Reasons to choose the programme

We will nurture your personal filmmaking language, encouraging and enabling you to make work which is genuinely original and based on your own way of looking at the world.
You can specialise in documentary, drama or experimental film while gaining training in a wide range of other filmmaking skills and approaches.
We work very much as a community and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with others, including within industry.
All lecturers work within the industry on an international level and bring depth of expertise and practical experience to their teaching.
We are accredited as a Skillset Screen & Media Academy recognised as providing the highest standard of vocational education.


In film, we have to battle against generalities: generalities of thought, of seeing, of making. In order to bring a fresh vision to our work, we have to re-locate the specifics of experience, observation and thought which allows us to make work which is genuinely original and based on one’s own way of looking at the world.

Our programme is based on constantly interrogating and learning how to evolve a personal filmmaking language and approach to visual storytelling in its broadest sense. You can choose to specialise in documentary, drama or experimental film, but we encourage everyone to take part in workshops to learn other skills and extend their knowledge of filmmaking and its contexts. Most students graduate as directors, some as cinematographers or producers, but all are expected to develop secondary skills. We run practical workshops in camera (including lens training and 16 mm), sound recording and sound design and editing, as well as directing, writing and documentary making.

We work very much as a community and all undergraduates, as well as directing their own work, collaborate on camera, production or sound on Senior productions, which is an excellent way of learning. All our lecturers work within the industry on an international level.

Along with Edinburgh Napier University, we have been accredited as a Skillset Screen & Media Academy: one of a select group of institutions recognised by Creative Skillset as providing the highest standard of vocational education, training and skills development for film and television. This testifies to our proven track record in working in conjunction with the film and TV industry to develop professional skills for the wider film and TV world. We have many speakers and workshops led by industry professionals and also collaborate with broadcasters and institutions on commissions and placements.


Our programmes have strong industrial pathways to ensure the most successful and meaningful careers for graduates. You are encouraged to participate in national and international showcase events appropriate to your programme.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. 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 fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for undergraduate

If you’re applying to study on one of our Art or Design degree programmes, you’ll also be required to submit a mini portfolio. Our application guide explains what you need to submit and by when.

Art & Design: How to Apply application guide (PDF)

If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

Email the Undergraduate Admissions Office:


Dr Itandehui Jansen

Lecturer in Film & TV


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.

Includes a flexible studio space, equipment for location shooting, and several editing facilities.

Scholarships and bursaries

Royal Television Society Bursaries

  • Value: £1000 each year for three years to support living expenses, RTS membership, and mentorship
  • Deadline: Closed on 30 June 2016
  • Eligibility: Applicants should have career aspirations to work in television, show a demonstrable ability to study, and be keen to be active members of the RTS.




College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565