The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture is the only place in Estonia where art theory and art history can be studied on all three academic levels.


The bachelor’s programme gives the necessary professional knowledge of the history of art, visual culture, design and architecture. These topics are supplemented by general history, philosophy, aesthetics, culture theory and foreign languages. Speciality subjects introduce the specific issues of art history and art institutions, and they teach students to analyse works of art and architecture. Alongside lectures and seminars, art-related field-trips are organised as practicums in Estonia and abroad; a museum internship will give a better understanding of the everyday work of art historians. The programme will end with a bachelor’s thesis that handles a chosen topic in depth.


The master’s programme offers more thorough professional knowledge and skills: a greater emphasis is placed on methodological and art theoretical approaches as well as specific research issues. Additional focus lies in teaching the history and theory of art, semiotics and sociology. After the first semester, students must choose between the art theory and curating fields of study. The master’s programme also includes editor’s practice, which allows the students to try their hand at working as art or architecture critics with newspapers and magazines. The programme will end with a master’s thesis that testifies the professional maturity of the graduate as an art historian or curator.

In addition to the standard Art History and Visual Culture program, the MA students can choose to specialise in Curatorial Studies and Museology since 2018.

From 2017 the Institute participates in a joint English-language MA program with Tallinn University in Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies.


The doctoral programme specialises in solving a specific research issues. The doctoral thesis is written as an individual study in cooperation with the supervisor. General subjects of the doctoral programme ensure the students’ professional skills as researchers; the aim of the doctoral seminar is to broaden the knowledge of the current research issues and methodologies in social sciences and humanities. The individual study is supplemented with intensive seminars by international lecturers; EAA also participates in the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, which offers high-level interdisciplinary lectures and seminars.


to look critically at and analyse art, architecture and design;

• to see the interconnectedness of art, history, society and culture;

• to ask relevant and critical questions about culture and society;

to talk and write about art, architecture and design;

to make art understandable to a variety of audiences;

• to research and work with archives;

• to express verbally yourself verbally and textually.


Experts and researchers specialised in art or architecture

Museum and gallery curators

Writers and editors specialised in art, architecture or design

Teachers of art history