The Department of  Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006 and since 2007 it has offered a two-year MA in Animation (taught in English) curriculum. The main goal of the programme is to successfully educate creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The further aim is to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form.

Animation is a thriving medium and developing at greater pace than ever before. It has become a part of mass culture as well as one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc.

As our master students come from very different parts of the world and have different educational backgrounds we try to encourage their individual approach to filmmaking. The films vary from narrative to more experimental. Most of the works are executed in traditional 2D or stop motion techniques. Recently we have started to offer more thorough CGI courses as well. We invite several well-known animation artists to give workshops where they offer their inspiration and different approaches to animation.

Upon completion of the MA in Animation programme, students have acquired in-depth theoretical and practical animation skills. Students can specialise in specific animation techniques and create individual projects in the appropriate technique. After graduation, our students are qualified to realise themselves as animated film creators, professionals in creative industries or teachers in their field. Students who have completed the master’s programme are also qualified to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.

The Department of Animation also offers a BA in Animation curriculum in Estonian language.

The classes were amazing. I learned how to tell stories, how to analyse films (not only animation), write scripts. I was fascinated by the teachers. They were professionals, not pedagogues. The programme made me an animation film director. My life has been tied to animation ever since. I also gained a huge circle of contacts, wonderful people I met during the course and after. I always tell people they should study animation in the Master’s programme at EKA if they want to be animation directors. Urte Oettinger MA Animation ‘10 Co-founder of WIRED FLY

News and events

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A great start in animation department

The new school year has begun with many great news for the animation department! Our students have won prizes and received screening invitations to numerous festival programs. And on the first month of the school year we’ve already had premieres of two new student films. Laura Benavides’ film Displaced was awarded for the Best Script at Festival Internacional de Videodanza in Mexico. Maria ...
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Students approve Transform4Europe animation online course

Shortly before the start of the new academic year, 21 students from seven different universities had a chance to learn how to present their ideas with the power of animation. A five-day Animation Online Course by EKA Summer Academy was the first project presented by the Transform4Europe alliance.  During the course, organized by the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), participants from different ...

New international animation festival Animist Tallinn on August 18-21

Animist Tallinn is a new annual animation festival that offers the audience an overview of the best contemporary films, values animation as an art form, promotes creative thinking and contributes to the distribution of Estonian animation. The festival centre is located at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where film screenings, workshops, lectures and meetings with authors take place. Close by ...
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VOL 2021 fresh animation

EKA Department of Animation is presenting again fresh students’ animations!! Films by fresh graduates and current students will be screened on the 12th of June at Cinema Sõprus. Bruno Quast Saverio Madis Santostasi Silvan Zweifel Tamires Muniz Ribeiro Lukas Winter Cristo Madissoo Sofja Gorelova Anna Semjonova Kaia Sinilaid Lyza Jarvis Kaimar Lomp Anna Dvornik Maria Rakitina Free entrance. ...
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EKA based Animist Tallinn at HOOANDJA

The animation film festival Animist Tallinn, which will be centrally located at EKA, has started its Hooandja campaign. The first International Animation Festival Animist Tallinn, which will take place in August 2021, will bring the viewer the best of modern short animation, the focus of which is an international competition program. During the festival an exhibition, which combines the ...

Open lecture: Projection Mapping

On January 11th, from 6 to 8 PM an open lecture about projection mapping will be held on online with Zoom Projection Mapping is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be architectural landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects, or theatrical stages. This ...

Animation MA programme’s Online Open House

EKA Animation MA programme is hosting an online Open House event on the 14th January 2021. The Department of Animation invites prospective MA students to join the programme’s Online Open House on Thursday, 14th of January 2021 at 17:00 (GMT+2). This will be a good opportunity to hear more about the programme, and to meet and ask questions from the people behind the programme. The event will ...