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

MA Illustration graduate Pat Hughes tells us about his time interning at Frederator Studios in New York.

Karolina has exhibited extensively and won a prize at the Scottish Craft Awards 2016 this spring.

Rachael Coyle, a third year Graphic Design student, talks to us about her summer internship.

Two ECA students have been participating in the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge this summer

Amelie has had a traineeship in the menswear workroom of the TV series "Outlander".

Rocio returned to ECA to talk to current students about her research interests and her trajectory as a creative practitioner and designer. She also ran a workshop on Polynesian stick-charts.

Graphic Design and Illustration students celebrated by D&AD, Design Week, It’s Nice That and Creative Review.

Kelly Peters’ glove safety poster praised for strong use of text and image.

Tereza Astilean scoops a paid internship within the global company’s Design Talent Team.

Ruth Williams will receive £2000 for her collection from the inaugural NU BLVCK competition

Upcoming School of Design events

16 Sep 2016 to 30 Sep 2016
Transition: ECA Glass alumni exhibition
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
Sculpture Court
16 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016