Rules, Policies & Guidelines

I. THE ACADEMY‘S ROLE AND ORGANISATION

ARTICLE 1. ROLE
The Iceland Academy of the Arts is a higher education institution offering education in the academic field of art. The Iceland Academy of the Arts strives to further arts education in Iceland and to imparting education on art and culture to the general public.

ARTICLE 2. LEGAL STRUCTURE AND CHARTER
The Iceland Academy of the Arts is a self-governing institution. It is managed by its Board, Rector and Departments. The Charter, ratified by the Minister of the Interior, governs the appointment and purview of the Board.

ARTICLE 3. BOARD
The Academy of the Arts’ Board is the highest decision-making authority within the institution and it supervises all matters that concern the Academy as a whole. The Board is a custodian of the Academy’s role and ensures that its activities are in line with its goals. The Board elects the Academy’s Rector.

The Board is responsible for the Academy´s operations, financial matters and assets, for determining tuition fees and formulating regulations concerning most of the Academy’s activities, including the appointment of its staff. The Board holds an open annual meeting presenting the Academy´s finances and principal operations. The Board formulates regulation regarding the organisation of the meeting.

The Board consists of five members elected for a term of three years at a time. None of the members can earn a living from a position at the Academy or attend a course of study at the Academy. The Minister of Education, Science and Culture appoints two members of the Academy’s Board, whereas three other members are elected at the general meeting of the Association for the Foundation of the IAA. The Board elects a Chair and a Deputy Chair from among its members and determines its Code of Practice, which is published on the Academy’s website.

The Board performs a function corresponding to the role of a University Council, as defined in Article 15 of the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006.

ARTICLE 4. RECTOR
The Academy’s Rector handles the management and administration of the Academy on the authority of the Board and works on forming a comprehensive policy regarding Academy business. The Rector is responsible for the execution of the policy and for making sure that the organisation of the Academy’s activities complies with its role, aims and quality requirements.

The Rector, with the Board, supervises the Academy’s administration, teaching, artistic endeavours, research, services and other activities, in accordance with the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006.

The Rector is responsible for hiring members of staff and management, in consultation with the Board. The Rector chairs meetings of the Academy’s Management Council and Academic Council and calls academic forums. The Rector is the Academy´s main external spokesperson.

ARTICLE 5. MANAGING DIRECTOR
The Managing Director supervises the Main Office and all Directors of Support Services. The Managing Director works alongside the Rector and supervises the Academy´s finances and assets in consultation with the Rector and the Board. The Managing Director sits on the Management Council.

ARTICLE 6. MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
The Management Council is a consultative platform for the Academy’s main management. The Council discusses issues shared by all Departments and Support Services, as well as the organisation of the Academy’s activities, including teaching organisation and arrangements. The Management Council prepares recommendations on the Academy’s policy in most areas and serves as the Rector’s support in day-to-day management. 

The Management Council consists of the Rector, the Managing Director and the Deans of Departments. Other members of staff participate in the Council’s meetings as far as required by the meeting’s topics. The Rector chairs the meetings of the Management Council.

ARTICLE 7. ACADEMIC COUNCIL
The Academic Council is a consultation and information-sharing platform for the Academy´s management, teachers and students. The Council discusses the Academy’s academic objectives, performance and quality and supports the Rector and the Board in making decisions on academic matters. Among matters submitted to the Council for review are proposals on programme composition, criterias for the quality of programmes and programme requirements, policies for research and artistic practice, as well as broader definitions of the Academy’s values and role.

The Academic Council consist of the Rector, the Deans of Departments, five representatives of academic faculty (one from each Department), five student representatives (one from each Department) and two representatives of part-time lecturers. The Managing Director and the Directors of Support Services attend the meetings of the Academic Council when the topics of such meetings call for it. The Rector calls meetings and prepares agendas. The Academic Council meets at least once each semester. The Rector chairs the meetings of the Academic Council.

ARTICLE 8. ACADEMIC FORUM
The Academic Forum is a platform to discuss academic matters and academic policymaking within the Academy. The Rector and the Board can seek the forum’s opinion on every matter concerning the Academy’s activities and development. It is open to all academic faculty, students and members of staff. 

