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

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.

Mal Burkinshaw collaborated with Sophie Hallete on the work, which is part of a show that converses with the museum’s collections.

The SDI works in collaboration with organisations from around the world to attract a range of speakers and screenings to ECA.

Alberto Iordanov won the award for his graduation film, "Bandit and the Ram"

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

Workshops aim to inspire collaborative work for "After the Storm" exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden.

Dr Glyn Davis from the School of Design will lead the three-year, HERA-funded project.

Kris graduated from the BA (Hons) Film and Television course. His short film 'Dipper from the Water of Leith' has received multiple awards.

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

Upcoming School of Design events

29 Oct 2016 to 04 Mar 2017
Naked Craft at Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
Chambers Institution
High Street
11 Nov 2016
New Positions
10:00 to 17:30
Board Room (5th floor)
Evolution House