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Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance

Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) is part of the Italian higher education system and includes: state and public Academies of Fine Art (Accademie di Belle Arti); state Music Conservatories (Conservatori di Musica) and other public Music Institutes (ex Istituti Musicali Pareggiati); state Design colleges (Istituti Superiori per le Industrie Artistiche – ISIA); the National Academy of Dance (Accademia Nazionale di Danza); the National Academy of Drama (Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica); Private institutions authorized to award qualifications of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (art.11 of Presidential Decree no. 212/2005).

Based on recent regulatory provisions introduced in the AFAM sector (The MIUR memo no. 8093/2016, 2017 National Budget Law no. 205/2017, MIUR Decree no. 14/2018) in addition to the provisions of Presidential Decree no. 212/2005, ANVUR is involved in the following activities:

  • for all higher education institutions in Art, Music and Dance: the accreditation of new second cycle diploma programmes; the evaluation of the Annual Self Evaluation Reports of the Institutions’ Internal Quality Assurance Panels;
  • for accredited private institutions and non-state Academies: the initial and periodical (at the end of the first and third years of activity and at least once every three years thereafter) accreditation of first cycle diploma programmes;
  • for new private institutions: the initial accreditation of first cycle diploma programmes.

In addition to these activities, ANVUR appoints working groups of experts of the AFAM sector to provide advice in the definition of guidelines, criteria, and methodologies for the evaluation and monitoring of AFAM programmes. These working groups also provide advice concerning methods and procedures to develop data collection models, as to facilitate the analysis, monitoring, and evaluation of the teaching, research, artistic production and Third Mission in the AFAM sector.

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