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Painting - BA (Hons)
This programme is centred on the studio, it builds and expands on a long history encompassing a range of approaches, both in terms of concept, context and methods.
Edinburgh College of Art has exceptional purpose built studios where students are encouraged to identify, reflect on and develop their personal visual and intellectual vocabulary through the language of Painting.
The nurturing and development of the individual is a priority. Each student is allocated their own studio space as well as having access to spaces within and out-with the college where students install work individually or collectively; these events create a platform for discussion.
Students have a dedicated studio tutor but also work with other staff from the programme and across the wider School of Art, all of whom are practicing artists.
One-to-one and group tutorials are a crucial part of the programme and regular seminars and crits take place where students are encouraged to discuss and present their work to fellow students, staff and to different external agencies.
Students begin by interpreting projects through their own interests, leading to developing and negotiating their own programme of study and ultimately to an independent and self-reliant practice.
Drawing is a vital element in the programme, both as a means of analysis and research and as a discrete entity. Students are encouraged to explore Printmaking either as a form of image making or a means of the production of multiples, editions and Artists’ Books.
Students are instructed in technical methods, use of materials, methods of installation and presentation. Theory and Practice are inter-linked; thinking through the stuff of Painting is challenged and supported by a high level of criticality. We want students to not only explore how to make a painting but also what it means to make a Painting.
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Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.
Including journals, image databases, and local collections.
An amalgamation of the University's extensive art collection and ECA’s collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
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Carving and mould-making facilities, a ceramics kiln, and casting amenities for bronze and aluminium.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
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EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
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A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
Used for displaying student work as well as hosting exhibitions and events.
Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, our painting studios provide a bright and airy space for working in.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.
The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
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Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
Woodworking tools and machinery include laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.
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