The first students were accepted in the PhD programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1995. The first doctoral theses were defended at the Academy in the same year. In 2002, the curricula for architecture, art history, as well as cultural heritage and restoration were accredited.

In 2005, the Doctoral School was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts and a new media and design curriculum was added (since 2007 renamed as the Art and Design programme).

Since 2011, PhD studies are offered at the Academy in the following specialities:

Art History and Visual Culture

Art and Design

Cultural Heritage and Conservation

Architecture and Urban Planning

Curricula in the form of tables:

Art History and Visual Culture

Art and Design

Cultural Heritage and Conservation

Architecture and Urban Planning

The Academy’s Doctoral School is currently headed by prof dr Krista Kodres. It is comprised of the members of the Academy’s Research Council: prof dr Krista Kodres, Head of the Doctoral School and head of Art History curriculum; dr Liina Unt (head of Art and Design curriculum); associate prof Anneli Randla (head of Cultural Heritage and Conservation curriculum), dr Veronika Valk-Siska (head of Architecture and Urban Planning curriculum), as well as Rait Rosin, who represents PhD students.  

The PhD studies comprise the third stage of higher education and applicants must have a Master’s degree or corresponding qualification in the same or a closely related speciality. The standard period of study is four years and the curriculum calls for the completion of 240 ECTS (including PhD thesis 180 ECTS). 

At the start of the PhD studies, the emphasis is placed on general and elective
subjects, including scientific-methodological, philosophical and general
instruction subjects. The PhD students can also choose subjects from outside
the Academy’s Doctoral School. The specialised studies intensify the student’s
knowledge in the theory, history and methods of the speciality. The specialised
studies are also intended to support the doctoral thesis. During the first two
years, the PhD students prepare analyses related to the current problems of the
speciality for the PhD seminar and the annual conference of the EAA Doctoral School. In the subsequent years, the focus shifts to specialised practical and theoretical activities, based on the student’s individual plan. During the last two years, the PhD students conduct presentations and lectures for students in the MA
programme and organise one-day seminars or workshops related to their PhD

The doctoral thesis is a research or artistic project which presents an original approach to an important problem in the specific scholarly or creative field. The Academy acknowledges two kinds of doctoral theses.  

A written (i.e. standard humanities) doctoral thesis can be:

1) an independent work that is published as a dissertation;

2) a series of published scholarly articles, including a summarising survey article;

3) a monograph that has previously appeared in print.

An artistic (practice-based) doctoral thesis comprises an internationally recognised creative work along with a scientific analysis or research paper. The creative project must be executed in a form appropriate to the speciality (exhibition, design project etc.). 

The defense of the PhD thesis completes the doctoral studies. Those who have completed the PhD curriculum and defended their doctoral thesis acquire doctorates, are issued diplomas and academic records, along with English-language supplements to their diplomas.


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intensive seminar “Writing as an artist – and thinking about it”

You are kindly invited to participate in the Graduate School of Culture
Studies and Arts intensive seminar “Writing as an artist – and thinking
about it” on 8 May 2015 at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Registration
deadline is 30 April 2015. Please find more detailed information below
and on the webpage of GSCSA

Date: 8 May 2015

Venue: Estonia pst 7 / Teatri väljak 1, room 405, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

Credits: 1-2 ECTS

Hosting Institutions: Estonian Academy of Arts; Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA)

Supporter: European Union Social Fund

Programme director: Dr. Liina Unt (liina.unt@artun.ee)

Student coordinator: Ms. Heili Sõrmus (heili.sormus@artun.ee)

This one-day interactive seminar is
focused on what happens to writing when art becomes research – and
research becomes art. The aim is to develop artist’s awareness of
artistic research and its impact on artistic practice.

Jan Svenungsson is a Swedish visual
artist based in Berlin. Between 2007-2009 he was professor for Artistic
Research at the post-graduate programme of the Finnish Academy of Fine
Arts in Helsinki. Since 2011 he is professor for Graphics and
Printmaking at the Univeristy of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2007, his “An
Artist’s Text Book” was published, which has since been translated to
three languages. www.jansvenungsson.com

Preliminary programme*

*changes can be made, except for the beginning and ending time of the seminar day

10.00 lecture by Jan Svenungsson

12.30 lunch

13.30 seminar

17.30 conclusions

Requirements for participation

This intensive seminar is open to
graduate students and supervisors. Participants are expected to do
preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminar. To apply for
participation, please send an e-mail to Heili Sõrmus
(heili.sormus@artun.ee) by 30 April 2015.

Upon full participation in the programme
and completion of an essay in Estonian or English (10 ooo characters
with spaces) related to the topics and reading materials of the seminar,
students will be awarded 2 ECTS. Students who participate in the
seminar and do preparatory reading will be awarded 1 ECTS. Please send
the essay latest by 15 May 2015 to dr Liina Unt (liina.unt@artun.ee)!

The language of the seminar is English.

Participation in the seminar is free of
charge. The accommodation and travel costs of the members of the GSCSA
will be reimbursed.

Reading materials

Reading materials will be sent to registered participants by e-mail.

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timetable of spring semester 2014/15

Lisa sisutekst

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Timetable of Autumn semester 2014/15

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