Academic Forum must be held at least once a year and is convened by the Rector.

ARTICLE 9. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
In accordance with the Academy Charter, the Board holds an open annual general meeting presenting the finances and principal operations of the Academy. The Academy Board determines regulations for the organisation of the annual general meeting. 

ARTICLE 10. DEPARTMENTS
The Academy’s work is divided into Departments by artistic field. The Board makes decisions on the division of Departments and determines procedures for each Department. Departments are managed by Deans. Each Department has a Department Council. 

Dean of Department
The Deans supervise activities and manage their respective Departments and formulate their strategies. Deans have final authority within Departments in matters of education and students’ academic progress. They also supervise academic matters and artistic practice within Departments. Deans of Departments sit on the Academy´s Management Council and Academic Council.

Department Council
A Department Council operates within each Department and serves as a consultation platform within the Department to advise the Dean on academic matters. In addition to the Dean, the Department´s academic faculty, Programme Directors and a student representative are members of the Department Council. The Dean submits recommendations to the Rector about the composition of the Council for approval, if different from the above. The Dean supervises the work of the Department Council and serves as its Chair. Meetings are held at least twice per semester.

ARTICLE 11. MAIN OFFICE
The role of Main Office is to create conditions for Departments and the Academy’s staff to work in accordance with the Academy’s Charter and regulations. The Main Office supervises the following Support Services: Library and Information Services, Finance and Facilities, Learning and Teaching Services, Computer and Web Services, in addition to specialist services on international affairs, research and innovation, communication and quality assurance and enhancement.

The Managing Director is the head of the Main Office and all Directors of Support Services. The management of Support Services is in the hands of the Support Services Directors and their responsibilities and activities are defined specifically in each instance.

ARTICLE 12. QUALITY ASSURANCE AND ENHANCEMENT
The Academy of the Arts systematically monitors the quality of teaching and research on the basis of an internal assessment; cf. Chapter IV of the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006. The Academy follows the criteria of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education, as stated in the Board´s Handbook. The Rector is responsible for the Academy´s Quality Enhancement Framework.

ARTICLE 13. CONSULTATION WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES AND COLLABORATIVE INSTITUTIONS
The Iceland Academy of the Arts and its Departments consult and cooperate with other universities in order to make optimal use of available human and material resources, and contribute in a pragmatic way to a more diverse higher education, in accordance with Article 9 of the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006.  The Academy furthermore seeks to make collaborative agreements with other institutions engaged in complementary activities.

ARTICLE 14. CODE OF ETHICS
The Iceland Academy of the Arts has set itself an ethical code; cf. Article 2 of the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006. The Code of Ethics is intended for students, academic faculty and the Academy´s staff and is a reference guide in all its activities. The Code of Ethics engages with three main issues: general communication within the Academy, society and the environment and creativity, teaching and research. The Code of Ethics is published on the Academy´s website and is prominently placed in the Academy´s working areas.

II. HIGHER EDUCATION AND DEGREE CRITERIA

ARTICLE 15. LEARNING OUTCOMES
The Iceland Academy of the Arts publishes learning outcomes for higher education and degrees by Departments and programmes and study level. These are a systematic description of degrees and final examinations where emphasis is placed on a general description of the knowledge, skills and abilities that students should possess at the end of their studies.  The Iceland Academy of the Arts´ criteria are set in accordance with the National Qualification Framework, as dictated by the Minister of Education, Science and Culture; cf. Article 5 of the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006.

III. DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMMES

ARTICLE 16
The Iceland Academy of the Arts is made up of five Departments: the Department of Design and Architecture, the Department of Arts Education, the Department of Fine Art, the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Music. These Departments offer eighteen different programmes of study. Five programmes are at Master’s level and thirteen at Bachelor level. 

The Department of Design and Architecture
Study in the Department of Design and Architecture is divided into five programmes, four at Bachelor level and one at Master’s level.

Programmes at Bachelor level are: Architecture, Fashion Design, Visual Communication and Product Design. The programmes are organised as 3-year, 180 ECTS programmes. Upon successful completion of coursework, projects and examinations, the student is awarded a BA Degree.

