Charlie Stiven talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

Students have a dedicated studio tutor but also work with other staff from the programme and across the wider School of Art, all of whom are practicing artists.

Outline

This programme is centred on the studio, it builds and expands on a long history encompassing a range of approaches, both in terms of concept, context and methods.

Edinburgh College of Art has exceptional purpose built studios where students are encouraged to identify, reflect on and develop their personal visual and intellectual vocabulary through the language of Painting.

The nurturing and development of the individual is a priority. