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

Artist Melanie Steffl Thompson's third article on her first semester at ECA.

Student, Ellie Powell, writes the first in a series of articles on collectives and artist-run initiatives.

Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz reports from the School of Art’s trip to the Venice Biennale.

Artist Melanie Steffl Thompson's second article on her first semester at ECA.

The School of Art Friday Lecture Series returns, with seven inspiring talks scheduled for the first semester of 2015 - 2016.

Contemporary Art Practice student, Melanie Steffl Thompson, reflects on her first two weeks as an ECA postgraduate.

David Haslam and Jordan Pilling start work towards an exhibition period at the end of the year

Gordon Brennan and Charlie Stiven remember our former Head of School of Drawing and Painting.

Much-loved mosaics by the celebrated sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi are to be reassembled at the University of Edinburgh.

The exhibition at Hotel Elephant was initiated and organised by ECA students

Upcoming School of Art events

30 Nov 2015 to 04 Dec 2015
Have Fun
10:00 to 17:00
Sculpture Court
ECA Main Building
22 Mar 2016
ECA Chancellor's Fellows' Talks: Maria Fusco
Evolution House (Boardroom, 5th floor)
78 West Port
10 May 2016
ECA Chancellor's Fellows' Talks: Florian Hecker
Evolution House (Boardroom, 5th floor)
78 West Port