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 Design Informatics students have contributed to knowledge exchange on social isolation.

Join Professor Remo Pedreschi, Programme Director, for a live chat about the MSc Material Practice programme.

Peter Sloan wins in the "Work in Relief" category for his work "Immense World of Delight".

folkstudio, a design agency run by ECA students, hosts a variety of workshops on the theme of evolution.

Third years display their work and run Q&A workshop with second years

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.

Upcoming School of Design events

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