Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is engaged in a variety of projects that build and maintain relationships with schools and colleges, with the aim of easing students' transition into their chosen creative degree and providing information, advice and guidance for prospective students, as well as their parents, teachers and careers advisors.

Our events are provided either by ECA, or are in collaboration with other institutions. Throughout the year we offer different events, which will suit a variety of students at differing stages of the application process, so whether you are interested in finding out more about what is available to study at a higher level, or wanting support to develop your portfolio, we have something available to suit your needs.

Drawing With Scissors
Edinburgh College of Art

""It's very well resourced, and I think we benefit from being in the art school setting. There's a lot of creative professionals, and it's a creative atmosphere.""

Helen Whiteley-McPhee, West Barns Primary School

ACES

Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) is a project for school students in S4-S6 who are interested in studying a visual creative subject, such as art, design or architecture, at university.

We work with our students to support their creative development, explore their future options and help them create a competitive application.

You can also contact our ACES Project Officer, Jessica Hume:

Fowl Play at Edinburgh College of Art
Image: Neil Hannah
Fowl Play at Edinburgh College of Art
Primary school pupils take part in a concrete workshop
Edinburgh College of Art
Exploring flexible formwork techniques for a new era of sustainable construction

LEAPS Creative Extras

This is a week-long event hosted by LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools). We are actively involved in the Creative Extras week, alongside Queen Margaret, Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt universities, offering practical workshops, application support through personal statement advice and portfolio development.

This week is a great opportunity to enhance your experience, portfolio, and ultimately your university application.

ECA staff and PhD Projects

ECA staff and PhD students lead and deliver a wealth of innovative projects in collaboration with and for primary and secondary schools and colleges regionally, nationally, and internationally.

View the gallery below to find out about some of our recent projects.