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

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Degree Show is approaching and our final students are preparing to graduate. As we wish them good luck in their future careers, we look back to last year’s leavers and their many and varied successes. In this article, we meet Emily Binks who was recently awarded the £10,000 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Award.

Andrea Roe's "Sentient Forest" uses LEDs and sensors to create an interactive piece in the Forest of Dean.

The exhibition featured work by graduates, current staff and students, and works from the University of Edinburgh collections.

19 students on the prize shortlist presented their work in the Sculpture Court on 1st April 2016.

A painter’s move from Santiago to study Contemporary Art Practice at ECA.

ECA works in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland to create unique work at stately home.

Svetlana and Maja collaborate on public art including 'Tree of Knowledge' and 'Imprint' at Edinburgh's Fountainbridge, and 'The Archer' at Musselburgh.

The body of work was David Williams' first themed project and is published by Café Royal Books.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the exchange between Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art has been running.

Third year students from Sculpture and Photography engage in visual and spatial speed dating.

Upcoming School of Art events

11 May 2016
ECA Chancellor's Fellows' Talks: Maria Fusco
17:20
Collective Gallery
City Observatory and City Dome