Tartu Art College

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Pallas University of Applied Sciences (Estonian: Kõrgem Kunstikool Pallas) is a university of applied sciences that provides art education in Tartu, Estonia. It was founded on 1 August 2000. The university is situated in Karlova. The rector is Vallo Nuust.


On grounds of precedence, TAC is related to an educational institution of arts founded in Tartu in 1919. During the period from 1919 to 1960 Tartu Art College has existed as secondary and higher education institution under many names.[1]

  • 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
  • 1960–2000 Tartu Art School
  • 2000–2018 Tartu Art College
  • 2018– Pallas University of Applied Sciences


  • Rector: since 2005 Vallo Nuust (born 1962)
  • Vice Rector of Studies: since 2012 Marleen Viidul (1981)
  • Vice Rector: since 2011 Maarja Aeltermann (born 1987)


Department of Photography[edit]

In 1997 the Tartu Art School established a programme in Photography. The architect of the initial curriculum and the director of the program was Vallo Kalamees.

Since 2000, the Department of Photography is chaired by Professor Peeter Linnap PhD (born 1960)

Department of Paintings[edit]

In 1997 The Tartu Art School established a programme Painting and Wall Paintings’ Restoration; its traditions were founded by Heli Tuksam.

Since 2000, the Department on Paintings is chaired by Docent Heli Tuksam (born 1956).

Department of Media and Advertisements Design[edit]

In 1997 The Tartu Art School established the Department of Computer Graphics, headed by Are Tralla. The curriculum of the department is divided into four major fields: print media, media design, interactive design and 3D design in a digital environment. Since 2008, the Department of the media and Advertisement Design is led by Jaanus Eensalu.

Department of Furniture[edit]

The main goal of the Furniture and Restoration curriculum is to educate professional furniture designers and conservators. The curriculum has two main directions: furniture design and furniture restoration. Since 2006, the Department of Furniture is chaired by Jaak Roosi.

Department of Leather Design[edit]

Since 200,[when?] the Department of Leather design is chaired by Professor Rutt Maantoa.

Department of Sculpture[edit]

Instruction in the Department of Sculpture is based on classical art education.

Since 2011, the Department of Sculpture is chaired by Jaan Luik (born 1953).

Department of Textile[edit]

The Department of Textile is a member of the international professional organization European Textile Networks and cooperates with the Estonian Association of Textile Artists as well as with the higher education institutions teaching specialty of textiles and fashion in Estonia or worldwide, and with the entrepreneurs in the field.

Since 2000, the Department of Textile is chaired by Professor Aet Ollisaar.

Study programmes[edit]

Tartu Art College (University of Applied Sciences) is a professional higher education institution.

The persons who have completed professional higher education studies are awarded a diploma certifying the completion of the study program.

At Tartu Art College, students can study in state-commissioned or on tuition student places. It is also possible to study in non-state-commissioned external and practitioner student places.

  • Students studying in on tuition student places have the same rights as students studying in state-commissioned student places.
  • Students who have acquired secondary art education can study in non-state commissioned practitioner student places.
  • In external study, it is possible for students to use study services offered by TAC on the basis of curriculum and contract. External students are not included in the student list of the College.

Gallery Noorus[edit]

The gallery of Tartu Art College was opened in 2009. As the largest exposition area in Tartu, it introduces and exhibits the works and activities of the departments, students and faculty of Tartu Art College to citizens and tourists alike. The exhibitions of TAC partner schools and visiting faculty are also displayed there. During its first year of operations, 143 00 people visited the gallery. Exhibitions change at least once a month, and the gallery often hosts workshops and seminars.

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 58°22′9.93″N 26°43′46.92″E / 58.3694250°N 26.7297000°E / 58.3694250; 26.7297000