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

How people with visual impairments have responded to a research-led exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

CCCF is a festival of events organised by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service taking place from 2nd - 6th March 2015.

THIS IS SCOTLAND films produced by ECA’s documentary research centre aired during prime-time slots.

Lewis Firth Bolton (Animation – BA (Hons)) wins a 2014 Student Television Award

Students invited to BBC Scotland in Glasgow for the awards ceremony.

Jeans for Genes have challenged ECA students once again to design a t-shirt for this year’s campaign.

Exploring Sir Ernest Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition through illustrated maps.

Chris will provide an overview of the MA/MFA Design Informatics

From old school tutors to the ECA Apprentice, Andrew Wolffe traces his involvement with the College.

Obioma Oji discusses the recent Cosy | Gyro workshop and exhibition which took place in the Sculpture Court, and the research related to it.

Upcoming School of Design events

27 Feb 2015 to 05 Mar 2015
20:00 to 23:00
11 Gayfield Square
05 Mar 2015
Performing the City
Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
ECA Main Building
21 Mar 2015 to 23 May 2015
10:00 to 18:00
Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union Street
23 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015
SHOW 2015: Fashion / Costume / Textiles
18:30 to 20:00
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art