History of Art

History of Art staff
Some of our current History of Art staff in the Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College of Art
Image courtesy of Rachel Collie

We are one of the largest and most diverse History of Art Schools in the UK, and part of a vibrant and creative community of students and academics at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). The School is also one of the longest-established and fastest-growing, with staff teaching, researching and publishing on art at the highest levels, as well as being involved in curatorial activities with regional, national and international art institutions. The city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the home of some of Europe’s most valuable art collections as well as one of the UK's liveliest contemporary art scenes. You can find our graduates in leadership roles in the arts worldwide. Edinburgh is where those careers start.

History of Art is one of the classic humanities disciplines. Open-minded, curious, and critical, it provides a great cultural education. Its breadth is underwritten by well-established and rigorous methods. It teaches you how to interpret images and objects of almost every conceivable kind; it teaches you how to write critically about them; it teaches you how to use photographs and other images to help interpret artworks; and it shows you how to undertake large-scale independent research, a skill which can be developed to masters and PhD levels and beyond.

Study History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art and you can expect to examine diverse visual media, as well as, of course, the traditional art forms of painting, sculpture and printmaking. You can also expect to think about art as a global phenomenon. Even if you’re studying European art, you will find it taught in a global context.

History of Art news

Danielle Smith will begin her research in September 2017.

Christina went to Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain for her 3rd year of study during the 2016/17 academic year.

Chloe went to University of Sydney for her 3rd year of study during the 2016/17 academic year.

Karolina Koczynska, a Postgraduate Researcher at ECA, reports on the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art visit.

The City - MSc alumna Dionne produced the BAFTA nominated documentary 'The Hard Stop'

Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art, has travelled extensively over the past three years to secure works for the show.

We catch up with Emily Moore to find out how a History of Art postgraduate student spends her day.

Kandinsky – A Story of Revolution, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Sunday 8 January 2017

Its first acquisition, The Common Sense, was initiated through teaching and research in History of Art.

Announcing the details of the 11 History of Art Research Seminars scheduled for the second semester of 2016 - 2017.

Upcoming History of Art events

06 Jun 2017
Aggression, Transgression & the Avant-garde
Screening Room (G.04, ground floor)
50 George Square