The first students were accepted in the PhD programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1995. The first doctoral theses were defended in the same year by external students (see the defended theses). In 2002, the curricula for architecture, art history, as well as cultural heritage and restoration were accredited.

In 2005, the Doctoral School was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts and a New Media and Design curriculum was added (since 2007, the Art and Design curriculum).

The decision-making bodies for the EKA doctoral studies and research in general are the board of the Doctoral School and the EKA Research Council.

News and events


GSCSA course “Time in art and art historiography”

Lecturer: Dan Karlholm, Professor of Art History, Department of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, Sweden Dates: 22.–25. November 2021, 16.00-19.00 Level: PhD students Please register  HERE Registration deadline November 10 Abstract This graduate course centers around the notions of time and temporality, which were always implicit in a historical discipline like art history, ...
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Maarit Mäkelä ja Mika Elo appointed as visiting professors of EKA Doctoral School

Visiting Professors of EKA Doctoral School are esteemed scholars or artistic researchers who work closely with PhD students from one curriculum and are appointed for one academic year. After Rolf Hughes (2019–2020) and Danielle Wilde (2020–2021), EKA Docotral School has appointed Maarit Mäkelä (Aalto University) and Mika Elo (University of the Arts in Helsinki) as Visiting Professors for ...

Training School Local Stories and Visual Narratives

Training School Local Stories and Visual Narratives for international PhD students will take place on September 15th – 17th in Estonian Academy of Arts. The action proposes an innovative investigation and implementation of a process for developing human understanding of communities, their society, and their situatedness by narrative methods. It particularly focuses on the potential of ...

Mark Gottdiener’s public lecture “Postmodern semiotics”

Mark Gottdiener’s public lecture “Postmodern semiotics” will take place on September 15th as part of the Training School seminar “Local Stories and Visual Narratives”. The lecture will take place 15.09.2021 at 18.00–20.00 via Zoom and is open to the public in the lobby (A101). Mark Gottdiener (b 1943) is a professor of sociology at University at Buffalo, specialising in urban sociology. He is ...
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PhD Thesis Defence of Jaana Päeva

Jaana Päeva, PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Curriculum of Art and Design, will defend her thesis ‘Everyday Companions. Meaning-Making Process Through Handbag Design’ („Igapäevased kaaslased. Tähendusloome protsess käekotidisaini näitel“) on the 9th of September 2021 at 15.00 at Põhja pst 7, room A501. The defense will be held in English. Please, register HERE Supervisor: Dr ...

Pre-reviewing of Darja Popolitova’s new exhibition

On Friday, August 13th at 11.00, pre-reviewing of Art and Design programme PhD student Darja Poplitova’s exhibition “Tactilite: Stone that Tickles the Gaze“ will take place at Hobusepea gallery. Exhibition is part of the artistic (practice-based) doctoral thesis of Darja Popolitova. Supervisors: Prof. Kadri Mälk and Dr. Raivo Kelomees Pre-reviewers: Keiu Krikmann and Dr. Maarit Mäkelä ...

Estonian architect Sille Pihlak is looking for the perfect wooden lego blocks

Sille Pihlak, an architect and a researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, plays with wood to make buildings greener and more efficient. Populations are growing, cities are expanding and new homes pop up all around the world. This comes at a cost to the environment. Buildings and construction together account for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions when upstream power generation ...

Pre-reviewing of Taavet Jansen’s project „Hundid/Wolves“

On Friday, June 4th at 16.00, pre-reviewing of Art and Design programme PhD student Taavet Jansen’s project „Hundid/Wolves” will take place via Zoom. Link HERE Project is part of the artistic (practice-based) doctoral thesis of Taavet Jansen. Supervisor – Dr Anu Allas Pre-reviewers of the exhibition: Peeter Jalakas and Dr Raivo Kelomees Project „Hundid/Wolves“ took place on May ...

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Liina Unt

Head of the Art and Design PhD curriculum
E-mail: liina.unt@artun.ee
Meetings by appointment

Anu Allas

Head of the Doctoral School
E-mail: anu.allas@artun.ee
Meetings by appointment

Irene Hütsi

Coordinator of Doctoral Studies
E-mail: irene.hutsi@@artun.ee

Mobile: (+372) 53 068 909
Põhja pst 7, room D206
Meetings by appointment