Photography studies at EKA focus on the teaching of contemporary art using photographic means of expression. The photography curriculum includes both theoretical and practical subjects, in the course of which students master basic photographic techniques and visual literacy – the capability of analysing and making sense of a picture. The history of photography is umbilically tied to art, and thus our programme places significant emphasis on conceptual thinking and displaying of photographs in space as well as how it is related to other art forms – film, sculpture, installation, graphic art and painting.

Like in other creative specialities, our task is to reflect and analyse the global, societal and personal processes in society, recreate an intellectual sphere with a place for diverse, alternative and experimental formats.

We are the only programme in Estonia where one can study photography at the BA and MA level. Within EKA, we are a centre of excellence in camera-based art with an analogue and digital darkroom, photography studio and equipment storage.

The bachelor’s programme in photography provides a good basic education that can be applied in various professions related to photography and (visual) culture – our alumni work in art, education and archival fields, journalism and as architecture, fashion and advertising photographers. Our community is small and cohesive; relationships between students and teachers are collegial. Over our twenty years of activity, we have developed traditions – organizing exhibitions, study trips, and parties.

News and events



Call for applications: Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts is looking for projects to showcase from December 2018 until August 2019. Current students of the Estonian Academy of Arts are welcome to apply. The application deadline is October 20th, 2018. The Projects will be chosen by jury and the results will be announced on November 1st, 2018. ...

EKA Department of Photography celebrates its 20th birthday

This academic year marks the 20thanniversary of the creation of the first photography curriculum at the Estonian Academy of Arts. To celebrate the occasion, an event series will take place at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), which was founded by people closely connected to the Department of Photography. On four Tuesdays in October (2, 9, 16 and 23 Oct) at 18:00, the EKA Photo 20 ...


On Wednesday, 5 September at 17.00 EKA Gallery and the Faculty of Fine arts invite you to a public lecture on radical digital art by visiting artist Jeffrey Alan Scudder (USA). The lecture is in English and takes place in room A302. Lecture “Radical Digital Painting” groups and presents several ideas and artifacts related to contemporary painting and contextualizes its connection to ...

Anna Mari Liivrand will open her exhibition “Monument valley (may contain artefacts)” in the Showcase Gallery at 6pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Anna Mari Liivrand will open her exhibition “Monument valley (may contain artefacts)” in the new Showcase Gallery of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn) at 6pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Anna Mari Liivrand’s new exhibition is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. ...

EKA Department of Photography’s new Showcase Gallery to launch with “Display Case: Enjoy the Mirror”, an exhibition by Vít Havránek

Vít Havránek’s "Display Case: Enjoy the Mirror" is the opening exhibition of the Showcase Gallery of the EKA Department of Photography. The gallery is connected to the Lembitu 10 building and the exhibition will open with a performance on 4 June at 14:00. The exhibition "Display Case: Enjoy the Mirror" reflects on the usage of latin verb reflexio (reflection) that from early middle ages as ...

Marge Monko ‘Flawless, Seamless’ outdoor banner installation

The large two-piece banner represents a photo of stocking advertisement produced in US in the 1930s found in the book Photography in the Modern Advertisement printed in 1937. The photograph depicts a woman’s hands demonstrating the transparency of the stocking. Transparency is one of the keywords of the installation – first, that of the stockings in the photograph, and second, the ...

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