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Fashion - BA (Hons)
Teaching the fashion innovators of the future
ECA is known for cutting-edge fashion teaching that emphasises personal creative freedom and design innovation while giving you more tutor time than in most other Fashion programmes. We have been ranked, by the Guardian University League Table, as the top institution in the UK for undergraduate Fashion study.
Your employment and career development are our priorities. We bring our industry experience and connections to each project, with opportunities to participate in competitions and lives briefs set by H&M, Dr Martens, Mackintosh, Sophie Halette and more. Our graduates have gone on to work for top design brands, including Balenciaga, H&M, Reiss, Cos, Warehouse, Stella McArtney, Alexander McQueen and Gucci, to name but a few.
Our annual show is a highlight of Scotland’s fashion calendar and we are the only Scottish institution to show on the catwalk during Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). Our students have won many leading awards, including the GFW George Gold Award for Best Collection (Lauren Smith, 2013), GFW Womenswear Collection of the Year (Melissa Villevieille, 2015), and GFW Menswear Collection of the Year (Shauni Douglas and Olivia Creber, 2013).
Together with the fashion industry group, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, we co-founded The Diversity Network exploring emotionally considerate design and social responsibility. Working closely with the National Galleries of Scotland, we integrate our research on body image, self-esteem and identity into all our teaching, helping you build your skills in responding with empathy to consumers and their diverse needs.
Learning keeping pace with industry
Fashion is multifaceted and ever-evolving. Our programme reflects this.
As shown in our annual DesignBook portfolio-building projects, we are renowned for upholding high standards of fashion drawing and presentation skills, helping you with understanding brand development and what it takes to shine in a creative business.
You will also develop a variety of technical and pattern-cutting skills - including creative cutting, small-scale cutting, tailoring and outerwear - and encouraged to develop innovations in fabrics, garment manufacture and finishings.
Ultimately, the final year offers you the opportunity to fully incorporate your design strengths into your graduate fashion collection, which can be explored through perspectives of accessory-led design, menswear, womenswear, knitwear and surface-led design.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- We will nurture your individual design identity, enabling you to be expressive, visionary and provocative with a broad range of abilities addressing all sectors of the fashion design community.
- We emphasise emotionally considerate design, inclusion, diversity and an empathic understanding of users' needs.
- We collaborate with other disciplines across the School of Design and ECA and a range of external bodies, including leading designers.
- Our programme is renowned for high standards of fashion drawing and presentation skills.
- In your graduate year, you may showcase your work at our annual ECA Fashion Show in Edinburgh and at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Fashion | View staff profile >
Claire Ferguson, Lecturer in Fashion, specialist in Branding and Knitwear | View staff profile >
Sally-Ann Provan, Teaching Fellow in Fashion, specialist in Accessory Design and Leathermaking | View staff profile >
Elena Tsyplakova, Teaching Fellow in Fashion Design | View staff profile >
Belinda Tippen, Teaching Fellow in Fashion - Specialist in DesignBook (portfolio) teaching | View staff profile >
Coline Henault, Tutor in Fashion Design
Hazel Sharp, Teaching Fellow in Fashion Pattern Cutting | View staff profile >
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A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
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The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
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At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
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The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
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Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
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Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.
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News & events
Mal Burkinshaw collaborated with Sophie Hallete on the work, which is part of a show that converses with the museum’s collections.
Ruth Williams will receive £2000 for her collection from the inaugural NU BLVCK competition
Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh fashion students will showcase their cutting-edge collections in the iconic National Museum of Scotland, sponsored by Cazenove and co-curated by the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.