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

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

EBook documenting collaborative project published.

ECA's Jane Hyslop has seven pieces of work on display at Yale Center for British Art exhibition looking at self-taught British naturalists.

Two graduating students from ECA presented at the European Commission as part of the ICT-Art Connect project.

ECA photographer’s work inspires monologue by Ali Smith.

Upcoming School of Art events

09 Sep 2014
School of Art Welcome Meeting
9:00 to 13:00
ECA Main Building, Room E22
Lauriston Place
11 Sep 2014
Art - Postgraduate Induction Meeting
10:30 to 12:30
Room J05, Architecture Building
Lauriston Place
11 Sep 2014
Fine Art Studio Introduction
14:00 to 15:00
ECA Main Building, Studio C26
Lauriston Place
11 Sep 2014
Sculpture Court Reception
15:00 to 17:00
ECA Main Building, Sculpture Court
Lauriston Place
12 Sep 2014
Welcome back, School of Art students!
14:00 to 17:00
ECA Main Building, Room E22
Lauriston Place