Design & Crafts

Design and Crafts MA programme is no longer accepting new students. Please find the new programme called Craft Studies MA here:

The Estonian Academy of Arts Design and Crafts MA programme prepares students as creative practitioners and critical thinkers able to advance in their professional practice by holding agency to effect positive and responsible change. The programme highlights the importance of seamlessly combining traditional craft to contemporary practices and advanced technologies as a means to push forward the boundaries between design, crafts and arts, challenging our current understanding of the fields. The students enter a common programme but also select a speciality: Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery and Blacksmithing, Textile Design, Accessory Design or Fashion Design.

Within the institution’s environment, students are invited to discover studios and workshops beyond their specialisation, confronting traditional notions of discipline and creative practice. With the support of a highly skilled body of lecturers and tutors, and a low student/tutor ratio, students receive personalised feedback and guidance to experiment and excel in their fields of interest. Additionally, exposure to renowned practitioners and researchers in design and crafts – through lectures and workshops –, added to international exchange and internship, provides students with a great opportunity to develop their career both locally and internationally. 

While students that start their studies in the Design and Crafts programme will be linked to their field, the curriculum invites them to interact across the different specializations offered as to create their own journeys. With a strong belief in the value of material-based design and indigenous knowledges, the Estonian Academy of Arts is proud to offer a degree in fields such as ceramics, glass, jewellery and blacksmithing, textile design, accessory design, fashion design. Each of these specialities have a unique outlook and philosophy, and the Estonian Academy of Arts is one the few places in the world where it is possible to study in some of these fields at MA level.

The programme, delivered in English, runs in tandem with the existing Disain ja rakenduskunst programme delivered in Estonian.

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“EKA in Kenya. Implementing the Upmade System” at EKA Gallery 5.–26.04.2024

“EKA in Kenya. Implementing the Upmade System” EKA Gallery 5.–26.04.2024 Open Tue–Sun 12–6 pm, free entry Opening: 4.04.2024 at 6 pm Supervisors: Reet Aus, Maria Pukk Participants: Marta Konovalov, Susanna-Belinda Kõgel, Eva-Liis Lidenburg, Kaisa Moora, Anu Muiste, Doreen Mägi, Maria Rojko Nisu, Eva Reiska, Katrin Lepa-Ruben, Lisandra Türkson, Maris Vahter The exhibition “EKA in Kenya. ...
Night of Antropocene

Night of Antropocene, EKA ART AND DESGIN MA STUDENTS at Kanuti Gildi SAAL

18.00–18.30 Performative gathering “ “ Yuko Kinouchi, Tea Lemberpuu, Jane Muts, Maria Elise Remme, Jake Rhys Shepherd, Elo Vahtrik We warmly invite you to slow down with us through a guided participatory gathering. We were searching for a pause, stillness. So we ran through forests, we slept in caves, we followed the waters. Everything to escape the noise man has created. The rumor about the ...

Design & Crafts and MACA Anthropocene Themed Joint Exhibition

The joint exhibition by the Design and Crafts MA and MACA students Staying in the Compost: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Opening Thursday, 26.01, 18.00, at Kanuti Gildi SAAL Cellar Hall (Pühavaimu 5).  Exhibited are the works by the Design and Crafts MA and MACA students, accomplished within the frameworks of the Autumn semester course “Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene” led ...

New Business Horizons for the Design Department Students at the Estonian Academy of Arts

This fall semester in the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Fashion Design Department organised a world-class branding and business course for 15 MA-level students representing fashion, textile, accessories and jewellery design. The course is led by Sissi Silván, a true high calibre professional who specializes in helping Scandinavian brands break into international markets. As the very first ...



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