The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006. The first undergraduates started their studies in the fall semester of the same year, and the first graduate students started in 2007. The main goal of the programme is to educate internationally successful creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. And thereby to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form and consolidate the reputation of Estonia in the international cultural landscape as a country with a strong animation school.

Currently, animation is thriving, and developing at a greater pace than ever before. This, primarily, due to the widespread use of the Internet and digital media. Animation has become part of mass culture, and one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc. The basis for any film – including animated film – is the story. The greatest problem in the film world is the lack of good stories. In most of the world’s animation schools students are not taught the art of good story writing. Analysing Hollywood films, and lectures on Aristotelian drama broaden the students’ horizons, but do not help them write scripts for short animated films. In the Department of Animation in EAA the unique script constructing method of prof. Priit Pärn is taught.

Animation is the reality of the future!



News and events


Animafest Zagreb 2018

Animafest Zagreb will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from the 4th to the 9th of June. Student film "Moulinet" (2017) by Sander Joon has been selected in the Student Film Competition. Sander Joon graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation bachelor degree in 2015 and now continuing his studies in master degree. "Once in the Fields of Boredom" (2017) by Teele Strauss and “A Table ...
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“Muteum” by Aggie Pak Yee Lee got 2 awards in Hong Kong

Animation film "Muteum" (2017) by Aggie Pak Yee Lee got a Silver Award and Audience Choice in 23rd Hong Kong IFVA festival last Saturday. Aggie Pak Yee Lee graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation master degree in 2017. Her film "Muteum" has been very successful in international festivals and has been screened in many special programs. Congratulations! Read more about the ...

Heta Jäälinoja film “Penelope” won Best Student Short award at MONSTRA

Heta Jäälinoja film "Penelope" won Best Student Short award at MONSTRA festival in Lisbon. Heta Jäälinoja graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation in 2016 with the film Peneleope, which has had huge success in international film festivals. "Penelope" was selected to compete in MONSTRA Student Competition. The international jury members were Thomas Renoldner, Pedro Vergani, ...

Annecy 2018

Annecy International Animated Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 16th of June in France. Two films from Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation have been selected for Annecy 2018 in the graduation films in competition category: Aggie Pak Yee Lee “Muteum” Nicolás Petelski Mesón “A Table Game” Annecy International Animated Film Festival was created in 1960 and it is one ...
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EAA animations at Etiuda&Anima festival in Poland

25. International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima will take place from the 20th to the 25th of November in Poland in Krakow. 3 films from EAA animation department have been selected in the competition program: A Table Game / Nicolás Petelski Mesón / 2017 Muteum / Äggie Pak Yee Lee / 2017 In Between the Walls of Perception / Pablo Martínez Ballarín / 2018 The full list of the selected films is ...

Skin & Shells – contemporary fashion design by HKPU & EKA students

Skins & Shells is a collaborative project between fashion design students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) and Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA). The creative project focuses on speculations of evolution, sustainability and future. It has been presented in Hong Kong and will now be exhibited in Tallinn Design Festival, Estonia. The joint platvorm was created between students from ...

Screening of the animation department

Newest and some oldest BA and MA animations from the EKA animation department will be screened. Kuldrenett | rež Liis Kokk | 03'22'' | 2018 Luul | rež Mari-Leen Üksküla-Eomois | 04'00'' | 2017 La Dolce Vita | rež Henri Veermäe | 05'53'' | 2018 Eluvaim | Anne Mirjam Kraav | 04'10'' | 2017 Clown Follies | Aili Allas | 03'33'' | 2017 Kontakt | rež Mari Kivi | 04'51'' | 2018 5th Round | rež ...

Exhibition “100 aastat liikuvaid pilte”

“100 aastat liikuvaid pilte” is an exhibition about the history of moving images at Valga Museum. There will be a retrospective programme of animations from the animation department and films by Priit and Olga Pärn. Find more information here.