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

Student, Eve Ryan, talks to Professor Andrew Patrizio about curating ‘The Scottish Endarkenment’.

History of Art student, Eve Ryan, reviews ‘The Scottish Endarkenment’.

Hugo and James were eager to celebrate the talent of young Scottish creatives, and the majority of the Vanguards team studied at ECA.

Announcing the details of the eight History of Art Research Seminars scheduled for the first semester of 2016 - 2017.

Dr George Manginis tells us about the ‘fascination’ of research-led teaching.

Pippa spent the 2015/16 academic year in McGill University in Montreal.

We talk to ECA’s International Director, Frances Fowle, about ‘Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh’.

Awards for Dr Claudia Bolgia from CASVA, The Leverhulme Trust, Newberry Library and the RSE.

Putting original research and knowledge into practice at the Talbot Rice Gallery.

Working on the Glasgow International biennial (and more!) at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Upcoming History of Art events

13 May 2016 to 29 Aug 2016
The Scottish Endarkenment
10:30 to 17:30
Dovecot Gallery
Dovecot Studios Ltd
29 Sep 2016
History of Art Research Seminar: Ruth Hemus | Dada's Women
17:15 to 18:15
Hunter Lecture Theatre
Hunter Building