12 |12 |

20.2.3. Number of literary sources and digital-format sources recommended for the study process, incl. Web-resources:

Table 35.e |№ |BIA |Recommended |Other |Internet | | |E-resources i |periodicals |recommended |resources | | | | |literature | | | | | | | | |1.|4 |21 |402 |33 |

20.3. Library stock

Overview of the library stock CBS Baltic International Academy for year 2010 As of 2010. 01.07 Table 36.a

|Branche|Total number of |Books |Art. Design. Interior |BIA| |s |actual copies | |design | | | |Stock |Entered |Deducted |Sto| | |end of 2009 |2010 |2010 |ck | | | | | |end| | | | | |of | | | | | |201| | | | | |0 | | |Stock |Entered 2009. |Deducted |Sto| | |end of 2008 | |2009 |ck | | | | | |end| | | | | |of | | | | | |200| | | | | |9 | | |Stock |Entered s |Deducted |Sto| | |end of 2007 |2008 |2008 |ck | | | | | |end| | | | | |of | | | | | |200| | | | | |8 | | |Stock |Entered | | |end of 2006 |2007 | | |Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Madrid, Spain), | | | |www.nebrija.es | | | |UNIWERSYTET RZESZOWSKI (Rzeszów, Poland), www.univ.rzeszow.pl|Design | | | |Business | | | |Studies | | | |Social | | | |sciences | | | |Law | | | |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | | |Translation| | | |studies | | |Siauliai University (Siauliai, Lithuania), www.su.lt |Design | | |KOCAELI UNIVERSITESI Kocaeli University, Turkey |Law | | |WYZSZA SZKOLA ADMINISTRACYJNO-SPOLECZNA (Warsaw, Poland), |Business | | |www.wsas.edu.pl |Studies | | | |Management | | | |science | | | |Social | | | |sciences | | | |Law | | |AKDEMIA PODLASKA (Siedlce, Poland), www.siedlce.pl |Business | | | |Studies | | | |Social | | | |sciences | | | |Law | | |Tartu University, (Tartu, Estonia), www.ut.ee |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | | |Translation| | | |studies | | |MERSIN UNIVERSITESI, (Mersin, Turkey), www.mersin.edu.tr |Business | | | |Studies | | | |Design | | | |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | | |Translation| | | |studies | | |TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION (T.E.I.) OF ATHENS, |Design | | |(Athens, Greece), www.teiath.gr | | | |SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION, JONKOPING UNIVERSITY; |Social | | |(Jonkoping, Switzerland) www.hj.se |sciences | | | |Design | | | |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | | |Translation| | | |studies | | |RAŠINOVA VYSOKA Škola sr.o. (Brno, Czech Republic) |Business | | | |Studies | | | |Law | | |ERASMUSHOGESCHOOL BRUSSEL – (Brussel, Belgium), www.ehb.be |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | | |Translation| | | |studies | | |EGE UNIVERSITY (Bornova, Izmir, Turkey), www.ege.edu.tr |Social | | | |sciences | | | |Design | | | |Communicati| | | |on sciences| | |Université de Bretagne-Sud (Lorient cedex, France), |Business | | |http://www.univ-ubs.fr |Studies | | | |Law | | | |Social | | | |sciences | | | |Philology, | | | |Linguistics| | |INSTITUTO POLITÉCNICO DA GUARDA (Guarda, Portugal) |Business | | |http://twintwo.ipg.pt/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp |Studies | | | |Design | | | |Social | | | |sciences | | |ESAD - ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE ARTES E DESIGN (Senhora da Hora, |Design | | |Portugal), www.esad.pt | | | |Utrecht School of the Arts; the Faculty of Visual Arts and |Design | | |Design (Holland); http://onderneem.hku.nl/clk/show/id=739213 | | | |Rotterdam Academy of Fine Art, Multimedia and Design |Design | | |(Holland) | | | |http://www.wdka.nl | | | |Amsterdam Academy of Visual Arts and Design -AKI, (Holland); |Design | | |http://www.hva.nl | | | |University of Bedfordshire (Great Britain) |Design | | |http://www.beds.ac.uk/departments | | | |Daugavpils University (Daugavpils, Latvia), www.dau.lv |Design | | |International Institute of Practical Psychology (Riga, |Design | | |Latvia) www.sppa.lv | | | |Institute of the Humanities and Economic Sciences (Lodz, |Design | | |Poland); | | | |State St-Petersburg Trade Union University (Russia); |Design | | |St-Petersburg Vocational School of Arts named after Rerich |Design | | |(Russia); | | | |St-Petersburg Baltic International Co-operation and Foreign |Design | | |Languages Institute, Faculty of Environmental Design | | | |(Russia); | | | |Crimean State Humanitarian Institute, the Faculty of Design, |Design | | |(Ukraine); | | | |St-Petersburg Institute of Applied Arts (Institute named |Design | | |after Muhina), the Faculty of Design, (Russia); | | | |State St-Petersburg University of Technologies and Design, |Design | | |the Chair of Advertising Design, (Russia) | | | |EuroAcademy University , Department of Design |Design | | |Kaunas College Art Faculty, Chair of Design (Lithuania, |Design | | |Kaunas) | | | |Dienvidu federāla universitāte, arhitektūras un mākslu |Design | | |Institūts, mākslu fakultāte, (Russia) | |

