Today we were featured on Õpetajate Leht (Teachers' Newspaper), where our school's project coordinator Piret Paluteder discussed youth unemployment matters, project CODE and TAS contribution to the project. It also includes our teachers' and students' insight about the graphic design course that launched under the project. As we are preparing to take in new students for the 3D course at Tartu Art School, it is the most prime time to share some students and teachers' feedback from the article. To whom is the course aimed? Why did they apply for the course? What did they experience? What are they up to now? Read more below!
Loviisa (student): One of the greatest things were the discussion groups that were held every two weeks by our school social pedagogue. It was the first time for me to experience such thing, opportunity to speak openly should be practised more at schools. It was a place to talk about worries and joys and learn social skills. At times it was scary and uncomfortable also. As our social pedagogue said, some discomforts aren't certainly bad in learning, otherwise you wouldn't know whether you have learned anything at all.
Rainis (student): I really liked that at the beginning of the course, we retreated into nature for few days. That enabled us to get more acquainted with each other as we were hiking, doing farm work, cooking and playing games. I got some really good memories from that in comparison to experiences from other schools. Usually, when the first days are bad, it stays like that. Here on the other hand, we were supposed to make contact. If you can't get on with your classmates, then it is more difficult to focus on school work. In contrast to middle school, my experience here was better.
Karl (student): I had just finished my previous job and I felt that I had more potential. General art subjects brought me back to art subtly. At current moment, I am making design works for some customers and I am finishing up at my previous school - my diploma from graphic design course has been beneficial already in that area as well. I am gradually updating my portfolio as well. Creatively I didn't put everything of me out there, some things remained inside.
Grete (student): After the course ended, I went on to study graphic design at Tartu Art School. Thanks to CODE course, the adjusting was a lot more easier. Previously, I had acquired Bachelor's degree in arts and music field, but after that I got confused and didn't know what to do. After university I was lost and worked as a wardrobe attendant. I wasn't actively searching either, the course just drifted into my life. Thanks to that, I got back on track and figured my direction out - for six months I got to try out new skills and now I have the courage to take on 2,5 years of thorough studies.
Rainis (student): Our mentor, Toomas, called us every morning if he hadn't heard from us. He always called. Sometimes it was annoying, but now in retrospect I can say it was really good and even necessary. Thank you, Toomas, for calling!
Eleri (student): At the moment I am studying stylistics at Tartu Art School. Without CODE course, I wouldn't have applied here at all. I had developed resentment and didn't want to study anything at all, because I had been rejected from some other schools. I had given up, but this year I was accepted into various schools. After I finish up here, I plan on going to Tallinn to learn fashion technology.
Elisabet (student): What was really encouraging, was the meeting that we had with a tattoo artist and a creative entrepreneur Rainer Lillo. We also had an inspiring meeting with Sirla Cool, who leads silk printing studio called Mäshroom that focuses on printing underground art. We talked about aspects of making your own studio and the street art festival Stencibility that Sirla has organized for 11 years now. We even got the opportunity to make designs for T-shirts and Loviisa's designs were chosen for printing.
About candidates and selection: Marta (teacher): It is plenty if potential students for instance show their photographs from their phones or during the entrance interview talk about what it feels like to draw or create something. There are two rounds: questions round and answers round. There are two motivation questions: 1) Current motivation which means why would you want to study here; 2) Future motivation which means how can you apply your new skills in future endeavours. We are looking for young people who are not working or studying - whose plans for the future are hazy, but who want to figure it out and participate in the course. Life school is not a obstacle. We are scouting for people who are uncertain, so that during the course they could become more brave and confident through team work. In Estonia the knowledge is very accessible, but it's hard to operate in the pool of vast opportunities and flexibility.
Anton (social pedagogue): Learning human relations in school is fundamental. Skills and knowledge only support it. It is essential to become more confident, secure group supports it. In such groups you can start building up confidence. It is important to keep in touch after the course ends as well. Very common thing is to go to class reunions only if everything is going well in your life. There is no need to skip gatherings, even if everything is not going positively.
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