The Sound and Visual Technology programme gives you the opportunity to study two of the most engaging and rapidly developing fields in the arts and culture. You will choose either sound or visual technology as your main speciality, but you will also gain an in-depth working knowledge of the other field.
Beyond your core specialities, you will develop your skills in entrepreneurship, teamwork and project management. Practice is at the core of the curriculum, and you will apply what you learned in the classroom straight away with practical activities and by working in creative teams.
High-quality education. The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's best universities.
Cutting edge and creativity-driven curriculum. Beyond the development of your technical skills in the field of sound and visual technology, the curriculum aims to encourage your creativity and growth as a leader and visionary in your future career.
Teamwork and Cooperation. You will work in teams to create and produce projects that closely mirror the industry workflow to facilitate your transition into a professional environment and to help launch your career.
Viljandi’s creative atmosphere. Viljandi is the ideal place to master new creative and technical skills. Our studios and facilities have the most modern equipment for sound and visual technology.
Perfect mix of theory and practice. Our teachers aren’t just educators, but they are practitioners and specialists in their fields who offer practical approaches to teaching. Additionally, we have partnerships with Estonian Public Broadcasting, theaters, private studios and performance companies to offer you exclusive work-study opportunities.
One advantageous aspect to choosing Estonia is the short and often direct career paths into these fields. Our students can easily access national television, theatres, big concert venues to study or practice.
Studying in Estonia is both attractive and affordable. Receive a high-quality education at a low cost in a country that is simultaneously ancient and modern, connected with nature and technologically advanced. Estonia is proud of its unique cultural traditions and open to the world.
Viljandi offers a unique study environment with countless resources including: music studios, video and multimedia studios, black and white boxes, multiple concert halls, Pärimusmuusika Centre (Centre for Traditional Music), and the Ugala theatre.
The tuition fee is 4,000 euros per year and it covers tuition and some study materials. Altogether 10 students will be admitted to this programme. Based on the admission’s ranking list, 3 best applicants will be given a tuition waiver. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition waiver separately, as they will be considered for the competition automatically. Students receiving the tuition waiver do not have to pay the tuition fee if they meet full time enrollment requirements. Full-time study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester.
NB! Applicants who are not citizens of the member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and do not hold a long-term residence permit in any of these countries are required to pay half of the semester fee after they have been informed of the admission decision (offer) via DreamApply. The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received this payment. The second half of the semester fee is to be paid after the studies have started, by 20 September.
Information on when a tuition waiver holder starts paying tuition fee and instructions for fee paying students are given here. Information on other scholarships is available here.
Viljandi has a lively cultural scene for every taste. There are not many towns of a similar size in the world that boast a professional theatre, several venues that organise regular concerts, entertainment and cafés that rightfully claim to serve the best coffee, food and service in the world.
Viljandi Culture Academy brings a youthful and vibrant population to Viljandi. The many student-organised events keeping the cultural scene thriving throughout the year.
After graduation you will possess the competences to take a leading position at a performance institution or theatre. You will be able to lead large-scale audiovisual projects or work as the head of a technical area at a theatre. You can also start your own business or work as a freelancer, as you will have the necessary skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and team management.
“Learning is a lifelong process. It is important to have a teacher who guides you from the start. Throughout my studies at the Viljandi Culture Academy I had the unique opportunity to learn, try things in practice, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Beyond that, Viljandi is an inspiring town that gives life to music.”
Peter Suškov, alumus of the MA in Sound Engineering Arts programme, currently works as a sound engineer for Estonian National Broadcasting.