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

Stephen Bottomley, Programme Director for Jewellery & Silversmithing, and Susan Cross, reader in Jewellery, present work at exhibition about the realities of conflict.

Head of Fashion, Mal Burkinshaw, to star in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas | 5th August 2014

ECA students impress at design industry event

Graphic Design and Illustration students attend D&AD’s New Blood festival

Work by two Jewellery students will be displayed at Galerie Marzee

Mårten Jönmark wins prestigious award for storyboard work

Students will be able to study a variety of design and digital media courses

Short shadow play showing the evolution of warfare scoops the top prize

Using fashion to raise awareness of liver disease among young people in Scotland.

We’re offering one PG student a bursary to undertake the MA Fashion in 2014-15. DEADLINE: 30 June 2014

Upcoming School of Design events

16 Aug 2014
Masters Festival: Film & Animation Showcase (16th August)
14:00 to 15:00
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
17 Aug 2014
Masters Festival: Film & Animation Showcase (17th August)
14:00 to 15:00
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
18 Aug 2014
Masters Festival: Cityselfie Workshop
11:30 to 13:30
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
18 Aug 2014
Masters Festival: Designers Talk: Problem solving, story telling and innovating (18th August)
14:00 to 15:30
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
18 Aug 2014
Masters Festival: Film & Animation Showcase (18th August)
15:30 to 16:30
Sculpture Court
Edinburgh College of Art Main Building

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