About Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)

The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), founded in 1914, is the only public university in Estonia offering a wide selection of curricula in the four faculties of Architecture, Design, Art and Culture and Fine Arts. Located in the capital city, Tallinn, it is an active study and research institution and the leading national center of innovation in visual culture.

1200 students from all parts of the world are engaged in the curricula to cultivate their analytical abilities and critical thinking with the aim to develop into environmentally and socially conscientious creators.

Studies take place in our new building with an innovative and inspiring environment. Small groups of carefully selected students enable a more personal, one-on-one approach to instruction and a family-like, close-knit atmosphere.

The lecturers and instructors are professionals in their field – internationally recognised artists, architects, designers, historians, and scholars who provide unique, individualised study and personal mentorship in a synergistic atmosphere.

In 2022, EKA was listed among World's Top 200 Art and Design Universities by QS World University Rankings.

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Hear from our global alumni

Hear from our global alumni

EKA is a space where you can feel inspired spontaneously. As a student, it is possible to take part in a diverse range of classes from glass weaving to 3D prototyping. Different studios and various workshops are open to all students. Moreover, the space is full of interesting people from all around the world.

Nesli Hazal Akbulut, Interaction Design MA graduate, current visiting lecturer and PhD student at EKA (Turkey)

I experienced a great sense of freedom when it came to what I was allowed and able to do during my time at EKA. But the greatest highlight was getting to know Estonians - I met some people who became and remain great friends.

Jan Christoffer Rutström, Contemporary Art MA graduate (Sweden)

I think the experience in EKA made me more attuned to the importance of fostering and being part of an artist community, having had the opportunity to study, discuss, work, create and live together with artists from different

backgrounds. Exhibitions, screenings, conferences, parties and EKA community events where always very special.

EKA was a really nurturing environment where I was able to approach my own practice with freedom, interdisciplinarity and self reflection. For the possibilities and support I found in it, I will always hold it dearly.

Angela Elizabeth Ramírez Fellowes, Contemporary Art MA graduate (Mexico)