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

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.

A History of Art student travelled with a group of German learners to be part of the project over the summer

The scholarship covers tuition fees, together with an annual stipend of £14,000 for living costs and travel.

Co-editors of Art in Translation awarded $141,500 by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Trevor is a Fine Art - MA (Hons) graduate. He is a painter and the co-founder of CreativMuse, an augmented reality platform.

Catherine is a visual artist who graduated from our Fine Art programme in 2001 and was a British Art Show writer-in-residence.

Stephenie McGucken's team is currently planting species such as woad, weld and madder, and hopes to get students around the university involved.

Carly studied History of Art and English Literature and now works in the Paintings Department at Lyon and Turnbull Auctioneers.

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