Graphic Design - BA (Hons)


Our programme provides a dynamic and multifaceted learning experience, emphasising conceptual rigour and innovation. We pride ourselves on helping graduates to be unique and individual - there is no ‘house style’ - and 100% employable. Within our Guardian University Award-winning Design Agency project, we are fully supported by a large network of mentors from Edinburgh-based professional design agencies.

In order to nurture innovators of the future, we encourage bold, lateral thinking coupled with a clear understanding of process, technique and business. Our aim is to produce confident and emotive designers who can successfully interpret complex briefs and grasp the subtleties of targeted and effective problem-solving. You will learn through sustained involvement with the design process, graduating with skills spanning the wide range of engagement that contemporary graphics demands. An essential tool in this process is the esteem in which we hold the currency of ideas generated by open debate.

Student projects are constantly revised, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of the graphic design industry. Our students are becoming increasingly vocal about the world they inhabit – issues around sustainability and ethics often expressed through experiential design have been particularly successful. Our many live projects include collaborations with influential clients, including the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, BBC, British Airport Authority, Barrie Cashmere, Craft Scotland and The National Portrait Gallery. Being part of the School of Design encourages collaboration with peers across the various disciplines of ECA. Since our merger with the University of Edinburgh, new connections are being made with groundbreaking research projects from the wider university community.

On this programme, you will develop a variety of skills, from the traditional techniques of screen print and letterpress, through to cutting-edge digital technologies, such as design for laser and rapid prototyping. We use up-to-date digital tools, but the importance of the handmade is considered fundamental to the thinking process, and is encouraged at every opportunity.

Final year students have the chance to fully incorporate their design strengths into a portfolio and exhibition at the end-of-year ECA Degree Show. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work at the annual British Design and Art Direction: New Blood graduate exhibition in London.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • During your time with us, you will not only gain an honours degree but intensive work experience stimulated by the real-life dynamics of agency practice and mentored by Edinburgh-based professional design agencies.
  • You will graduate with the skills to exert creative control over an ever-increasing range of disciplines within graphic design.
  • Student projects are constantly revised, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of the graphic design industry.
  • Live projects encourage collaboration within ECA and the wider creative industries.
  • In your final year, you will have the chance to incorporate your design strengths into a portfolio and exhibition at the end-of-year ECA Degree Show and have the opportunity to showcase your work at the annual British Design and Art Direction: New Blood graduate exhibition in London.

Student work


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