|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||2 years (120 ECTS)|
|Awards||MA (Master of Arts)|
|Tuition fee||€2,700 per year
Tuition fee: 1700 euros per year (for citizens of EU, UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein; Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Switzerland)
Tuition fee: 2700 euros per year (for citizens of non EU countries
|Application fee||€60 one-time
Application fee is non-refundable.
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
NB! Students graduating in the spring of 2023 who are unable to submit proof of education by the deadline must submit the latest document with their current grades to apply. Documents proving graduation (diploma and transcript) must be submitted by the end of June 2023 at the latest. For additional questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
Upload the educational document digitally to the application.
– Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent and their translations into Estonian or English (both, the copies and the translations have to be attested by notary). NB! only when applicants documents are translated into English then the translations have to be attested by notary!
– The transcript of records and their translations into Estonian or English (both, the copies and the translations have to be attested by notary). NB! only when applicants documents are translated into English then the translations have to be attested by notary!
For detailed information about requested documents and suitable qualifications, please take a look at country specific requirements
Only the accepted candidate must send the documents physically (by post or courier services like DHL, FedEx etc.) to Estonian Academy of Arts. Specific instructions will be given by the admission specialists to each applicant individually. Please do not send any documents by post until you have personally been asked to do so.
You can apply with the following language test results (Minimum requirements set by the EKA):
– TOEFL ITP: min 543
Upload the certificate of foreign language skills digitally together with other requested documents.
NB! Language test results are valid for 2 years!
WAIVING ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Proof of English may only be waived if a candidate:
- has completed their secondary education, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree taught fully in English in one of the following countries: EU/EEA member states, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom. You must have resided in the mentioned country while doing your studies. Please note that the transcript of record must include that studies were conducted fully in English.
- has studied at least one academic year as a full-time student (obtaining a minimum of 45 ECTS with positive results) in English in an institution of higher education in the European Union or the European Economic Area, United States of America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
A relevant portfolio is required.
Portfolio – must be well structured and contain at least 8 works (at least 5 works in case of larger projects).
• copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent
• copy of your Transcript of records
• certificate of foreign language skills.
• copy of the data page of your passport or ID-card
• Questionnaire must contain comprehensive and articulate answers to all the questions asked.Answer to following questions (add it as a PDF file to the application)
1. Please describe and analyze your artistic practice. (max 1500 characters including spaces)
2. What does ‘contemporary art’ mean for you and what are your key motivations for you to make art? What do you think is important to communicate through art? (max 1500 characters including spaces)
3. Name the last exhibition or other recent experience with contemporary art that really moved you – elaborate on how and why it affected you. (max 1500 characters including spaces)
4. What was the most important lesson or experience from your previous studies?
5. What do you want to achieve during the two-year period of the MA studies in EKA? What kind of experiences or challenges are you looking for in MA studies?
6. Are there any specific skills, methods and forms of knowledge you are looking for in a MA program?
7. What do you see yourself potentially bringing or contributing to a MA program? (Skills, peer support, cultural diversity, independent initiatives, discussion topics, etc.)
8. Please select key topics and themes you feel confront contemporary artists today (you can select multiple terms):
9. How did you hear about the Estonian Academy of Arts Contemporary Art MA program?
10. How many different MA programs are you applying to?
Passing the portfolio round is required for admission to the interview.
During the interview, the candidate will present their creative practice up to now, the objectives of their Master’s studies, their views on the creative process and on contemporary art. During the interview, the candidate will answer questions, if relevant, about their artistic practice, their creative plans and the ability to complete their studies on time.
The applicant’s orientation and commitment to artistic practice, the professional level of their artworks, their professional skills and achievements, and their knowledge of the field will be assessed. Also important are the applicant’s ability to work both as an individual artist and as part of the group, communication skills in Estonian and English, and consistency of the aims of the studies and artistic work with the objectives of EKA’s learning environment, curriculum and teaching methods.
More information www.artun.ee/en/curricula/contemporary-art/admission/
The programme offers:
- Author-focussed tutoring for contemporary artists
- Local and visiting artists, curators, philosophers, theorists and gallerists working with students
- Individual freedom to design one’s own curriculum, within a diverse programme that offers theoretical tools and practical trainings
- The option to develop one’s art practice through the studios of sound art, lens-based art, installation and sculpture, graphic art and painting
- Individual and group tutorials, cross-faculty group critique sessions
- Commitment to developing and profounding conceptual and social ideas in an individual art practice
- A critical discursive environment for discussions about making, displaying and thinking about contemporary art and contemporary society
- Flexible studio spaces and workshops in a new building of the Academy
- Access to technical workshops across the Academy, with specialists to assist all students projects: virtual prototyping and 3D printing studios, traditional and digital print workshops, analogue and digital darkrooms, photo studio, sound recording and filming studios, wood and metal workshops, modern black box, and the monumental sculpture studio
- A continuous programme of off-site events, study trips, exhibitions
- Opportunities for exhibitions in galleries, museums, study trips and collaboration with different art institutions and universities and exchange programs (KUNO, DAMA, ERASMUS)
What makes EKA special?
Imaginative and creative is gathered here in different formats: contemporary art, criticism
and theory, author-based architecture, innovative and skill-based design, animation and stage art, curatorial practices.
Here, you can be part of making something that really matters. Your artistic impact would be noticed and would make an impact.
Everything is close, everything is possible.
Estonia is small; all important connections and resources are within arm’s length. We cooperate closely with Tallinn Technical University, Tallinn University, and the Estonian Music Academy.
We arrange art events and exhibitions with the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall and the Artists’ Association’s Galleries in the city centre.
It is easy to access the different political, commercial, social, educational institutions.
(And it is even not too difficult to reach the President, if this would be important for your art.)
Do not hesitate apply, if:
The development of your individual artistic practice is important for you. If the processes in society matter to you and you are passionate about your surroundings. If you like to think, imagine, create and dream. If you are motivated and ambitious, dedicated and enthusiastic, have creative confidence and critical thinking.
The student who has completed the curriculum:
- is able to work as a professional artist;
- has acquired the skills and knowledge to analyse, write criticism of and teach contemporary art;
- has acquired the academic degree to continue his studies in the fine arts on PhD level;
- can set goals and problems in his creative work demonstrating the conceptual and technical competence corresponding to the goals;
- initiate and implement creative authorial projects conducted on the basis of in-depth research methods;
- navigates well in the theoretical texts of the specialty and has a good overview of cultural history that he can relate to the specific knowledge of the specialty;
- can critically evaluate and express the processes taking place in art and society;
- can critically evaluate and articulate his own creative work and present it in public.
The study programme consists of General studies (16 ECTS), Speciality studies (67 ECTS, including electives for 17 ECTS), Optional subjects (6 ECTS) and Master’s thesis (31 ECTS, incl. Master’s seminar 1 ECTS)
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