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

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

The Textiles graduate has worked for a flooring design company, as a freelance designer for craft beer breweries, and at a studio in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dimitri is the designer of Vi, a device which enables children with hearing impairments to experience music in a way that is both tactile and visual.

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.

Upcoming School of Design events

04 Aug 2016 to 12 Aug 2016
A-i-R at the Tent
12:00 to 17:00
Tent Gallery, Evolution House
78 West Port
16 Sep 2016 to 30 Sep 2016
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
Sculpture Court
16 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016