Co-operation with higher education establishments in Latvia and abroad realizing similar study programmes:

Visits of the lecturers to other higher education establishments (see Appendix 8); Lecturers from other higher education establishments visiting BIA (including the study programme guest-lecturers, guest-docents and guest- professors) – state, HE establishment, aim (see Appendix 8);

21.2. Guest-lecturers The study programme Design have established and maintained co-operation with a number of higher education establishments, associations, professional organizations both in Latvia and abroad exchanging visits and hosting the guest-lecturers at BIA Design (see Appendix 9) Within the Agreement on Co-operation the following guest-lecturer participated in the study programme implementation in ac. years 2007/2008 – 2010/2011 Table 38 |Lecturer |Country |Name of the higher education establishment | |Jacek Zeļinski, |Poland |Warsaw | |hab. human. zin. | |University docents | |dokt. | | | |Woiceh |Poland |Toruņa University professor | |Kosiedowski, | | | |Dr.oec. | | | |Hans Limmerman, |Germany |Friedrich-Alexander University of | |Dr.pol. | |Erlangen-Nuremberg professor | |Fridrih Von |Germany |University of Applied Sciences in Schweinfurt | |Loeffeholz, | |professor | |Dr.oec. | | | |Robert Heider |Germany |Berlin Free University professor | |Dither Shnaider |Austria |Klagerfurt University professor | |Manfred Kerner, |Germany |Berlin Free University professor | |Dr.pol. | | | |Judgin Etheris |Denmark |European Integration institute professor | |Tofig N. |Azerbaijan |Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the | |Zulfugarov | |Republic of Latvia, Ambassador | |Jan Finferle |Czech |Embassy of the Czech republic, Ambassador | | |Republic | | |Jacek Zeļinski, |Poland |Warsaw | |hab. human. zin. | |University docents | |dokt. | | | |Woiceh Kosiedowski|Poland |Toruņa University professor | |Dr.oec | | | |G.Glūdiņš |Latvia |LMA | |J.Vecrumba |Latvia |ADD Project | |C.Martus |USA |Apple Inc. | |A.Mitris |Latvia |LMA | |T.Klinger |UK |University of East London, TLMH | |O.Šehereva |Estonia |Tallinn University EuroAcademy | |I.Lauce |Latvia |Latvian Designers’ Union | |P.Erhart |UK |Apple EMEIA Pro Education Development Manager | |A.Borstlap |Netherlands |Willem de Koenig Academy, Hogeschool Rotterdam | |M.Placēna |Latvia |Latvian Packaging Association (LPA) | |J.Jonusas |Lithuania |Apple Pro Education Development Manager, Apple | | | |VAD Baltics | |M.C.Pervoliotis |Greece |TEI/Athens | |R.Palubaityte |Lithuania |Šauliau University Chair of Design docent | |A.Avotiņa |Latvia |Association of Polygraphy Works of Latvia (LPWA)| |A.Markss |Latvia |E-FORM group | |A.Dzilna |Latvia |Latvian Designers’ Union | |J.Stefen |UK |Luton University Director of design programme | |G.Šiukščius |Lithuania |Šauliau University Chair of Design Dean | |G.Grigaliunaite |Lithuania |Šauliau University Chair of Design docent | |S.Šenkman |USA |Oregon University, Director of the Humanities | |O.Ribka |Russia |Moscow, Work and social relations academy | |P.Krupnikovs |Germany |Munich State University | |J.Rostovksis |Poland |Lodz University | |O.Blokhs |Russia |Moscow State Culture and Art University, | |S.Raflins |USA |«Voice of America» news analyst, «Oscars» member| |M.Kerners |Germany |Berlin Open University | |M.Rogatchi |Finland |International Artists Fund AAC executive | | | |director | |M.Mekls |Iceland |Akureiri University |

