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 history, and conservation.EKA is striving to be among the leading international centres of innovation in the field of visual culture. Currently, there are more than 1,000 students enrolled in the Academy, with many participating in exchange programmes at international partner universities. In addition to active study and research activities, the Estonian Academy of Arts also offers lifelong learning opportunities through the Open Academy.The Estonian Academy of Arts collaborates with more than a hundred top art, design, and architecture universities worldwide and belongs to several international higher education networks.The lecturers and instructors are professionals in their field—internationally recognized artists, architects, designers, historians, and scientists. Visiting lecturers from universities in Estonia and abroad are regular guests.The Estonian Academy of Arts has a rich academic library that is constantly expanding its collection; a newly renovated joint dormitory with the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy; and practicum facilities at Tamse in Muhumaa and Heimtal in Viljandimaa. Departments of the EAA regularly organize student, faculty, and departmental exhibitions and open lectures in various locations in Tallinn and elsewhere.The EKA actively publishes different types of publications, including faculty members’ books, textbooks, study materials, collections of articles, and advanced reviewed works from the fields of art and research.While offering a wide selection of specialties, the Academy also offers unique, individualised study and personal mentorship by members of the faculty. The departments are strong bodies of competence on their own, while at the same time facilitating synergy and interdisciplinary studies. Many faculties have been operating for close to a century. They have lengthy experience and historical continuity, and also pioneered change in their field. The Academy welcomes motivated people who are visually and socially sensitive and want to develop their thinking abilities, opportunities, and potential as creative people. The goal of the academy is for graduates to be able to function successfully in society and work as independent creators and thinkers. That is why the curricula are formed in such a way as to develop the analytical ability and critical thinking skills of students. Every programme includes philosophy, history of art, aesthetics, and foreign languages.
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