Application process now open for the Estonian Academy of Arts international summer academy! Applications can be submitted until 26 May

Application process now open for the Estonian Academy of Arts international summer academy!

In August 2019, the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) will host the third international summer academy “EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures”, offering English-language visual culture courses in the field of research, art and design. The courses will be supervised by leading teaching staff members, researchers and artists from EKA and partner universities.

“With the international summer academy, we have created a tradition that allows the students to focus, under the tutelage of a first-rate supervisor, on a specific topic or obtain additional competences in an area that they wouldn’t necessarily come across in the course of their studies. In addition, it is an opportunity to be inspired by co-students from all around the world, which has resulted in a tight competition to attend the courses,” says Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, Head of Open Academy and summer academy project manager at EKA.

There are eight courses lined up this year. Four courses are new: solving societal problems with the future of design methodology, analysing future ecological directions for Naissaare by playing out possible scenarios, as well as acquiring rare manual skills, such as egg tempera painting and modelling headgear inspired by haute couture. Like previous years, it is possible to take part in courses on ceramic 3D printing, Estonian contemporary art, data-based urban analysis and planning, as well as wood design.

“I participated in the 2018 summer academy course “Wood and Design” in Viljandi, because it was supervised by an instructor whose class I had hoped to take, and the participants included talented students from around the globe. With the students, we had the opportunity to talk about the priorities of our universities and how the academic life was organised. In the workshop, I was able to design and produce my wood object from start to end. The course was very interesting and socially intense! There were four international participants in our group: some of them had taken part in the summer academy before and others had come here to study with the Erasmus scholarship,” said EKA product design student Siim Simmermann.

EKA architecture and urban design student Markus Puidak had had previous experience in data-based urban analysis, and he participated in the “Numbers and Cognition in the Urban Environment” course at the invitation of supervisor Raul Kalvo. “The content of the course and the international scope of participants was very important in my choice. I was the one to introduce Estonia to the rest of the class. The course was very exciting: collecting and analysing data and visualising it in the urban space. I noticed that the participates valued the specific focus of the course. One student came for the course from New Zealand, which goes to show the topicality of the subject,” mentions Puidak.

“All parts of the “The Contemporary Art Field in Estonia” course are equally important: the lectures, studio visits, viewing exhibitions and the trip to Tartu,” said Karolin Kruuse, a master’s student at Tallinn University’s Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. “The well-structured and smoothly organised course made many participants want to continue their studies at EKA,” added Kruuse who had wanted to receive further training on the Estonian contemporary art field and have a better understanding of the local art life.

The 2019 summer academy courses:


You can apply to the summer academy until 26 May at

Please note that only students (including from other higher education institutions) can apply for the free courses. EKA students can transfer their credit points to their curriculum on the basis of an application made to the Academic Affairs Office.

The EKA international summer academy is taking place within the framework of the “EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures” project funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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