School of Art

In the School of Art we pursue the innovative practice, research, analysis and communication of visual, material and sensual culture. We think, make and critically reflect. The School is an engaged community of practising artists, writers, critics and curators and staff research encompasses a diverse range of expertise. The courses are devised through aspects of staff research interests and teaching is studio based and research focused.

The airy and light-filled studios, project spaces and workshops provide excellent facilities for making work, communicating ideas and generating dialogue. We have maintained and updated traditional workshop facilities and also invested in up to date computer aided technologies. This provides the potential for students to work across analogue and digital facilities learning how to make work relevant to their ideas.

Learning and teaching is a mix of one-to-one tutorials, group critiques, seminars, lectures and Project Space crits where students exhibit work in a designated space using the exhibition as a platform for critical reflection through discussion. Our Friday Talks lecture series invites leading practitioners to present their work to the School followed by a Q&A and studio visits.

Engagement takes place across the School, the College, the city and the country, establishing a supportive and critical framework where a contextualised understanding of the diversity of contemporary art practice and visual culture can be developed. Student trips and external projects are an integral aspect of all programmes in the School of Art.

We expect our students to demonstrate inventive responses to the world through curiosity and exploration and we prepare them to do this with depth, breadth and ambition. Our graduates are equipped with the talent, knowledge and expertise to lead, rather than simply respond to, future innovation in art practice.

School of Art news

Kenny Hunter's new artwork of 42 cast blackbirds took 18 months to complete.

Announcing the return of our public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers.

Robyn graduated from the BA (Hons) Painting course in 2013 and returned to ECA to participate in the Drawing on Drawing Exhibition.

The commission is open to School of Art alumni and staff, with the final work to be permanently sited at the new Higgs Centre for Innovation. There is a maximum of up to £20,000 available.

Graduates Suzanne van der Lingen and Claire Walsh will host an event as part of the EAF.

After working in public policy development for 15 years, Deirdre MacLeod decided to return to studying art

Gemma graduated from the Painting - BA (Hons) and Painting - MFA programmes in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

The graduate was selected for RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES and received a full scholarship for the Royal Drawing School.

Paul Quast's “A Simple Response” will send contributions from around the world towards the North Pole Star

Intermedia graduate Amy received the Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Graduate Bursary Award for 2015/2016. We find out what she's been doing in the year since she graduated.