Who should apply?

We welcome people who have a serious interest in graphic design as a profession. This interest in graphic design and visual culture can be expressed in many ways, e.g.:

– you have designed party posters and diplomas for sports competitions in secondary school;
– you like to sketch your ideas into a notebook or make collages of materials
cut from newspapers and magazines
– you have designed record covers and/or a website for a friend’s band
– you have studied a vocation related to graphic design at a vocational school
(layout specialist, pre-press specialist, web specialist, etc.)
– you have studied a specialty related to visual culture at a college or
– you have worked in an occupation related to graphic design (for instance,
layout designer, illustrator, pre-press specialist, etc.).

As you can see the list is long. In other words, we mainly welcome people
who already have an idea what graphic design is. We also consider the
applicant’s general visual education and broad perspective to be important. One
should definitely be familiar with contemporary culture – visit exhibitions, attend
public lectures and the theatre, watch films, read articles and books, etc. During
the last few years, more and more is happening in this field in Estonia.
Therefore, before applying, it would be very useful to explore what is
currently happening in the graphic design field.

We recommend the following to everyone interested in applying:

– Visit the graduation exhibition and lectures in the GD Department,
which usually take place in early June. More information is available in
advance at

– Familiarise yourself with the specialised literature, e.g.:
Richard Hollis, Graphic Design: A Concise History
Ivar Sakk (ed.), Artikleid graafilisest disainist
Ivar Sakk, From Aa to Zz. A Concise History of Typography
Indrek Sirkel & Anu Vahtra (eds.) Sisu ja Vorm II
Graphic design supplements to magazine, which were published from 2001 to 2007.

Admission to the BA programme

Applications can be submitted online at SAIS from 1 May to 2 July 2014
at 4:00 p.m.

Acceptance of applications in person at Estonia pst. 7 from 1 May to 2 July 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

INTERVIEWS are conducted from 3 to 4 July 2014 starting at 10:00 a.m. 

at Estonia pst 7, room 421. 

The applicants will be assigned an interview appointment online through, after the application has been approved by the admissions

When coming to the interview, bring along as many and as diverse works as
possible (design experiments on paper and on the web, illustrations, photos,
animation and video projects, musical compositions, various sketches, etc.). We
also want to hear your considered reason for choosing this profession. We are
less interested in classical drawings or paintings. When being admitted, the
designer does not necessary need to know who to draw or paint still lives.
However, he or she must be attentive, capable of analysis, and interested in
the world with all its diversity.  

After the interviews, those who have been accepted for the next round will
be notified (on 4 July 2014, via SAIS).

(will be sent to the applicants by e-mail on 4 July 2014)

Specialised assignment no. 1. 
To be completed at home and brought to the second interview, 10 to 11 July 2014

Specialised assignment no. 2.  
To be completed at home and brought to the second interview, 10 to 11 July 2014

Specialised assignment no. 3.  
To be completed at home and brought to the second interview, 10 to 11 July 2014


Second interview / presentation of the specialised assignments. 
10 to 11 July 2014 at 10:00 a.m., at Estonia pst 7, room 421.

The applicant will be notified of the appointment for the second interview
by e-mail on 4 July 2014.

The grading is comprised of four grades on a 10-point scale.

The initiation assignment of student places will be determined by the
ranking of the applicants’ grades in the entrance exams.

Admission to the MA programme

Admission to the MA programme is based on an interview and the candidate’s


  • Application (submitted through Dream Apply by May 1st)
  • 50€ application fee (paid via bank transfer)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcript of records (translated into Estonian, English or Russian and notarised)
  • Proof of English proficiency: FCE or CAE, IELTS 5.5+ or TOEFL 69+
  • Copy of the data page of your passport or ID card
  • CV
  • A relevant portfolio (for your chosen specialisation)
  • Essay about your Master’s thesis project or vision
  • Interview

Click here to begin the online application process. The deadline for international applications is May 1st. For additional information about applications, contact

Interviews will be conducted on 9 July 2014, at Estonia pst 7, room 421.