The European Universities Alliance for Film and Media ArtsFilmEU brings together four European Higher Education Institutions: Lusófona University from Lisbon, Portugal; SZFE – University of Theatre and Film Arts, from Budapest, Hungary; LUCA School of Arts from Brussels, Belgium; and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, from Dublin, Ireland. Together, these institutions collaborate around the common objective of jointly promoting high-level education, innovation and research activities in the multidisciplinary field of Film and Media Arts and, through this collaboration, consolidate the central role of Europe as a world leader in the creative fields. The consortium integrates four institutions with strong expertise in Film and Media Arts education, a common internationalization ambition, and a long track record of past collaborations that include more than a decade of expertise in the development of European joint projects, including E+ Knowledge Alliances, Strategic Partnerships and “Erasmus Mundus” Joint Master Degrees, besides other joint education and research projects, in order to foster the excellence and attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area.
The Alliance name stems from the concatenation of the terms “Film” and “European” and signals the consortium’s ambition of contributing to the positioning of Europe as a key provider of top level education and research in the creative disciplines, namely Film and Media Arts, and position itself as a leader in this field. The alliance will pursue this via the implementation of original challenge-based pedagogical methods, the development of joint and rigorous academic programmes with a strongly embed mobility component; innovative research activities that span across all the areas of the knowledge triangle; the sharing of physical and digital infrastructures, administrative services and human resources at all levels; the development of common recruitment, student support and quality assurance policies; the sharing of digital services that facilitate cross-disciplinary educational activities, and the implementation of a common governance and management structures that will allow the Alliance to better capacitate its members and involved students and staff and act at a local, regional and international level positioning itself as a model of collaboration and innovation in the arts and creativity domains.
FilmEU believes Europe has all the right leads needed in order to play in the future a key role at an international level in the area of Film and Media Arts. These include the relevance of Europe’s historical filmic cultural heritage, the dynamism of its production sector, which services all creative outputs from pure entertainment to the highest artistic formats, and the unique educational offer already in place in the form of the Erasmus Mundus EJMD promoted by the members of the FilmEU consortium. These are but some of the elements that highlight the potential impact of the proposed Alliance and its relevance in the European context.
We espouse a world view that is progressive and inclusive. Society is informed and shaped by the stories we tell and how we tell them. FilmEU can and therefore will be a force for positive social change. Issues like climate change, gender inequality, diversity and social justice are just some of the issues that inform the shared philosophy of this offering.
All the partners come from diverse cultural backgrounds and yet we share the language of film and storytelling. Though we are grounded in the visual arts, our different approaches and cultures is our strength. It encourages us to ensure, through the arts and film in its broadest sense, that all voices are treasured and heard. Indeed, this is something that is vital where new technologies are being developed. We need to ensure that new forms of storytelling are not the preserve of any one cultural block. This is not to say that we have a narrow world view – quite the opposite – FilmEU celebrates diversity and it is that praxis – that coming together of all our shared experiences and our differences – that makes this offering authentic and unique.
The institutions that integrate FilmEU share the belief that cinema and media arts lay at the centre of social transformations and economic growth which the creative sector can potentially impel if proper collaborative networks are successfully erected in Europe. Building on more than a decade of successful cooperation, these four institutions envision positioning themselves as key players in driving education, innovation and research in Film and Media Arts within the European Higher Education Area and in promoting the central role the creative and cultural industries can, and should have, in our societies. In order to do so, they are ready to further deepen their existing collaboration by: developing and implementing a joint governance model that engages all stakeholders including students; reinforce mobility within the Alliance via the implementation of digital tools that will swiftly and securely simplify the process; develop new joint programs while harmonizing the curriculum and pedagogical approaches of existing ones; increase the sharing of resources, services and staff, namely in the context of joint educational and research activities; and jointly work in order to increase the overall capacity and competitiveness of the HEI that integrate the Alliance.
FilmEU aspires to build on the Alliance members’ previous expertise in several education and research initiatives, namely in the joint design and implementation of the 4 existing European Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) “Erasmus Mundus” in the areas of Film and Artistic creativity, and in the joint development of the knowledge triangle linking research, teaching and industry, in order to achieve a high level of integration of its members’ policies and actions though fostering:
FilmEU is focused on long-term strategic collaboration and our mission is to develop a European University that is a model for European collaboration and integration in the fields of the Arts and the creative industries. Our mission is to create a European University that will greatly contribute to Europe’s leading role as a provider of education and research in the creative and artistic areas. Our mission is to configure a European University that fosters the concretization of the knowledge triangle in these fields by contributing to the ongoing structural, economic and material reconfigurations of the cultural and creative industries. Our mission implies:
Fulfilling this mission implies the Alliance is able to disseminate its experience and the outcomes of its activities at a European and global level.
