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January 5, 2021

Call for applications 2021–22: MA in Graphic Design

Estonian Academy of Arts

Photo: Indrek Sirkel.

Bart de Baets, “Oh, a Canon” workshop. Photo: Aleksandrs Breže.

Photo: Sean Yendrys.

Photo: Indrek Sirkel.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is a new two-year, English language program intended to develop a student’s practice and define their position as a graphic designer. The program takes an expanded view of graphic design, seeing it as a form of knowledge production whose role can be understood as a way of "making things public." This idea is supported by providing opportunities for students to work through both traditional models of graphic design—books, websites, posters, typefaces, videos—but also to publish texts, organize exhibitions, host lectures, teach workshops, and create other contexts for exchange during their studies.

The program places the interests and concerns of the student at the centre of studies—through the making of a body of work which considers their relationship to form, content, production, and the distribution of information. While this will identify itself differently for each student, what they will share in common is a form of practice which is self-reflective, process oriented, collaborative, and one which consistently holds an honest position in response to the fluctuating conditions of work as a graphic designer. Students will actively question the medium as a whole, consider its ability to engage meaningfully in social and cultural contexts, work collectively with each other, practice new ways of expressing form, and contribute to the contemporary development of the discipline.

Applications for the 2021–22 academic year will be accepted between February 1–March 1 2021.

Academic Staff
The head of the MA curriculum is Sean Yendrys, permanent faculty includes Ott Kagovere, Else Lagerspetz, Sandra Nuut, Ivar Sakk, and Indrek Sirkel. Teaching staff includes Rosen Eveleigh, Sara Kaaman, Lieven Lahaye, Laura Pappa, and Manuel Raeder. Visiting designers for 2020/21 include Bart de Baets, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, James Langdon, Hanna Nilsson & Rasmus Svensson, and Julia Novitch.

About Estonian Academy of Arts
Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation. In 2018, EKA moved to its new premises in the Kalamaja district in Tallinn, Estonia.

For more information about applying to the MA in Graphic Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts, please contact admissions [​at​] artun.ee.

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