In the BIA study programme Computer design implementation researchers, professional practitioners in the field of culture from USA, Germany, Poland, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania and Russia take part as guest- lecturers. Part of the studies conducted by the guest-lecturers’ is realized based on the schedules and suggestions of the BIA study programme Culture Management and Baltic Psychology and Management Higher School. The students of the study programmes are invited to attend the classes and lectures conducted by the guest-lecturer also in other higher education establishments in Riga (Art Academy of Latvia, University of Latvia, Latvian Academy of Culture, IIPP and other.)

List of guest-lecturers to be involved in the study programme implementation in ac. year 2010/2011 in conformity to the Agreements on Co- operation. Table 38 |Lecturer |Country |Name of the higher education establishment| |Joana Rego |Portugal |ESAD | |Marta Varzim |Portugal |ESAD | |Katrin Laanoja |Estonia |Tallinn University Euroakadeemia | |Urve Krukov |Estonia |Tallinn University Euroakadeemia | |Tom Bieling |Germany |Berlin Technical University, | | | |design-research-lab | |Jevgeni Hristoforov |Estonia |Tallinn University Euroakadeemia | |Andra Ulme |Latvia |Riga Technical University, MLĶF, TTDI | |Stella Justine |Lithuania |Kaunas College | |Kasperevičene | | | |Drozdovs Pāvels |Latvia |Daugavpils University | |T.Ahmatova |France |Apple France Pro Education Development | | | |Manager | |Šiukščius Giedrius |Lithuania |Šiauliai University | |Čačka Māris |Latvia |Daugavpils University | |Klinger Tony |UK |University of East London, TLMH | |Lauce Ingūna |Latvia |Latvian Designers’ Union | |Borstlap Ad |Netherlands |Willem de Koonig Academy, Hogeschool | | | |Rotterdam | |Placēna Maija |Latvia |Latvian Packaging Association (LPA) | |Avotiņa Austra |Latvia |Association of Polygraphy Works of Latvia | | | |(LPWA) | |Normunds Barbāns |Latvia |BCCS, Association of Polygraphy Works of | | | |Latvia (LPWA) | |Fedoseev Vladislav |Russia |St. Petersburg Academy of Art | |Gorkina Galina |Russia |St. Petersburg University of Technology | | | |and Design | |Vecrumba Jānis |Latvia |ADD Project | |Markss Ardis |Latvia |E-FORM group | |Dzilna Agris |Latvia |Latvian Designers’ Union | |Platpīrs Gunārs |Latvia |Latvian Designers’ Union | |Martus Craig |USA |Apple Inc. | |Mitris Alnis |Latvia |LMA | |Klinger Tony |UK |University of East London, TLMH | |Šehereva Olga |Estonia |Tallinn University Earoakadeemia | |Erhart Phil |UK |Apple EMEIA Pro Education Development | | | |Manager | |Artis Butāns |Latvia |10mters design group |

21.3. Co-operation with Professional associations

BIA maintains links of co-operation with Latvian Designers’ Union, an Agreement of Co-operation is made with the professional association.

