The new EKA building boasts a large number of workshops equipped with the latest technology and equipment. Photo: Tõnu Tunnel
Woodworking Shop B104-P
The Woodworking Shop is divided among three rooms: machinery room, a classroom furnished with workbenches, and a finishing room for painting and fashioning plastic models from various fibres.
The requirement for working in the workshop is to pass primary courses in manual techniques and safety equipment pursuant to the academic schedule or, upon agreement with an instructor, while the workshop is open.
Depending on the material, the Woodworking Shop allows for sawing, chiselling, planing, milling, boring, lathing, sanding, gluing and bending various materials laminated in a vacuum.
Metalworking Shop B106
This workshop supports hot-working of iron, cutting, pressing and welding (TIG, MIG/MAG and point welding).
In the abrasion area adjoining the Smithy, cutting and polishing of metals can be performed.
Tue, Fri 9.30–19.30
Prototyping Lab B204
The Prototyping Lab hosts the 3D printers, CNC milling machines, laser cutters and electronics subjects for EKA students. While the lab is in common use, EKA students who have passed the lab course can independently use all of the equipment and tools there for making the prototypes they need for course work. The lab is also a R&D support unit for developing new innovative devices that EKA’s different units need to make progress in their studies. In addition, the lab can host workshops, trainings and summer university events. The prototyping lab has a total 10 plastic 3D printers, three smaller CNC milling machines, one large CNC milling machine with a very high precision class for metal and one laser cutting machine with a large work area. In addition, the lab has a wide selection of battery powered tools, manual tools, electronic tools and modelling equipment. The Prototyping Lab has a card terminal for students to buy various materials such as acrylic glass, plywood, cardboards, composite materials, foam board, 3D printer filament and aluminium.
Sculpting Studio B206
The Sculpting Studio is a venue for course work in the speciality. It is equipped with the primary manual tools needed for cutting and processing wood and metal. In addition, the studio is adjoined by a separate instructors’ room equipped with different handheld power tools that, upon agreement with the instructors, can be used on the spot. The studio can be used for modelling clay and performing other non-dust-emitting work in the speciality. The room serves as study space and meeting area for the Chair of Sculpture and Installation, hosting lessons in the speciality, independent studio work and get-togethers and assessments of creative teams.
Head of Chair
Head of Workshop
Scenography Studio B304
The Scenography Studio (11 × 8 × 3.8 m) along with its equipment is meant for carrying out teaching and learning in the speciality. In the course of the work, it is possible to develop and realize integral stage production projects and to experiment with various spatial relationships, movement, lighting, sound, video projection and objects, and test costumes, components of the decoration and mock-ups. The studio is in regular use as a central classroom and meeting space. It hosts classes for scenography students, workshops, independent studio practices, assessments, meetings of creative teams, among other activities.
At the moment, the studio has a load-bearing truss from the previous building measuring 4.8 × 4.8 × 3.6 m, blackout curtains, sound equipment, screen and projectors. The lighting equipment is being renewed in the course of a procurement currently in progress. By 2019, the ceiling equipment for the entire space should arrive – motorized and console-controlled frames. The studio includes a small storage area with an exhaust hood, running water and selection of various primary tools and material samples.
E–R 10–15 (with advance notice)
New Media Sound Studio B306
A Sound Studio is a specific room meant for professional audio work. The space is built acoustically so that walls and ceiling reflect the minimum amount of sound and the room is as insulated as possible from outside noise. Sound can be listened to over a 5.1 surround system with Genelec speakers. The studio equipment is based on a 16-track AVID S6 sound processing and mixer console controller, to which AVID MTRX and DAD AX32 analogue-digital/digital-analogue converters are hooked up. The sound is recorded and processed using ProTools HDX. There is an additional monitor for synchronizing audio for videos and films. The studio has professional Neumann and AKG microphones.
The Sound Studio is capable of doing sound editing, recording of spoken text, recording of music and soundtracks for videos and films. Recording for larger projects takes place in the Photo and Video Studio, which is electronically connected to the Sound Studio.
Use of studio is restricted to those how have passed the corresponding prerequisite course.
