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

Coats produced in Scotland displayed at company’s flagship store on Mount Street in London.

Out of this world collaboration with Vivian French and the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Bookplate intends to reflect the history of each book to future generations

The creator of 'The Making of Longbird' on the rewards of making people laugh and why he’s chosen to stay in Edinburgh.

Dr Jessamy Kelly, a lecturer in Glass, describes her experience at the Rona Glass Factory, and the work she created there.

Emma Mitchell and Matthew Barber win the three-week project.

Shortlist of project ideas up for public vote.

Dave Murray-Rust & Rocio von Jungenfeld are presenting 'Lichtsuchende' in Ghent (Belgium) in November.

Two students from ECA represented Great Britain at the exhibition.

Textile students design charity bags-for-life; Jutexpo prints the winning design.

Upcoming School of Design events

27 Nov 2014
Design Informatics Research Seminar: Design Electronics
Evolution House, T-Room (1st Floor)
78 West Port
28 Nov 2014
Masterclass with Kubrick producer Jan Harlan
14:00 to 17:00
Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
ECA Main Building
28 Nov 2014
Limited Edition Preview
15:00 to 20:00
Hunter Building, Room Q25
Edinburgh College of Art
01 Dec 2014 to 04 Dec 2014
Limited Edition - 3rd year Jewellery exhibition
10:00 to 16:00
Hunter Building, Room Q25
Edinburgh College of Art
13 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014
Limited Edition at National Museum Scotland
10:00 to 17:00
Learning Centre, Level 2
National Museum of Scotland