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*We asked former Summer Academy students to tell us why they chose to do a
course at EKA and what benefits they gained from this decision.*

“I participated in the 2018 summer academy course “Wood and Design” in Viljandi, because it was supervised by an instructor whose class I had hoped to take, and the participants included talented students from around the globe. With the students, we had the opportunity to talk about the priorities of our universities and how the academic life was organised. In the workshop, I was able to design and produce my wood object from start to end. The course was very interesting and socially intense! There were four international participants in our workgroup: some of them had taken part in the summer academy before and others had come here to study with the Erasmus scholarship,” said EKA product design student Siim Simmermann.

EKA architecture and urban design student Markus Puidak had had previous experience in data-based urban analysis, and he participated in the “Numbers and Cognition in the Urban Environment” course at the invitation of supervisor Raul Kalvo. “The content of the course and the international scope of participants was very important in my choice. I was the one to introduce Estonia to the rest of the class. The course was very exciting: collecting and analysing data and visualising it in the urban space. I noticed that the participates valued the specific focus of the course. One student came for the course from New Zealand, which goes to show the topicality of the subject,” mentions Puidak.

“These 4 days were full of work but on the same time I felt myself relaxed. I can even call the atmosphere surrounding me funky. Raul Kalvo and Mikk Meelak are great tutors, they are responsible and professionals in their field, moreover it was really cool to hang out with them after our work. The best thing about the course is the fact that we looked at the city through the eyes of the researcher, not tourist. And I enjoyed all these counting exercises,” wrote Nilufer Musaeva, from Higher School of Economics, Russia who participated in the “Numbers and Cognition in the Urban Environment” course in 2018.

“All parts of the “The Contemporary Art Field in Estonia” course are equally important: the lectures, studio visits, viewing exhibitions and the trip to Tartu,” said Karolin Kruuse, a master’s student at Tallinn University’s Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. “The well-structured and smoothly organised course made many participants want to continue their studies at EKA,” added Kruuse who had wanted to receive further training on the Estonian contemporary art field and have a better understanding of the local art life.

“I liked that supervisors were very open during the week to people’s wishes, letting everyone work in their own pace. … there was more freedom here and we were allowed to do our own work. I learned many things. Details about clay, chamotte, slicing, machines, state of the art within 3D clay printing etc. It was good to have the group living together. Summer academy helped me to find a network of people to talk about my work. I wish it would have been longer, because it was so good!”, wrote Alma Bangsgaard Svendsen from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, who participated at the “Clay 3D Printing” course in 2018.

10 May 2019