About classes

The programs at Vilnius College of Design – innovative studies in the field of arts. Having finished the study program at VDK, a student is presented with a diploma of higher learning and is awarded a designer’s professional bachelor’s degree. All studies are oriented towards the creative and the practical, which is why a graduate – is a specialist who can easily get work as a designer. A graduate gets not only a diploma but also a diploma supplement.

Diploma supplement (further DS) – is an official document which is attached to the diploma of higher education, seeking to improve clarity in international academic and professional qualification acknowledgements and to provide supplementary information about the qualification. DS is created so all of Europe would have a unanimous form and included would be inclusive information about studies which the individual has completed, type, level and contents.

Leading the Lithuanian Republic’s Administration’s March 24, 2004, resolution Nr. 326 and implementing the European nations’ educational ministers’ September 19, 2003, communiqué signed in Berlin, from the year 2006 every student having completed a professional bachelor’s degree in the Vilnius College of Design will receive along with their diploma, a free diploma supplement in Lithuanian and in English, which is compatible with the European Commission’s, the European Council’s and UNESCO/CEPES created module.

DS is composed of eight parts:

  1. Personal information: surname, given name, birth date, identity code.
  2. Qualifying degree and (or) professional qualification: name of diploma, qualification, name of study major, name of study program, name of institution presenting the qualification and its type, name of institution administrating studies and its type, teaching language.
  3. Level of qualification: type of studies, level and type of study program, length of study program and extent, entrance prerequisites.
  4. Acquired information, abilities and skills, achieved results: form of study, program requirements, objectives, information provided and attained competency, credits, passed exams and credits, assessment scale and grades, issued grades for graduates in percent, qualification of diploma.
  5. Possibilities provided by qualification: possibility to study further or undertake professional activities.
  6. Additional information: additional information, additional information sources.
  7. DS confirmation.
  8. Information about the national system of higher education.

DS delivers accurate and comprehensive information in both Lithuanian and English about passed academic courses and acquired information assisting employers as well as other interested individuals to objectively assess the graduate’s achievements. DS is useful to educational institutions and employers, because it guarantees the transparency and versatility of the system of higher education degrees, eases gaining employment, and gives academic recognition, necessary for further studies. (Information source: http://www.europass.lt/lt/diplomas)

Professional bachelor’s diploma supplement example.

Study content. The study plan of each specialty is divided into three main study areas. General education emphasizes communication, entrepreneurship, and the socio-cultural importance of acquiring knowledge. The main highlights are the common grounds in art education, knowledge of aesthetic skills, computer and professional competence, ability to communicate and justify decisions, and to visually and orally present work. A special professional section is dedicated to the importance of professional knowledge. Subjects are combined with study objectives. The number of credits and hours of this part are greater. For details about each program and its contents, see individual sections of the programs.

Teaching methodology. Specialties that are offered in the college require individual teacher input and student work. In order to give each student exclusive focus, classes are formed around small groups, creating favorable conditions for quality education, unfolding and developing each student’s thinking and creative style. This is one of the main principals of the Vilnius College of Design methodology. College students have an excellent study environment with modern training facilities.

Practice. Special attention is paid to students’ practical work. A large part of the classes are practice sessions and practical activities. Students participate in various Lithuanian and international competitions, which attract wide recognition - prize winners. They also participate in various events and exhibitions. Student presence attracts professional and public attention developing the ability to communicate and cooperate fully in their specialized field.