The architectural studies comprise of an integral five-year curriculum, however, in terms of content it may be divided into three years of general courses followed by two years of Master’s courses. During the fifth year of studies, the Master’s thesis is completed. The curriculum is mainly taught in Estonian.
What is the instruction like?
The architectural studies are largely studio-based in form and interdisciplinary in content. The most significant part of the work in various subjects is conducted in studios with the environment similar to an architecture company requiring daily work with sketches, prototypes, drawings and models. As an essentially interdisciplinary field, architecture requires constant knowledge of and cooperation with both the humanities and engineering which thus come to constitute the other major focus in the curriculum. The instruction includes both individual and group work activities.
The most important subject in the curriculum is the architectural and urban design with a building or plan of various proportions designed each term. The presentations of speciality projects at interim and final evaluations are the most important events during the curriculum bringing together the best local and international practising architects, engineers and theoreticians. The prime samples of the works completed in the workshops and projects are featured in the annual exhibition End Game.
An important part of architectural studies includes learning about other cultures and architectural schools. Thus we encourage the students to study abroad for at least one term or year of their studies. EAA has Erasmus programme student exchange agreements with numerous architectural schools all over the world. Similarly, students themselves are highly active in searching for the best school suiting their creative needs and interests. So far our exchange students have successfully enrolled at the best architectural schools in the world.
Graduation of the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Design requires the completion of an individual Master’s project. The best part of the fifth year of studies is focussed on it and as a result usually at least ten posters in A1 format featuring the drawings, at least one high-quality model and a book describing the theoretical and practical background and the process of completion are submitted for defence. The defence of the Master’s project is a public event followed by an exhibition of the respective works. Upon graduation, the students are awarded the degree of Master of Science in Architecture and the qualification of Qualified Architect, Level 7.
What are the career prospects?
The graduates of the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Design of EAA can work in the private sector as a designer of buildings and planning projects as a manager or a member of a larger project team, similarly as a public official or ideologist channelling the spatial development on the local government level, and also at universities or research centres developing various digital and material processes and providing applied research studies to a wide section of the society starting from large-scale national planning to highly specific problems related to production.