The studies in the Accessory Design and Bookbinding speciality are comprised of two fields of activity – bookbinding and accessory design – that use different, but similar, materials and techniques. The first deals with traditional and contemporary bookbinding art and design, the structures of historical book bindings, artist’s books and replicable binding designs. The accessory projects deal with the design of bags and footwear, as well as gloves and headwear. The students participate in competitions, cooperate with businesses, and develop both their individual and teamwork skills within the framework of the various specialisations.

  • The aim of the Department of Accessory Design and Bookbinding is to provide a modern, high-quality and internationally recognised education and, at the same time, to preserve traditional specialised knowhow.
  • We respect the study process and offer a flexible and need-based curriculum, which will develop and take into account the students’ creativity, personality and individual preferences and wishes.
  • This combination makes the speciality unique in the world, and provides broad-based knowledge about leather as a material, as well as the various fields of activity related to it.
Mari Masso, shoes, 2015
Kirjatuvi, Helen Moon, 2014
Heavenly Bodies, Lauri Liinev, 2014
Käsitööking, Sini Tanninen, 2014_
Kingad, MA töö, Kärt Põldmann 2012
Marika Jylhä MA töö  Kuula+ Jylhä 2014_
35 Business casual, Indrek Pitk, 2014
Dante Alighieri. Põrgu. Paula Kivi, 2013

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Open Lecture by Dr. Malcolm Barnard: “Fashion, Messages and Communication”

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 17:30, room A501 In his lecture Dr. Barnard will be outlining the main features of the sender/receiver model of communication as it applies to fashion, explaining what is wrong with it and arguing that messages are not sent or received but rather that meanings are constructed. He will suggest that the existence of this model may be accounted for by examining a ...
Expert committee: the Estonian Academy of Arts and its activities have visibility both in Estonia and internationally

Expert committee: the Estonian Academy of Arts and its activities have visibility both in Estonia and internationally

The Quality Assessment Council of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) has given institutional accreditation to the Estonian Academy of Arts for the maximum period of seven years. The international committee that carried out the assessment highlighted EAA’s thorough and participatory development activities and cooperation both within Estonia and ...
Open lecture: Helene Vetik 5.04.17

Open lecture: Helene Vetik 5.04.17

Graphic designer, blogger and enterpreneur Helene Vetik: Self presentation in internet. 10 years on the field – evolution of the field and myself. www.uustuus.eeOpen lecture series in the Faculty of Design
  • The Leather department gives students really strong and wide technical knowledge, which I know from my own experience is really valued abroad. The programme has offered some really good opportunities, such as two workshops with international footwear company Camper, and now I'm working for them at their headquarters. I recommend the programme for really active students. There are a lot of different projects offered here and abroad, all of them giving an opportunity to continue with one’s speciality.
    Kelian Luisk
    MA Design & Crafts (Leather Art) ‘17