Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia that provides higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation.
It has about 1,200 students, collaborates with more than a hundred universities worldwide, and aims to become a leading international centre of innovation in visual culture.
The Academy has nearly 50 PhD students pursuing degrees in art history, art and design, and the protection of cultural heritage and conservation. Its Doctoral School is a member of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA) and belongs to the Doctoral Studies and Internationalisation Programme “DoRa”.
- The Faculty of Design has emerged as an exciting source of advances in strategic and product design, as well as in recycling, and the use of new materials, and technologies in textile design. Together with the Tallinn University of Technology, the Faculty offers an international M.A. in Design and Engineering. Fashion designer Reet Aus has made a splash with her upcycling work and research, while Kärt Ojavee is a pioneer in smart textiles.
- The Institute of Art History is Estonia’s top research and teaching centre. Its faculty includes many renowned professors, including Mart Kalm, Krista Kodres and David Vseviov. The Institute’s research areas cover art historiography, early modern, modern and Soviet art, architecture, material culture, art semiotics, environmental aesthetics, and theories of space.
- The Department of Cultural Heritage and Preservation is the only Estonian institution that teaches restoration on all undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, the department’s researchers advance the preservation of art, architectural and cultural heritage.