"Art education is the key to society`s creativity"
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.
Tartu Art College is a university of applied arts dedicated to developing Estonian art, helping conserve cultural heritage, promoting the use of contemporary information technology, and supporting entrepreneurship and creative industries.
To that end, TAC will:
- provide its graduates with a competitive arts education, enabling them to find jobs on both Estonian and European labor markets;
- develop intensive co-operation with universities in Estonia and abroad, complementing arts education with different skills and values;
- remain sensitive to social and economic changes;
- educate the next generation of creative, open-minded, and responsible applied artists in Estonia;
- help develop Estonia's visual environment and cultural heritage through degree study and continuing study programs;
- take responsibility for the sustainability of Estonian art education and contribute to improving its quality;
- find the means for continuing art education in low-priority fields;
- remain committed to principles of innovation, environmental sustainability, and tradition.
All of TAC's degree programs are internationally accredited. In 2010, TAC successfully passed transitional evaluation and according to the decree of the Estonian Government, TAC has a termless right to offer education in the arts.
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
1933-1940 Higher Art School Pallas
1940-1941 Public Higher Art School named after Konrad Mägi
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.