School of Design

In the School of Design we develop methods and approaches to people and culture that equip our students to design excellence into our lives. 

Our philosophy

We are not just designing artefacts. By understanding the world around us, and understanding where design vision and ideas lie within a global context, we develop challenges to the way we live. Through a process of collaboration, we encourage students to build with us a collective philosophy of what design is and what it might become.

Making connections

Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of knowledge in science, engineering and innovation. The School of Design is developing a network of these key partners which will place the School at the forefront of research development.

Our mission

The studio and workshop environment in the School of Design is spectacular. Our staff are leading practitioners and theorists in their fields. 

We encourage our designers to create visions and identities that are both innovative and sustainable. We are educating not only problem-solvers but also opportunity-seekers. Our students will become the designers/thinkers/makers who will positively shape the world we inhabit.

School of Design news

Annabel Hood won in the Silversmithing category for her beaker design “London’s Leopard”

Samir Mehanović has received the nomination for "Mouth of Hell", which he directed and co-wrote.

Ruaridh McIntosh Turner has picked up the award for his 2nd-year film project.

Announcing the details of the talks scheduled for the second semester of this academic year.

Students producing Edinburgh-themed colouring book for Dragon’s Glen competition.

Ella graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design in 2006 and an MDes in 2008. She currently lives in Mexico and teaches Social Design Practice at Tecnologico de Monterry.

Product Design student, Elliot Benjamin, makes use of the space to gain feedback for a co-housing project.

The funded micro-residency is intended to support recent graduates and current students

After graduating in 2007, Helga returned to Iceland where she has been making and exhibiting her work.

The symposium explored the theme of 'landscape'.

Upcoming School of Design events

29 Oct 2016 to 04 Mar 2017
Naked Craft at Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
Chambers Institution
High Street
21 Mar 2017 to 24 Mar 2017
Research Through Design Conference 2017
9:00 to 16:00
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street