"Art education is the key to society`s creativity"
Tartu Art College (TAC) is the only institution of higher education in the field of applied arts in Estonia. TAC offers seven curricula in the three fields of design, conservation/restoration and the arts: photography, painting and wall painting’s restoration, media and advertisement design, furniture and restoration, leather design and restoration, sculpture and textile. The curricula are equivalent to Bachelor's studies.
TAC's vision: TAC is an ethical, open and consistent institution of higher education that encourages innovative thinking.
TAC has become an important shaper of Estonian life in the areas of education, art, and culture. TAC has stood out with its openness and activeness to participate in shaping society and public spaces as well. TAC has created an environment that supports internationalisation and has made its studies international in Estonia by involving foreign experts and lecturers in studies and by participating in international projects held in Estonia.
TAC cooperates with organisations and institutions from public, private, and voluntary sectors and thereby participates in shaping societal values.
TAC's core values
- Ethics – caring and appreciative attitude towards people, the society and culture; socially responsible and sustainable thinking.
- Openness – openness to cooperation and society’s developments.
- Consistency – consistency in the provision of professional art education, preserving and passing on cultural heritage.
- Innovation – shaping and implementing new viewpoints, ideas, and skills.
All of TAC's degree programs are internationally accredited. In 2016, TAC successfully passed institutional accreditation and receiced commendation for service to society.
TAC was founded on 1 August 2000. On a continuity basis, it is a successor to a private educational institution established by the art society Pallas in 1919. Since the days of Pallas, the school has existed as both a secondary-level school and a higher art school:
1919-1924 Art School of the Pallas Arts Association
1924-1940 Higher Art School Pallas
1940-1941 Public Higher Art School named after Konrad Mägi
1941-1942 Higher Art School Pallas
1942-1943 Tartu Higher Courses of Fine Arts
1943-1944 Higher Art School Pallas
1944 Public Higher Art School named after Konrad Mägi
1944-1951 Estonian SSR Tartu State Art Institute
1951-1955 Tartu affiliate of the Estonian SSR Art Institute
1951-1960 Tartu School for Fine Arts
1960-... Tartu Art School
2000-... Tartu Art College
For some reason, it is precisely art that seems to create the most stereotypes, scepticism and endless questioning – does art even exist?Rector
In 1939, tired of all the discussions over the existence of the external world, British philosopher George Edward Moore wrote a wonderful essay titled Proof of an External World. In it Moore described raising his left hand and saying: "Here's one hand!" Afterwards, he also raised his other hand, saying: "And here's the other!" Therefore, at least two external objects do truly exists, and therefore, he knows quite well that the rest of the external world exists as well. Sometimes that is all you need to overcome scepticism.