Semester dates 2017/2018
Autumn semester: September 1, 2017 -- January 26, 2018 (Orientation Day: August 31)
exams January 2 -- January 19, 2017
January 22-26: holiday
Spring semester: January 29 -- May 25, 2018 (Orientation Day: January 26)
semester dates with practice: January 29 -- June 15, 2018
practice May 28 -- June 15, 2018 (upon agreement with Head of Department)
General introduction of curricula
Curricula of Tartu Art College are in conformity with the Standard of Higher Education. General structure of TAC subjects:
Basic module compiles theoretical and theoretical-practical subjects, and theoretical study module general subjects which are similar, to a large extent, in all specialties.
Specialty module subjects depend on a specific specialty. The focus mainly is on the visual nature of the environment, including the creation of unique objects and objects produced in small quantities, also photography and media design.
Optional and elective module
The design study module allows the students to specialize in the design of a modern stylish and consistent environment, and in the design specificity of their chosen specialty. Students, who complete studies in this study module, will have the ability to notice and analyze the consistency, beauty, harmony and functionality of objects in the surrounding environment and suggest solutions in order to make the environment more agreeable.
The restoration study module includes the basic principles of intentional and professional conservation of cultural goods. The restoration study module grew out of the practical need for conservation and restoration of cultural goods.
The nominal duration of studies under the curriculum is four years and the volume is 240 ECTS, spread throughout the period of study based on an equal work load. The volume of an academic year is 60 ECTS. The curriculum includes requirements for starting studies, list, volumes and short descriptions of subjects, optional choices and requirements, specialization options and requirements for completion of studies.
The curricula of all 7 departments can be found here.
Tartu Art College does not have a dormitory. During the entrance exams or while looking for a flat it is possible to stay in Hektor Hostel (not far from TAC, prices start from 15 EUR per night) or the hostel of The Estonian University of Life Sciences (prices start from 19 EUR, use city bus nr 6).
Students can apply to one of the two dormitories of The Estonian University of Life Sciences (minimum period one month). To get to TAC, take city bus nr 6, stops Tartu Näitused or Kreutzwaldi, step out at stop: Aida. Step out at stops: Raeplats or Soola and you are in city centre. Monthly transportation card in Tartu for students who have registered themselves as citizens is about 8 EUR.
Erasmus students are helped to find accommodation by a tutor student.
Living costs in Estonia are considered to be slightly lower than in most other European countries. General feedback from foreigners who have spent some time here is that living conditions are similar to those in Western Europe. Cost of living in Estonia is usually dependent upon the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns.
Monthly living costs: €300–€500, depending on the student`s choices
More information about studying in Estonia can be found here.