RPL in EAA

In the Estonian Academy of Arts RPL is regulated by EAA’s “Regulation of Organization of Studies” and “Regulation of RPL”.

The previous learning and/or working experience of the applicant is recognised based on the applicant’s application. The application must be submitted to the department of academic affairs. The application is examined by the RPL specialist who, if needed, asks for more detailed information (evidence). All the applications are assessed by the RPL committees of the faculties. The rules and principles of the committees compilement are regulated in the EAA’s Regulation of RPL. During the recognition process the committee may ask additional documents or materials from the applicant. The committee may add an external expert to its work, if needed.

By The Standard of Higher Education it is possible to recognise one’s prior learning or working experience for passing the curricula to unlimited amount. Though, it has to be noted that it is not possible to use RPL to recognise final thesis/ portfolio.

When applying for recognition of prior learning the applicant has to submit the prior learning experience recognition application as well as the evidence of it:

  • the proof of prior learning (the diploma and diploma supplement or transcript of records);
  • the description and outcomes of the studies;
  • in case of applying for the recognition of general artistic and/or speciality subjects the applicant also needs to present the portfolio with art work related to the subject applied for.

When applying for working experience recognition the applicant must submit the working experience recognition application and the copy of one’s employment contract (with the confidential or detailed information hidden) or a copy of the B-card or a certificate from the employer. The presented document must show the beginning date of the employmentship, the name of the employer (institution), the applicant’s position, work load (h/week) and the work description.

The applicant must also describe the work and analyse the experience and what was learned from it as well as how the experience matches the study outcomes of the subject applied for.

Additionally the applicant must present a portfolio showing materials or work (plans, photos, advertisements, written texts etc) related to working experience and matching the applied subject.

It is not the experience of an experience that is important but what was learned from it. The learning moment of the experience is to be able to analyse the experience.

The responsibility of the correctness and audentity of the materials presented lies on the applicant.