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

An exciting new cross-disciplinary programme taking an innovative approach to understanding different physical materials.

Encourages and supports postgraduate students who wish to explore interior design as a means of expressing ideas and opinions.

Join a programme with an international reputation for producing some of the most exciting graduates every year.

Offers you the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and varied research community.

Design Informatics brings together scientific data processing with creative concept development.

An exploration of colour, texture, pattern and form, developing your practice for a diverse range of contexts.

Encouraging designers, thinkers and makers to positively shape the world we inhabit through the critical and creative exploration of product design.

A self-reflective, creative and intellectual approach to designing costume for performance, text and character.

Take advantage of extensive printmaking facilities including screen print, relief print, etching, lithography, digital print and printmaking, monoprint and calligraphy.

We encourage students to take a risk and test the boundaries of the discipline.

Upcoming School of Design events

24 Mar 2016 to 25 Mar 2016
Pet Shop Boys Symposium
9:30 to 22:00
Evolution House
78 West Port