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

Gordon Napier awarded a Prince William Scholarship, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros.

Group project aims to encourage integration between students

The Jewellery & Silvermithing graduates took their work to Shanghai over the summer

Susan Cross, Reader in Jewellery, presents new work at 'Shock & Awe' exhibition in Bristol.

The master of “the odd yet perfectly logical invention drawing” tells us about finding surprises in everyday things.

The Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator tells us about the magic of bringing the inanimate to life.

Graduate, Jane Stockdale, on collaboration, experimentation, the positives of failure and travelling the world.

Fashion Programme Director shortlisted in inaugural awards for his work on diversity.

Dongsun Lee is using the technology to create unique work

Emelie Westerlund awarded €3,000 and her work featured at international exhibition.