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.
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.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.
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Carving and mould-making facilities, a ceramics kiln, and casting amenities for bronze and aluminium.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
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.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
Edinburgh Global's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
Churches, theatres, and halls across the city provide exciting venues.
EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
A blog outlining the plans for estates development at Edinburgh College of Art and following along as work progresses.
Includes a flexible studio space, equipment for location shooting, and several editing facilities.
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A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
A fully-equipped hot glass studio containing two furnaces, four glory holes with six benches and four annealing kilns.
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Including journals, image databases, and local collections.
Over 50 purpose-built workspaces with gas torches, an enamel room, drawing studios and equipment for mould-making, patina application and other processes.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
McEwan Hall is primarily a graduation hall funded by William McEwan, MP and brewer.
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.
Edinburgh is home to a number of musical societies, bands, orchestras and dance troupes.
On occasion, Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.
17 practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.
Students have access to a variety of resources as well as several dedicated collections of musical instruments.
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.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
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 218-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.
Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.
Caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
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.
A wide range of study space is available across campus. Find one to suit your needs.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
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.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
Over 25 choirs, dance societies, musical theatre and film groups, orchestras, bands and world music groups.
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.