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

An inspiring series of talks by some of today’s most influential artists and thinkers | free and open to all

Katie Paterson: Ideas (Ingleby Gallery; closes 27th September) and Earth-Moon-Earth (Jupiter Artland; closes 28th September).

Our former Student President tells us about her time at ECA and her current practice.

From visual art to the written word and Edits-While-U-Wait, an MA graduate tells us about her art writing practice and achievements.

Graduate, Craig Coulthard, on creativity, curiosity and the Cultural Olympiad.

Tessa Lynch at Jupiter Artland | 17th July - 28th September 2014

Stephen Hunter's work will be included in national touring exhibition.

Maria Fusco’s proposal for a site-specific performance work selected from over 700 submissions.

Intermedia student picks up £8,000 prize money for his winning design

Walker & Bromwich at the Pier Arts Centre | 21st June-23rd August 2014

Upcoming School of Art events

16 Sep 2014 to 28 Sep 2014
Andreas Bee: House with Dress
Sculpture Court
Main Building
26 Sep 2014
School of Art Friday Lecture Series: Oliver Chanarin
11:30 to 13:00
Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
Edinburgh College of Art
03 Oct 2014
Forthcoming Materials of Practice: A Symposium in Two Halves
10:00 to 18:00
Edinburgh College of Art
Main Building