References on the BIA study programme have been received for the LDS (Latvian Designers’ Union) (References see in Appendix 10).

21.4. Co-operation with employers

The study programme Design establishes and maintains links of co-operation with the employers and organizations where the graduates from the study programme are working. In 2011 a survey of the employers was conducted with an aim to collect information on the professional competence of the graduates and the quality of their training. Observing the students’ work in the course of practice and taking into consideration the recommendations and references of the practice supervisor from the study programme, the potential employers can select appropriate employees for the future. Every year representatives from the employers participate in the presentation of the qualification works and sits on the qualification commission; they also take part in the qualification examination. Thus, the employers can evaluate the students’ professional training, their knowledge and skills; ask them concrete questions related to the practical sphere of the designer’s activities Agreements on co-operation are made with the following employers:

BIA DS Practical placements in ac.year 2007– 2011 (on the whole about 200). Full list can be viewed at the address Lomonosova 4, Room 209 (see Table 39)

Part of the Agreements on Co-operation see in the Appendix 1

21. Studiju programmas attīstības plāns The directions of the study programme development:

The main objectives of the study programme development are linked to solutions of the didactic-related problems. In the main goals and objectives of the study programme the prospective of its development are formulated with a lot of attention devoted to the work of a pedagogue, while the chief goal of the work is training of a professional, highly qualified specialist. In order to ensure the possibility for the academic staff (lecturers, guest- lecturers and other) to fulfil their duties with maximum effect, the BIA put the emphasis on:

• support for the study process, working environment; • positive psychological atmosphere and attitude among the students and instructors; • • evaluation and improvement regarding the content of the studies, in harmony with the self-evaluation, the results of the internal and external audit; • Increasing in future the number of the specialists parishioners working in their profession; • evaluation and correction of the study subjects’ content and credit value; • effectiveness of practice, development of the basis for the practice –to increase the number of the structures inviting the students for the practice in the appropriate field; • development and improvement of courseware and resource materials, teaching and methodical aids; • survey of the students, instructors, employers and graduates with the subsequent analysis of the data obtained; • making up of a data base of specialists demand in the field, forecast of the demand for the specialists and the graduates careers’ follow up; • annual in-depth analysis of the study programme, compilation of a self- evaluation and review of the results at the Institute Academic Council; • advertising and promotional efforts for the study programme, informative materials and corrections made to them if necessary; • participation in international projects To improve the quality of the study programme, the BRI and the administration of the study programme make plans for the programme development in the following directions: •to facilitate the up-growth of the academic staff ; • to involve specialists from abroad; • to broaden international co-operation; • to develop material and technical resources; • to stimulate scientific, creative and research works publications of instructors involved in the BIA study programme.

The study programme is continuously corrected to conform to the technological changes and the job market requirements. At the end of every academic year the processes of the study programme’ implementation are evaluated, the conformity of the study programme to the Standard of Profession and to the job market requirements are checked, therefore all the components of the study programme are revised at least once a year. If necessary, changes are made to the study programme.

The following parameters are applied to assess the quality of the academic staff. The awards received for the projects developed by the academic staff members involved in the Computer Design study programmes and Master’s studies programme Design implementation: The following information must be produced: author’s surname, co-authors (if any), projects / commissioned work, award, year, place Organization of art exhibitions, participation in exhibitions and other creative work, incl. the projects developed and implemented: The following information must be produced: author’s surname, co-authors (if any), projects / commissioned work, award, year, place Participation in conferences, seminars, contests: The following information must be produced: author’s surname conferences, seminars, contests, year, place Development of courseware and creative work, research and applied research, publications The following information must be produced: author’s surname, co-authors (if any), title of the study course, year, place Participation in professional organizations The following information must be produced: The lectures surname, organization or foundation name year, place Assessment is carried out according to the following scheme: 1. Evaluation of artistic creative work and research qualification: (Each candidate applying for the BIA staff position of a professor or associated professor in art or design should be up to at least one/two internationally defined criteria of Higher Education Council (AIP) and BIA Regulations on Academic positions Part 2 p. 2.1.5 criteria (to be underlined as appropriate) 1.1. research publications 0 1 2 (for a docent – two publication) or participation in exhibitions, where a jury selects the works for exposition; 1.2. participation in international scientific conference 0 1 2 or art, or design symposia in Latvia or abroad (for a docent – two conferences) ; 1.3. national-level research 0 1 2 or artistic creative projects (exhibitions, contests etc.) or management/administration of a programme or participation in its implementation; 1.4. research with international financing 0 1 2 or artistic creative projects management/administration or participation in its implementation; 1.5. research or 0 1 2 or artistic creative commissioned work management or participation in its implementation; 1.6. expert activities at the national level 0 1 2 or in international projects or programs; 1.7. international artistic creative project management 0 1 2 or participation in its implementation, as well as participation in international exhibitions and contests; 1.8. Patents and licences obtained 0 1 2