Head of Workshop
Digital Lab B307
The Digital Lab is a special computer lab that corresponds to the needs of the Faculty of Fine Arts. It supports photo, video and audio processing, 3D modelling and more. It has 15 workstations (27”), each one equipped with an Adobe CC Master Collection with graphics tablets soon to be added. The computers also include other more specific programs. The teaching staff member has an 86” tablet computer and a computer with all programs.
Digital Darkroom D305
The digital darkroom offers the option of producing quality scans and printing. It has two 27” workstations, each one equipped with an Adobe CC Master Collection with graphics tablets soon to be added. The computers also have more specific programs. For scanning, there is a Hasselblad X1 scanner with a virtual drum solution and an Epson Expression 11000 A3 flatbed scanner. For printing, Epson SC-P6000 24” and SC-P9000 44” RGB printers.
(Note: Printing takes time (about 30 min/m) and costs of materials should be budgeted for (ink – about 20 €/m2 + paper). To work in the lab, book a time (at least one week in advance) with the people in charge of the facility. This is not a copy centre.
Painting Conservation Studio D308
The Painting Conservation Studio provides a facility for conservation of paintings and artworks of other materials but we are also active in conducting investigations in and conserving interior paintings in buildings such as churches, manor houses and residential buildings. As regards larger equipment, the studio has stand-mounted microscopes that can be moved into position over a table and a vacuum table for flattening 2D objects and affixing paint layers. The studio is adjoined by a small Conservation Lab. The lab can be used for conducting experiments and examining, up to a magnification factor of 500, microscopic samples taken from objects.
The specialized photographic equipment allows artworks to be studied and images captured at different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. ultraviolet, infrared).
Sculpture Conservation Studio D308.2
The Sculpture Conservation Studio conserves sculptures and other three-dimensional objects made of different materials. As regards major equipment, the studio offers use of a microscopes, exhaust hoods, etc. The studio has use of a lab where stratigraphic testing can be performed.
Analogue Darkroom B405
The Analogue Darkroom provides a way to develop and enlarge both B&W and colour film (C-41 and E-6). It has a separate lab for developing film, five rooms with enlargers, a central facility for developing/fixing on paper and a room for drying prints. All enlargers have an colour head and they can enlarge off of 135 and 120 film. The maximum size of the developer baths for B&W enlargements is 30” × 40”. The colour process uses an 80cm Colenta RA-4 processor.
Use of studio is restricted to those how have passed the corresponding prerequisite course.
Graphics Studio B409
The printshop established at the Department of Graphic Art in 1924 teaches practical subjects pertaining to the speciality. All traditional printmaking techniques are available at the workshop: letterpress, intaglio and lithography. There is also a unique collection of typefaces that can be used for manual typesetting to design and reproduce texts. As a new addition, there is an experimental lab for contact photo techniques, which provides technical support for executing photo-based techniques in intaglio, letterpress and lithography. The open layout of the Graphics Studio allows for cross-use of different techniques.
The equipment in the workshop includes: letterpress, manual typesetting, two intaglio presses for various formats, two lithography presses, a lithography stone grinding table, collection of lithographic stones, UV lamp/light table and an A3 laser colour printer.
3D Lab C404
The 3D Lab (3DL) is a test lab for experimental architectural designs that applies contemporary technologies in coursework and research projects. 3DL organizes different trainings and workshops.
The main areas for 3DL are:
- Linking parametrical architecture and design with physical prototyping.
- Spatial mapping of objects in different sizes in using photogram-metry, laser distance meters and modelling.
- Linking architectural and structural parameters with databases.
- Analysis of cities and regions in connection with spatial processes and the environment.
- Mass-adaption of buildings in connection with operational and efficiency analysis.
