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

The filmmaker has won for his mid-length documentary, The Fog of Srebrenica.

The hypED team are submitting their proposal to the international Hyperloop competition

Funding for Mal Burkinshaw to exhibit in the International Centre for Lace and Fashion.

Rhona McCallum was commended at the Goldsmiths’ Fair (Part Two)

Students were assigned random spots in the surrounding area to explore and capture in their work.

Lichtsuchende - a society of biologically-inspired, robotic creatures - is on display at ZKM, Oct '15 - Feb '16.

Louise Keay Bell received the award for her film “Heart of Dust”

The field trip is part of their current 'Herbarium' project.

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

Upcoming School of Design events

11 Dec 2015 to 13 Dec 2015
LTD Edition Jewellery exhibition 2015
10:00 to 17:00
National Museum of Scotland
Event Space, Learning Centre, Level 2