|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||2 years (120 ECTS)|
|Awards||MA (Master of Arts)|
|Tuition fee||€2,300 per year|
|Application fee||€50 one-time|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian / Russian.
Estonian Academy of Arts
Minimum requirements set by the EKA:
– TOEFL ITP: min 543
Send certificate of foreign language skills (attested copy) together with other requested documents.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A relevant portfolio is required.
• copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent and its translation into Estonian, English or Russian NB! both, the copies and translations have to be attested by notary!
• copy of your Transcript of records and its translation into English NB! both, the copies and translations have to be attested by notary!
• certificate of foreign language skills (attested copy). NB! IELTS TRF should be sent directly from the test centre!
• copy of the data page of your passport or ID-card
• Motivation letter
• Portfolio – The portfolio as PDF, some previously animated films or clips can be added as separate files or as an online working link (password included if necessary). The applicant should choose up to 5 best films/ clips and mention the choice in the PDF.
• Project of your Master’s thesis or vision in the form of essay
NB! Students graduating in Spring 2020 who are not able to submit their educational certificates by the requested deadline are asked to contact the international student adviser (email@example.com)
All required documents have to be uploaded to your application and when requested, should be sent by post to the address below –
Estonian Academy of Arts
The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006 and since 2007 it has offered a two-year MA in Animation (taught in English). The main goal of the programme is to successfully educate creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The further aim is to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form.
Animation is a thriving medium and developing at a greater pace than ever before. It has become part of mass culture, as well as one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc. The basis for any film – including animated film – is the story. The greatest problem in the film world is the lack of good stories. In most of the world’s animation schools, students are not taught the art of good story writing. This is something that sets our programme apart. We place an emphasis on the story and teach Professor Pärn’s unique methodology for creating film scripts.
Upon completion of the MA in Animation programme, students have acquired in-depth theoretical and practical animation skills. The students can specialise in specific animation techniques and create individual projects in the appropriate technique. After graduation, the students are qualified to realise themselves as animated film creators, professionals in creative industries or teachers in their field. Students who have completed the Master’s programme are also qualified to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.
Additional information: www.artun.ee/en/admissions/masters/admissions/
“The classes were amazing. I learned how to tell stories, how to analyse films (not only animation), write scripts. I was fascinated by the teachers. They were professionals, not pedagogues. The programme made me an animation film director. My life has been tied to animation ever since. I also gained a huge circle of contacts, wonderful people I met during the course and after. I always tell people they should study animation in the Master’s programme at EAA if they want to be animation directors.”
MA Animation ‘10
Co-founder of WIRED FLY
Lectures, seminars, intensive modules and projects are intertwined in the two-year MA. Essay writing, script writing, animating, directing, editing, sound engineering and research are core activities to be learnt and practiced throughout the courses, leading to a final diploma-film project.