At Master’s level, a 2-year, 120 ECTS study programme is offered in Design. On completion of coursework, projects and examinations, the student is awarded an MA Degree.

The Department of Arts Education
The Department of Arts Education offers one programme at Master’s level in Arts Education. There are three routes on offer within the Programme, i.e. 120 ECTS for an M.A.Ed. Degree or MA Degree and a 60 ECTS Diploma Programme. The Diploma Programme is only on offer to students who have previously completed a Master’s Degree in their chosen artistic field.

The Department of Fine Art
Study in the Department of Fine Art is divided into two programmes, one at Bachelor level and one at Master’s level.

The Bachelor level programme is organised as a 3-year, 180-ECTS, study in Fine Art. Upon successful completion of coursework, projects and examinations, the student is awarded a BA Degree. The Master’s level programme is organised as a 2-year, 120 ECTS study in Fine Art. Upon successful completion of coursework, projects and examinations, the student is awarded an MA Degree.

The Department of Performing Arts
The Department of Performing Arts offers three programmes, all at Bachelor level: Acting, Contemporary Dance and Theatre and Performance Making. The programmes are organised as a 3-year, 180 ECTS study. Upon successful completion of coursework, projects and examinations, the student is awarded a BA Degree. No students are admitted to the Department every third year.

The Department of Music
The Department of Music offers courses in seven main programmes of study, five at Bachelor level and two at Master’s level. Programmes at Bachelor level are: Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Church Music, Creative Music Communication, Vocal and Instrumental Pedagogy and Composition. Programmes at Master’s level are: New Audiences and Innovative Practice and Composition. 

There are two programmes in Instrumental/Vocal Performance. There is a 3-year, 180 ECTS programme in Instrumental/Vocal Performance culminating in a B.Mus. Degree and a Diploma, 80 ECTS, for young students who meet the Academy’s requirements of knowledge of an instrument, who want to attend general upper secondary school alongside their musical studies. Students in the Diploma Programme will ordinarily be at least 16 years old when they begin their study.

The programmes Church Music, Creative Music Communication, Vocal and Instrumental Pedagogy are 3-year, 180 ECTS studies for a BA Degree. The church music route is run in collaboration with the Church of Iceland Music School.

The Programme in Composition at Bachelor level is a 3-year, 180 ECTS study in music for a BA Degree where students can choose to specialise in composition and/or new media.
A Master’s degree in Composition is a 2-year, 120-ECTS research-related programme in composition granting an MA Degree.

A Master’s programme in New Audiences and Innovative Practice is a 120-ECTS programme towards an M.Mus. Degree, jointly offered by the Iceland Academy of the Arts and four other European music academies.

IV. STUDENT ADMISSIONS

ARTICLE 17. ADMISSIONS

Bachelor programmes
The original work that applicants submit with their application and/or their performance in entrance examinations are taken into consideration when determining which applicants shall be admitted to the Academy. The extent to which a student will benefit from courses offered at the Academy is also considered.

Applicants for Bachelor programmes shall have completed upper secondary school qualifications or equivalent. However, the Academy has the authority to grant admission to those applicants who possess knowledge and experience deemed sufficient preparation for a Bachelor Degree at the Academy. It is generally expected that in order to qualify for assessment, the applicant shall have completed at least 105 ECTS of upper secondary level education. Having received the assessment of the Admissions Committee, the Dean proposes to the Rector which applicants should be granted the opportunity to commence studies.

The Board can limit the number of students who commence study at the Academy´s Departments. Admission normally takes place no later than April or May each year. A certified copy of the applicant's examination certificates and other documents requested by the relevant Department must accompany the application.

Admissions Committees assess applications based on the information submitted in addition to interviews and/or entrance examinations in the fields where this is appropriate. The Rector appoints and sets guidelines for Admissions Committees based on recommendations of the Dean of Department. Admissions Committee guidelines shall be made available to applicants. Admissions Committees decisions, based on an artistic assessment and assessment of the applicant's potential for artistic growth in the relevant field, are final and therefore not subject to the approval of the Rector or the Board.

