Animation

Animation MA Online Open House event in Zoom on 14th January 2021 at 17:00 (GMT+2) – REGISTER HERE

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

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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 https://zoom.us/j/94267064018 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 ...
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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 ...
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Open lecture: Soundscape in animated short-films

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Student animations at Annecy

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“Pearfall” won the Children’s Prize

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EKA animations in TOP 30

Panorama-Cinéma selected EKA students’ animations“Food Chain” (Liis Kokk, Mari Kivi, 2018) and “A Table Game” (Nicolás Petelski, 2017) in the list of the 30 best short films. Last week onlinefilm journal Panorama-Cinéma from Canada published the list of 30 best short films. The list includes live-action shorts and 9 animations. There are 2 Estonian films, both animations made in ...
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“Pura Vida” goes to Brussels

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“Muteum” won the 3rd prize in Animax Skopje

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