Reasons to choose the programme

We equip our graduates with the skills to confidently enter the workplace as designers who will shape the future.
Learning is primarily in a studio environment, encouraging opportunities for individual study or collaboration, mirroring the workplace.
You will get to diversify and specify. In your graduate year, your major project will reflect your own interest in the field.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with designers from a range of disciplines within ECA and postgraduate learners.  
You will engage with the wider context of interior design, from a sociological, material, and architectural point of view.

Rachel Simmonds and students outline the programme.
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There are three main components to our programme: studio design work; the development of technical skills, such as drawing, modelmaking and CAD; and professional practice focused experiences.

Outline

Our programme provides a dynamic and contemporary training experience in the wide field of the interior built environment, placing emphasis on personal creative freedom, responsibility and design innovation. Teaching is delivered by experienced, award-winning practitioners who recognise that 'interior space' spans a vast range of environments, from the short term (e.g. exhibition and pop-up events) to the longer term (e.g. hotels and offices). We encourage students fully understand their sites, not just within the context and history of the individual building, but also in the wider urban and social context. It is primarily delivered in the Studio, a space created to replicate the professional design studio environment.

There are three main components to our programme: studio design work; the development of technical skills, such as drawing, modelmaking and CAD; and professional practice focused experiences. Studio design work is based on a series of innovative projects which are a mix of live and theoretical, individual and group, short and long, large and small. You will explore social and environmental responsibility and the implications for designers of responsible materials specification, lighting strategies, energy use and construction methods. You will be exposed to a wide range of skills and briefs prior to your graduate year, when you will devise a major project of your own choosing.

The studio environment allows for research and regular presentation of development work to peers and staff, which encourages discussion and, importantly, self-reflection. Being part of ECA encourages collaboration with other design subjects, such as Fashion, Textiles, Graphic Design, Product Design and Architecture. There is also a close relationship between the Interior Design undergraduate programme and our postgraduate programmes. At undergraduate level we are involved in the University Exchange programme, welcoming students from other international Universities to our studio for a semester, and some of our students taking the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in their third year. These include exchanges with Universities in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Stuttgart, Istanbul and Lahti. Since 2014 we have had a collaborative partnership with Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, where Shanghai based students have the option, both to be taught in China by our flying academics, and to spend two of their four years of study in Edinburgh.

Careers

Graduating students have found work in various related design offices, for example with architects, interior designers, lighting designers, and with other areas of the industry, such as materials specification and sales.

Film, TV and computer gaming design, as well as theatre set design have also been destinations, as has further education and teaching.


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: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk


Staff

Rachel Simmonds

Programme Director - Interior Design; Flying Academic

Director of Outreach (School of Design)

Email: Rachel.Simmonds@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5752


Facilities and resources

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

The workshop facilities include band saws, pillar drills, sanders and wire-cutters.

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


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Contact

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

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