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A black and white photo of Derrick Morgan Image: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

RSNO appoints Edinburgh alumnus as new Assistant Conductor

Edinburgh College of Art BMus (Hons) Music alumnus, Derrick Morgan has been announced as the new Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

A photo of Ffion's installation at the 2023 Graduate Show. Fabric hangings with large marked lettering is displayed in front of a view to Edinburgh Castle through the window. Image: University of Edinburgh Cultural Heritage Digitisation Service

Talented artists selected for University of Edinburgh purchase prize

The 2023 University of Edinburgh Art Collection Graduate Show Purchase Prize has been awarded to Edinburgh College of Art graduating students Ammna Sheikh, Ffion Williams, and Tanatsei Gambura.

Illustrated promotional image for Assassin's Creed Image: ACMirage_© Assassin's Creed & Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Edinburgh art historian helps build new Assassin’s Creed video game

An Edinburgh College of Art historian has helped build the immersive digital world of ninth century Baghdad for the latest installment in popular video game franchise Assassin’s Creed.

A photo of Carla Sayer in front of a wall display showing an archive image of two people working machinery. Image: Carla Sayer

Archive voices offer a renewed sense of Scotland’s past

A new exhibition, which includes work by artist and ECA MMus Composition alum Carla Sayer, takes gallery-goers on a sensory journey around cities and towns, countryside and coasts.

An architectural rending of an elevation of a building showing a roof in a canopy style over a garden planted in front of the building. Work by Kelly Tanim, Kevin Chen and Michael Kan

International competition success for ESALA students

Students in ECA’s Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) have recently been recognised for their work in Buildner’s Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residence Competition and the Berlin-Brandenburg AIV Schinkel Competition.

Poster for BBC Series Mayflies featuring an image of Martin Compston and Tony Curran. Image: Synchronicity Films

Edinburgh alumnus writes music for BBC drama Mayflies

Congratulations to ECA alumnus Joseph Stevenson, who co-composed the score for BBC drama Mayflies which aired earlier this year. We spoke to Joseph about the project, his career and his advice for current students.

 Digital Film Still of Installation, a person crouches by the water edge holding a piece of sculpture in the water. Image: Lorna Phillips

Edinburgh graduates win big at RSA New Contemporaries

ECA graduates taking part in the RSA’s annual exhibition have been recognised with awards following the opening of the exhibition, including the prestigious £15,000 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Award.

A photo of Elizabeth Blackadder and John Houston, Elizabeth is holding a cat. Image: Royal Scottish Academy/Blackadder Houston Charitable Trust

Significant bequest from former ECA lecturers will fund new opportunities for painting students

A new bequest from the estate of ECA alumni and former lecturers Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RSA and John Houston RSA OBE will fund an extensive programme of support for artists in Scotland, including new funding awards for ECA students.

A photo of first prize winner Paloma holding a bouquet of flowers at a piano Image: ECA

Student composer Paloma Leon wins the 2023 Tovey Memorial Prize

Congratulations to third year BMus Music student Paloma Leon who was awarded first place in the Reid School of Music's Tovey Memorial Prize Competition 2023.

A photo of Gareth on stage at the launch event, The Breath Cycle name is on a big screen behind them. Image: Sally Jubb

Funding boost for music project supporting people with Long COVID

Scottish Opera’s Breath Cycle II project led by ECA’s Dr Gareth Williams will continue to support people with Long COVID through singing and songwriting workshops, thanks to new Scottish Government health and social care funding.

A digital mockup of a council chamber, the rooms is airy and bright, chairs are laid out in rows with a few people sitting. Image: Inka Eismar

ESALA graduate wins multiple awards for project reimagining Leith’s New Kirkgate

MA (Hons) Architecture graduate Inka Eismar has been recognised with multiple awards for her 2022 project, Common Ground, which reimagines Leith’s New Kirkgate as a ‘thriving civic space’.

A photo of the final poster design on a wall outside ECA. The poster features Aner's illustration and the information about the competition. Image: ECA

Winning illustration promotes book collecting competition across the University

Congratulations to Edinburgh College of Art BA (Hons) Illustration student Aner Wang, whose illustration has been selected to appear on promotional materials for a University-wide book collecting competition.