Note that the curriculum of Architecture and Urban Design is taught in Estonian! The minimum level of Estonian language skills must be B2.

What student profile are we looking for?

We are looking for people with a good underlying education, clear analytical skills and a high aptitude for work and study. A good secondary education is the key to rapid progress in mastering new knowledge and skills at university. As the architecture curriculum is quite intense, it requires a great deal of systematic work. There is only one way to make progress in the practical, creative part of the activity, and that is through repeated experimentation and trial and error regarding ideas, drawings and material. The end result is often just an intermediate stage en route to new and fascinating opportunities and solutions.

Why enter the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture programme?

The objective of the architecture and urban design curriculum at the Academy of Arts is to prepare capable, independent and critically thinking architects and urban planners with a broad-based liberal arts and science education. The curriculum offers an interdisciplinary education at the international level preparing the student for later work as a designer of buildings and planning projects in private practices and local governments as well as in developing various digital modelling processes and physical prototypes at universities and research institutions. This is an opportunity for self-fulfilment for both designers with good visual thinking and expression skills and system architects who orient well in technological and mathematical processes. A modern architect is more than the image of a professional who takes private-sector orders – architects must take an active and creative attitude and intervene in our everyday world to make it better in all respects. As professionals, architects can design and administer larger integral systems and also serve as experts and developers of individual components. If any of the above fits in with your areas of interest and future visions, the very broad spectrum of architect education gives you the possibility to make them happen.

The curriculum in brief

Architecture and Urban Design is an integrated programme of study (five-year programme). Although the curriculum is taught in Estonian, students at the master’s level are expected to be able to be fluent at a professional level in English as well.

In 2013, the landscape architecture was opened within the architecture and urban design speciality as an area of specialisation, providing students more diverse training when it comes to designing the areas between buildings.

And starting in autumn 2016, heritage conservation and restoration is offered as a similar area of specialisation within the architecture and urban design, giving a chance to apply for an activity licence in heritage conservation from the National Heritage Board.

Since 2019, the Architecture and Urban Design curriculum has a third minor program: planning, which is based on the Urban Studies program.

Conditions for admission

Besides entrance examinations, the following state examination results are taken into consideration:

The minimum level of Estonian language skills must be B2.

English language skills in B1 level.

State examination in mathematics or physics, minimum score 50 points.

Students who have not passed the broad mathematics state examination (or, in the case of pre-2014 graduates, the mathematics state examination or those who wish to improve their result), can take a mathematics test on the spot.


The main goal of the PreAcademy at the Academy of Arts is to support and assist people entering the Academy of Arts.

If you have any questions concerning admission contact the faculty: