The informally organized European network of curriculum developers and teacher leaders in the subjects of art, art education, design, visual communication, image etc. exists since 2010. It formed the “European Network for Visual Literacy” (ENViL), in which in the meantime over 60 representatives from 11 countries participate. The working language in this network was and is German.
Early on, the focus of pure exchange experience about competency-based curriculum development shifted towards research about competences in the field of the visual literacy. The latter is a desideratum, and therefore a reasoned curriculum development in the subjects lacks a grounding in scientifically sound findings. Both approaches, curriculum development and research were bundled at a meeting of the network ENViL in January 2012 in Salzburg (Mozarteum) in a joint project: In style of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” an appropriate, research-based “Common European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy – CEFR_VL” is being created. Since the presentation of the first conceptual considerations on the European InSEA Congress (International Society for Education through Art) in June 2012 in Cyprus, the European Board of InSEA officially supports the project.
ENViL decided to develop the prototype for CEFR_VL and to apply for funds from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. The application was successful, the funds were granted for the years 2014/15. So the work of the network ENViL was perpetuated, additional funds for research were generated, results were backed up and made available. The existing, excellent cooperation within the network was further intensified by this joint work in the years 2014/15.