The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is the only public university in Estonia offering higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, cultural heritage and conservation. As an active study and research institution, it is the leading national centre of innovation in visual culture. Studies take place in our new building with an innovative and inspiring environment. In 2022, EKA was listed among Top 200 Architecture and Design Universities in the World by QS World University Rankings.
EKA offers six Master’s programmes taught in English: Animation, Contemporary Art, Craft Studies, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, and Urban Studies. We also offer four full-time PhD programmes: Architecture and Urban Planning, Art and Design, Art History and Visual Culture, and Cultural Heritage and Conservation. Master’s programmes are two years (120 ECTS) and Doctoral programmes four years (240 ECTS). EKA encourages innovation and experimentation, and students are able to take modules and workshops outside of their specialisations.
The 1,200 students currently enrolled at the Estonian Academy of Arts are taught by more than 300 professors, associate professors, lecturers and instructors from Estonia and abroad. Studies take place in small groups of carefully selected students. The Estonian Academy of Arts prides itself on the low student to professor ratio, which creates a more personal, one-on-one approach to instruction.
The Estonian Academy of Arts’ new building in a reconstructed historical textile factory, designed by its alumni, was inaugurated in 2018 and has since received several awards for its architecture and interior design. Located between the picturesque UNESCO world heritage medieval Old Town and the vibrant Kalamaja district, the Academy stands as an oasis of art culture in the midst.
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!