The aim of “IM-FUTURE” is to develop the content for an International Masters’ Degree in the furniture sector.

This activity was focused on breaking down the learning pillars into smaller and more manageable training modules and units. The objective is that the granularity of the modules will be such that student and companies can meet all their needs, assuring that no unnecessary training is received.

Each partner has participated in this definition according to their expertise and best practice training (face to face, on-line, slides, video, etc.). The training modules are going to be organised according to analysis of priority order and local requirements. It is going to be reflected the results of the research and survey that it was done in IO1.

In previous IO, the partnership has received feedback about the necessities from the industry by surveys and workshops in UK, Spain, Poland and Italy. Finally, it was received more than 300 professional contributions. Moreover, the partnership has studied the current educational offer in HE in furniture sector in 22 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK) and, also it was studied in those 22 countries the educational offer in VET in furniture sector.

That information has been used to design the structure of the Master, training paths and training modules and units. Obviously, it was need a restructuration of the contents when the structure of the Master and modules, subjects and units were fixed because they had duplicate content and it was not organized in a comprehensible and training way.

In this report, you can find the structure of the Master, their modules, subjects and units with an explanation of each one.

Finally, it is using some terminology that it is necessary to know to understand properly the structure of the Master:

  • Master is the whole content that we will develop
  • Training paths, the different possibilities inside the Master – 60 ECTS
  • Modules, are made to regularize the contents of the Master and make its structure and Training paths easier to be understood. For example: “Furniture design history” and “Design” is a Module
  • Subjects, for example “Quality control”. Subject is a branch of knowledge studied or taught. It will be referred to an important part of the contents of furniture sector. Inside a subject, the content will have a common structure. Each subject has a number of ECTS, depending the number of hours to acquire the required knowledge, skills and competences
  • Units, inside each subject, for example “Material properties, construction, product development including proto-types”. Each unit could have a “powerpoint”
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is a standard mean for comparing the volume of learning based on the outcomes and their associated workload. It is considered 25 hours per credit point (because we are considering an academic year of 1500 hours of total workload and 60 ECTS credit). Moreover, the ECTS is split in 40% of teaching content, 40% of student work and 20% of tutorship and exam, in conclusion, 10 hours of teaching content, 10 hours of student work and 5 hours of tutorship and exams.For the full report click below
    Report O2-A2 Definition of learning content modules V2