Founded in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the oldest and only public university of visual culture in Estonia. The Academy offers over 30 curricula in the four faculties of Architecture, Design, Art Culture, and Fine Arts. 1200 students from all parts of the world are engaged in the curricula to cultivate their analytical abilities and critical thinking with the aim to develop into environmentally and socially conscientious creators. They are taught and supported by lecturers and instructors who are professionals in their field - internationally recognised artists, architects, designers, and scholars who provide unique, individualised study and personal mentorship in an interdisciplinary and synergetic atmosphere. In 2017, EKA was listed among the Top 200 Architecture and Design Universities by QS World University Rankings.