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

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Prudence Horrocks was joint winner of the Gill Packard Bursary at the 2014 Craftsmanship and Design awards

The study trip to Munich was to see one of the biggest contemporary jewellery exhibitions, ‘Schmuck’.

ECA Film Directing graduate wins British Academy Scotland New Talent Award.

Students from Interior Design and Interior Architectural Design take part in an ILW study trip to Madrid.

ECA students awarded the FilmG Theme Prize.

ECA students have collaborated with Edinburgh College dancers to celebrate the work of Louise Bourgeois.

Catharine Davison is an Edinburgh-based artist whose career is blossoming and who currently teaches at ECA and for OLL.

Edinburgh college of Art’s School of Design is pleased to announce a number of Artist in Residence opportunities for artists/designer in a range of disciplines across the school.

ECA leads the nominations in this year’s British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards, the shortlist for which was announced on 17th March 2014.

Upcoming School of Design events

04 Apr 2014 to 21 Apr 2014
Picturebook in Progress - Exhibition
10:00 to 17:00
Sculpture Court Balcony
Edinburgh College of Art
23 Apr 2014 to 25 Apr 2014
28 May 2014 to 29 May 2014
Temporal Design: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street