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

Dr Craig Martin wrote a chapter for a new Routledge collection

ECA tutor, Mike Inglis, is exhibiting his work at the gallery

Award-winning filmmaker who gained huge international following for his Ryan Gosling viral videos died on Sunday 3rd May.

Alice Chandler finds out more from Performance Costume alumni about what they currently do

2,800 people attend seven catwalk shows over three days. Prize winners announced.

Lisa Naas (Glass - MA/MFA) working with a composer on public engagement project.

We talk to Rachel Simmonds about teaching Fashion Interior Design at the Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation.

Anna works as a costume designer and has worked with teams on numerous productions, including Sunshine On Leith, The Bletchley Circle, Cuckoo, and Downton Abbey.

Maisie Shearing has won the Fundación SM International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

Artist in Residence opportunities for artists/designers in a range of disciplines across the School of Design. Apply by 29th May 2015.

Upcoming School of Design events

31 May 2015
ECA at Graduate Fashion Week, London, 2015
Truman Brewery
1 Hanbury Street