Tartu Art College (Tartu Kõrgem Kunstikool)

mission statement

The mission of TAC is to facilitate an education to that would guarantee competitiveness of the graduates in the labor market in Estonia and Europe. To that end, the College is promoting an intensive cooperation with institutions of higher education in Estonia and abroad in order to create integrated curricula that would enrich the education in arts with different skills and values. The objective of TAC is to ensure that the next generation of applied artists in Estonia will think creatively, be open to the world and behave responsibly. To achieve this, the College will secure opportunities to maintain professional education in arts in fields of study that, currently, are not a matter of priority at national level. The vision: TAC is a higher education institution that promotes art in Estonia, conserves cultural heritage, makes use of modern technologies and information technology, supports business activity and the creative industry. The motto of TAC is: Art education is the key to the creativity of society.

international role

Tartu Art College (TAC) offers an education that allows the graduates to compete successfully in the Estonian and European labour market. TAC is intensively developing its cooperation with Estonian and foreign higher education institutions to enrich art education with different abilities and values. TAC provides a progeny of professional artist that think creatively and are open to world. TAC has three main directions of developing and managing international relations: 1. International education (study and teaching opportunities) 2. International science, development and creative activities 3. Creating an environment that supports internationalization 1. TAC participates actively in student and staff exchange. The Erasmus programme, which is the European Commission\\\'s educational programme for higher education students, teachers and institutions, has become our main option for both, student and staff exchanges, and also a most effective means of internationalisation. The Erasmus program was initiated at TAC in 2001. The percentage of outgoing mobility in the frame of Erasmus in 2010/2011 was 8,8. Based on this criterion, the College is number one among the 25 higher education institutions in Estonia who are engaged in Erasmus. In December 2009, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and Archimedes Foundation nominated Tartu Art College the most successful education institution in Estonia concerning international activities. Tartu Art College has also been chosen to the Erasmus Europe Success Stories Brochure (http://www.artcol.ee/college/incoming-erasmus-students/) published in October 2010. TAC currently has more than 30 partner schools (on the basis of bilateral agreements). Student and staff exchange with the partners takes place very actively in both directions. Furthermore, international students’ interest to do an exchange semester in TAC has been growing intensively. In addition to Erasmus partners TAC has a bilateral agreement with the Arts Academy of St. Petersburg, according to which the students and the staff of both sides are able to visit the other school for self-improvement. There is also an interest for joint culture projects and exhibitions. To ensure the quality of teaching and enrich the study process every academic year each department invites at least one foreign expert or lecturer to teach at TAC. Moreover, TAC lecturers and staff teach and/or attend workshops or other similar activities abroad. The foreign lecturers and experts who stay for a longer visit at TAC are also offered the possibility of teaching courses through our centre of continuing education to interested parties outside of TAC. 2. TAC is a member of an international cooperation network in the frame of the Nordplus programme – SKISS. TAC also has the aim of participating in both, longer and one-time international cooperation projects and of cooperating with international art competence centres. It is an objective of TAC to participate in international applied science research. TAC takes part in several international fairs. Furthemore, TAC organizes exhibitions in cooperation with foreign partners both at home and abroad. The students and staff are motivated to participate in exhibition activities and TAC supports their creative projects abroad. Also TAC provides the opportunity for its foreign partners to show their work at TAC gallery Noorus. 3. TAC motivates and supports the studies of foreign languages of TAC’s employees and develops their competences by allowing for courses by foreign experts or lecturers. TAC cooperates with Tartu University in providing the international students with the possibility of taking free electives in English from both schools. TAC also offers courses in English. TAC cooperates with the Erasmus Student Network in Tartu and develops a system of tutoring to provide the best possibilities for both, studying and leisure, for exchange students. When possible, TAC continuing education centre offers optional courses for all foreign exchange students studying in Tartu.

