Photography - BA (Hons)

Undergraduate Photography at ECA

Undergraduate Photography at ECA


Our programme takes a broad-based view of the medium and encompasses a wide range of practice including fine art, editorial, documentary, video installation.    

These approaches take place with reference to relevant historical and contemporary practitioners and you will be exploring and discussing their work in detail.

Through a combination of set and self-initiated projects you are given the opportunity for personal expression and exploration of ideas along with acquiring those extensive skills needed to function as a sophisticated professional practitioner. We will give you extensive instruction in both digital and analogue photographic techniques, which significantly contributes to your ability to produce insightful, challenging work.

Expert staff

Programme staff are acknowledged experts in their fields and have exhibited and published work internationally. It is also important to point out that photography functions very much within the wider context of the School of Art and that consequently you will benefit from the expertise of a wide range of teaching practitioners and visiting lecturers.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to prosper at the highest levels in art and commercial practice, winning a host of prestigious international prizes and awards. Curatorial practice and a range of opportunities in the creative arts, education and media are also inspiring possibilities as career paths.

Student work


Catriona Grant, Programme Director | View staff profile >

Colin Cavers | View staff profile >

Colin’s teaching areas of interest include documentary, social photography, curatorial and professional practice. He co-ordinates the visiting lecture programme “I don’t like Mondays”, external events and live projects for the students.

Caroline Douglas | Visit website >

Caroline is a visual artist and a part-time lecturer on the Photography – BA (Hons) programme since 2012. Her work is largely lens-based working primarily with analogue photography techniques. Much of her practice also incorporates audio, found imagery and video. She studied Photography at Edinburgh College of Art, receiving a First Class Honours (2006), before completing a Masters in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2010 with Distinction. Her residencies include; Re:Create Stills Gallery, Edinburgh (2008), Photography MA, School of the Art Institute Chicago (2009), AiR Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy (2010) and Proekt Fabrika, Moscow (2011).

Susanne Ramsenthaler | View staff profile >

Susanne is a visual artist and part-time lecturer. Her work is mostly lens-based, encompassing a wide range of practice, from antique non-silver printing techniques to video, digital imaging and computer animation.

David Williams | View staff profile >


Everything you need to know about finding perfect student accommodation.

Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

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.

Get information, advice and guidance about your career options.

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.

Edinburgh Global's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.

EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.

Information and guidance on financial matters for all students of the University of Edinburgh.

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.

A range of cameras, a full-length portraiture studio, analogue and digital darkrooms, and image editing facilities.

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.

Caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.

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.

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.

News & events


Students in the library at Lauriston Castle
Students in the library at Lauriston Castle

The project is a collaboration with Edinburgh Museums and the team at Lauriston Castle.


College of Humanities & Social Science Undergraduate Admissions Office


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565