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

Transition showcased the work of Glass graduates from the last four decades, along with a range of archival material.

Susan Cross’s work was inspired by Elizabethan blackwork embroidery from the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Lou McLoughlan first feature length film, ‘16 Years till Summer’ will be screened across Scotland this month. We talk to her about documentary making in Scotland.

Magdalena Cattan talks to the Naked Craft curatorial team about craft’s present and future.

Design student, Magdalena Cattan, reviews the Naked Craft Network’s exhibition of contemporary work from Scotland and Canada.

Students create tools to guide school learners through design careers pathways.

Performance Costume students produce stunning designs for Scottish charity’s Indian fundraiser.

A great night for ECA alumni with awards in the Short Film and Animation categories.

Each of the three films nominated in the Short Film category is directed or produced by an ECA Film & TV graduate.

Lisa graduated from the Glass - MFA programme and has returned to ECA to do a PhD.

Upcoming School of Design events

29 Oct 2016 to 04 Mar 2017
Naked Craft at Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
Chambers Institution
High Street
08 Dec 2016 to 12 Dec 2016
LTD Edition
10:00 to 18:00
Hunter Building, Q25
Edinburgh College of Art
27 Apr 2017 to 28 Apr 2017
Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones
Edinburgh College of Art