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Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)

Estonian Academy of Arts offers a wide selection of curricula in the faculties of Architecture, Design, Art Culture and Fine Arts. Studies take place in a new building with an innovative and inspiring environment. EKA offers unique, individualised study and personal mentorship in a synergistic atmosphere. EKA is listed among the world's top 200 art and design universities (QS Rankings).


Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation.


The Estonian Academy of Arts offers nine international Master’s programmes and four Doctoral programmes in the four faculties of Architecture, Design, Fine arts and Art culture. Admission period for international programmes starts in February, annually.


  • Animation MA
  • Contemporary Art MA
  • Craft Studies MA
  • Graphic Design MA
  • Interaction Design MA
  • Urban Studies MSc
  • Design and Technology Futures MSc
  • Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies MA
  • Service Design Strategies and Innovations MA


  • Art and Design PhD
  • Architecture and Urban Design PhD
  • Art History and Visual Culture PhD
  • Cultural Heritage and Conservation PhD


Research at the Estonian Academy of Arts is oriented towards keywords such as practice, technology, theory, society and culture. Alongside high level humanities research projects in art history, visual culture and Soviet culture, our priority is to develop artistic research on an international level.Artistic research at EKA is conducted in a variety of fields and encompasses different ways and tools of knowledge production:

  • artistic research in contemporary art,
  • design research,
  • practice based research in architecture and urban design,
  • conservation combining both practical elements and theory-based research and
  • cultural heritage research.

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Student services

Student Council is the representative body of EKA students and its goal is to make the study environment better and more interesting, as well as to protect the interests of the students.

The Council deals with improving the studies, acts as an intermediary between the students and the university’s leadership, and appoints student representatives to various councils and committees. It also organises events and promotes athletic activity. Traditional events include the Fox Party, Christmas fair, Graduation Party. In addition, various smaller events take place every year. They also support various leisure-time activities, eg EKA chamber choir, etc. Whenever possible, the Council also helps with student initiatives.

Housing services

Together with Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre we have a dormitory in Tallinn city centre Kuhlbarsi 1. 

Library services

EKA library is a specialized university library. It acquires reference books, scientific literature and textbooks. The areas of activity include art, architecture, design, media art, art history, art criticism, cultural heritage, restoration, semiotics, culture, theatre, photo and cinema art, and the history of religion. In addition, e-library offers access to a wide range of online resources.

ICT services

EKA has several computer classes, printers and a free wifi connection that's available to all members of the Academy. There are also working spaces with computers in the library.EKA also has a technical equipment rental for students and staff offering different technical items such as video and photo cameras, screens, batteries, speakers, microphones, etc.

  • The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is accredited institutionally, the most recent accreditation was signed by the international expert group on September 29, 2017. Next accreditation process will take place in 2024.
  • Additionally, the Estonian Academy of Arts is listed among the world's top 200 art and design universities according to the QS World University Rankings.
  • As of May 2, 2023, the Estonian Academy of Arts has been the first university in Estonia to be officially recognized as a European Green Office, a certificate given to environmentally friendly organizations.

Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

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