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

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.

Beth Legg studied Jewellery at ECA as a BA, MA, and practice-led PhD student

Student researching geek culture took her dream trip to The Shire

First year students developed designs with the briefs of “animal magic” and “new threads”

The fair was part of 'Book Week Scotland' and featured work from ECA students, staff and alumni.

Students hope to improve the cycling experience after measuring stress levels of cyclists on the road.

Stories inspired by the real life “man who lives in the zoo”.

Upcoming School of Design events

09 Feb 2015 to 19 Feb 2015
Illustrating the last great voyage of discovery
10:00 to 20:00
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
05 Mar 2015
Performing the City
Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
ECA Main Building
23 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015
SHOW 2015: Fashion / Costume / Textiles
18:30 to 20:00
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art