What’s different about this programme?

MA (Hons) Fine Art is an undergraduate five-year degree that, unlike many Fine Art degrees, has an equal split between the study of art history and studio based art practice. In the first two years you study core courses in Art and History of Art alongside a choice of courses offered by ECA or other Schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In History of Art we have specialists in global art, including Chinese and Islamic, which you will study alongside the Italian renaissance, Impressionism and contemporary art. In Art you will experience the expanded field of art practice in first year and be allocated a studio tutor in second year whose studio practice is related to your interests. In third and fourth years you will chose from a range of specialised topics in History of Art and develop a more independent approach to your studio practice in Art. In your final year you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a research topic of your own choosing and develop a body of art work for the degree show exhibition.


This programme prepares you for a range of careers in the art world such as curatorships in galleries and museums, art journalism, publishing and art dealing. Some graduates use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, while some choose to go on to further academic study. Other graduates establish themselves as successful independent artists and art historians.

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 the structure of the programme and what you will study each year
  • 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: futurestudents@ed.ac.uk

Alumni profiles


Dr Ian Rothwell

Teaching Fellow, History of Art

Email: ian.rothwell@ed.ac.uk

Facilities and resources

Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, our painting studios provide a bright and airy space for working in.

These facilities are provided for both cold and hot casting processes, allowing you to work on small as well as large-scale pieces.

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

The Photography Suite provides facilities and studios for students to gain a grounding in nearly all aspects of photography including process and developing as well as printing of photographs.

This large wood workshop hosts a huge range of machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods, as well as metals, plastics, and cardboard.


College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Email: futurestudents@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565