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In the School of Art, we believe there is real value in working as part of a community with a dynamic and creative shared energy. 

Students have access to world-class studios and technical facilities within the broader context of one of the world’s top universities, with the huge range of accompanying resources that this entails. They create work in increasingly diverse forms for various situations through researching, thinking, making, taking risks, experimentation and commitment. Encouraged to think of fine art as a tool that can affect change in the wider society, students work closely with practising technical and academic staff throughout their time with us.  

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Introducing Art

Susan Mowatt, Head of Art, gives an overview of the subject area.


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5 Programmes
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Why choose us?


You’ll join a community of practising artists, writers, critics and curators working across visual, material and sensual culture. We think, make and critically reflect.


Through our Monday Talks, guest workshops and external projects, you’ll meet and be inspired by leading artists and thinkers from across, and beyond, ECA.


Your learning will be studio-based and research-focused; a mix of one-to-one tutorials, group critiques, seminars, lectures, and field trips.


You’ll be able to take courses from across the University of Edinburgh, using both traditional and digital facilities, and world-class libraries, museums and collections.


You’ll be supported in responding to the world with curiosity, and equipped with the talent, knowledge and expertise to lead future innovation in art practice.

A photo of Charlene Scott's work displayed at the 2023 Graduate Show, on an off-white wall. Four framed artworks are side-by-side, each in a neutral, off-white tone, with different textures and patterns. Image: Charlene Scott

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