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

Five BFC awards and a Levis's win cap a great year for SHOW 2016 designers.

Fashion graduate now working for Gucci in Rome; a Wallpaper Magazine 'one to watch.'

Interior Design students tell us about their ‘Maggie’s Just Incase’ competition win.

Shaun graduated from Glass - BA (Hons) in 2012. He is doing an MA at Royal College of Art and is part of the 2016 An Sùileachan Residency on the Isle of Lewis.

Hongzhi Zhu’s medal looked at the contemplative but also euphoric nature of dog walking.

Megan Baker has fused historical and contemporary references to portray all wars in all countries.

A Canadian fashion designer turns her talents to performance costume.

Over 55 stallholders sold their work at the Artists' Book and Zine Fair which took place in March.

On the 24th and 25th March 2016, a symposium on the music and career of the Pet Shop Boys took place in ECA's School of Design.

The writer and director’s visit concluded with a discussion in the Filmhouse hosted by Dr Jonny Murray.

Upcoming School of Design events

07 May 2016 to 18 Jun 2016
Naked Craft at the Swanson Gallery
The Swanson Gallery
Davidson's Lane
25 Jun 2016 to 23 Jul 2016
Naked Craft at the Iona Gallery
The Iona Gallery
Duke Street
16 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016