Credit and grading system

ECTS credits system is used in Lithuania since September 1, 2011. 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year and one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours. Student workload is the time necessary to complete all planned learning activities (contact hours, independent study, exercises, research and/or other assignments). One academic year equals to 1600 student work hours.

Credits can be obtained only after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved.

The use of credit system is essential element for a study programme accreditation and registration.

Mobile students of Vilnius College of Design are granted automatic recognition of credits obtained at partner institution provided that all the requirements stipulated in the Learning Agreement have been fulfilled.

Grading scale at Vilnius College of Design

The following evaluation system is applied at Vilnius College of Design:

Pass/fail system Marking system Definition
Pass 10 (Excellent) Excellent performance, outstanding knowledge and skills
9 (Very good) Strong performance, good knowledge and skills
8 (Good) Above the average performance, knowledge and skills
7 (Highly satisfactory) Average performance, knowledge and skills with unessential shortcomings
6 (Satisfactory) Below average performance, knowledge and skills with substantial shortcomings
5 (Sufficient) Knowledge and skills meet minimum criteria
Fail 4,
(Insufficient) Knowledge and skills do not meet minimum criteria/below minimum criteria

ECTS grading table

To facilitate the understanding and comparison of grades given according to different national and/or institutional systems a tool to provide additional information on an institutional grading has been developed in the framework of ECTS. The ECTS grading table helps to interpret student performance relative to other students within the same grading system. ECTS suggests providing information on statistical distribution of local grades within the programme. Thus local grading scale combined with statistical data on students‘ performance should provide transparent information for staff responsible for conversion of grades.

For the incoming exchange students Vilnius College of Design provides statistical distribution of local grades within departments. Therefore, no fixed conversion table of local grades into ECTS ranks can be produced as local grading traditions vary from faculty to faculty and even from programme to programme.