A visiting student must be enrolled in an equivalent or more advanced programme of study at a recognised art academy and provide written documentation to that effect, cf. Article 19.
The Academy of the Arts can assess Bachelor study from other universities up to a maximum of 60 ECTS.

On assessment of ECTS from other universities, refer to Article 23.
A student accepts a place at the Academy by paying the confirmation fee, which goes toward the student´s fees but is non-refundable.

Master’s programmes
When selecting applicants to the Academy, applications, reports and professional experience are taken into consideration. Furthermore, the extent to which a student is likely to benefit from the courses offered is also considered. 

Applicants for a Master’s Degree shall have completed a Bachelor Degree or equivalent 180 ECTS of university courses on which to base their ability to fulfil the requirements of Master´s study. The Rector appoints Admissions Committees upon receiving proposals from the respective Deans of Departments. 

The Admissions Committee assesses applications based on the information submitted and interviews with applicants. The Rector appoints and sets guidelines for Admissions Committees based on recommendations of the Dean of Department. Admissions Committee guidelines shall be made available to applicants. Admissions Committees decisions are final and therefore not subject to the approval of the Rector or the Board.

The Board can limit the number of students who commence study at the Academy. Admissions normally take place no later than April or May each year. A certified copy of the applicant's examination certificates and other documents requested by the relevant Department shall accompany the application.
A visiting student must be enrolled in an equivalent or more advanced programme of study at a recognised art academy and provide written documentation to that effect, cf. Article 19.
The Academy of the Arts can assess Master´s study from other universities up to a maximum of 40 ECTS. In instances where students have valid teaching credentials in their field, up to 60 ECTS may be assessed in the Department of Arts Education.

On assessment of ECTS from other universities, refer to Article 23.
A student accepts a place at the Academy by paying the confirmation fee, which goes toward the student´s fees but is non-refundable.

ARTICLE 18. ASSESSMENT OF PREVIOUS STUDIES AND THE EXPIRY OF ECTS

In the instance of former students seeking to recommence study at the Academy and complete their studies, the rule applies that they may have courses still taught at the Academy assessed. This rule assumes that no more than five years have passed since students discontinued their previous studies. On the same condition, other courses will also be assessed if they fall within the current organisation of the Curriculum when students recommence their studies at the Academy.
With regard to students who apply to commence studies when more than five years have passed since they discontinued their studies at the Academy, they can apply for their previous studies to be assessed taking the current Curriculum into consideration.

The general rule applies that ECTS are no longer valid once nine or more years have passed since students discontinued their studies.

V. EXCHANGE STUDENTS, VISITING STUDENTS, RESEARCH STUDENTS AND RESEARCH FELLOWS

ARTICLE 19.

Exchange students
The Iceland Academy of the Arts is part of international partnerships which include student exchange programmes between comparable educational institutions and mutually recognised programmes. Student exchange is based on bilateral agreements between institutions. Students who choose student exchange normally do so for a period of one semester during their studies at the Academy. A special permission from the relevant Dean is required for a longer period of exchange.

Visiting students
The Rector may, upon recommendation from the Deans, admit a visiting student for one or two semesters. A visiting student must be enrolled in an equivalent or more advanced programme of study at a recognised university elsewhere and provide written documentation to that effect.
A visiting student is subject to the same rules and regulations and must fulfil the same academic requirements as other students at the Academy. Tuition and fees are also the same as those of other students. If a visiting student wishes to continue studying at the Academy, s/he must apply for admission to the Academy on the same basis as other applicants.

Research students
Research students are students at the Master’s or Doctorate level who have study space at the Academy of the Arts and access to its services without attending a regular study programme. The Dean and the student make an agreement about access to the Academy, which the Rector ratifies.

Research fellows:
Research fellows are academics with an academic position at other universities who temporarily have space at the Academy of the Arts and access to its services by agreement with the relevant Dean of Department and the Rector.VI. Teaching ORGANISATION, ATTENDANCE and ACADEMIC Progress.

