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Why you should choose Edinburgh College of Art

Here at ECA we promote an inclusive, fair, respectful, safe and welcoming culture for all.

We are located in Scotland's capital city, a place of green spaces, beautiful historic and contemporary buildings and a rich cultural scene for people of all ages and interests.


3000 Students
500 Research and teaching staff
59 Programmes
4 Locations close to each other in the city centre

Our subject areas

There are five subject areas within Edinburgh College of Art. Click on each to find out more about their teaching specialisms, research activity and academic staff.

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Learning and teaching

ECA is a rich, textured, diverse, and inclusive learning environment. Diverse practices co-exist as the embodiments of an individual and collective pursuit of knowledge, for the betterment of humankind and our planet.  

Our approach is explicitly inclusive, future facing and interdisciplinary, embracing of bold innovation and continuous enhancement. 

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

We recognise that it is the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and expertise of staff, students and our wider community that makes ECA a vibrant, just and creative place to work and study.

Find out more about EDI at ECA
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We are committed to building awareness of, and reducing, the impact of our activities on the planet. ECA is committed to adopting the University of Edinburgh’s sustainability framework and to ensuring that we strive for sustainability throughout our operations, supporting the wider University ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. 

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Campus redevelopment project

The ECA Capital Project to redevelop our Lauriston Place campus will provide outstanding and inclusive research, teaching and learning spaces. It will provide a collaborative, sustainability focussed environment for students and staff, as well as for industry, public and third sectors.

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We recognise the importance of working together in a supportive and rewarding culture and environment, where representative decision-making, and consistent and timely approaches to how we work across ECA, are in the best interests of staff and students.

We are committed to diversifying our workforce and tackling the challenges faced by colleagues, ensuring staff are supported in their roles with a strong sense of purpose contributing towards the vision of ECA and the broader University.

Working at ECA

Join the dynamic community at Edinburgh College of Art and unlock your career potential through collaboration and creativity. Whether you're an established professional or an emerging talent, we offer diverse opportunities to work with us. 

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Social and civic responsibility

Social and civic responsibility is a key focus of our work to ensure that our actions and activities deliver positive change locally, regionally and globally. 

As part of Scotland’s original civic university, we recognise our role in education, knowledge, innovation and research. Our size and scale, presence, and ability to take a long-term view give us a special responsibility to be future facing and address tomorrow’s challenges in a fair and sustainable way – locally and globally.  

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Talbot Rice Gallery

Located in the heart of the Old College, Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh and part of Edinburgh College of Art.

Our staff and students enjoy close connections with the gallery and its staff. 

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Support ECA

There are various ways you can support our students, whether that’s through a financial donation or taking part in mentoring schemes or speaking at our student-facing events.

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