We encourage bold, lateral thinking coupled with a clear understanding of process, technique and business and we pride ourselves on helping graduates to be unique and individual, and 100% employable. Our aim is to produce confident and emotive designers who can successfully interpret complex briefs and grasp the subtleties of targeted and effective problem-solving.
As a student, you will learn through sustained involvement with the design process, graduating with skills spanning the wide range of engagement that contemporary graphics demands. An essential tool in this process is the esteem in which we hold the currency of ideas generated by open debate.
Student projects are constantly revised, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of the graphic design industry, and our award-winning Design Agency Project, with mentorship from industry professionals, will help you build valuable networks and prepare you for life after graduation. Our many live projects include collaborations with influential clients, including the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, BBC, British Airport Authority, Barrie Cashmere, Craft Scotland and The National Portrait Gallery. Being part of the School of Design also encourages collaboration with peers across the various disciplines of ECA and the wider university community. Our students are becoming increasingly vocal about the world they inhabit – issues around sustainability and ethics often expressed through experiential design have been particularly successful.
On this programme, you will develop a variety of skills, from the traditional techniques of screen print and letterpress, through to cutting-edge digital technologies. We use up-to-date digital tools, but the importance of the handmade is considered fundamental to the thinking process, and is encouraged at every opportunity.
Final year students have the chance to fully incorporate their design strengths into a portfolio and exhibition at the end-of-year ECA Degree Show. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work at the annual British Design and Art Direction: New Blood graduate exhibition in London.
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One of the University of Edinburgh's institutes, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, is looking for feedback to help develop their educational portfolio of highly flexible, interdisciplinary, data focused and project-led taught postgraduate (PGT) programmes.
There is a set of surveys for proposed programmes in the following areas: Building Inclusive Societies; Creativity: Storytelling Futures; Design Futures; Education Futures; Future Democracy/Governance; and Future Sustainability.
We invite you to share your thoughts on the early ideas for these programmes, to help make them as exciting and relevant as possible.