Outline

Please be advised that this curriculum is under review and changes may be applied to the programme from 2017/18 onwards.

Our studio programme encourages practices that are speculative and reflective, encouraging work in a range of media. It is concerned with ways of learning that are experiential – embodied through and understood by the acquisition of a practice.

Students produce artworks and projects in a family of media, adapting approaches drawn from an increasingly wide array of subject disciplines. The programme also involves the theoretical study of this family of media and approaches, drawing on related fields and methods.

Media-related disciplines supported by the programme include sculpture, painting and printmaking, photography, a/v and new media. The programme also encompasses approaches to practice that are non media-specific, including intermedia, time-based arts, performance, installation, social-practice, education and artwriting.

The programme is aimed at professional artists who want to develop a more ambitious artistic practice by extending their practical, theoretical, organisational and economic knowledge. It develops from a broad to a specialist understanding of the technical resources and validating contexts in which artists work today, drawing inspiration and nourishment from the experience of our international student cohort.

A unique approach

A defining aspect of our studio programme is the emphasis it places upon speculative scepticism - not proceeding from the position of knowing what art is; rather, being motivated by speculation on what it might be. We generate an atmosphere that supports mutual co-operation, a dynamic, intellectually ambitious environment in which staff and students can learn together.

Our students often work collaboratively, therefore we are very eager to select applicants based on their ability to work well as part of a creative team as much as we are interested in their artistic and academic potential. We attract students from all over the world with very different backgrounds and experiences. The focus on building a supportive creative community, on the rigorous and experimental combination of theory and practice and the international profile of the student body makes our Masters programme unique.

Where it will take you

The School of Art contributes to Edinburgh’s contemporary art sector. Students benefit directly from our partners’ teaching and research input into their work, as well as from the considerable resources and experience they offer. Postgraduates exhibit their work in the Talbot Rice, Embassy and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as well as in other venues in and beyond Scotland.

The School invites prominent artists, critics and curators to deliver our Friday Talks. Visitors also run workshops for our masters students and lead critiques. Additionally, the Embassy run a professional development programme for our students that features regular guests.

Careers

The programme will enable you to develop an ambitious art practice as well as provide you with the organisational and economic knowledge required to thrive as a self-employed artist. You will also be qualified to teach studio art in higher education and to work in the contemporary art sector.


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Staff

John Beagles

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGT), School of Art

Lecturer

Email: j.beagles@ed.ac.uk


Facilities and resources

Including journals, image databases, and local collections.

At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.

Carving and mould-making facilities, a ceramics kiln, and casting amenities for bronze and aluminium.

Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.

A range of cameras, a full-length portraiture studio, analogue and digital darkrooms, and image editing facilities.

Woodworking tools and machinery, including laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.




Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086