Note that the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning is taught in Estonian!

What student profile are we looking for?

We are looking for people with a good underlying education, clear analytical skills and a high aptitude for work and study. A good secondary education is the key to rapid progress in mastering new knowledge and skills at university. As the architecture curriculum is quite intense, it requires a great deal of systematic work. There is only one way to make progress in the practical, creative part of the activity, and that is through repeated experimentation and trial and error regarding ideas, drawings and material. The end result is often just an intermediate stage en route to new and fascinating opportunities and solutions.

Why enter the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture programme?

The objective of the architecture and urban design curriculum at the Academy of Arts is to prepare capable, independent and critically thinking architects and urban planners with a broad-based liberal arts and science education. The curriculum offers an interdisciplinary education at the international level preparing the student for later work as a designer of buildings and planning projects in private practices and local governments as well as in developing various digital modelling processes and physical prototypes at universities and research institutions. This is an opportunity for self-fulfilment for both designers with good visual thinking and expression skills and system architects who orient well in technological and mathematical processes. A modern architect is more than the image of a professional who takes private-sector orders – architects must take an active and creative attitude and intervene in our everyday world to make it better in all respects. As professionals, architects can design and administer larger integral systems and also serve as experts and developers of individual components. If any of the above fits in with your areas of interest and future visions, the very broad spectrum of architect education gives you the possibility to make them happen.

The curriculum in brief

Architecture and Urban Design is an integrated programme of study (five-year programme). Although the curriculum is taught in Estonian, students at the master’s level are expected to be able to be fluent at a professional level in English as well.

In 2013, the landscape architecture was opened within the architecture and urban planning speciality as an area of specialization, providing students more diverse training when it comes to designing the areas between buildings.

And starting in autumn 2016, heritage conservation and restoration is offered as a similar area of specialization within the architecture and urban planning, giving a chance to apply for an activity licence in heritage conservation from the National Heritage Board.

Conditions for admission

Besides entrance examinations, the following state examination results are taken into consideration:

State examination in Estonian or state examination in Estonian as a second language, minimum score 30 points.

State examination in a foreign language or equivalent international foreign-language examination.

State examination in mathematics or physics, minimum score 50 points.

Starting in 2014, secondary school graduates who wish to apply for the architecture and urban design speciality are required to pass the state examination in broad mathematics.

Students who have not passed the broad mathematics state examination (or, in the case of pre-2014 graduates, the mathematics state examination or those who wish to improve their result), can take a mathematics test on the spot.

Mathematics test

● The test is administered on 30 June 2017 at 11:00 at Estonia pst 7-440A

● Registration for the test is via SAIS.


30 June 2017, 10:00 information hour (Pikk tn 20, 3rd floor)

3 July 2017 10:00–15:00 Speciality Composition I (Pikk tn 20, 3rd floor)

Gathering in the Department of Architecture assembly hall, Pikk tn 20, 9:45

Take the following materials with you: ruler, triangle 30°/60°/90°, protractor, scissors, pencils, eraser, carpet knife.

4 July 2017 10:00–13:00 Speciality Composition II (Pikk tn 20, 3rd floor)

Gathering in the Department of Architecture assembly hall, Pikk tn 20, 9:45

Take the following materials with you: 2 sheets of good drawing paper in A3 format (297 × 420 mm), ruler, triangle 30°/60°/90°, protractor, ordinary pencil, paper cutter, scissors, PVA glue. The basic material and scratch paper will be provided in the assembly hall.

5 July 2017 10:00–13:45 Drawing

Take the following materials with you: hard surface to draw on (if necessary, provided by the Academy of Arts), good drawing paper in size A2 (420 × 594), pencils with different softness/hardness, charcoal pencil, felt-tip pen, marker.

6 July 2017 10:00 Interviews and presentation of works (Pikk tn 20)

The competition rating consists of 5 ratings (in a 10-point system): score on the Estonian language state examination, score on the mathematics or physics state examination, grades in Drawing, Speciality Composition I and Speciality Composition II.

The most important skill is the ability to think independently and avoid the standard clichés of true answers, life goals and good taste.

Admissions to master’s programme 

for graduates of Faculty of Architecture of Tallinn University of Applied Sciences

5July 2017 10:00 Interviews (Pikk tn 20)

To apply for admission to the architecture and urban planning master’s degree level – the fourth-year programme (integrated study), you must submit a CV, cover letter, portfolio, diploma certifying previous education and diploma supplement.

Consultation on entrance

Consultations for prospective first-year students in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. The consultations are devoted to practising the composition assignments and cityscape drawing parts of the 2017 entrance examinations. 

Spatial Composition

26 June, 12:00–14:00

27 June, 15:00–17:00 Supervisor: Prof. Toomas Tammis

Urban Design Composition

26 June, 15:00–17:00

27 June, 12:00–14:00 Supervisor: Prof. Andres Ojari

Drawing a Cityscape or Interior

28 June, 12:00–16:00

39 June, 12:00–16:00 Supervisor: Prof. Matti Pärk

There is a fee of €8 for attending each consultation. The price drops to €5 if three or more consultations* are attended.

*you may attend more than once in a consultation.

Information and registration:


The main goal of the PreAcademy at the Academy of Arts is to support and assist people entering the Academy of Arts.


The Student Academy is targeted at upper secondary school and vocational school students who are interested in architecture, design, art and art history.

Starting January 2016, we launched the Student Academy to give these students a chance to take a closer look at the specialities offered by the Academy of Arts. The Student Academy programme is filled with studios, visits to companies and museums, lectures, films, and practical workshops, carried out by Academy teachers, students and alumni. All activities are free of charge for participants. More information:

The Department of Architecture offers the following classes at the Student Academy:

15 February 2017 Tour of the offices of architects teaching at the Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture. What does an architect’s everyday work mean? What’s a typical day in the life of an architect? How does an architect’s office operate?

15 March 2017 Workshop on eco architecture

12 April 2017 Workshop on architecture of the future

17 May 2017 Get to know the institutions of architecture

Please note: If you take part in ALL four Student Academy events, you will receive one point for the architecture and urban design curriculum entrance exams.

If you have any questions concerning admission contact the faculty:


Applications for admission can be submitted via from 20 June to 1 July (until 23:59) and in person in the lobby of Estonia pst 7, Tallinn, on 30 June and 1 July from ...