_______________________________________________________________________ The candidate can collect up to ten points. In case the number of the points collected is less than 3 points, the applicant is not up to the criteria requirements. Key to the point numbers: 0 – full unconformity to the requirements; 1 – partial unconformity to the requirements; 2 – full conformity to the requirements. Evaluation of the point (to be underlined as appropriate): 10 («with distinction»)• 9 («excellent») •8 («very good»)•7 («good»)• 6 («almost good»)• 5 («middling»)• 4 («almost middling ») •3(«satisfactory») •2(«unsatisfactory»)

Sufficient level, points: professor 25 associated professor 20 docent 15 lecturer 10 assistant 5

2. Evaluation of Pedagogical qualification: 2.1. Bachelor paper guidance 0 1 2 2.2. Master’s paper guidance 0 1 2 2.3. Lectures, seminars and classes delivered and conducted 0 1 2 2.4. Study course (discipline) syllabus developed 0 1 2 2.5. Study programme design and administration 0 1 2 2.6. Participation and presentations at scientific conferences 0 1 2 2.7. Courseware (study books and teaching aids) development 0 1 2 publication of those, or editions; 2.8. Pedagogical professional development and /or 0 1 2 abroad or in Latvia or scientific research, or work in cultural institutions; 2.9. Lectures delivered or studies conducted in higher education establishments abroad 0 1 2

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The candidate can collect up to ten points. In case the number of the points collected is less than 3 points, the applicant is not up to the criteria requirements. Key to the point numbers: 0 – full unconformity to the requirements; 1 – partial unconformity to the requirements; 2 – full conformity to the requirements. Evaluation of the point (to be underlined as appropriate): 10 («with distinction»)• 9 («excellent») •8 («very good»)•7 («good»)• 6 («almost good»)• 5 («middling»)• 4 («almost middling ») •3(«satisfactory») •2(«unsatisfactory»)

3. Evaluation of Organizational competence (academic or social work): 3.1 headship of research, culture and academic commission 0 1 2 collegiate institution or participation in its work; 3.2. international conference or 0 1 2 creative symposia organizing committee headship or participation in its work; 3.3. research, culture, and academic edition 0 1 2 editorial board headship or participation in its work; 3.4. Higher education establishment, department, institute, master class 0 1 2 (professor group), Chair, laboratory headship; 3.5. International research, culture, academic and 0 1 2 art field association headship or participation in its work; 3.6. Officially confirmed, state, self-government and 0 1 2 on other by legal or physical person founded enterprising activities adviser ____________________________________________________________________________ __________ The candidate can collect up to ten points. In case the number of the points collected is less than 3 points, the applicant is not up to the criteria requirements. Key to the point numbers: 0 – full unconformity to the requirements; 1 – partial unconformity to the requirements; 2 – full conformity to the requirements. Evaluation of the point (to be underlined as appropriate): 10 («with distinction»)• 9 («excellent») •8 («very good»)•7 («good»)• 6 («almost good»)• 5 («middling»)• 4 («almost middling ») •3(«satisfactory») •2(«unsatisfactory»)

*The documents sent in by the candidate must be collected in a folder and filed (preferably: the documents, descriptions and visual materials to be in A4 transparent folders) . *Visual materials must be reviewed. *Application must comprise only document supported facts.

