Organisation of Studies

The Master of Arts in Cultural Management is a tailor-made programme for anyone interested in becoming a member of an international network of cultural and arts managers.

Our studies are organised to allow you to align work and study life. The courses are designed so that you have the opportunity to use a variety of non-traditional learning tools and methods. Although strong academically, our program relies heavily on connecting real-life experiences, learning by doing, experiential learning, future design and design thinking and challenge-based learning. We put a strong emphasis on learning from each other, building a community of learners and a feedback loop to improve learning experiences and strengthen learning ownership of students.

Studies for the newly admitted group of students will commence at the end of August. The programme will take off with an intensive learning seminar organised outside Tallinn to immerse all the new students into the programme working culture. These 4 days are dedicated to building strong commitments to the programme and each other, and enable studentship community building. (See here for glimpses on activities from the previous bootcamp).

Usually, the intensive learning seminar takes place in the centre of Tallinn, at the EAMT building or at a partner institution. The schedule for the semester is announced at least a couple of weeks before the beginning of the semester via email and on our website.

Throughout the semester, studies are organised into the following components:

I Intensive learning seminar: Comprises lectures with a variety of lecturers, facilitators and instructors, group works and time to work on your projects. Each intensive learning session lasts 4 days and usually takes place during the 3rd week of the month.

II Individual work: After each intensive learning seminar you are expected to work on your projects and integrate the topics and insights gained during the intensive learning seminar, as well as run through individual assignments. This is the time for working at your own pace with the material received during the seminar as well as doing your own research for your challenge. (4th week of the month)

III Online courses and study visits: The second week after each intensive learning seminar is dedicated to online learning, some courses are offered during these weeks in online e-learning environments. Alternatively, extra seminars, for example, selective courses, study visits, fieldwork etc. could be organised (1st week of each month)

IV Working with a mentor and your team: During the third week you will once again integrate the topics learnt during intensive learning seminar and individual learning week with help of reflection partners: group work peers and mentors. The time is used to work on your project and to prepare for the next intensive learning session. (2nd week of month)

Studies are organised as a combination of obligatory and elective courses. delivered, each fitted to the overall process of four-week cycles.


The first year ends with the defence of your challenge solution(s), the design and content of which integrate the application of knowledge, skills and tools gained throughout the year. The project is presented to the committee and will be evaluated based on pre-existing criteria.

As a rule, the first three semesters are quite intensive, following the learning cycle explained above, while (apart from a couple of seminars), the fourth semester is allocated for you to work on your MA thesis.

The second year starts with an intensive period: the international study visit – usually lasting for one week, taking place abroad. During the study visit, we explore and learn while conducting fieldwork  – visiting cultural organisations and also running our own small research project on-site. (see here and here for glimpses from some previous study visits).

As part of our individual approach to all students, you may be eligible for advanced standing in recognition of previous studies and work (VÕTA programme).

We believe in students ownership of the learning process, that’s why our program emphasises facilitating extracurricular activities such as work placements, study visits, cultural intervention organisations within EAMT and beyond, free elective courses outside our program and abroad, volunteering, participation in conferences. For all these, there are funding schemes to apply for available but it’s your initiative to use these facilities to the fullest.

International students may also apply for a DORA scholarship. Further information on these programmes will be given to foreign students after admission.