At IxD.ma, we are passionate about making impact through design and strive to dream, create and build a better world around us.
Interaction designers are empathic towards humans, set first their needs, values and attitudes—while realising we're living on a planet with finite resources.
Are you prepared to take responsibility for your own growth, take action to pursue your passion and inspire others while doing so?
Form of Study
Cycle studies, Thu-Sat
BA degree or equivalent
"My background is in economics and over the entire period of studying in this field, I was terribly lacking in humanity. I wanted to consider a person not as a resource, but as an individual. The desire to think about humans and improve their life led me to Interaction Design. IxD.ma gave me the need to work with people, conduct research, think wider than usual, the ability to study on real projects. For two years I was able to meet incredible people, each of whom had something to teach. I was confronted with a variety of tasks, which were much more difficult to overcome than it seems in the beginning. However, thanks to hard work and the people around me, I was able to change my life and not forget to have fun."
"I wanted to study Interaction Design at an art school, not a university. There are only very few art schools in Europe that offer a Master’s in that field, and Estonia seemed to offer a great heritage in art as a country, so I decided on EAA. Thanks to the programme, I’ve gained a very solid foundation in design thinking, prototyping and project-based design execution. All of the projects are hands-on; there is a real product at the end, which is very satisfying. Although most of the projects happen in collaboration with industry partners, you can still deliver more abstract and conceptual work, and sometimes for the industry partners this is even more inspiring. The programme has helped me to structure my projects from ideation to the final product — in a team and on my own."
No, it’s quite the opposite! We at IxD.ma value interdisciplinary diversity and specifically admit people with various backgrounds to assemble an unique team each year. Project managers, computer scientists, product and fashion designers, marketers, teachers, researchers — these are just a few examples of people we have had the honour of working with so far. Peer to peer teaching is an important part of the studies in IxD.ma, each member complements the team with their unique background, skills, and a point of view. The one common denominator we do look for, is passion for design.
You’ll probably get one before graduation. A well-paying one that allows you to pursue your passion. In addition to the connections and experience gained during studies, we’ll put great emphasis on building up your strong, Globally competitive portfolio. And a fun fact: most of our students have changed their jobs or positions during their studies.
As our team sizes are limited but the amount of applicants is increasing by the year, we have established entrance examinations to select people for are the best fit for the current intake. Firstly you have to send us your CV, motivation letter and a collection of works to display you previous experience. While your CV tells us where and who you have been, the collection of works should show us what you have been doing there. It can be a portfolio, a short list of projects, essays, software… Basically, we want to see what you’ve been up to so far in your professional life, what kind of problems you’ve been tackling, and how you have gone about to solve them.
The IxD.ma program is carefully designed to run on location at the campus of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Some of our courses do have online and hybrid elements, to prepare you for the more and more prevailing remote work and collaboration, and welcome a growing list of international mentors.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we follow the official guidelines set by the Estonian Government. During these times, most of our studies are hybrid, with online work happening in parallel with carefully coordinated campus meetings.
Yes, there are a several options available:
— Archimedes Estonia offers 350€ a month scholarship for international students, see more here.
— EKA provides a few smaller stipends based on performance, social needs and other criteria. See Results Based Scholarship and Social Stipend.
— Many of our students are usingprovided by institutions in their home countries. You can start your research from your embassy.
Absolutely! Do it now, there’s only so much time left!
NEXT ADMISSION will open in early 2023
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