INFOGRAPHICS. In Italy, Germany, Spain or Belgium… Art students have many options when it comes to broadening their horizons. Every year, a few thousand benefit from the Erasmus+ programme, a good way to discover new artistic techniques.
It is not just future managers and engineers who have the opportunity to be part of their studies abroad. Art students know this: cultural enrichment knows no boundaries.
Until then, there were still many of them to take advantage of this opportunity, but since 2014, 8,739 students of architecture, heritage, visual arts, performing arts, cinema or audiovisual have benefited of the Erasmus+ programme. In any case, this is confirmed by the institution, which must publish its report on the actions carried out by higher education establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture on June 16th and which the Student was able to obtain exclusively.
More and more art students on Erasmus+ mobility
Although art students only represent 3% Erasmus+ mobility, departures abroad are increasing year by year. In 2014, 1,320 students participated in the mobility compared to 1,516 in 2018-2019. Those who leave the most: architecture students, whose development is also the most important (+94 departures between 2014 and 2019). Four out of five students leave for study mobility instead of an internship. Even so, the pandemic ended these mobilities. According to provisional data from the Erasmus+ agency, only 368 art students took advantage of the program in 2020-2021.
In total, 82 French establishments are involved in these exchanges. An increase in mobility and partnerships that is also linked to the funding granted to schools. The value has almost doubled since 2016, which also shows the willingness of France and Europe to follow a policy in favor of artistic mobility.
Mobility in Europe, but also internationally
Among the favorite destinations: Italy comes first (16% mobility) then Germany (15%) and Spain (13%). Most bordering countries where the culture remains quite rich. Italy is particularly popular with architecture and heritage studentsWhile art students choose Belgium more. Germanyin turn, represents 40% of the mobility for dance and music training.
Ambre, 22, a fourth-year student at ESADSE (school of art and design in Saint-Etienne), chose a very different destination. Since last February, she has been packing in Slovenia. “My first choices were Australia and Scotland, but with the borders closed, I chose Slovenia and finally everyone here speaks English. That’s what I came to look for and I’ve also made a lot of progress”, he specifies. Despite the confinement and the obligation to take online courses, the student says she is delighted with the experience. country… My classes ended a week ago, but I’m looking for solutions to stay longer!”
Other students can take advantage of Erasmus+ program outside Europe. This is the case of the National School of Architecture in Marseille (13). “We have partnerships in South America and the Maghreb for example, all destinations find borrowers!” assures the director, Hélène Corset-Maillard.
An undeniable artistic and cultural enrichment
For students, these mobilities, above all, allow them to confront another learning model through the discovery of new techniques. “Students go mainly in the fourth year to to consolidate in the field of study they have chosen, believes Hélène Corset-Maillard. This allows them to take a step back. Traveling is an integral part of your learning, is in the culture of architecture schools. Our students are led to reflect on the cities of tomorrow, it is an enrichment for them. Some also take breaks to undertake internships or even work abroad.“
For Ambre, the Erasmus experience was also a great opportunity to avoid “each other” in France. “I didn’t make classes my priority. Above all, I wanted to discover a culture, to be with Slovenes,” he explains. We had fun discovering a new country and another establishment. I think you can put the two in perspective. After four years at the same school, it’s nice to see something different!” The student even thinks about finishing her course in Ljubljana, the capital, because according to her, “this opportunity won’t present itself twice!”