The general studies center incorporates courses taught in all fields under the common core module and the common electives module, as well as their faculty. The purpose of the general studies center is to provide students with high quality and diverse grounding in art education, integrating it with education in the students home departments.
The center offers both theoretical and practical courses, which help students develop a well-rounded perspective and provide them with the knowledge and skills for creative self-expression. TAC graduates will be able to situate themselves as creative professionals in the wider socio-cultural context and orient themselves freely in the contemporary art world.
Theoretical core courses will provide students with an overview of art history, history and philosophy of the visual environment, and the principles of entrepreneurship and cultural management. Core courses will deepen students' practical English skills while sustaining and developing the values of the Estonian language and educating students in the basics of written research. Core courses in design and conservation will train students in the basics of these fields and enable later specialization in design or conservation-restoration.
Practical core courses provide students with the necessary visual, expressive and analytic skills demanded by visual communication. Through practical exercises students learn to use both historical techniques as well as contemporary art practices. Courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, composition, color theory, digital design, and geometry develop representational skills, practical skills, technological skills as well as abstract thinking and analytical skills.
Elective core courses can be taken through the electives module or the liberal arts module. Students can choose between creative, pedagogical or theoretical tracks.
Core courses are graded by the members of the relevant grading committee. In grading practical core courses all students works will be on exposition simultaneously and therefore will be directly comparable. Core courses are graded publicly, all interested parties are welcome to participate and debate.