Opportunities for the development of the academic staff. Study process comprises teaching and learning. The task of the instructor is to manage the students’ work effectively and skilfully in the subject matter acquisition.

The main objectives in development of the academic staff involved in the study programme are: • Motivate the instructors to amplify their education and qualification; • Augment the core staff with new specialists; • Create the opportunities to take part in projects, seminars, local and international conferences; • Create the opportunities for the instructors to do professional development courses; • To encourage the academic staff to pursue further education or internship also abroad; • To involve guest lecturers into the study programme implementation (see Appendix 8)

Facilitation of the effective work of the academic staff takes such forms: • Creating a favourable psychological climate among the colleagues; • Modernizing the instructors’ work places, equipping those with computers and data/video projectors; • Ensuring the availability of copying equipment; • Provide the instructors with most recent specialist literature. 21.1. BIA DS SWOT analysis

Appraisal of the external and internal environment is an essential component in strategic planning carried out by the BIA DS.. BIA DS internal factors are divided as follows: strengths (S) and weaknesses (W); The external factors outside the BIA DS are divided into: opportunities (O) and threats (T). BIA DS evaluates own strengths and weaknesses as well as the existing opportunities and pending threats. Proceeding form such analysis BIA DS define and implement the strategy to achieve the intended goals. BIA DS carries out the SWOT analysis: • developing strategic plans or looking for problem solutions, • developing plans of activities, which is linked to various internal and external factors, and the goal of which is to emphasise the BIA DS strong points and optimise the use of external opportunities while minimizing the weaknesses and the impact of the external threats.

The matrix of the SWOT analysis therefore comprises four parts: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Below, there is the SWOT matrix comprising the questions distributed across the appropriate parts of the matrix.

|WEAKNESSES |STRENGTHS | | | | | | | |students’ generally insufficient |professional components +2 | |previous education - 1 |Clear didactic conception +2 | |the students’ poor material |Provisions with courseware +2 | |conditions -1 |Requirement s in line with the | |low and unstable study programme |+1 | |financing - 2 |labour market requirements | |small number of contact hours |Observance of democratic principles | |limiting the study process |+2 | |-2 |Prestige of the designer’s profession| |New teachers involved into the study|+1 | |process -1 |Experience and qualification of the | |Little foreign teachers and |academic staff +2 | |guest-lecturers -1 |Students’ participation in study | |Drawbacks in class areas equipment |process improvement +1 | |-1 |Effective management +2 | |Shortage of other technical |Innovative aspects of the study | |resources -2 |programme +2 | | | | | |S TOTAL +17 | |W TOTAL -11 | | |THREATS |Opportunities | | | | |Demographic down turn -2 |Partial use of distance learning | |Economic recession -2 |methods for the foreign students | |The emphasis in society transferred |+1 | |from comfort to frugality |Possibilities of teleworking with the| |-1 |clients abroad +2 | |Lower demand on the labour market |Drawing in EU financing | |-1 |+1 | |It is hard for the students to make |Free promotional opportunities | |a living -1 |+1 | |Rival study programmes in design |Distance elements added to the study | |-1 |programme +1 | |Insufficient turnover means of the |Opportunities to study in exchange | |market -1 |programmes +2 | | |Motivation to search in-depth the | |T TOTAL -9 |market tendencies +2 | | |Combine enterprising with the | | |designer’s work +2 | | | | | |O TOTAL +12 | |On the whole in each section 10 categories are possible, the highest | |possible value of each category is 20 points | |Key to the point number: 0 –| |balance in all or the majority of aspects; | |1 – partial conformity in all or the majority of aspects; | |–1 – unconformity in all or the majority of aspects; | |2 – conformity in all or majority of aspects; | |–2 – unconformity in all or the majority of aspects |

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BIA DS SWOT analysis allows concluding that during the reference period development of the study programme can be observed towards gradual elimination of drawbacks. Material and technical resources have been amplified. On a regular basis studios, class rooms, work rooms and other elements of the infrastructure are repaired using own resources. Multimedia projectors, plasma-panel screens have been purchased, interior design laboratory has been equipped Within the range of possibilities computer equipment is amplifies on an on-going basis.

