Friday, October 16, 2009

Cumulus is an International Association for Design Schools

Cumulus is an International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media which have a common desire to enhance the quality of education through co-operation, and student and teacher exchanges within the European Union Erasmus program.

Cumulus positions itself as the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices.

The 150 member institutions represent most of the European countries and during past years several countries around the world have also joined Cumulus. Member universities now represent 42 different countries. They are represented by people like Luisa Collina (left) from Milan, Christian Guellerin (center) from France, and Fred Murrell (right) from the USA who argue that education is at a point where thinking globally is not just a nice idea, it is a necessity.

The University of Art and Design in Helsinki and the Royal College of Art in London, in co-operation with Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien initiated the Cumulus Network in 1990. The Network was transferred to Cumulus Association in 2001.

Cumulus has been a pioneer in developing jointly organized MA-programs, intensive workshops, projects and biannual conferences. It has published 'working papers' which have documented the discussions and seminars in conferences, and a First Aid Kit to help students and professors in planning mobility actions.

Click on the heading above to go to the Cumulus website.

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