The curricula for professional higher education at Tartu Art College are equal to those of the first level of higher education (equivalent to Bachelor's studies) and they provide the necessary competences for working at a certain profession or for continuing in Master's studies. The nominal length of the studies is four years and they are worth a total of 240 ECTS credits. A student receives 60 ECTS credits in an academic year.
Graduates receive a diploma of professional higher education.
The curricula of the Tartu Art College positively passed international accreditation in 2007 and the transitional assessment of the study programme groups in 2010. Pursuant to the Regulation of the Government of Republic of 12 August 2010, Tartu Art College has a right of indefinite duration to teach the arts’ study programme group.
The curricula are structured as follows:
- Basic module includes theoretical and practical subjects that create a broad base for grasping the speciality;
- Optional and elective module include blocks of elective subjects and optional subjects;
- Speciality module provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills for operating in their field of study;
- Practise module allows implementing the acquired knowledge and skills in practise.
The design speciality module provides the necessary knowledge and skills for working in the field of design.
The conservation/restoration speciality module provides the necessary knowledge and skills for working in the field of conservation/restoration.
A student, who finishes the conservation/restoration speciality module and successfully defends their thesis, is granted the primary occupational qualification of a level 6 conservator.
Forms of study
Tartu Art College offers the following forms of study:
- Free full-time studies (student completes 75–100% of the curriculum in an academic year);
- Paid part-time studies (student completes 50–74% of the curriculum in an academic year and pays for each semester);
- Paid external studies (student completes the contractually determined extent of the curricula and pays for the ECTS credits that they have taken).