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Questions and Answers for Students

Questions about Courses/Programmes

The course/programme I’m studying at the moment has received the overall judgement: "Inadequate Quality" from the Swedish Higher Education Authority.
What will happen to the course/programme I’m studying at the moment?
The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts is given one year to do something about the weaknesses discovered. All courses and programmes that have started will be completed, and if you have already been admitted to a course/programme, you have the right to be awarded your qualification/degree, even though the University’s degree-awarding powers have been questioned – provided that you fulfil the requirements for that particular qualification/degree. Since we saw that there were certain areas that needed improvement - already when the Faculty’s own self-evaluations were carried out - development work is already underway. At Faculty level we have a Faculty Quality Council where continued discussions on this development work will take place.

Does this mean that the course/programme I have been studying is a bad course/programme? Will my knowledge be insufficient?
The Swedish Higher Education Authority focuses on how courses and programmes attain their qualitative targets. From 2007 onwards, the Swedish higher education sector has been adapted to the reform called the Bologna Process the aim of which was to promote European higher education cooperation. This resulted in the launching of first-cycle and second-cycle qualifications/degrees (that is, qualifications/degrees at undergraduate and master’s levels). For these qualifications, there are nation-wide qualitative targets, and in Sweden there are specific arts-based qualifications/degrees whose qualitative targets have been adapted in accordance with arts-based activities. What the Swedish Higher Education Authority has looked at in this evaluation is how satisfactorily our students have attained these qualitative targets. In other words, how student’s competencies correspond to the competencies an arts-based first-cycle (undergraduate) qualification/degree promised. Essentially, this evaluation does not say more than how well we assure that our students attain these qualitative targets. A course/programme that is assessed with the overall judgement "Inadequate Quality" can have other excellent qualities. National qualitative targets are important, and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts intends to assure that qualitative target attainment is achieved in all its courses and programmes.

Why continue with the course/programme I have started at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts?
We hope you have the confidence in us to continue your studies at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Our goal is that all of our courses/programmes maintain high quality standards. Work here is carried out on a continuous basis and we regard the evaluations being carried out by the Swedish Higher Education Authority as a supportive measure in our quality work. We intend to do our utmost to take the measures needed, and do so as soon as possible, in order to deal with the weaknesses that have been pointed out.

How does this course/programme compare to other similar courses/programmes in Sweden?
If you would like to know more about how the Swedish Higher Education Authority has assessed other similar courses/programmes, please visit their website at: www.uk-ambetet.se

How will the value of my qualification/degree be affected and how attractive will I be on the employment market?
How attractive you are on the employment market depends on a number of different factors, of which your qualification/degree is one of these. We judge the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts as having a strong position both nationally and internationally, not least in the artistic field.

Questions about qualifications/degrees, transfer of credits, study leave etc.

Can I be awarded my qualification/degree despite the fact that my course/programme has received the overall judgement: "Inadequate Quality", that is, in the event of degree-awarding powers being questioned?
All courses and programmes that students have started will be completed, and students who have already been admitted to a programme have the right to be awarded their qualification/degree even though a HEI’s entitlement to award qualifications/degrees has been questioned, or if degree-awarding powers should be withdrawn in a year’s time – provided that you fulfil the requirements for the qualification/degree in question.

Can I get my qualification/degree from another higher education institution that has received a better overall judgement from the Swedish Higher Education Authority?
It is the higher education institution (HEI) at which you study your last course that issues your qualification/degree. If you wish to change to another higher education institution, you must make sure that the HEI you change to has the qualification/degree and the main field you wish to have. You must apply to a course/courses at another HEI yourself, and be admitted to the latter. Then it’s up to each HEI to decide the number of credits from previous studies that can be transferred and included in a qualification/degree there. If you change to another HEI this can mean you having to study additional courses in order to fulfil their requirements for a qualification/degree there.

What happens if I am granted study leave for one year?
If you apply for, and are granted, study leave with a guaranteed place, you have the right to continue your studies on the programme in question during the term that is stated in the decision you receive. You then have the right to complete your course/programme after study leave, and be awarded your qualification/degree even if the higher education institution’s entitlement to award a qualification/degree has been questioned or withdrawn – provided you fulfil the requirements for the qualification/degree in question. If you apply for study leave, but your request is turned down, you may only continue your studies if there is a place available on the course/programme after your study leave.

If changes are made to the course/programme, can credits for courses that I have already completed be transferred and counted?
All study courses and programmes that have started will be completed. In order to be awarded the qualification/degree the programme leads to, you do not need to study more courses as a result of the need to maybe make changes to the programme. If you have already been admitted, you have the right to be awarded your qualifications/degree, provided that you fulfil the requirements for the qualification/degree in question. If you wish to change programmes or wish to take your qualification/degree in another main field, you are required to submit an application. The higher education institution at which you continue your studies then decides in each individual case which credits for previous courses that have been completed can be transferred and counted.

What length of time am I allowed in order to be able to complete my studies?
All study courses and programmes that have started will be completed, and examinations will be offered in accordance with the regulations in force. There is no fixed time limit for when you must apply to be awarded your qualification/degree.

Questions about applications

I have applied to a course/programme at one of the departments at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and have been informed that this course has received the overall judgement: "Inadequate Quality".
Why should I still attend this course/programme at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts?

We hope you have confidence in us and still wish us to keep your application to a course/programme at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Our goal is that all of our courses/programmes maintain high quality standards. Work here is carried out on a continuous basis and we regard the evaluations being carried out by the Swedish Higher Education Authority as a supportive measure in our quality work. We intend to do our utmost to take the measures needed, and do so as soon as possible, in order to deal with the weaknesses that have been pointed out.

 

Page Manager: Pia Ahnlund|Last update: 5/28/2014
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