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 EAA doctoral studies and research in general are the board of the Doctoral School and the EAA Research Council.


News and events


PhD Thesis defence of Maris Mändel

Maris Mändel PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Curriculum of Cultural Heritage and Conservation will defend her thesis “Bricks, blocks and panels commonly used in 20th century Estonian architecture. The story of their use and value” on the 18th of December 2019 at 14.00 at Põhja pst 7, room A501. Supervisors: dr Mart Kalm (Estonian Academy of Arts) and dr Lembi-Merike Raado ...
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PhD Thesis defence of Claudia Pasquero

Claudia Pasquero, PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Curriculum of Architecture and Urban Planning will defend her thesis "Polycephalum: Aesthetic as a measure of ecological intelligence in Architecture and Urban Design” ("Polycephalum: esteetika ja ökoloogiline intelligentsus arhitektuuris ja linnakujunduses") on the 22nd of November 2019 at 10.00 at Exhibition Space of BAU Design ...
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Rolf Hughes appointed as a Visiting Professor of EKA Doctoral School

EKA Doctoral School is pleased to announce the launch of a Visiting Professor programme. A Visiting Professor is an esteemed scholar or artistic researcher appointed for one academic year who works closely with PhD students from one curriculum. The first Visiting Professor is Rolf Hughes who will conduct series of intensive seminars over two semesters and gives feedback for doctoral students ...


Date: September 9-12 / 5 pm–8 pm Venue: Estonian Academy of Arts, Põhja pst 7, room A301 Lecturer: Ewa Domanska This series of seminars is based on the assumption that today art can offer the historian (as well as anthropologists, archaeologists, literary scholar, etc.) theoretical inspiration, and even an epistemological paradigm and a research program of knowledge building. Interesting ...

Exhibition „iTouch Store” Darja Popolitova

Exhibition „iTouch Store” Darja Popolitova Vault Room of A-Gallery, Hobusepea 2, Tallinn The exhibition can be visited from 31 Mayto 1 July 2019. The opening will take place on 7 June at 6 p.m. Darja Popolitova's exhibition examines touch as a part of digital culture: the tactility of digitally transmitted jewellery images, given the excessive focus on the phone and the screen. The audience ...

Seminar: Utilizing Art and Design Practice as a Method for Research Inquiry

Date:6–8 May 2019 at 10.00 – 15.30 Venue:Estonian Academy of Arts, Põhja pst 7, room A402 (6-7 May), A301 (8 May) Lecturer:Nithikul Nimkulrat Practice-based research[1]has been adopted by creative practitioners in various art and design disciplines for over three decades. Its basic proposition is that “not only is practice embedded in the research process but research questions arise ...

Seminar: Unpacking “show and tell”

Date: June 4, 6, 7 at 10.00 to 17.00 Venue: Estonian Academy of Arts, Põhja pst 7, room A202 Lecturer: Benjamin Lignel Artist, writer and curator Benjamin Lignel will conduct a 3-day seminar in June, focusing on the challenges and opportunities inherent to artistic research. We will be thinking through the temporalities of making, documenting, and argumenting, and the different sort of ...

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Liina Unt

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


Krista Kodres

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


Elika Kiilo-Kulpsoo

Coordinator of Doctoral Studies
E-mail: elika.kiilo@artun.ee

Mobile: (+372) 53 068 909
Estonia pst 7, room 535
Meetings by appointment