3DL tools for prototyping and digital environment outputs into physical space:
- 100W laser cutter with an operating area of 600 × 900 mm (can be used by those who have completed training)
- Stratasys Dimension SST 768 ABS plastic 3D printer + WaterStation (by agreement with the Head of 3DL)
- Ultimaker 3+ Extended FDM 3D printer (can be used by those who have completed training)
- Universal Robots UR10 6-axis Kobot
Digitalization of 2D/3D/4D analogue/physical environment:
- Microscribe G2L 3D digitizer with an operating area of 1500 mm (can be used by those who have completed training)
- Leica Disto S910 3D and laser distance meter (can be used by those who have completed training)
- Flir E5 thermal camera (can be used by those who have completed training)
Head of Lab
Märten Peterson (laser cutter)
Textile Printing Studio D502
The Textile Printing Studio allows use of various fabric printing technologies – pigment printing (with special pigments – photo and thermosensitive pigments, fluorescent and reflective pigments), reserve printing, discharge and burn out printing, transfer printing, flock and foil printing, etc.). The studio enables use of a printing table (measuring 8 × 1.7 m), light table for illuminating silk-screening frames (max external measurements 100 × 124 cm) or tracing images, hot press (plate with measurements 38 × 50 cm) (for lamination, flock, foil, sublimation printing, fixing pigment dye), pressure washing equipment and exhaust hood (e.g. for mixing chemicals, drying cabinet (for drying textiles), electric stove (for heating, steaming, boiling), drying cabinet for drying printing frames.
Knitting Studio D503
The Knitting Studio has the following machines:
Four Silver Reed SK 155, four Silver Reed SK 280, a Silver Reed SK 830 connected to computer, and a Brother KH-868.
Gobelin frames are available for gobelin tapestry weaving.
Weaving Studio D505
The Weaving Studio has the following looms: Toika computer looms: two 100 cm looms with 24 shafts, one 120 cm loom with 24 shafts, and one 150 cm loom with 16 shafts.
The workshop also has a TC-1 150 cm Jacquard loom, which offers broad possibilities for weaving.
A library of materials is being prepared for the Weaving Studio, offering an overview of sample materials created by students in the Department of Textile Design.
The Textiles Future Studio D505.1 has a Yamato industrial overlock, and a Brother industrial sewing machine.
Sewing Studio D507
The following industrial machines for sewing textile fabrics can be used in the workshop:
Universal sewing machines for seaming, 3-thread overlock for hemming, 5-thread overlock (seaming + hemming), a cover stitch machine. We also have a buttonhole machine that makes an ordinary buttonhole. For finishing we have an iron and vacuum table. It is planned to purchase a new ironing system and an adhesive press. Two large tabletops can be used for cutting fabric.
Jewellery Workshop B504
Enamelling and Stone Cutting B506
The Enamelling and Stone Cutting room allows hot enamelling of metal (silver, copper) items and processing of precious stones (sawing, faceting, polishing) to be performed.
Mon–Fri 10–17 (with advance notice)
Accessory Studio B510
The Accessory Studio hosts accessories-related subjects, providing basic knowledge in the technologies, materials used to make purses and bags, leather working techniques and machines. In addition, the studio hosts projects in the speciality that deal with the technologies for making headwear, gloves and footwear.
The room has three large work tables. Two workstations with Adobe software and a colour A3 printer (Epson L1300).
The studio has the following machines:
- Cylinder-bed sewing machines (Pfaff 335)
- Postbed sewing machine (Pfaff 1295)
- Dürkopp industrial sewing machine (Adler 243-15555)
- Cylinder-bed sewing machine (Metro Spezial 9345)
- Skiving machine (Fav AV2)
- Compressor (Herkules)
- Sole press (Lavardo NGL1)
- Rivet and buckle press
- Hot air blower
The studio has a specialized library with the latest issues of Collezioni Accessori, the latest (Brunneri) leather samples and trade fair materials. Students have six mannequin torsos and a selection of various shoe forms. Students can also purchase leather from the accessory design and bookbinding storage for use in their speciality projects.
While classes are not in session, the studio is open to students for independent work during normal working hours.
Bookbinding Studio B511
The Bookbinding Studio houses equipment, tools (cardboard cutter, book cutter, book presses, wire binding machine, saddle stapler, paper drill, creasing and perforating machine), adhesives and dyes necessary for working paper, paperboard and leather and binding publications. An Opus Coldcover hot press (typesetting and stereotypes) or Doratore foil printer can be used for printing. There is also an option for relief printing and die-stamping.