ARTICLE 20. ACADEMIC YEAR, SEMESTERS AND GRADUATION

The academic year runs from 1 August to 31 July the following year. The teaching year is divided into two teaching semesters: autumn semester and spring semester. Each semester consists of a minimum of 15 weeks of teaching, excluding examinations and holidays. 
Results of assessment shall be available ten working days after the setting of exams or assignments for the course, at the latest; cf. Article 25. The autumn semester shall conclude no later than 21 December and the spring semester shall commence no earlier than 3 January. No teaching takes place on public holidays. The Rector can decide to cancel teaching on other than the above mentioned days.

The Academy’s main graduation ceremony takes place in the spring, as close as possible to the end of May or the beginning of June. Students intending to graduate in spring must register for graduation before 15 March. 

Students who have not obtained the required number of ECTS to graduate at the main graduation ceremony can apply to graduate in autumn or in mid-winter. The autumn graduation takes place in mid-September, whereas mid-winter graduation is in mid-January. In order to graduate in autumn, students must apply no later than 15 August and no later than 15 November for the mid-winter graduation. 

Upon registration for graduation, students must have paid all outstanding fees to the Academy.

ARTICLE 21. CURRICULUM

The Academy publishes a Curriculum for the coming academic year. The Curriculum must also be published on the Academy´s website. The Curriculum states learning outcomes for courses in each programme, in addition to listing all course numbers and names and providing a brief course description for each and every course. The course descriptions shall include information such as the type and level of the course, number of ECTS, preliminary requirements, learning outcomes, description and assessment.

ARTICLE 22. EVALUATION OF TEACHING

A questionnaire to evaluate teaching is given to students at the end of each course. Students then have the opportunity to answer questions about teachers´ performance and courses as a whole. At the end of the semester, teachers get access to outcomes for the courses they have taught. Deans of Departments have access to outcomes of teaching assessments for all courses in their Department. The Rector and the Director of Academic Affairs have access to outcomes of teaching evaluation for the Academy as a whole.

ARTICLE 23. NUMBER OF ECTS AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS

In organising courses at the Academy, it is assumed that one ECTS corresponds to 25-30 hours of work for the student.
Students are responsible for their academic progress within the Academy´s organisational framework. Normally, they will complete 60 ECTS every year or 30 ECTS each semester.
Students who wish to have ECTS from other universities assessed must apply for this specifically and submit the relevant documentation at the beginning of their studies. 

Bachelor programmes
A minimum of 180 ECTS are required for a BA or B.Mus. Degree. The Academy’s curriculum is organised to allow for a maximum of 72 ECTS in one academic year and no more than a total of 210 ECTS for the student’s whole period of study. A full-time student must complete a minimum of 48 ECTS in an academic year to be allowed to advance to the next year of study. 

In order to advance from one semester to the next, students must have paid all outstanding fees. Changes to registration are not permitted after 1 October in the autumn semester and 15 February in the spring semester. 

A student’s total combined period of study must not exceed one year over and above the normal length of study, with the exception of absence due to maternity/paternity leave. The Rector, on recommendation of a Dean, may grant exceptions to this rule in special circumstances. In those cases, the respective students shall explain their circumstances in writing, stating their reasons for the application. On final projects, refer to Article 27.

Master’s programmes
A minimum of 120 ECTS are required for MA, M.Mus. and M.Art.Ed. Degrees. The Academy’s curriculum is organised to allow for a maximum of 66 ECTS in one academic year and no more than 132 ECTS for the student’s whole period of study.

Master’s students in Design, Fine Art and Composition must complete a minimum of 48 ECTS in order to advance to the next year of study.
In order to advance from one semester to the next, students must have paid all outstanding fees. Changes to registration are not permitted after 1 October in the autumn semester and 15 February in the spring semester. 

A student’s total uninterrupted period of study must not exceed one year above and beyond the normal length of study. In the Department of Arts Education, a student’s total uninterrupted period of study must not exceed two years of the normal length of study, with the exception of absence due to maternity/paternity leave. The Rector, on recommendation of a Dean, may grant exceptions to this rule under special circumstances. In those cases, the respective students shall explain their circumstances in writing, stating the reasons for their application.
On the final project and its preparation, refer to Article 27.

