Booking is now open for Innovative Learning Week 2014 (17-24 February).

Here at ECA we’re excited to be offering a range of events from life drawing with a difference, through practical workshops and fieldstrips, to inviting to you to join the creation and curation of a Museum of Everything! 

Details of our events are set out below to help you plan your week.  Also, have a look on the University ILW pages for details and booking for collaborative events such as “Engineering Art” (with School of Engineering) and the Edinburgh University Music Society’s series of community outreach workshops.

Bookings for all University Innovative Learning Week events are now open via the MyEd events booking channel, except where noted below. 

Colour Mapping Edinburgh

Art and design students are invited to explore Edinburgh through colour, creating a colour palette representing the old and new towns of Edinburgh.

Tues 17 – Wed 18 February, 9am-5pm    Open to: ECA students

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Digital Crafting – Laser Cutting to Sand Casting Glass

This three-day workshop will introduce participants to 3D scanning, Laser-Cutting, Glass Sandcasting and Cold-working, demonstrating how digital and traditional processes can work together.

Mon 17 – Wed 19 February, 9am-5pm. 

Open to: All UoE Students

Fully booked - add to waiting list here

ECA Library Artists’ Books Petting Zoo 2014

Back by popular demand, the ECA Library Artists’ Books Petting Zoo 2014 gives UoE students and staff the opportunity to drop in at Evolution House to view and handle a selection of the best and most exciting artists’ books from our collection of around 1000 artists’ books. Come and be

Fri 21 February, 2pm-4pm.

All UoE students and
Registering interest required but drop-in between 2-4pm

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Fashion Campaigns for Change!  An Edinburgh University Fashion Design project in partnership with the British Liver Trust

Students are invited to explore the power that fashion design has to communicate influential social messages and promote health and well-being. Supported by dynamic speakers, lecturers and fashion influencers, students will collaborate to design a series of innovative campaigns, clothing and products to promote healthy approaches to alcohol.

Opening talk: Friday 14 February

17–21 February,  9.30am-5pm
Open to: All UoE students

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Film screening and discussion: Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman (1975)

Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielman in 1975.  "The 3.5-hour long narrative film is a document of three days in the life of a Belgian, petit-bourgeois widow and mother.  Her movements around the flat, her performance of everyday chores, are documented with great precision: many of her tasks are filmed in real time " (Annette Kuhn)

This event will be of relevance to anyone interested in women's filmmaking practices, deconstructionist cinema, sexual politics and domestic labour.  Discussion after the screening - refreshments will be provided.

Monday 17 February, 4-8pm

Open to: All UoE students and staff. Refreshments provided

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Finding Treasure in Scotland: a guide for beginners

Learn first-hand about the fascinating work of the NMS’s Treasure Trove Unit, and the finds unearthed and brought into the Unit by members of the public.  This illustrated presentation with ECA’s Jewellery and Silversmithing department and Stuart Campbell, Head of the Treasure Trove Unit, will include treasures to examine and perhaps even identify!

Thur 20 February, 1.50pm-4pm.

Open to: All UoE Students

Fully booked add to waiting list here!

Modern Religious Architecture in Scotland: From Innovation to Conservation

Fieldtrip visiting a key church by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia with architect Andy MacMillan, plus the Burrell Collection and Hadid's Riverside Museum. All welcome: priority will be given to UG students undertaking Architectural History / Joint Honours.

Tues 18 February, 9.15am – 6pm.
Open to: All UoE students, priority for Architectural History

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The Museum of Everything

Join in the creation of ‘A Museum of Everything’, Minto House, a practical workshop in creation and curation. The only limit on the number of your contributions will be the size of Crit Room 2!  Three associated lectures will explore the project and its context in contemporary museum practice. 

Lecture /discussion times: 11.00-12.00 Monday 17 February; 13.00-14.00 Wednesday 19 February; 13.00-14.00 Friday 21 February.

17–21 February, 9.15am-5pm.

Open to: All UoE students

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Music Alumni day 2014: Musical Careers – Music Alumni Share Their Experiences

University of Edinburgh Music alumni will give informal presentations about their careers since graduation, with opportunities for questions, discussion and networking over lunch. Booking is essential!

Tues 18 February, 11.30am-3.30pm

Open to: ECA Music students

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Norman McLaren: Animated Musician – scoring for the experimental animated film

This two-day workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to create an experimental film score to a Norman McClaren film. Some experience with creating music, especially on computers, is required.  5pm performance in Stirling Tolbooth on Tuesday.

Mon 17 – Tues 18 February

10am – 1pm (Mon), 10am – 7.30pm (Tue – includes travel and performance)

Open to: All UoE students

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Reality Check: Explorations of Image/Body/Space

With an emphasis on ‘exploration’, participants will work in groups to investigate real and imagined spaces and human interactions, exploring explores issues of perception, interpretation and dissemination of notions of ‘Reality’, by introducing a range of ideas and dynamic approaches to image, body, and space.  Elements of sculpture, still and moving image, movement and psychology will be introduced to generate discussion and ideas exchange that will help interweave participants’ takes and develop some more focused areas of common interest.

Booking: email

Mon 17, Tues 18 and Thur 20 February, 10am - 4pm

Open to: all ECA students

Strictly Come Drawing

‘Strictly Come Drawing’ will showcase tango, ballet, hip-hop, burlesque and Chinese classical dancers as models for an innovative, hands-on and fun-filled day’s drawing workshop which will explore movement, silhouette and drawing techniques.

Mon 17 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Open to: all UoE students

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TeamBuild: The Construction Challenge

Excellent project-based real-world experience for all built environment disciplines. This is a two day design charette, is great for your CV, provides brilliant networking opportunities and the chance to win prizes. Includes a construction site visit.

Booking: Email event organiser Alex McClaren,, before 5 February

Tue 18 – Wed 19 February, 9am – 6pm.

Open to: Year 3 and above students in ESALA, Engineering and HW-U Built Environment

VIDEOSCAPES II - Video as a design tool

This workshop for ESALA Architecture and Landscape Architecture students explores how contemporary digital media can be used as a tool for generative design. Students will be encouraged to use their own projects as a starting point in this explorative journey through video-design in order to open new doors in architectural and landscape architectural representation.

Mon 17 - Fri 21 February, 9.30am-5pm    Open to ESALA Architecture and Landscape Architecture students only

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