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

Graphic Design students work with housing association to transform graffiti hotspots across Edinburgh.

“A Wee Night In” by Stuart Edwards claims the top prize at STIFF

Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” tells the story of the Votes for Women movement in Britain

YCN Student Awards for undergraduates, Katy Simpson and James Crossley.

Three ECA staff to exhibit in new international exhibition, Heat Exchange II.

A golden year for the queen of titanium.

The founding members of Warriors Studio tell us about their creative partnership and of launching Scotland’s first ever graphic design festival.

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