ARTICLE 24. ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Bachelor programmes
The Academy expects students to attend all their courses. Teachers are responsible for monitoring student participation and recording attendance.
If a student is absent, including when due to illness, for more than a fifth of the teaching period in a particular course, s/he is considered to have failed that course. In special circumstances and circumstances beyond the student´s control, an appeal may be made to the Rector for exemption from this rule. Such an application will only be considered if a student is being prevented from advancing to the next year.

Master’s programmes
As a general rule, students at Master´s level are expected to take full part in the activities of the programme and be active participants as individuals and as part of a group. However, each Department sets its own rules, taking the nature of the courses into consideration.

VII. ASSESSMENT AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS

ARTICLE 25. ASSESSMENT

Purpose
The principal aim of assessment is to provide students with information about their academic progress and results. It also confirms for the Academy that the student has acquired knowledge and proficiency in a specific field.

Responsibility and arrangements
Examinations and project assessment takes place during the course period or during special examination or project periods at the end of each semester. Teachers are in charge of and responsible for assessment but each Department sets its own policy for examinations and the submission of projects within the limits of these rules. Examinations may be oral, written or practical. Projects may include essays, reports, performances, all kinds of artistic practice assignment and related research work. The composition of assessment is determined by the relevant teacher in consultation with the Dean and students must be notified of this in the course description no later than at the beginning of teaching in the relevant course. Special regulations, as stated in Article 27, apply to responsibility for and assessment of final projects. 

Grades
Grades range from 0 to 10 in steps of a half. The minimum grade necessary to pass an examination is 5. In courses of 6 ECTS or less at Baccalaureate level and 8 ECTS at Master’s level, the Dean may allow an assessment indicated by letters instead of numbers: S for ‘Pass’ and F for ‘Fail’.

Assessment results and appeal process
Assessment results must be available no later than ten working days after the assessment took place. A student who has not passed an exam or has not obtained the minimum grade for an assignment is entitled to an explanation of the assessment. An explanation shall be requested no more than five days after the publication of the grade. If the student does not feel this is satisfactory, s/he may appeal to the Dean of the Department in question. 

Absence from examination
A student who does not attend an exam that s/he is registered for and fails to notify the Academy in advance is considered to have failed the exam. S/he thereby forfeits the right to re-examination. 

Resitting an exam or re-doing an assignment
If a student fails an exam or assignment s/he may re-sit the exam or request a special assignment. A student is only entitled to re-sit an exam or request a special project when failing a course or part of a course if s/he has fulfilled attendance requirements. A special application must be made to the Dean of Department or the relevant Programme Director within five days of the publication of the result if an exam is to be repeated or another assignment to be done. If re-examination is not practicable, the Dean may decide on an equivalent assignment. If a student fails in the re-sitting of an examination or re-doing of an assignment, s/he must repeat the course to obtain the necessary ECTS.
If a student has passed an examination/assignment, s/he may, under special circumstances, request to re-sit the examination / re-do the assignment. If the Dean of the Department authorises a re-sit, the student may retake the examination the next time it is held or re-submit the assignment the next time it is set. The grades from the latter exam/assignment will apply.

Resitting exams / re-doing assignments
Resit exams / projects shall be held no later than 15 January for the autumn semester and no later than 1 June for the spring semester. 

The recording and retention of grades
Academic Affairs is responsible for recording and retaining students’ grades, in addition to publishing final grades. Written examinations are held for six months after the date of the examination and then destroyed.

ARTICLE 26. ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Students´ commitment and withdrawal from a course
When a student is registered for a course s/he is automatically registered for exams or bound by submission dates for assignments in that course. By withdrawing from a course, a student is thereby released from those requirements with regard to that course. Withdrawal from a course must be submitted in writing to the Department Coordinator before 1/3 of the entire length of the relevant course has passed.

