Fashion - BA (Hons)


Mal Burkinshaw

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.

Student work


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

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Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams
Image courtesy of NU BLVCK

Ruth Williams will receive £2000 for her collection from the inaugural NU BLVCK competition

26 May 2017
The National Museum of Scotland, Grand Gallery
Chambers Street

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.


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