The Department of Fashion Design provides instruction in clothes design and associated fields. Historical fashion design and its interpretations in time, innovation and new technologies, mapping the needs of target groups, creating brands, and environmentally aware thinking are only some of the diverse subject that are covered.

The department promotes creative and research work, organises exhibitions, encourages participation in exhibitions and fashion competitions, and cooperates with the fashion industry.

Graduates with BAs in fashion design are qualified as assistants to fashion designers, and graduates with MAs acquire the profession of fashion artist-designer.

  • Fashion artists and designers have been educated in Estonia for more than 70 years, the main strength of the department can be considered to be the continuity of the specialised education.
  • The assignment of the Department of Fashion Design is to provide BA and MA instruction that is internationally recognised, appropriately contemporary, yet directed toward the future. And to provide opportunities for increasing and ensuring the competitiveness of young fashion designers.
  • The continued interest in fashion design is proven by the large number of applicants who annually apply, and also by the constant demand of the fashion industry for new specialised and qualified talent. We all need fashionable new garments.

News and events

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EKA Design Hackathon

EKA Design Hackthon takes place in Estonian Academy of Arts 1.11 – 3.11 and is dedicated to students of The Faculty of Design but opened to everyone who is interested. A hackathon is a 48 hours long intensive event where students from different faculties work together in order to find design solutions for real life problems. Although this is a general design hackathon we encourage the ...

EKA Summer Academy workshop “Sculptural Headwear – Couture Millinery”

During the sculptural headwear course, the participants will acquire techniques for moulding and draping headwear and making couture millinery in traditional materials. In addition to innovative and alternative solutions, the course will look into the history, functions and meaning of headwear. The workshop will introduce, based on the example of the Balenciaga fashion house in Paris, the ...

Gudy Herder’s open lecture “Current lifestyle trends for 2019/2020”

Gudy Herter will give a lecture about "Current lifestyle trends for 2019/2020" on Monday, 10th of December at 12 am at the EKA auditorium A101 and an additional masterclass for fashion department MA and 3rd course BA students. Gudy Herder is an international trend consultant, keynote speaker, and certified trainer based in Barcelona, Spain. She helps brands and businesses anticipate trends ...

Open lecture by POLIMODA representative MARCO BARTOLUCCI &   Lithuanian fashion industry professional MARIJA PALAIKYTE

“Art Direction and Fashion Communication: Post Truth – Addressing New Form of Authenticity” The question that always remains the same is “What is the key to success in business of fashion?”. Fashion is inevitable – it’s everywhere and has a part in everything around us. But what are we able to see in the bigger picture and in the end: what do we want to see? We have ideas, creativity, ...

Fashion exhibition “Illuminatsion” bring light to the world of shadows

Creative director: Liisi Eesmaa Producer: Piret Puppart Photographer: Riina Varol Model: Äli Kiivet Make-up: Gerda Miller Sound design: Karl Martin Kelder Light solutions: Luigi Heinmaa Editor: Stuart Garlick Graphic design: Johanna Ruukholm The Estonian Academy of Arts’ fashion design department exhibition “Illumination”  is inspired by the unearthly: light and will-o’-the-wisps shed light ...

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