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

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.

Simon Lloyd tells us about his time as a User Experience designer with Mayxmiser, as part of our Innovate UK-funded KTP.

Axel Scheffler and Catherine Raynor were among the visitors to inspire Illustration students this semester.

Undergraduates and postgraduates worked together on the 2-day Ani Jam challenge.

If you’re interested in Design Informatics and you’d like to find out more about our programme, come along to our online information session.

Several birds of prey came along to the studio to be drawn by the students

Lucy Roscoe reflects on a recent trip students made to Orkney for a collaborative children's book project.

Upcoming School of Design events

21 Mar 2015 to 23 May 2015
10:00 to 18:00
Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union Street
11 Apr 2015 to 02 May 2015
10:00 to 17:00
Doubtfire Gallery
3 South East Circus Place