Suggestions on quality improvement To improve the quality performance the following measures should be taken: 1. efforts should be made to: compensate for the students’ generally insufficient previous education offering intensive basic courses, simultaneously encouraging the students to go for in-depth research and practical topics; 2. opportunities should be sought to : 2.1. to offset • the students’ poor material conditions, drawing on international practice, more actively employing crediting or financing from the employer; • low and unstable study programme financing involving EU financing; • the small number of contact hours limiting the study process with a broader possibility of consultations with course paper (project) and diploma paper (project) advisers, employing modern software support in the Internet; • the demographic down turn, increasing the number of the students, maintaining the pace of development; • the problems of the economic recession, putting the emphasis on the importance of independence in the study process, broadening and deepening the range of competences and motivation in the study programme, especially stressing the marketing and management competences, with the challenges, inspiration, encourage clear propensity to excel.; • slowdown of the pace of the programme development with deeper and more careful co-ordination of the programme’s study matter with the international market requirements, incl. concentration on placing the emphasis in professional work from comfort to frugality; • increased competition with new study programmes in design, creating clear and effective awareness of the strengths of BIA DS, being more consistent to obtain the niche in the education market. 2.2. develop and motivate: • new teachers to be involved into the study process, the process of sharing of the experience; • new forms of studies, in order to compensate for the limitations of high work load for the leading lecturers; • more active co-operation with other higher education establishments, research institutions, international organizations; • more active involvement of the academic staff into scientific research and creative work, turn to more topical problems in research and creative work incl. outside the study process; • involving foreign lecturers and guest lecturers in BIA DS research and creative activities; • Involving more active students into research; 2.3. Improve and amplify the equipment of the study areas and update the software as well as deal with the drawback of technical resources. 22.2. Amplification of the material and technical resources

It is intended : To equip the study areas with new technical equipment in conformity to the study programme contents and requirements (ac. year 2011 – 2012); Regularly add to the library stock new editions; Augment and improve the study process courseware and methodical aids.

22.3. Number of students as planned

The number of students as planned and scheduled Table 41. a |Study year |1.5 years, 60 CP |2 years , 80 CP |3 years, 100 CP | | |full-time studies |full-time studies |part-time studies | | |(matriculation with |(matriculation |(matriculation without| | |the professional |without Professional|professional | | |qualification of |qualification of |qualification with | | |computer designer |computer designer |Academic Bachelor | | |and Professional |with the degree of |degree in design, | | |Bachelor degree in |Academic Bachelor in|visual art or a | | |design or |design, |diploma of higher | | |architecture, with |architecture, |education in design, | | |the length of the |technology, |visual art or | | |full-time studies 4 |engineering sciences|technology and | | |years, 160 CP./240 |or visual art with |engineering and | | |ECTS), |the length of |technical direction, | | | |full-time studies 4 |or other diploma of | | | |years and practical |high education in the | | | |experience or |fields that correspond| | | |equated to that |to the second-level | | | |higher education |higher education or | | | |with the length of |equated to it higher | | | |studies at least 4 |education with the | | | |years, 160 CP/240 |length of studies at | | | |ECTS) |least 3 years, 120 | | | | |CP/180 ECTS) | |2011./2012. |6 |4 |8 |

The source of the study programme financing is basically the BIA budget.

