Painting - BA (Hons)

Programme video: Painting – BA (Hons)

Undergraduate Painting at ECA


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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