Erasmus Policy Statement
The Academy of Music in Gdańsk has rapidly expanded in the last seven years, increasing the number of students to almost 800. We intend to establish the limit but try to add variety to courses by including new ones such as Early Music. The third-cycle course of study was launched in 2011 at the Instrumental Department, and in 2013 the Choral Conducting Department runs its doctorate programme. This offer is being gradually improved each year. Almost all degree courses in the third cycle of study are planned in the near future.
The Academy intends to improve the quality and relevance of instruction and artistic training by incorporating into curricula more practical courses and projects, e.g. chamber and symphony orchestra concerts, big band concerts, opera, musical and theatre premieres, students’ scientific conferences etc. As an academic and artistic institution, the Academy of Music in Gdańsk is committed to maintaining and improving the already high quality of its educational offer. An important part of this commitment is a stable and effective system of quality assurance introduced in 2012. This process includes internal self-study and external review and is supervised by the Polish Accreditation Commission.
Students regard study mobility or traineeships as an integral part of the Academy’s educational offer. Our aim is to provide them with more opportunities to gain additional skills through study or training abroad. We embrace the view that the field of musical education, connected so closely with tradition, is still based – for rational reasons – on the master/student model. The improvement of musical education does not depend on challenging this model, but on creating new possibilities within its scope.
Music training in the higher-education institution should be directly connected with cultural institutions in the Pomerania region such as the Baltic Opera and the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic in Gdańsk, as well as the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Sopot, through participation in bilateral and multilateral projects. Our curricula include a comprehensive foreign language training in six European languages: English, German, Italian, Russian, French and Swedish. This linguistic preparation gives our students a good foundation for mobility and further international career.
The Academy intends to contribute to the European Union’s modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education, taking steps towards a more effective distribution of the Programme funding to ensure an increasing number of mobilities of students and staff, to use opportunities of improving the facilities (purchase of instruments, recording studio equipment, e-learning systems etc.).