he new specializations under the faculty of design’s master’s studies are Circular Design, Social Design and Craft Studies (in Estonian) and Interaction Design, Graphic Design (in English). The nominal period of the studies is 2 years.
The aim of the curricula are to provide a quality academic design and applied arts higher education that is in line with the principles of Estonian and international higher education systems, the demand of the labour market and future trends of the design disciplines. Master’s degree holders in Design and Applied Arts are able to generate and develop creative ideas and apply them in an innovative design process and work at a professional level – both individually and in teams. The Master’s theses produced through the study process create new values and meanings that influence our relationship with the environment, materials, objects, the body, communities and everything else concerning being a human.
PROGRAMS IN ENGLISH
Graphic Design MA
A program intended to develop a student’s independent practice and define their position as a graphic designer. The program places the individual interests and concerns of the student at the centre of their studies, with the making of a body of work which considers their own relationship to form, content, production, and the distribution of information. Students will actively question the medium as a whole, consider its ability to engage meaningfully in social and cultural contexts, practice new ways of making work and expressing form, and contribute to the contemporary development of the discipline. Read more HERE.
Interaction Design MA
Interaction design deals with how we interact with the world around us, focusing on experiences, digital products and services.
The ongoing revolution of technology has increased our need for new experiences, systems and products. Interaction designers aim to create the future that adds value to people’s lives by focusing on humans, their needs, behaviours and values, and also take into consideration the environment around us. Read more HERE.
Craft Studies MA
The aim of the program is to investigate the shifting paradigm of the world around us while critically discussing, rethinking and reimagining the role of making practices. Craft Studies operates alongside the peripheries and advocates for non-hierarchical material engagements. Read more HERE.
PROGRAMS IN ESTONIAN
The Circular Design curriculum is designed for people who are motivated to radically and strategically design a circular future in the material world through which to create positive impact and added value in the production economy.
Social Design is the first transdisciplinary curriculum of its kind in Estonia, preparing students from different backgrounds to redesign social relations, organizations and production. The programme aims to understand and create new social roles for designers attuned to contemporary ecological and political challenges who wish to use design as a tool to bring about desirable and necessary change.
Craft Studies is a new curriculum (formerly Design and Applied Arts) that infuses the ways of manual work with creative methodologies and contemporary theories of material culture. The curriculum is based on studio work and supports the student’s critical expression, the processing of cultural heritage and values, speculative thinking and the development of future artistic practices. Read more HERE.