The admission deadline for international applicants is May 2nd, 2019.
MA in Design and Crafts – Glass Art and Design
- Application submitted through Dream Apply by 2 May 2019
- 50€ application fee
- Application documents will be processed only after the admission fee – 50 EUR – is received by the Estonian Academy of Arts. Please find further information here
- Copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent and its translation into Estonian, English or Russian (both, copies and translations have to be attested by notary)
- Copy of your Transcript of records (and translation into Estonian, English or Russian; both copy and translation must be attested by notary)
- Certificate of foreign language skills (attested copy)
- Copy of the data page of your passport or ID-card
- Portfolio – Digital – in pdf format (max. 20 MB)
- Answer to following questions (add to application in PDF file)
- What are your expectations for our Design & Crafts program?
- Please map your focus of interests and describe your possible subjects for MA research.
- Where would you like to be professionally in 5 years? Where do you see yourself in the bigger picture of design & crafts
- What was your impulse to choose Estonian Academy of Arts? How did you get information about us?
- Interview via Skype (exact times for interviews will be sent after EAA has received all required documents).
Please send all the required documents by post to the address below by May 2nd, 2019 at the latest.
Estonian Academy of Arts
Põhja pst 7
Bachelor programme is taught in Estonian.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We assume that the entrants to the glass art department are creative, inquisitive, as well as open to new ideas, hard-working, and daring. And that they have the courage to explore and make mistakes, and that they are ready to overcome hardships; that they are responsible and motivated. The profession of glass artist is interesting and filled with new challenges. There are few well-trodden paths. However, the people working in glass art are also exceptionally collegial and helpful with a will to cooperate. This is confirmed by the workshops made available to our students and the hospitality that greets them everywhere in the world; by the desire to unconditionally share experiences and provide support.
Glass is a temperamental material – it has many physical and chemical properties that must be considered. Therefore, glass artists need to be patient and their thinking should be flexible.
WHAT WE EXPECT
- We do not expect the candidate to have any specialised preparation, but we do want to hear briefly why the speciality was chosen.
- Language skills are very beneficial, because much of the specialised literature is in a foreign language and close communications are maintained with colleagues abroad.
- We expect the master’s programme candidates to have a portfolio, introducing the body of work that has been completed to date; a motivational letter, which explains what the candidate expects from the studies; and an introduction of the master’s thesis topic, along with a time schedule, if possible.
- When coming for the interview, we expect candidates for the bachelor’s programme to bring examples of previous work, in any genre, which reveals the candidate’s personality and potential
FOR BACHELOR’S STUDENTS:
Candidates for the glass art speciality must have received at least 30 points on the state exams for native language and foreign language.
The homework assignments will be sent by e-mail.
FIRST ROUND OF EXAMS – HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
1. Specialised assignment 1: written assignment (graded). To be done at home. The written work is sent to the department by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Department of Glass Art, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia Blvd. 7, 10146 Tallinn.
2. Specialised assignment 2 (graded). To be done at home. The work will be brought to the interview.
3. Drawing (graded). To be done at home. The work will be brought to the interview.
SECOND ROUND OF EXAMS – ON-SITE ENTRANCE EXAM
1. Specialised assignment 3 (graded)
2. Bring along the following: scissors, glue, ruler, pencil, pencil sharpener or knife, double-faced tape. Paper will be provided by the department.
When coming for the interview, in addition to the completed homework assignments, the candidate should also bring an additional 10 works (drawings, paintings, sketches, specialised experiments/conceptual drawings, photos or models). The works should not be more than three years old. In the course of the interview, the committee members will review the candidate’s exam assignments, and ask questions that are related to the solution of the exam assignments, the candidate’s activities in the art field, the reasons for choosing the speciality and their student’s general views.
THE CANDIDATE MUST ARRIVE FOR THE EXAM AT LEAST 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE TIME INDICATED IN THE EXAM SCHEDULE, and bring photo ID. After the exam assignment is completed, the candidate must not leave the examination room.
The competition grade is comprised four grades on a scale of one to ten.
FOR MASTER’S STUDENTS:
At the MA level, admissions are decided on the basis of the interview and the portfolio. There are no exams at the master’s level.
Students are admitted for full-time and part-time studies. Tuition is charged for part-time studies.
Students entering the master’s programme from other universities should first familiarise themselves with the master’s theses that have been completed in the department. The department invites potential students to come for consultations regarding the preparation of competitive master’s projects.
We recommend that the candidates pay close attention to the texts of the creative assignments and that they approach them self-critically, but also that they remain true to themselves and retain their self-confidence when solving the assignments.
Portfolio – what it contains; how it is formatted
Exams – 1-2 online assignments, at least one on-site exam, and an interview with the candidate
Written paper – we expect a meaningful and honest paper, which corresponds to the established subject and is written in proper (grammatically correct) Estonian
We are ready to introduce our speciality to those who are interested throughout the year – but especially during our open houses. We are willing to allow potential students to try out some techniques so that the entrants can be convinced that they have made the right choice. And we are always ready to make recommendations and provide consultations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I do if I don’t get in?
Try again next year. However, in the meanwhile don’t lose contact with the department, but try to attend preparatory courses or seek consultations related to the speciality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Try to understand where you fell short in the exam and try to improve yourself in this area.
Can I apply several times?
The number of times you can apply is not limited. And if you try two or three times, this proves the validity of your choice to the examiners and indicates a definite wish to learn this profession. Each subsequent try makes you better prepared for the exams.
Do I need to have any prior experience or skills in the speciality?
No. Actually, in Estonia there aren’t many opportunities for prior studies. But there are some – the Glass Club in Tallinn, the Olustvere Glass Workshop in Viljandi County and several studios and hobby groups, where you can try your hand and become convinced that you are making the right choice.
What happens after I graduate?
There will probably be no ready-made jobs waiting for you. Many students are interested in becoming their own employers and establishing their own workshops, studios, etc., because this provides creative freedom. Work can also be found in existing studios and workshops; jobs are also available as hobby group instructors. However, most important is the wish to participate in the art scene, appear at exhibitions, and to propose daring design solutions to various companies, clients and competitions. The broad-based glass-related information and skills that are acquired provide an opportunity to participate in the shaping of society, since glass, as an exceptional material, is in great demand and popular in the exterior and interior design of buildings. All the faculty members and personnel in our department are also graduates of our department who actively work as glass artists.
What are the examination assignments?
The examination assignments definitely do not presume any specialised preparations on the part of the candidate, while they do provide the examiners with an idea of the candidate’s abilities and preferences. We have alternated between assignments related to the creation of interior design elements and ones that test the links to the environment, solutions of form and colour perceptions. The assignments include explanatory texts and the list of tools is provided on the Academy website. In addition, there is a drawing exam and an essay on an assigned topic must be written.