Estonian design is a rapidly evolving creative field. As of 2014, design is under the administration of the Ministry of Culture. This area is the responsibility of the adviser on architecture and design in the Ministry of Culture.
In addition, within the competition for the Entrepreneurship Award, every other year Enterprise Estonia hands out the title of the Design Implementer of the Year, with the objective of drawing more attention to those businesses whose success has significantly increased as a result of the strategic implementation of design in the development of their goods or services or in the management of their business. The Entrepreneurship Award competition is the highest recognition in the country for outstanding and progressively minded businesses. Read more about it on the EAS website.
Design education can be obtained at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, master’s level programmes are available at the Tallinn Technical University (design and product development), and at the University of Tartu Pärnu College (service design and management). Applied higher education can be obtained at the Tartu Art College, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, the Tallinn University Haapsalu College, and EuroAcademy. Vocational education is available at the Kuressaare Regional Training Centre and the Tartu Art School.
Around 600 people are employed in ca 500 companies that operate in the field of design.
Total revenue in the field is around 13 million euros.
The largest financer in the field of design is Enterprise Estonia, some grants have been awarded by Cultural Endowment of Estonia as well. The Ministry of Culture supports designers in their creative work through the Estonian Association of Designers and a non-profit organisation MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonian Design Centre).
Design plays an important role in creative industries, which has also been funded since 2007 from the European Union structural funds. A creative industries measure developed by the Ministry of Culture and implemented by Enterprise Estonia aims at fulfilling the objectives of the “Estonian Entrepreneurship Growth Strategy 2014-2020”.
The Ministry of Culture introduces Estonian design abroad in close cooperation with the Estonian Association of Designers and MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonian Design Centre).
Estonian Design House
Tallinn Design House
Overview exhibition of Estonian design – Size Doesn't Matter
State support system for businesses, the aim of which is to enhance Estonian business and regional policies.
MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus
A development centre in and promoter of the field of design, established in 2008 by the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts, Tallinn Technical University, the Estonian Association of Designers and MTÜ Eesti Disaini Instituut (Estonian Design Institute). The aim is to be the link in the chain that connects the designer and the client, as well as being an advocate of the mind set “design as the creator of added value and the amplifier of innovation.”
Estonian Association of Designers
An association that unites and represents designers, which was founded in 1989 with the general purpose of speaking for Estonian design.
Adviser (Architecture and design)
Phone +372 628 2207