January 20, 2020

Call for Applications: eight international Master's programmes at EKA

Estonian Academy of Arts

Student performance, 2019. Photo: Raul Mee.

The Estonian Academy of Arts is now welcoming applications for autumn 2020 for the two-year international master’s programmes on Animation, Urban Studies, Design & Crafts, Interaction Design, Contemporary Art, Graphic Design (new), Design & Technology Futures (joint with TalTech), and Literature, Visual Culture & Film Studies (joint with TLU).

The international master’s programmes are designed for artists and designers with the ambition to develop and enrich their individual practice with cross-disciplinary investigations. EKA encourages bold experimentation, and students are able to take courses and workshops outside of their specialisations. The teaching language of the international master’s programmes is English.

Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts offers a wide selection of curricula in the four faculties of Architecture, Design, Art Culture and Fine Arts. The curricula are constructed in such a way as to cultivate the analytical abilities and critical thinking of students who develop into environmentally and socially conscientious creators. The lecturers and instructors are professionals in their field—internationally recognised artists, architects, designers, historians, and scholars who provide unique, individualised study and personal mentorship in a quaint and synergetic atmosphere.

The departments are strong bodies of competence on their own, while facilitating interdisciplinary studies. Many faculties have been operating for close to a century. They have lengthy experience and historical continuity, yet also pioneer change in their field.

The 1,200 students currently enrolled at the Estonian Academy of Arts are taught by 83 professors, associate professors, teachers and lecturers from Estonia and abroad. Additionally, 38 workshop managers are on hand to assist the students. Studies take place in small groups of carefully selected students. The Estonian Academy of Arts values its low student to professor ratio, which creates a more personal, one-on-one approach to instruction.

One of EKA’s primary aims is to be an island of freedom in a world where those whose brains are limited by standard measures try to measure our immeasurable work. In a world ruled by Excel tables, as long as art manages to fulfil its role as a centre of resistance there is still hope. To this end, EKA encourages innovation and experimentation. Have an idea? Try it! You’ll find there’s refreshing lack of red tape here. Those who study at EKA soon discover a wide spectrum of possibilities.

We invite you to join us! Applications for the autumn 2020 semester will be accepted until February 29. Tuition for the 2020–21 academic year ranges from 1,000 to 5,900 EUR, depending on the programme.

For more information about the specific programmes and to apply, visit or contact [email protected]. To apply directly, visit DreamApply.

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