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) curricula. 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 a greater pace than ever before. It has become 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. The students can specialise in specific animation techniques and create individual projects in the appropriate technique. After graduation, the 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.

Animations department also offers a BA in Animation curricula 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


Paul Bush: screenings and open lectures

The experimental stop frame animation filmmaker Paul Bush will give three open lectures and will show his works next week from Wednesday to Friday in EKA. Falling in Love with the Frame On Wednesday, January 15th at 19:00-21:00 in EKA auditorium A101 “This talk will look at my passage from artist to experimental filmmaker and finally to animation director, and the pains and special ...
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Miyu Distribution: screening and presentation

Luce Grosjean, head of Miyu Distribution will visit EKA animation department on Tuesday November-26. She has been distributed some of the biggest hits from the last couple of years, like Negative Space, Garden Party, Bloeistraat 11, Egg and I’m Going Out for Cigarettes. She is currently working for six animation schools in France and Denmark. At 20:00 starts the screening in EKA auditorium ...

Screening of the films by Ruth Lingford

The films by Ruth Lingford will be screened Thursday on the 24th of October at 19:30 in EKA auditorium A101. After the screening will be the Q&A with the director. Ruth Lingford was born in London and worked as an Occupational Therapist in the fields of psychiatry and geriatrics before studying Fine Art and Art History at Middlesex Polytechnic and Animation at the Royal College of Art, ...

Become our Master’s student! Apply by May 2nd

The application period for the International Master's Programmes starting in autumn 2019 has started! Apply before May 2, 2019! EKA offers 8 International Master’s Programmes: Animation, Contemporary Art, Design and Crafts, Design and Technology Futures, Interaction Design, Making Space, Literature, Visual Culture, and Film Studies and Urban Studies. Studies take place in a new building with ...
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Student animations at Annecy

“Sweet Sweat”, “Toiduahel” and “Sounds Good” have been chosen for the Official competition of the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in the Graduation films category. “Sweet Sweat” by Jung Hyun Kim (2018) “Toiduahel” by Mari Kivi and Liis Kokk (2018) “Sounds Good” by Sander Joone (2018) Find out more here.
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“Pearfall” won the Children’s Prize

“Pearfall” (2017) by Leonid Shmelkov won the Children’s Prize inBlack Movie Festival which took place inGenève,Switzerland. The jurywascomposed of 6 kids aged 7 to 9, who gave the prize to “Pearfall”. Leonid Shmelkov is studying animation in EKA. “Pearfall” is his first film in the master studies. The film has been selected in almost 20 festivals in different ...