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Design at ECA is driven by change: we create new generations of designers and design researchers that tackle real-world problems. 

We encourage all our students to value the importance of sustainable, ethical, and considerate design interventions. We will prioritise your employability and ongoing professional and research development, informed by future industry, societal, and academic needs. You will become adaptable and independent, with the ability to respond positively to changing needs in uncertain futures. 

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Introducing Design at Edinburgh College of Art

Mal Burkinshaw, the former Head of Design, gives an overview of the subject area at Edinburgh College of Art.


147 Members of staff
945 Students
17 Programmes
6633 Alumni

Why choose us?


You’ll join a passionate community of designers, with the opportunity to focus on your particular design field, as well as to collaborate across a broad range of disciplines.


Taught by leading practitioners and theorists, you’ll be supported in responding to live briefs, showcasing your work, and entering high-profile competitions.


Our city is a world-leading centre of knowledge in science, engineering and innovation. We are at the heart of this network, working closely with key partners.


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.


We are educating not only problem-solvers, but opportunity-seekers. Our students become the designers / thinkers / makers who positively shape the world we inhabit.

A collection of materials and tools on a desk, including rolled up paper, pieces of wood, tape, cutting tools and a plastic box Credit: Joseph Wilson

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