Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA)

The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA) is a joint venture of four Estonian universities: Tallinn University, the University of Tartu, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Estonian Academy of Arts.

The GSCSA was established in 2009. Between 2016 and 2022 Tallinn University will be the coordinator of the graduate school.

Official homepage of the graduate school.

The strategic aims of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts are:

  • to raise the theoretical level of doctoral studies focused on cultural analysis in Estonia,
  • to give doctoral studies of culture studies a more interdisciplinary approach and a wider research context for doctoral students in the field,
  • to unite the institutionally and administratively separate culture researchers, integrate studies and research, foreground non-academic research facilities (archives, museums, etc.) within graduate studies,
  • to raise the quality of supervision,
  • to bring more contemporary knowledge of culture research to Estonia, i.e. to raise the proportion of foreign competence in doctoral studies focusing on culture analysis,
  • to develop an artistic research type model of doctoral studies and apply it to cultural analysis,
  • to develop possibilities for the continuation of doctoral studies in culture studies on the basis of joint PhD programmes,
  • to link the activities of the graduate school with the demands of PhD programmes, organising joint courses and seminars that will be integrated with the PhD programmes included at the graduate school, if possible,
  • to connect the activities of the graduate school to the demands of the job market and the promotion of practical skills, and to organise practically oriented events (writing camps, workshops, practical seminars, etc.),
  • to include the students of MA programmes in the activities of the graduate school, facilitating the continuation of their studies in PhD programmes.