Illness
Students who cannot sit an exam or submit an assignment within the given timeframe for assessment due to illness must give notification of this before the exam begins or the time limit for the submission of assignment expires. A doctor´s certificate must be submitted to the Academy´s Main Office to confirm this no later than three days after the exam was held or the time limit for the submission of the assignment has expired, otherwise the student is considered to have sat the exam or participated in the submission of assignments. With a doctor´s certificate, the student gains the right to a resit paper; given that his/her attendance in the course has been satisfactory.

Study break
Students can take a study break within the framework of the Academy´s Regulations on academic progress. Students must notify the Academy of a study break on the appropriate forms no later than 1 October for the autumn semester and 1 February for the spring semester and the break must be accommodated within the four year continuous maximum time of study, cf. Article 23.

ARTICLE 27. FINAL PROJECTS

Bachelor programmes
A Board of Examiners or an external examiner assess final projects. The Board of Examiners shall have at least one external examiner who acts as Chair of the Board of Examiners. The Deans appoints examiners in consultation with the Departmental Council. Special guidelines are issued for the duties of the Board of Examiners and the external examiner. Students, who wish to comment on the assessment process, may submit a written request for explanation to the Dean concerned.
Students who are not satisfied with the outcome may appeal the Board of Examiners’ decision to the Dean concerned, within five days of the publication of the results, by submitting their reasoning in writing, requesting a re-assessment that takes their concerns into account. The Dean must respond to the student’s appeal within ten days of receiving them. After this, the decision of the examiners is final.

Special guidelines are issued on final projects for each programme.

Master’s programme
By the end of the 3rd semester of Master’s study, the Master’s student must have submitted a report and a draft of a final project, as well as a project plan, which has been accepted by the Assessment Committee of the Department in question. The student will be given an opportunity to apply for a re-submission of the final project plan to the Assessment Committee , within two weeks of the first submission but should it be rejected a second time, the student is disallowed from the final project for that semester.
An Assessment Committee at Master´s level and/or an external specialist examiner assess final projects. 

Deans appoint examiners or Assessment Committee at Master´s level in consultation with the Department Council. Special guidelines are issued for the duties of Assessment Committees and examiners. If students wish to comment on the assessment process, they may submit a written request for explanation to the Dean concerned.

Students who are not satisfied with the decision of the Assessment Committee may appeal to the Dean concerned, within five days of the publication of the result, by submitting their reasoning in writing, requesting a re-assessment, that takes their concerns into account. The Academy must respond to the student’s appeal within ten days of receiving it. After that, the decision of the examiners is final.

Special guidelines apply for final projects and Master’s defences in each programme.

VIII. STUDENTS’ RIGHTS

ARTICLE 28. STUDENTS´ COMPLAINTS 

In general, students who consider themselves to have been unfairly treated must turn to the relevant teacher, supervisor or student counsellor, who will direct the matter into the appropriate channel to the Programme Director or Dean of the Department in question, who will seek to resolve the matter. Should students not be satisfied with that solution, they must send a written letter, stating their reasons, to the Rector. The Rector reviews the matter, makes a decision and students will receive a written reply where the conclusion of the matter is clearly supported. Should students not accept the Rector’s decision, they can appeal to the Grievance Committee on Student Rights. Refer to Article 30 for more on the Grievance Committee. On responsibilities and arrangements around assessment, refer to Article 25.

ARTICLE 29. BREACH OF LAW OR ACADEMY REGULATIONS

Should students be found in breach of law or the Academy’s regulations or their behaviour toward members of staff or other students be considered to be indecent or improper, the Rector and/or the relevant Dean can issue them with a written warning. If the breach is considered serious and challenges the Academy’s fundamental activities, the Rector can expel the relevant students from the Academy, temporarily or indefinitely. Students may appeal the Rector’s decision to the Grievance Committee on Student Rights, see Article 30. Matters of this nature must in all other respects comply with the law.

ARTICLE 30. GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT RIGHTS 

The Academy has a special Grievance Committee which makes final decisions in matters concerning discipline and the rights of students. The Committee is comprised of three persons; one Dean of Department, who chairs the Committee, one teacher representative and one student representative. The teacher and student representatives are appointed for one-year terms and have deputies appointed for the same period of time. Balance should be attempted, to the extent possible, between appointments from different Departments. Deans select a representative from among themselves to sit on the Committee on their behalf and another representative to serve as a substitute. The Academy´s Board further defines the Committee’s duties and formulates its code of practice. Matters must be submitted to the Committee in writing, clearly stating the case.

