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!

Starting from February, APPLY HERE. Application deadline 1 March.

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

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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 2017–2020.

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

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PORTFOLIO CAFÉ 2021

Portfolio Café is structured around one-on-one meetings that take place between local and international fine arts and design professionals and graduate students. Each meeting takes place about 50 minutes. During Portfolio Café sessions students introduce themselves and their work, and experts share their observations, provide recommendations ask, questions etc. After the first scheduled ...
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Contemporary Art MA programme’s Online Open House

Master of Contemporary Art (MACA) programme invites prospective MA students to join the Online Open House on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 17:00 (GMT+2). This online info session will be a good opportunity to hear more about the programme, and to meet and ask questions directly from people behind MACA. The open house event will be hosted online over Zoom. If you would like to attend, please ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...