apply now: ma / phd in art, design, architecture

Mar. 5, 2023

Starting from February 2023, Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is welcoming applications for its thirteen international Master’s and PhD programmes in art, design, architecture and art culture. 

EKA offers nine master’s programmes in English:

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

The international master’s programmes are designed for artists and designers with the ambition to develop and enrich their individual practice with cross-disciplinary investigations. EKA encourages bold experimentation, and students are able to take courses and workshops outside of their specialisations. The curricula are constructed in such a way as to cultivate the analytical abilities and critical thinking of students who develop into environmentally and socially conscientious creators. The teaching language of the international master’s programmes is English and duration is two years. Tuition fees range from 1700 euros to 3900 euros per year.

Application deadline for Master’s programmes is March 6, 2023. Studies start on August 28, 2023. More information:

In addition to the Master’s curricula, EKA also accepts applications for four doctoral programmes:

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

Prospective PhD applicants are welcome to attend online info session about doctoral studies at EKA on February 8 at 3pm EET via Zoom. Application deadline for PhD programmes is March 31, 2023. More information:

The Estonian Academy of Arts, founded in 1914, is the only public university in Estonia offering higher education in architecture, design, arts and art culture. It is an active study and research institution and the leading national center of innovation in visual culture, shaping the regional cultural space and helping to create a more sustainable living environment. EKA is listed among Top 200 Architecture and Design Universities in the World by QS World University Rankings.

1200 students currently enrolled at EKA are taught by nearly three hundred professors, associate professors, lecturers and workshop managers from Estonia and abroad. Small groups of carefully selected students enable a more personal, one-on-one approach to instruction and family-like, close-knit atmosphere. EKA prides itself on the low student-to-faculty ratio. Studies take place in a new award-winning building with an innovative and inspiring environment, providing modern learning environment that supports artists and designers.

We invite you to join us! Application deadline for the MA programmes is March 6, and for the PhD programmes March 31, 2023. Applications can be submitted via DreamApply platform. For more information about the specific programmes and admission requirements, visit or contact

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