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Mission Statement

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 EAA is striving to be among the leading international centres of innovation in the field of visual culture.

International Role

Strategy published here: https://www.artun.ee/en/academy/international/

National Role

Being the only art-design-and architecture university in Estonia, it has a significant role in leading and developing relevant fields of study.

Main Focus

Estonian Academy of Arts is the only institution in Estonia providing art, design-and architecture education at BA, MA and PhD level

Faculties and Departments

All are listed here: https://www.artun.ee/en/academy/international/

Bachelor Level Programs

Programs available in Estonian only. 

Master Level Programs

MA programs in English: https://www.artun.ee/en/admissions/

Research Activity and Main Areas

Architecture, Design, Fine Arts and Art Culture

Doctorate Level Programs

PhD Architecture (4 years) PhD Art History (4 years) PhD Design (4 years) PhD Cultural Heritage and Conservation (4 years)

Subject Areas for Exchange Students


Application Deadlines

  • 1 May for autumn semester and academic year
  • 15 October for spring semester

Teaching Languages

All staff members have good command of English and groups are relatively small (5-15 students). There are five MA programmes in English: Design and Engineering MA (joint programme with Tallinn Technical University), Animation MA, Urban Studies MA, Interaction Design and Design and Crafts. The official language of instruction for other study programmes is Estonian, however, foreign students are guided individually in English.

Semester Dates

  • Autumn semester: 1 September – 23 December
  • Spring semester: 22 January – 31 May

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Minimum 700 EUR per month (moderate conditions)


Bachelor: 588
Master: 280
Doctorate: 35

Exchange Students

Incoming: 80
Outgoing: 120
Others: 140

Teaching Staff

Professors: 35
Lectures: 46
Part-time Teachers: 19

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