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TOP UP YEAR 

What is a Top Up Year?

Following the logic of the motto “know how to do by practicing” ETIC_Algarve has established protocols with 4 schools, one national school and three international schools, which allow you to continue your studies at a higher level.

With the completion of the technical courses of 2 years of ETIC_Algarve you will be able, through a curricular year, to complete the first cycle of higher education, known as Top Up Year, and stay with level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework.

A Top Up Year is a curricular year during which you will develop the skills necessary to obtain the BA (Hons) academic degree – Bachelor of Arts.

This 3rd curricular year encourages talent, creativity, entrepreneurship and proximity to the market, allowing students to develop skills for creative thinking for professional challenges.

RECOGNIZED COURSES WITH EQUIVALENCE

For ETIC_Algarve students who have completed their studies in Communication and Multimedia Design:

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (1 year) focused on:

– Professional Communication;
– Real Projects & Competitions;
– Design Writing Research;
– Final Graphic Project.

For ETIC_Algarve students who have completed their studies in Directing, Film and TV:

BA (Hons) Creative Media Production (1 year) focused on:

– Project production focused on Client;
– Creative Content Development;
– Succeed in the Media;
– Current Difficulties in Media Production;
– Independent Project.

For ETIC_Algarve students who have completed their studies in Professional Photography:

BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Fine Arts Experimental Media (1 or 2 years) focused on:

– Independent Studio Practice: Studio Practice organized by the Student;
– Thesis of Fine Arts and Professional Communication;
– Final Exhibition Module and Curator of Resolute Works.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Those interested should contact Prague College here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  1. Completed registration form;
  2. Full education confirmation from ETIC_Algarve (or last
    ETIC_Algarve documentation if you are still studying);
  3. English level confirmation;
  4. Letter of interest;
  5. Portfolio;
  6. Curriculum Vitae.

APPLICATION STAGES

Prague College operates under an open admission policy. This means that registration can be done at any time, there is no need to wait weeks or months to find out if your application has been accepted in the program you are proposing.

They accept applications for the coming semester during the year and there are a number of Admission Rounds with associated benefits and deadlines to help you plan your application and have the best chance of acceptance.

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are accepted into a Prague College program, you are automatically qualified for a 15% partnership scholarship with ETIC_Algarve.

You may also want to submit your application for other Prague College scholarships, awarded for professional and academic merit, which can result in a total savings of 40%.

RECOGNIZED COURSES WITH EQUIVALENCE

Students in the Technical Course in Music Creation Production and Sound Techniques can apply for the 3rd year of the Creative Audio (or Music) Production and Sound Engineering BA course

This 3rd year will allow:

– Explore and define your own distinctive and creative approach to music production;

– Project management from concept to execution;

– Discover new creative strategies to start, develop and create musical pieces;

– Develop new methodologies for music production and recording;

– Assimilate production techniques from the last 75 years;

– Create a creative project and produce it from concept to public launch, establishing a professional structure that will launch you into the music job market, with personalized, innovative and real projects that prepare you for a better professional integration.

APPLICATION PROCESS

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  1. Certificate of Technical Course in Musical Creation Production and Sound Techniques of ETIC_Algarve;
  2. Proof of complete secondary education;
  3. Portfolio;
  4. Professional experience in the area (optional);
  5. Motivation letter (300 words);
  6. Application form provided by dBS Music Berlin.

APPLICATION STAGES

Annually between February and May to start the school year in mid-September.
Financial conditions.

Financial conditions

ETIC_Algarve students will be eligible under the signed protocol, with the same amount that dBs Music Berlin students pay in the 3rd year of the course, which can be paid in installments.

RECOGNIZED COURSES WITH EQUIVALENCE

Students on the Video Games Technical Course can take a Top Up Year at Teesside University and apply for two courses:

– BA (Hons) Indie Games Development
– BSc (Hons) Technical Game Development

APPLICATION PROCESS

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  1. Candidacy form;
  2. ETIC_Algarve Video Course Technical Course Certificate;
  3. Portfolio or showreel;
  4. Proof of English level (see more information).

Additional information about the Teesside University application process.

APPLICATION STAGES

Between September and January to start the following school year.

RECOGNIZED COURSES WITH EQUIVALENCE

Students with a technical course in Communication and Multimedia Design will be able to apply for a Top Up Year in Graphic Design.

Students in the Technical course on Music Creation, Production and Sound Techniques can apply for a Top Up Year in Popular Music Production.

Students of the technical course of Professional Photography or Direction, Cinema and TV will be able to proceed to the Top Up Year in Media Production.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

– Applications take place between January and August 16;

– Interested parties should send an email to info@etic.pt with all the documentation duly completed, expressing interest in applying for the Top Up Year.

DOCUMENTAÇÃO NECESSÁRIA

  1. APP Form completed in English;
  2. 12th grade certificate (or equivalent);
  3. Digital portfolio or showreel;
  4. Letters of recommendation, academic or professional, in Portuguese and English;
  5. Motivation letter in English (the reason why you are applying, what are the professional goals and other aspects that motivate you to take the course);
  6. English Language Aptitude Test Certificate;
  7. Diploma of completion of a course that gives Level 5/120 credits (depending on the minimum grade depending on the course);

WHEN DO TOP UP YEAR CLASSES START?

Top Up Year classes start in early October.

This date may be subject to change upon instructions from the Portuguese authorities regarding the pandemic situation.

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