national role

TAC cooperates actively with the public, private and non-profit sectors. The aim of TAC is to offer an education for our graduates that would allow them to compete successfully in the Estonian and European labour market. For that we are continuously developing cooperation with the University of Tartu, Estonian Academy of Arts, Viljandi Culture Academy and other Estonian and international higher education institutions to create integrated curriculums that would enrich the art education with various abilities and values. The partner institutions of TAC in Estonia are: • University of Tartu • University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy • Estonian University of Life Sciences • Estonian Academy of Arts • Tartu College of Tallinn University of Technology • Tartu Art School • Narva Vocational Training Centre The higher education institutions offer students mutual possibility to take part in the study processes. The cooperation with Viljandi Culture Academy, Taru Art School and Narva Vocational Training Centre focuses on the development of the curricula and the improvement of the quality of vocational and applies sciences studies. In April 2008, the Rector of TAC signed the Agreement on Good Practice in the Internationalisation of Estonia\\\'s Higher Education Institutions. TAC also collaborates with private institutions and companies to create possibilities for internships and practical experience for students. Moreover, the students have the possibility to receive and fill orders from companies and integrate this experience to their study process. Furthermore, TAC participates in developing the town and the region of Tartu and contributes to shaping the local visual environment. TAC cooperates with the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries. In addition, TAC has agreements of cooperation with the following organizations: • Applied Higher Education Insitutions Rectors’ Council (RKRN) • Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto (EKKT) • Playtech Estonia OÜ • Mandragora Ltd. • Tartu County • TARTU FAIRS Ltd. • Estonian National Museum (ERM) • Museum of Narva • National Archives of Estonia • University of Tartu Library TAC cooperates with the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries and is aware of and participates in the joint events of Estonia, Tartu Artists’ Association and specialty associations. The College is in cooperation with the Estonian Qualification Authority Kutsekoda. The teaching staff and craftsmen at the College have participated in opinion polls concerned with professional standards under development and/or already developed for Conservators III, IV, V and Folk Artists and Craftsmen in stone, leather and textile works or as experts in professional standards already developed. TAC has started the development of a professional standard for Designer-stylists that will cover professionals working in curtain companies but also in a number of different furnishings companies. The process has started, yet has proven to be more complex than expected due to involvement of various employers. Currently, TAC can apply the requirements of the professional standard for Conservators in the development of the restoration study module.

main focus

Tartu Art College (University of Applied Sciences) is a multidisciplinary applied higher education institution that educates professional applied artists and artists-restorers who value and preserve cultural heritage. In Tartu Art College (TAC), students can acquire applied higher education in the speciality of audiovisual arts, design and applied art, conservation and restoration and free arts.

faculties and departments

Department of Furniture

Department of Leather Design

Department of Media and Advertisement Design

Department of Paintings

Department of Photography

Department of Sculpture

Department of Textile

Centre of General Subjects

bachelor level programs

Textile

Furniture and Restoration

Leather Design and Restoriation

Sculpture

Photography

Media and Advertisement Design

Paintings and Wall Paitings Restoration

Specialisations in restoration/conversation and design

Duration of studying 4 years.

master level programs

TAC does not offer master level or equivalent programs

research activity and main areas

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doctorate level programs

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subject areas for exchange students

Textile, Furniture and Restoration, Leather Design and Restoration, Sculpture, Photography, Media and Advertisement Design, and Painting and Wall Paintings’ Restoration.

application deadlines

Beginning of November for the Spring semester, exact date to be decided each year. Neginning of May for the Autumn semester, exact date to be decided each year.

teaching languages

Estonian Exchange students are also supervised in English. In some cases Finnish and Russian may also be options.

semester dates

Autumn semester: beginning of September until mid-January Spring semester: end of January until end of May In 2011/2012: Autumn: Sept 1 - Jan 20 Spring: Jan 30 - May 31

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Accommodation about 100 EUR (dorm, double room) - renting a room in a flat can be much more expensive, starting from 200 EUR a month. Food etc about 250 EUR Price of one ECTS at TAC 35 EUR

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