To study at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is to immerse yourself in the life of one of the world’s great cultural cities, consistently voted one of the most liveable, and known, globally, for its annual arts festivals, rich history, and seasonal celebrations.

As part of a large, international community, you’ll make connections, create and collaborate, but your individual needs will always be supported by excellent teaching staff, a dedicated personal tutor, a fantastic Student Support Office, and a strong Students’ Association.

If you’re joining us on-campus, you’ll be taught in the heart of the Scottish capital, surrounded by the astounding architecture of the Old and New Towns (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and world-class galleries, museums, libraries, and performance venues. And our online programmes bring the Edinburgh experience to you, wherever you are.

You will be encouraged and facilitated to work hard and test your limits, build your skills and try new things so that you can achieve your full potential during, and after, your time with us.

We are proud to play our part in shaping the city’s creative identity, working with arts and cultural organisations, large and small, to uphold Edinburgh's reputation as a major global destination for creativity and innovation.

Small, walkable and green, the city is easy to get around and, with a bar and restaurant scene reflecting the many nationalities of our students, you will always be able to find a little bit of home.

Photo of students at a party
Image courtesy of Ben Shmulevitch
The annual ECA Revel

How could one place have the hills, the sea, the gothic buildings. Is it possible? Does it exist? It’s just amazing. Everything is here.

Noelia Garcia, Erasmus+ student