As events and transformations of the recent decades have forcefully shown, the urban question permeates all major social, economic, and political developments of today. The interdisciplinary Masterís program in Urban Studies critically engages with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity, integrating knowledge from urban studies, urbanism and urban planning, architecture theory, sociology, urban ethnography and geography.
Contemporary urban situation is studied as a multifaceted phenomenon, which cannot be understood from a single disciplinary perspective. In preparing students for understanding and intervening in urban space, the dual character of city as a built form and as a social process is emphasized. The program leads students to have an insight in the dynamics of institutions, actors, and conflicts that shape todayís cities.
The mission of the English-speaking Masterís program in Urban Studies is to understand and analyze contemporary urban problems and act upon these problems in terms of design, policy, activism, and research. The education prepares students to engage with urban issues at the intersection between design practice, political practice and theoretical knowledge (urban design, urban and spatial planning, state and municipal policy making, public expertise, community advocacy, social activism, academic and practice-based research). The program prepares graduates for further study at the PhD level.
The Masterís program is fully in English and it has a strong international orientation. It offers regular guest lectures and lectures courses by international scholars and practitioners. The element of interactivity is important and students often work in small groups. Intensive urban fieldwork is complemented by regular consultations with teachers.
The Masterís program in Urban Studies provides the students with:
Pedagogically, the curriculum consists of:
The basic structure of the Masterís program is as follows:
The requirement for admission to Masters studies is a Bachelors degree, higher education obtained on the basis of professional higher education curriculum or other relevant qualification that gives access to Masters studies.
No examinations are needed for admission to Urban Studies Master's study. Admission shall take place on the basis of interview, where the Commission will revise already earlier submitted portfolio, CV and letter of motivation.
Educational certificates issued abroad are recognized by the Estonian Academy of Arts on the basis of the assessments of the Estonian ENIC/NARIC (Academic Recognition Information Centre).
No work experience is required.
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The Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonian: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, EKA) is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in art, design, architecture, media, art history and conservation-restoration. It is based in Tallinn.