Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA, est. 1914) is the only one of the six public universities in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture and conservation. The Academy consists of four faculties: Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Art and Culture. In addition to active study and research activities, EAA also offers lifelong learning opportunities through the Open Academy. Currently, there are more than 1200 students enrolled in the Academy.
EAA strives to become a leading international innovation centre in visual and material culture. The Estonian Academy of Arts collaborates with more than a hundred universities worldwide and belongs to several international higher education networks. The lecturers and instructors are professionals in their field – internationally recognised artists, architects, designers, historians and scientists. Visiting lecturers from universities in Estonia and abroad are regular guests.
The faculty of Architecture is the focal point of Estonian architecture education and the centre of competence in the creative disciplines related to built environments, including furniture design, interior architecture, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design. The Faculty of Architecture consists of three curriculums: Architecture and Urban Planning, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and Urban Studies. The faculty's ambition is to provide a broad field of architecture education, in the best sense of the word, by paying equal attention to the design of interiors, buildings, spaces between them and the larger environments where they are located. Architecture, Urban Studies and Interior Architecture are closely related, with significant overlapping and joint projects within the curriculum. It is also possible to study landscape architecture, conservation and cultural heritage and planning as a subsidiary subject. Urban Studies is an international English-language Master level curriculum based on research concerning the functioning of modern cities from the perspective of their users, major participants, decision-makers and planners.
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