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The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006, and since 2007 it has offered a two-year MA in Animation curricula. The main goal of the programme is to educate creators of animated films.
Upon completion of the Master of Animation programme, students have acquired in-depth theoretical and practical animation skills. The students can specialise in specific animation techniques and create individual projects. After graduation, the students are qualified to realise themselves as animated film creators, professionals in creative industries or teachers in their field. Students who have completed the Master’s programme are also qualified to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.
Subjects fall into three categories: compulsory, elective and optional. In a number of cases, students can choose the courses that are most suitable for them. Besides lectures, master classes, seminars, exhibitions, and joint projects all take place, and independent study plays an important role.
The teaching language of the Master of Animation is English. Duration of the programme is two years (120 ECTS).
Master of Animation: Teaching Staff
Professor Priit Tender is head of the Animation department and an internationally acclaimed filmmaker whose work has won many awards at animation and short film festivals around the world. He directed films in Eesti Joonisfilm and Nukufilm—the two leading Estonian animation studios—and has experience working with drawn animation, stop motion, cut-out, and combined techniques. In addition, he has made a live action feature documentary and a television series about Estonian animation. From 2016–18, he worked as the head of the animation programme for PÖFF Shorts (part of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival).
“My aim is to give the students an expanded view of the possibilities of animation. Students will make two films – one in the first year and another in the second. The programme puts emphasis on individual mentoring for each project, so during the filmmaking process each student has the opportunity to work closely with the faculty and receive feedback and advice. In addition, I believe it is very important to bring international filmmakers to EKA to introduce their work, give lectures, and share their creative methods. Connecting with professional animators and seeing a wide variety of films is very beneficial to the students.” –Priit Tender
Visiting lecturers include professionals in their respective fields: Kaspar Jancis (caricature), Heta Jäälinoja (TV-Paint animation), Kamila Kučíková (technical tendencies of contemporary animation), Märt-Matis Lill (sound design), Veiko Vaatmann (film history, film theory), Oliver Laas (perception mechanisms of visual media) and Timo Toots (interactive media).
Visiting artists in 2019/20 included Ruth Lingford (UK/US), Paul Bush (UK), Ksenja Okhapkina (RU) and Andrea Martignoni (IT/DE).
EKA—a centre of excellence in its field
The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) has four faculties: Architecture, Design, Art and Culture, and Fine Arts. EKA offers close to 30 curricula, and is the only Estonian educational institution that offers higher education in many of these fields. The various courses taught in the Open Academy provide lifelong learning opportunities. EKA has approximately 1,200 students.
EKA places great emphasis on community outreach and developing relationships with the professional world. We work closely with many other universities, cultural institutions, creative industries’ associations, local governments and companies in Estonia and other countries. EKA takes an active part in community life through public lectures, conferences, exhibitions and publishing activity and, naturally, collaborative projects with companies and industry.