ECA Facilities

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has a wide range of studios and workshop spaces, libraries and collections, places to socialise, perform and show work; all within walking distance of world-class museums, music venues and galleries. Our facilities range from the historic, to contemporary, specialist spaces for making work at all scales, in and across all media. In this directory, you’ll find details of our own facilities, and selected places in the city to be inspired, research, collaborate or gain work experience.

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Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.
Edinburgh is home to a number of amateur musical societies, bands, orchestras and dance troupes. Brass & Silver Bands
Individual workstations, dedicated computer facilities, and access to flatbed screen-printing and digital printing.
Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.
An amalgamation of the University's extensive art collection and ECA’s collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.
Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.
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More than 500,000 rare books, artworks, scientific artefacts, historically significant musical instruments, and manuscripts.
CSE caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
Sewing machines, irons, overlockers and other clothing production equipment.
The ECA Library includes around 65,000 books, 300 journal titles, and extensive DVD and artists’ books collections.
The eCafé has pleasant views over the Lauriston Place gardens. It serves a range of hot meals, snack items, and hot and cold drinks.
Churches, theatres, and halls across the city provide exciting venues.
Includes a flexible studio space, equipment for location shooting, and several editing facilities.
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A fully-equipped hot glass studio containing two furnaces, four glory holes with six benches and four annealing kilns.
Edinburgh College of Art is committed to providing a high standard of health, safety and welfare for all its staff and students.
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Over 50 purpose-built workspaces with gas torches, an enamel room, drawing studios and equipment for mould-making, patina application and other processes.
Located in Bristo Square, this building is used annually for graduations. It is also used for examinations and conferences.
Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.
The workshop facilities include band saws, pillar drills, sanders and wire-cutters.
This model workshop is equipped for constructing architectural models in a wide variety of materials.
On occasion, Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.
Students have access to wide variety of resources as well as several dedicated collections of musical instruments at the University.
17 practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.
A technical support team is on hand to help you with any studio or equipment queries.
Information on the equipment available to students in the music studios and editing suites.
Nearly 1,000 items including stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.
Includes organs, harpsichords, and instruments from the Musical Instruments Museum.
Used for displaying student work as well as hosting exhibitions and events.
Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, our painting studios provide a bright and airy space for working in.
A range of cameras, a full-length portraiture studio, analogue and digital darkrooms, and image editing facilities.
One of the biggest and most highly respected venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.
Numerous professional organisations serve the artistic community in Edinburgh. Dance
A 300-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.
Located beneath Reid Concert Hall, this studio is built to record live performances in the venue.
Photocopying, printing, scanning, and equipment loans.
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The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions. It also hosts work by major international artists, and is a popular venue during Edinburgh's festival season.
Carving and mould-making facilities, a ceramics kiln, and casting amenities for bronze and aluminium.
Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.
The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland. Used for concerts and part of the Musical Instruments Museum.
Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
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Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.
265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
Woodworking tools and machinery include laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.