IX. ACADEMIC FACULTY 

ARTICLE 31. JOB TITLES AND APPOINTMENTS

The Iceland Academy of the Arts employs academic faculty and support services staff. Academic faculty are Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors, who are hired in accordance with Rules on Academic Appointments and assessed by a specially appointed Evaluation Committee, Adjunct Professors, who are hired directly by the Rector in consultation with the respective Deans for defined tasks within a Department, and part-time lecturers, who are hired by Programme Directors or Deans.
The Academy´s definition of criteria for assessment of knowledge and experience of a university teacher in the arts, art theory and arts education, as agreed on 28 January 2013, forms the basis for hiring for academic positions at the Academy of the Arts. The definition is published on the Academy´s website.

Programme Directors supervise programmes and can be Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors or Adjunct Lecturers.
The Rector, upon recommendation from the Deans, determines the ratio of teaching and other professional duties of each member of academic faculty, within the framework of her/his employment contract. Professors’, Associate Professors’ and Assistant Professors’ professional duties are composed of the integration of three aspects, i.e. teaching, administration and research and innovation, whereas the professional duties of Adjunct Lecturers can consist of one, two or all three of these aspects. Part-time lecturers have teaching duties only.
Guest lecturers are hired on a temporary basis, full-time or part-time, for defined duties within the Academy. These are artists or academics in the field of the arts that excel and the Academy considers it important to collaborate with in the building up and development of programmes. The Rector hires guest lecturers on recommendation from the relevant Dean of Department with the confirmation of the Board. The Academy´s Rules on Academic Appointments therefore do not apply.
Definitions in relation to the role and responsibilities of teachers are published in the IAA Handbook. 

X. FUNDS 

ARTICLE 32. FUNDS SUPPORTING ACADEMIC WORK

Two funds are available within the Academy to support academic work: the Development Fund for Academic Staff and the Publication Fund. Each fund is governed by regulations defining among other things the role and scope of the fund, the appointment of its Board, the organisation of its activities and arrangements around the allocation of grants.  

Development Fund for Academic Staff
The purpose of the Fund is to support the professional development of the Academy´s academic faculty. Professional development means continuing education in the field in which the member of staff works and any endeavour on his/her part which may be considered to lead to the strengthening of his/her professional activities. 

The Fund´s revenue is the Academy´s contribution in accordance with budget and other revenue that the Fund may receive. The Board of the Fund consists of the Rector, who chairs the Board, Deans and representatives of academic faculty, one from each Department. Representatives of academic faculty are appointed for two years at a time. The Board makes decisions about the Fund´s matters within the framework of its rules.Academic faculty can apply for the support of the Fund, in addition to part-time lecturers who teach at least 50 hours in the semester when an application is submitted for a grant. 

Publication Fund
The purpose of the Fund is to strengthen the Iceland Academy of the Arts publication activities and enhance the dissemination of the work of academic faculty. The Fund thereby aims to strengthen the relationship between teaching, research and innovation. The Fund´s revenue is the Academy´s contribution in accordance with budget and other revenue that the Fund may receive. 

The Board of the Fund consists of three parties, one external and two from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The Board is appointed by the Rector for two years at a time on recommendation from the Management Council. The role of the Board is to assess applications and decide on grants to be allocated on the basis of the Fund´s code of practice.
Academic faculty with a minimum of 50% employment ratio may apply for support from the Fund. 

XI. FEES

ARTICLE 33

The Academy´s Board determines the size of fees and payment conditions. Fees may be changed but normally follow the index of consumer prices. Only students who have paid their fees are considered to be registered students at the Academy and only these students are authorised to attend the Academy.

XII. ENTRY INTO FORCE AND OTHER MATTERS

ARTICLE 34

These regulations are set on the basis of the Academy Charter and with reference to the Higher Education Act No. 63/2006. Agreed at a meeting of the Academy´s Board in June 2014.