FilmEU puts creativity at the centre of all its activities and is committed to open and critical dialogue that sustains academic freedom.
FilmEU is based on the conviction that active collaboration, in the form of alliances between complementary higher education institutions from various small and medium-sized European countries, is the only way to attain strategic goals with an international ambition and meaningful societal impact.
FilmEU defends the core European values of respect for diversity and human rights, and believes audio-visual culture and the arts play a crucial role in promoting a more equitable and diverse society.
FilmEU is committed to the promotion of open science and open access in all the outputs it produces, seeking to apply the contemporary principles of international co-production that underpin the European film industry to the production and sharing of academic knowledge.
FilmEU will constantly strive for transparency, putting public accountability at the centre of its dissemination processes.
FilmEU puts the students, teachers and administrative staff at the centre of its activities, regarding staff development, student engagement, and teachers’ empowerment as key components of the alliance.
FilmEU promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity while pledging to eliminate barriers of all kinds to higher education access, and hence to knowledge and the opportunities it creates.
FilmEU believes the performance of the alliance is greatly strengthened by the embeddedness of its activities in local and regional contexts.
FilmEU believes the consolidation of artistic-based and practice-led research activities in Europe is a requisite both for the fulfilment of the mission of higher education institutions working in the domains of the arts and for the legitimization of their key role in society. In this context, it is crucial to implement new and original forms of doctoral education that reinforce the knowledge triangle in the field and contribute to the bridging of the educational and research components of the Alliance’s mission.
FilmEU is committed to establishing a horizontal management structure that creates spaces of dialogue and interaction between all individuals and institutions, while ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and meaningfully contributes to the development and execution of Alliance activities.
FilmEU brings together four institutions that together congregate hundreds of students and thousands of alumni, plus hundreds of faculty and administrative and technical staff, representing the full diversity of European HEI. Currently these institutions offer more than 40 degrees in film and media arts, from bachelor to PhD, from local to European Joint Master degrees. These institutions look at FilmEU as an opportunity to reinforce past collaborations and greatly escalate their ability to intervene at a global level.
FilmEU is supported by a structure built upon collaboration and the design and implementation of a common mission based on shared values. By grounding our work in these values, European Higher Education institutions that constitute the Alliance can fully contribute to a better, richer and more humanistic society.
FilmEU pursues interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education as core values to contemporary educational and research practices and positions the arts as a theoretical and empirical field at the intersection of different knowledge and competences that are central in contemporary societies.
FilmEU incorporates sustainability as a central value and is committed to examining and implementing sustainable practices at all levels of design and implementation.
FilmEU is based on the firm believe that the creative empowerment of individuals is crucial for the enhancement of all educational and scientific activities and the overall development of Europe.
FilmEU’s main objective is to implement a European University of excellence focused in the fields of Film and Media Arts. Our long-term vision implies that by 2025 FilmEU must be constituted as an exemplary collaborative structure able to deepen the cooperation between all members of the Alliance and foster their ability to act locally, regionally and globally in the cultural and creative industries and across other societal areas they impact. The Alliance will develop a joint governance structure that will implement cooperatively designed policies and action plans in order to increase the profile of Film and Media Arts education, innovation and research in Europe and in the world. The Alliance will foster the implementation of a participatory structure and inner programmes across all levels of the partner institutions and will share its experience and disseminate the outputs of its activities on a global scale.
Following EU recommendation, FilmEU is promoting an enlargement of its Alliance with the objective of bringing into the Alliance new full partners. We see this as an advantage for future growth and development.
We will assess future partners in line with the criterial set out below and invite conversations with HEIs that feel they would meet the criteria below and feel they would add value to the consortium. Our ambition is significant, and we welcome partners who can display that same vision. Only HEIs awarded with an Erasmus Charter can apply for full partnership status. All future partners must agree to the principles set out in the FIlmEU mission statement outlined above.
|Geography||We need to ensure geographic spread across the Union.||10%|
|Autonomy||HEIs should display a degree of autonomy flexibility in their decision-making process – in line with national frameworks. Must be eligible for Erasmus funding. Cannot be part of an existing EU alliance.||10%|
|Film School Background||Should have a strong pedigree in the screen arts.||20%|
|Track record on internationalisation/mobility||Evidence of strong international partnerships and engagement||10%|
|Discipline expertise||Specialism in relevant areas. Expert facilities related to the area.||10%|
|Research profile||Strong research profile. Provision of programmes ideally to L10||10%|
|Historical relationship with current partner(s)||Evidence of past associations with the current partners would be of benefit.||10%|
|Added value to the consortium||What added value elements would your institution’s involvement bring to the consortium.||20%|