The joint international master’s programme of
Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts


Design & Engineering is aimed at young graduates of engineering and design disciplines eager to continue their education in cross-disciplinary course designed to merge technological competence with design skills. We look at engineering and design as very broad terms and really wait for enthusiastic students from wide area of competences. If you feel that you are active in design, engineering or enterpreneurship and want to work on development projects with people from other diciplines, you are problably suitabe to apply.

The aim of the curriculum is to combine the basic competences of engineers and designers to develop the framework for a strong interdisciplinary cooperation.

Students who apply as a engineer and students who apply as a designer will study together and have only slight variation in the mandatory curriculum emphasizing the field of origin. Sometimes applicants come from a field that allows to apply as a both designer and engineer, in these cases the field with more competence should be chosen. The application processes varay a little between design and engineering applicants.


The curriculum of Design & Engineering is consisting of subjects from three fields: design, engineering and enterpreneurship. During the studies students learn how to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary creative team, how to mix and match their skills with people who have very different understanding of the task at hand and how to bind together the findings and communicate these to industry partners. By the second year they practice leading small creative teams, learn how to make research, develop innovative concepts and communicate result in a tight timeframe and limited resources. Students learn how to use and mix methods from different fields of studies and how to make coherent project with team that has widely scattered skillsets.


We see several different possibilities for our students.
Students with engineering background are working as multidiciplinary development team leads. Students with design background are good creative leads in design teams. Students from both backgrounds have started enterpreneurial venues and gotten on board with a startups. Whatever you do you will be valuable team member in difficult projects with fuzzy goals.


The process of applying goes trough the site of dreamapply where you can enter your information and documents in multiple sessions (requires signup). The more detailed description of the process can be found here.

We request a motivation letter where you can explain why you find D&E interesting and what motivates you to come and study with us. It gives us a small insight what are your ambitions and what you could give to your fellow students and to our program in general.

Students applying to design side are required to submit a portfolio of previous works that will show us what are your working habits and your skill level. Students who are applying to engineering side are required to do a small test that shows your general understanding of production processes and engineering in general.

Final step in the application process is a interview with the applicant. There we will assess how well you are suited for the kind of work that we are doing in the D&E, how good team player you might be, how you might react under stress and what is your general understanding of the world surrounding us all.