Overview

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

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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. ...
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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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CONFUSION at EKKM Nov 12-27, 2016

Umbrella Group will open its first exhibition Confusion in the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) at 6pm on November 11, 2016.Curatorial exhibition “Confusion” produced by the department of photography of the Estonian Academy of Arts takes places as an off season exposition on the first and second floor of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and will be open from November 12 ...
System & Error workshop by Aalto University and Estonian Academy of Arts

System & Error workshop by Aalto University and Estonian Academy of Arts

Workshop in Tallinn (Friday, 24th Nov) Lembitu 12, 3rd floor Photography Dept. Ordinary life is made of eventful junctures, constant surprises and adjustments that go beyond all attempts to rigorously plan and design things. Buildings and infrastructures crack. Smart phones make errors. Printers print funny stuff. The state and the financial market fail. Also our body can react strangely. All ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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JEFFREY ALAN SCUDDER’S PERFORMATIVE LECTURE ON RADICAL DIGITAL ART

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 ...

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