Sigrid Viir “I’ll Think of a Title When I’ve Had Enough Rest” Installation, 8 x 9 m, audio (text “Infinity on the Beach” by Maarja Kangro), 2019. Photo: Paul Kuimet

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. 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 and recreate an intellectual sphere with diverse, alternative and experimental formats.

We are the only programme in Estonia where one can study photography at the BA 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, 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.

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News and events


Presentation of artists books and artist talk by Tuukka Kaila (Rooftop Press), Jessie Bullivant and James Prevett

Welcome to the presentation of two newly released Rooftop Press artists’ books with Jessie Bullivant and James Prevett. Please join us at the Estonian Academy of Arts, room A-501, on Tuesday 17.1. at 5-6.30pm for a conversation with the artists and publisher, Tuukka Kaila about the books and the processes behind them. The discussion will be in English, followed by a reading. NB! Both books ...
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Photography Publication “Last Edit was Seconds Ago. BFO19”

The department of photography of the Estonian Academy of Arts presents a new publication Last Edit was Seconds Ago. BFO19 in EKA gallery at 18:00 on Thursday, December 8th, 2022. The publication introduces the works of eleven BA students (BFO19) – Andra Junalainen, Laura Ruuder, Ivor Lõõbas, Elo Vahtrik, Imbi Sõber, Meel Paliale, Markus Mikk, Joosep Kivimäe, Kertu Rannula, Jana Mätas, Laura ...
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Assessment Marathon 01.—22.12.2022 at EKA Gallery

December brings an opportunity to experience, in an exhibition format, works produced by students in the Faculty of Fine Arts as their term projects: every day there will be a fresh crop of university students’ works on display in the gallery. Works in contemporary art, prints, installation, sculpture and painting curricula will be on display. On each morning of the marathon, a new exhibition ...

Paulius Petraitis’ Artist Talk

Paulius Petraitis will hold an artist talk at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 in EKA room A-501. The artist has been invited to hold a masterclass “Images in Conflict: How to Respond to War?” in the department of photography on October 24–28. Everyone is invited to take part in the artist talk! Paulius Petraitis is an artist-theorist and independent curator based in Vilnius. Much of his work ...

Marge Monko Presents New Book in New York

Presentation of the new book by EKA photography professor Marge Monko in New York. On Wednesday, October 12, artist Marge Monko, professor of the Department of Photography at EKA, will present her new monograph “Flawless, Seamless” in New York, at the Margot Samel Gallery. At the book presentation, Monko talks to the critic and theoretician R.H. With Lossin. The editor of the book is Laura ...
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Cloe Jancis ja Sigrid Viir : “The Second Act. Found in Translation”

On Friday, 7 October at 5 p.m. Cloe Jancis and Sigrid Viir will open their joint exhibition “The Second Act. Found in Translation” in the large gallery of Tartu Art House. With the help of visual language, the artists in the exhibition depict the everyday absurd situations and analyse social constructions. The common themes are understanding and depiction of people and objects as well as the ...

Marge Monko Book Launch at Kai

Please join us for the launch of Flawless, Seamless – a new monograph by Marge Monko – on Friday, September 23 at 6 pm at Kai Art Center in Tallinn. At the launch Marge Monko will premiere her film Window on the Visible World, which is followed by a conversation with Maarin Ektermann. The film and book are in English, discussion is held in Estonian. During the launch the publication will be ...

BA graduation exhibition TASE’22 by the students of department of photography

You are welcome to the BA graduation exhibition of the department of photography of Estonian Academy of Arts in ARS Art Factory (Pärnu Road 154) at 18:00 on May 27th.  This year, a record number of BA students will graduate from the department of photography. Their graduate exhibition presents diverse artist statements and formats – from music videos and staged photographs to charcoal ...