The academic year at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is divided into two semesters, beginning in September (Semester One) and January (Semester Two). 

Key dates for summer and the next academic year are below, including end-of-year shows, graduations and open days.

2020/21 Semester 1

14-18 September 2020 Welcome Week

21 September 2020 Semester 1/Teaching block 1 starts 

23 October 2020 Teaching block 1 ends

26 October 2020 Teaching block 2 starts

To be confirmed Graduations

4 December Teaching block 2 ends

5-9 December 2020 Revision

10-21 December 2020 Examinations

21 December 2020 Semester 1 ends

22 December 2020 Winter teaching vacation starts

25 December 2020 - 4 January 2021 University closed

5 January 2021 University reopens at 9am

11 January 2021 Winter teaching vacation ends

2020/21 Semester 2

11 January 2021 Semester 2 starts/Teaching block 3 starts

12 February 2021 Teaching block 3 ends

15 February 2021 Flexible Learning Week

22 February 2021 Teaching block 4 starts

2 April 2021 Teaching block 4 ends

5-18 April 2021 Spring teaching vacation

19-25 April 2021 Revision

26 April - 21 May 2021 Examinations

21 May 2021 Semester 2 ends

24 May 2021 Summer teaching vacation starts

To be confirmed Graduations

To be confirmed Resit examinations

Photo of an open day at E C A
Edinburgh College of Art
Undergraduate open day in the Sculpture Court
Photo of two people holding hands in front of an artwork
Image courtesy of Joe Glover
Friends and Family evening at our annual Degree Show