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 Travers

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

Putting language skills to great use on the Art in Translation e-journal.

Delving into rare books at the National Library of Scotland.

Combining a background in finance with a passion for the arts.

An MSc student’s internship at the National Museums Collection Centre.

Getting hands-on with pathology at Surgeons’ Hall Museums.

Elisabeth Gernerd’s winning work was derived from her MScR dissertation.

An MSc student’s internship at the Centre for Research Collections.

Dr Frances Fowle and Dr Heather Pulliam contributed to the display on Celtic art and identity.

Dawn Charman reflects on her travels to the Italian city.

New scholars add to ECA's teaching and research cluster in Islamic and Asian Art

Upcoming History of Art events

06 May 2016
Trecento Seminar: Artist and Authorship
10:00 to 17:00
Hunter Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
74, Lauriston Place