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

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An exciting new cross-disciplinary programme taking an innovative approach to understanding different physical materials.

This exciting and innovative programme combines research and practice leading you to explore the boundaries of multi-disciplinary creativity.

A programme that examines the relationships between people and the landscapes they inhabit.

A research degree which offers graduates the opportunity to undertake advanced research leading to original contributions.

We encourage research practices that are speculative and reflective.

A research degree which offers graduates the opportunity to undertake advance research in a variety of areas.

We encourage mutual co-operation, and an intellectually ambitious environment in which staff and students learn together.

Intermedia is the only Undergraduate degree programme in the UK that focuses explicitly upon the conjoining of media specifics prevalent within Contemporary Art.

This programme prepares you for your career by encouraging you to develop a personal and contextualised vision of the world, and by developing your knowledge of equipment and technical facilities.

Upcoming School of Art events

15 Feb 2016
Creative Material Play
9:00 to 14:00
Evolution House, Illustration studio
78 West Port
22 Feb 2016 to 04 Mar 2016
Drawing on Drawing
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
74 Lauriston Place
26 Feb 2016
Friday Lecture Series: Bedwyr Williams
11:30 to 13:00
Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
Edinburgh College of Art
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