Department of Product Design

The Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Product Design is engaged with human-centred design. We have been training professional designers here for more than 50 years. Historically, product design study has focused on industrial design. The rapid development in the ICT sector has now broadened the term product design, and a new field – digital product design – now complements the previous field of industrial design (furniture, electronics etc.).

Our department allows study on the basis of two curricula:

  • the bachelor’s degree curriculum in Industrial and Digital Product Design,
  • master’s degree curriculum in Product Design.

Theupdated bachelor’s degree programme has two areas of specialization: industrial design (previously called product design) and digital product design. During the first semester, our students study together; then they can choose one area of specialization.

Due to labour market demand for digital product designers, in autumn 2018 we opened our digital product design area of specialization. This gave designers interested in the IT field the technical knowledge and digital design skills they needed.

In the Product Design master’s degree programme, we focus on design of objects. (Creation of digital solutions can be studied on the basis of the Academy of Arts Interaction Design curriculum).

Both bachelor’s and master’s programmes are practical in their nature: we solve real-life product development challenges in cooperation with businesses. In the 2017/2018 academic year, we designed a package drone for Cleveron, helped Europe’s best student company Festera with product development and created a vision of an e-donor environment for the North Estonia Medical Centre donor centre.

 “Design is a practical, interdisciplinary, human-centred, creative process that seeks for the best solutions for existing problems.” Martin Pärn, industrial designer, partner with the Iseasi design bureau.

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News and events

Kertu Liisa Lepik

Product Design Form: Kertu Liisa Lepik

Kertu Liisa Lepik is a versatile 2-year industrial design student. She has a talent for expressing herself artistically, but he also has a strongly developed practical mind. While presenting at her speciality project evaluations, her sketchbooks are interesting to browse as they give an insight into how Kertu Liisa felt during the project and how her ideas developed – they are like an honest ...
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Product Design Form: Ingrid Tärk

New month, new form, new face – this time Ingrid Tärk, a 2nd-year digital product design student, filled in the product design form. Ingrid has linked her travel passion and design knowledge by being active in NGO Partner Up Estonia. In addition, she is one of the supervisors of industrial and digital product design workshops for high school students. For the April humour corner, it can be ...
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Product Design Form: Katrin Selin

This month we bring you some freshness of spring through the thoughts of a 1st-year student – the March product design form was filled out by industrial design student Katrin Selin. She is probably one of the most exemplary students. Katrin caught our eye even before the admissions because she took part in many preparatory events and she always had some questions ready, so she would be ...
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Exhibition “The Divergence From a Predefined Outline”

Exhibition “The Divergence From a Predefined Outline” 17.03–20.03.2022 Opening at March 16, 6 pm ARS Art Factory, Studio 112 The art exhibition “The Divergence From a Predefined Outline” by Estonian Academy of Arts Graphic Design and Product Design 2nd year students will be opened on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm. The joint exhibition of the two departments presents a series of works that were ...
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Visiting Guest Lecturer Form: Meghan Lazier

Meghan Lazier is a designer based in Washington, DC. She’s known for using design to create better policy. She’s worked on creating systems that put people first in federal government, banking, and health care—spaces that don’t traditionally value design. Her work has been featured in featured in the New York Times and Fast Company. Name: Meghan Lazier Position: Fulbright Scholar Relation to ...
Mark Uustalu

Product Design Form: Mark Uustalu

At the beginning of the spring semester, we give the first-year students the opportunity to share their thoughts. Although Mark Uustalu is a first-year digital product design student, he already has representative professional experience in the area as he has worked in the field of design and UX/UI before studying at EKA. I guess you could say that In the case of Mark Uustalu, the statement ...
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EKA “Open Windows” 2022 Exhibition

The exhibition “Open Windows” will reopen on the windows of the Library of EKA on February 21, at 4 pm. Through the exhibition of EKA windows, different specialities of EKA introduce their most outstanding projects and the latest creations of students. The exhibition can be viewed on the windows of the EKA Library on Põhja pst and Kotzebue streets and will remain open until March 14. ...
Emilia Kagovere

Product Design Form: Emilia Kagovere

December’s product design form was filled out by Emilia Kagovere, a third-year student in Digital Product Design, who’s not afraid of challenges as she sees these as an opportunity to develop. Most recently, she took on an internship, which grew into a real job, at Rexplorer – a company that specializes in renewable energy platforms. Emilia has also been one of the mentors of EKA’s product ...

Student Work

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