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

ECA photographer’s work inspires monologue by Ali Smith.

Symposium runs in parallel to the Edinburgh 3D Film Festival

Last chance to see The Eccentric Banquet, which finishes its six week run at Marion de Cannière Gallery on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Magi Sinclair takes first place in competition championing outstanding undergraduate work.

12-day residency, exhibition and symposium at Timespan, Helmsdale, exploring art in remote contexts.

ECA Chancellor’s Fellow, Maria Fusco, in Vancouver for weekend of readings and responses on New Narratives in Art Writing.

Every year, MAstars selects outsanding Masters work from selected institutions across the UK.

A student-made Intermedia film has been screened, by invitation, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

A micro residency in a World War II Prisoner of War camp culminates in the exhibition and live event, UPLAND Camp 21.

Textile Illustration is at the Kalopsia Collective pop-up gallery at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh until Sunday 30th March 2014.

Upcoming School of Art events

05 Apr 2014 to 24 May 2014
The Bone Library: Group Show
Summerhall
Summerhall Place