23.BIA budget distribution and expenditure Table 42.a

| |Types of earnings |Amount (Ls) | | | |2006 |2007 |2008 |2009 |2010 | |2. |Budget financing and |4 800 |8 401 |20 227 |10 700 |655 | | |Subsidies (grants) for| | | | | | | |research projects | | | | | | |3. |financing for |5 701 |382 |2 851 |1 241 |500 | | |commissioned research | | | | | | | |projects when the | | | | | | | |source of financing is| | | | | | | |not form the state | | | | | | | |budget | | | | | | |4. |Financing from |18 441 |81 560 |178 990 |96 495 |280 554 | | |international funds,| | | | | | | |incl. |- |63 639 |118 823 |15 492 |68 199 | | |TEMPUS |17 349 |16 027 |38 212 |72 905 |86 026 | | |ERASMUS |1 092 |1 894 |21 955 |8 098 |126 329 | | |Other | | | | | | |5. |Own earning from let |30 155 |39 539 |47 102 |44 270 |43 176 | | |on hire | | | | | | |6. |Earnings from books |77 410 |97 403 |110 833 |57 641 |39 797 | | |retail sales | | | | | | |7. |Other |13 917 | | | | | | |Earnings total |4 033 069 | | | |2006 |2007 | |1|Academic staff salary |509.99 |39.23 | |.| | | | |2|LR employer’s social insurance obligatory |216 |16.61 | |.|payment | | | |3|Business trips and other business travel |23.01 |1.77 | |.|expenses | | | |4|Payments for services |92.95 |7.15 | |.| | | | |5|Acquisition of materials, energy resources ,|96.98 |7.46 | |.|water and inventory (value over Ls 50,0 per | | | | |piece ) | | | |6|Acquisition of books and magazines |44.07 |3.39 | |.| | | | |7|Movable and immovable property, total |72.00 |5.54 | |.| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Incl. movable property (value over Ls 50,0 |60.97 |4.69 | | |per piece) | | | |8|Development |134.03 |10.31 | |.| | | | |9|Other C |50 |3.85 | |.| | | | | |Total |1300 |100 |



24. Conclusions

All the educational establishments in the Latvian Republic, in the Baltic states or Europe, implementing study programmes in the field of design are similar as concerns the system, content and nature (with prevalence of Bauhaus traditions’ followers), however there could be observed variations in the volume, division of the study subjects into the blocks and their succession, which are linked to the profession’s standards, educational standards and other documents governing the systems of education in other countries, as well as the peculiarities of a particular educational establishment.

25. Summary

It should be mentioned that:

The teachers including the guest-lecturers involved in study programme on design are good specialists in their fields. All of them have had pedagogical or practical work experience, allowing them to offer the students theoretical knowledge complemented with the practical skills obtained from practical experience. The majority of the teachers participating in the programme implementation are either researchers with the publications placed in reviewed collected works and periodicals, or artists who participate in exhibitions on a regular basis or organize their personal shows, as well as designers with a number of significant professional involvements

The BRI library in fact fully meets the academic requirements of both the students and the teachers, taking into account, that the number of the books in the book stock increases every month and new edition in related to the field of art or design are added to it regularly. Studying the basics of art simultaneously with the mastering of the skills of modern technologies application the students obtain the ability to carry out works based on the acquired knowledge, including the knowledge in art history as well as to carry out their research. Collecting and processing materials, the students compile scientific essays on the elected visual image design and visualization issues or on the topics from the following fields: • interior design; • Web-page design; • the field of advertising and promotion; • theory of design • design management

Completing the study programme the students must pass the qualification examinations and elaborate the qualification work (project), which will serve the proof of the student’s level of the professional training as well as the evidence of the knowledge acquired in the fields of art and design, and will be essential precondition for them to pursue further studies and carry out the professional duties. The instructors involved in the implementation of the study programme Computer Design, are the Latvian Designers’ Union members, or members of the Union of the Latvian Artists or other professional associations’ members. The BRI study programme students are members of the LR Students’ Association. The developers of the BIA higher education study programme Computer Design have made the following plans for the nearest future:

• • to facilitate the students’ participation in international and professional associations; • • to organize on a regular basis students’ and instructors’ conferences jointly with other higher schools; • • to facilitate the students’ participation in international conferences and projects; • • to augment the technical aids and resources; • • to introduce into the study process modern technologies in the fields of: • • polygraphy; • • 3D modelling; • • digital photography; • • video processing; • • development of multimedia projects; • • to provide the library with the latest editions in Latvian and foreign languages.

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