Overview

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!

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News and events

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“Sounds Good” by Sander Joon won the special prize at Valencia

“Sounds Good” (2018) by Sander Joon won the special mention in Prime the Animation festival at Valencia, Spain. Sander Joon has graduated EKA Department of Animation. His previous animations made in EKA “Velodrool” (2015) and “Moulinet” (2017) have received a great success in many international festivals and have already won many prizes. Good luck and congratulations!! Watch the trailer of ...
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Animation film “Muteum” won two prizes

“Muteum” (2017) won the Student award in Thessaloniki Animation Festival (Greece) and the Nordic-Baltic Student Film Competition Award in Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway). The author Aggie Pak Yee Lee came to study animation to Estonia from Hong Kong. Her drawn-animation has had success in festivals and has already won four prizes before.
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Animation “Sweet Sweat” won its next prize

“Sweet Sweat” (2018) by Jung Hyun Kim won the jury special prize “Special Mention” in the student competition at Balkanima festival, which took place in Serbia. Jung Hyun Kim graduated master degree in EAA animation department this spring. She came to study animation in Estonia from South Korea. Her film “Sweet Sweat” made with pastels has been selected in many world famous animation ...
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Students’ animations won two prizes in Romania

“Muteum” (2017) by Aggie Pak Yee Lee won the Best Student Film at Anim’est Intl Animation Film Festival Romania. “Once in the Fields of Boredom” (2017) by Teele Strauss was awarded a Special Mention for a Student Film. Lee and Strauss graduated EAA Department of Animation master degree in 2017. Their films have been screened at many international festivals. Watch the trailer of “Once in the ...
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Animations by directors who took part in the project Vivaldi Four Seasons – Anna Budanova, Olga&Priit Pärn, Atsushi Wada and Theodor Ushev

The delegation from Geidai Art University (Japan) will visit Estonian Academy of Arts at the beginning of Octobre. There are altogether 9 people: teachers and students from two departments of Geidai. The Department of New Media will be presented by professor Takashi Kiriyama and four former students. The Department of Animation will be presented by professor Koji Yamamura, dean and professor ...
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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 ...