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


Film awards at EFTA 2022

EKA animation department professors are winners of Estonian Film and Television Awards this year! ‘Til We Meet Again, an animated film directed by Ülo Pikkov  the head of animation department and designed by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg professor at animation department won an award for the Best Animated Film and the Best Film Production Design award at Estonian Film and Television Awards. The film ...

EKA animation visits BLON 2022!

3 alumni of Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / Estonian Academy of Arts animation department (EKA Animatsioon) had a chance to present their films at BLON Animation and Games Festival.  Ida Lepparu‘s “Kraft Paper”, Hleb Kuftseryn‘s “Rejection” and Martinus Klemet‘s “Face Recognition” were screened in the international competition program. In addition ...

Hooray to New Bachelors of Animation!

On the 13th of June, five animation department students defended their bachelor degree. Although 8 of the films screened are visually varied, a common theme of environmental issues and nature prevails. Some films were just freshly baked, others are already travelling in film festivals. Congratulations and wish You many new brilliant ideas! Thank You, dear graduates: Kadi Sink, Andrei ...

Hooray to new masters of animation!

On 8th of June six MA students of the animation department of EKA defended their graduation works. Thank you all for your outstanding films and presentations Aspasia Kazeli, Lukas Winter, Sophia Michele Bazalgette, John F. Quirk, Jass Kaselaan, Anne Mirjam Kraav! We are honoured to have such talented graduates and happy for the 6 brand new and brilliant animated films! Thank you committee ...
EKA anima 2022 banner


Screening of EKA Animation graduate students’ films in cinema “Sõprus” on Monday the 20th June at 16.30 p.m. Films by: John Francis Quirk, Aspasia Kazeli, Sophia Michele Bazalgette, Lukas Manuel Winter, Jass Kaselaan, Anne Mirjam Kraav, Hleb Kuftseryn, Andrei Bljahhin, Kadi Sink, Ida Lepparu, Sameliina Paurson, Anna Dvornik. Please come to the screening and bring your family, friends, ...

New homes of the puppets of 2nd year anima bachelors

Our 2nd year bachelors have been preparing their film shoots throughout the spring semester. They have had to work fiercely in order to finish creating their animation puppets and film sets before the beach season begins. Under the supervision and guidance of Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, the students spent each Monday sewing, drilling, gluing, diamond-carving, sawing, laser-cutting, twisting, ...
The Headless Mule, 2021, EKA

Alumni student films received awards!

We are happy to congratulate alumni Tamires Muniz and Sander Joon for receiving awards for their films in recent festivals this month. Sander Joon received the main prize at the international animation film festival Animatricks in Finland with his new film “Sierra” (prod. AAA Creative, BOP! Animation). Tamires Muniz received an award for “Best Collage Film” in Mediawave International Film and ...
Evridiki showing her tamagotchi inspire card validator.

MAAJAAM workshop

Weekend before last, MA students took a trip to MaaJaam in the south of Estonia for a workshop taught by Timo Toots. MaaJaam is a farm dedicated to art and technology, exploring the relationships between people, nature and tech.  The students were split into groups, and were tasked to create interactive art with technology, in connection with a decommissioned trolley bus that Timo had ...