Master of Contemporary Art

MACA – Master of Contemporary Art

Interested in studying fine art (M.A.) at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn? Find all the information you need here! APPLY HERE

What does the Master of Contemporary Art (MACA) programme offer?

  • Freedom of designing your individual curriculum within a diverse programme that offers theoretical tools and practical training
  • Author-focused tutoring for contemporary artists
  • Access to professional studios of sound art, lens-based art, installation and sculpture, graphic art and painting
  • Collaboration with international artists, curators, philosophers, theorists and gallerists
  • A continuous programme of off-site events, study trips, exhibitions in galleries and museums, and collaboration with different art institutions and universities
  • Student exchange (KUNO, DAMA, ERASMUS)
  • Access to the experimental student-run artist spaces ISFAG and Vent Space for all possible forms of art presentation and development
  • A critical discursive environment for discussions about making, displaying and thinking about contemporary art and contemporary society
Visit us on Facebook and Instagram to get to know our students!

Why Estonia? Everything is close, everything is possible.

With roughly 1.3 million citizens, Estonia is one of the smallest countries in the European Union. Not only is it located in the perfect spot to visit Scandinavia, Russia and other Baltic countries, its size and history also make it possible to have a unique study experience. In Estonia, all important connections and resources are within an arm’s length. It is easy to access different political, commercial, social and educational institutions. EKA offers its students several opportunities to exhibit their work in Estonia as well as abroad each semester. Our partners in art presentation and other activities are the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, Contemporary Art Estonian Center, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall, and the Artists’ Association’s Galleries in the city centre. EKA also cooperates with the Tallinn Technical University, Tallinn University, and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. (And it is even not too difficult to reach the President of Estonia, should this be important for your art.) Find out more about the Estonian art scene in this article by Kate Brown, and this interview with Margit Säde, Head of the Master of Contemporary Art programme at EKA 2018–2020. In the fall of 2020 we were joined by two new Heads of the Programme: Mark Dunhill (UK) and Kristaps Ancāns (LV).

Do not hesitate to apply for the Master of Contemporary Art programme if…

… you value the development of your individual artistic practice. If the processes in society matter to you and you are passionate about your surroundings. If you like to think, imagine, create and dream. If you are motivated and ambitious, dedicated and enthusiastic, have creative confidence and critical thinking.

News and events

unnamed (10)

Open lecture on electroacoustic music: Yiorgis Sakellariou

Composing the Sublime: Rituals in Electroacoustic Music Can electroacoustic music concerts become places of ritual? Open lecture on Monday, 9.03. at 16:00, room A302 In this talk, Yiorgis Sakellariou (GR) will explore this question that marked the beginning of an analytical and practical research of the social existence of electroacoustic music and the sublime experience of acousmatic ...
1582903932-Olof_Megahard_ed

Olof Olsson’s info comedy “Driving the Blues Away”

What connects Toblerone to Bill Gates, waterbeds, orange juice, Coca-Cola, the Virgin Mary, and Immanuel Kant? Olof Olsson takes you on a mind-bending trip of comic infotainment. Driving the Blues Away is an info comedy racing through the histories of art, chocolate, cola-drinks, personal computers, philosophy, and theology. Along the way there’s a romantic melodrama – where Olof’s almost ...
1582555114-Fama-facing-Trial_Videostill_Stuckey

Art Talks: public lecture by Lisa Stuckey

Rumour and Justice: A Troubled Relationship Rumours are "unconfirmed information" (Weingart 2006). Like images, they share a troubled relationship with law (see Vismann 2008) and justice. Since Virgil’s ancient epic Aeneid, "Fama" has been regarded as the allegory of both fame and rumour. Depicted as a trumpeting angel-monster with countless tongues and mouths, the figure is in urgent need of ...
andre vent spaceis

Andre Joosep Arming’s solo exhibition A PIECE OF BREED at Vent Space

The solo exhibition “A Piece of Breed” by Andre Joosep Arming will be opened at Vent Space project space on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 6pm.  “A Piece of Breed” tackles the visualisation of a person’s mental state through the physical state in a specific stage of life. The breed helps to observe one’s actions and acclimatisation reflecting human mannerisms. Personal stories that take place in ...
PastedGraphic-2

Tobias Kaspar’s artist talk

The dress code for the artist talk “Independence" is black (checked at the door). Tobias Kaspar is a Swiss artist based in Zürich. His practice raises questions about how to behave in today’s society; how, when and under what circumstances, one can curve out a space of one’s own, and thus question this very ambition in itself. RECAP: questions, behave, today, society, circumstances, space, ...
unnamed (5)

Mare Tralla’s artist talk about feminist tactics, art and activism

Break-up, Burn-out, Re-boot. Reflections on Feminist Tactics, Art and Activism Presentation and Conversation with Mare Tralla, artist, activist  Tuesday, 30th of October at 5pm, room A302.  Mare Tralla is an Estonian queer-feminist artist and activist living in London. Mare’s professional art career started in Estonia in the early 1990s, where they became one of the leading interdisciplinary ...
2018.06.16.23.35

JEFFREY ALAN SCUDDER’S PERFORMATIVE LECTURE ON RADICAL DIGITAL ART

On Wednesday, 5 September at 17.00 EKA Gallery and the Faculty of Fine arts invite you to a public lecture on radical digital art by visiting artist Jeffrey Alan Scudder (USA). The lecture is in English and takes place in room A302. Lecture “Radical Digital Painting” groups and presents several ideas and artifacts related to contemporary painting and contextualizes its connection to ...