Admission period for international PhD applicants for 2022/2023 starts on 1st of February 2022. Deadline for submitting application is May 1st 2022. Submit your application via DreamApply platform.

Admission interviews will take place in July 2022.
Based on submitted documents the commission will make the decision who will be invited to the interview.

The requirement for admission to doctoral studies is a Master’s degree or other equivalent qualification. Educational certificates issued abroad are recognised by Estonian Academy of Arts on the basis of the assessments and opinions of the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre.
Nominal duration of doctoral studies is four years and study load is 240 ECTS.
Please read about the status and funding of PhD students HERE.

The Estonian Academy of Arts offers following PhD level programmes for international applicants:

ART AND DESIGN (detailed curriculum HERE)


 application for admission to doctoral studies filled in DreamApply
– certificate of foreign language skills (attested copy). Please see requirements HERE.

– CV (please find the form from here)
– portfolio or defended Master’s Thesis
– motivation letter
– project of the doctoral thesis (form for Art and Design here /form for Architecture and Urban planning here)
– academic CV of the prospective supervisor (s). The presence of a supervisor is not a prerequisite for applying. The supervisor must have given his or her consent to submit his/her CV.  If the supervisor works in Estonian Academy of Arts the CV is not required

The exam result will be based on the interview, PhD thesis project and portfolio or defended MA thesis. Only selected candidates will be invited to the interview (in the period of 29.06–05.07.2022)

Application documents will be processed only after we have received all the required documents and the payment of the application fee.

Verification of English skill with international language tests:

Minimum requirements set by EKA:
— TOEFL ITP: min 543
— TOEFL iBT: min 72
— IELTS (Academic or Indicator): min 5.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
— FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English): minimum required result is 160 for the B2 exam
— CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): C1 level
— CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C2 level
— PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic: min 59
— English language test offered by the Estonian Academy of Arts. Minimum B2 level is required. The test will take place on 03.03.2022 in Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn. Registration is required by sending your contact info (full name, email, phone number) to NB! Only applicants who have submitted their application in SAIS can register for the test.
— Estonian state exam in English – minimum required result is B2 level (for exams taken in 1997-2013 66 points or higher);

Please see more info about language requirements HERE

NB! International PhD applicants
• who have completed their previous study level in Estonia;
• who are about to graduate from an institution in Estonia;
• who have completed their previous studies abroad but have confirmed their educational certificates with ENIC/NARIC Centre may apply via SAIS 13.–27.06 2022.

Admission information:

Doctoral School
Irene Hütsi
Coordinator of doctoral studies
phone: +372 53 068 909

Helen Jürgens
Senior Specialist
Phone: +372 6267 305

Põhja puiestee 7, D206