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

Staff at ECA teamed up with the ICI for the events which took place in both Edinburgh and North Berwick.

ECA is delighted to announce a scholarship open to applicants for the postgraduate Glass – MA programme.

Seventeen BA (Hons) and MFA students will be exhibiting at this year’s new talent showcase.

Ailsa Johnson is awarded a work placement and £1,000 by Penguin Random House.

Wins include a Burberry Scholarship for Matthew Barber.

Three firsts and two runners up prizes round off a great week at the annual fashion showcase.

Two of the six films commissioned for the Scottish Short Programme will feature ECA alumni talent at the helm.

Students, graduates and staff from Film, Animation, and Textiles are taking part in the 70th edition of the festival.

Diana spent the 2015/16 academic year in Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) University in Halifax, Canada.

The screenings have been organised by the Scottish Refugee Council

Upcoming School of Design events

25 Jun 2016 to 23 Jul 2016
Naked Craft at the Iona Gallery
The Iona Gallery
Duke Street
16 Sep 2016 to 30 Sep 2016
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
Sculpture Court
16 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016