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 entrepreneurship, teamwork, and project management skills. 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.
The programme consists of 5 study modules:
The following version of the programme courses applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
The programme also brings in international specialists and lecturers who share their expertise during crash courses, short research trips and extended teaching periods. We have been honoured to receive Fulbright scholarships in the Music and Performing Arts departments.
The University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy is one of the university's four colleges. The Academy has been providing applied higher education and has offered a specialised culture education since 1952. After reconstructing the Estonian higher education system at the beginning of the new millennium, the Academy joined the University of Tartu in 2005.
The UT Viljandi Culture Academy offers graduate and undergraduate study programmes in theatre and dance arts, Estonian native crafts (textile, metal, construction and inherited crafts), music (jazz, traditional, pedagogy), sound engineering, leisure-time manager-teacher and culture management. Besides the theoretical knowledge, our graduates obtain practical experience, enabling them to have a steady position for entering the labour market.
The studies take place in Viljandi, the Cultural Capital of Estonia.
Viljandi has a lively cultural scene for every taste. Not many towns of a similar size in the world 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 keep the cultural scene thriving throughout the year.
After graduation, you will possess the competencies 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.
bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) – please see country-specific document requirements here.
English language proficiency – acceptable tests and exempt categories are specified here.
the score of the motivation letter (yields 25% of the final score)
the score of the portfolio (yields 25% of the final score)
the admission interview (yields 50% of the final score)
The motivation letter must be up to 4600 characters long (including spaces). It is advisable to answer the following questions:
The motivation letter will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Requirements for the motivation letter will be updated by December 2023.
The portfolio should include the candidate’s CV and a collection of previous field-specific projects. The portfolio should be presented as an internet link, where the materials can be downloaded. The creativity and professional skills will be assessed.
Motivation letter and link to the portfolio should be submitted together with the online application (2 January to 15 March).
Requirements and schedule for the interview will be updated by December 2023.
Only the candidates who receive at least 51 points from both the motivation letter and portfolio, will be invited to the interview. The interview is based on materials presented by the candidate. The committee will ask additional questions about the candidate’s previous study and work experience and plans for the future. The interview is conducted online.
Admission interviews will take place in April. The exact time and date will be scheduled individually with each candidate.
The maximum score is 100 points for each assignment. Only those applicants who receive at least 51 points from both the motivation letter and portfolio, will be invited to the interview. After the interview, the final score is calculated. The maximum final score is 100 points. The application will be considered for admission if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved.
For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be electronically submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by May 15 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.
Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website.
NB! Please note that this programme is offered in our campus in Viljandi (75 km from Tartu).
Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.