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 do we find our way in the world when our understanding of position and direction is challenged? Final wayfinding workshop | 27th July 2015.

Choi Kee Ryong works with glass to explore the cultural uncanny

After an outstanding Degree Show, our students triumph at New Designers, New Blood and more.

On the international festival trail with the award-winning documentary maker.

“Sculpting the Spirits” explores the introduction of money into a tribal society.

Alberto Iordanov’s film, "Bubo’s Limbo", explores the rise and fall of the communist ideal.

Thirteen film-makers, including an ECA alumni, travel to Traverse Theatre to seek backing for their film.

Martin Radich’s "NORFOLK" is a tale about a reclusive father and son whose close relationship is threatened when the father’s violent past catches up with them.

Your chance to see a wealth of animation and filmmaking talent | 17-28 June 2015

Upcoming School of Design events

20 Jun 2015 to 09 Oct 2015
Black on Black
11:00 to 18:00
Manchester Art Gallery
Old Granada Studios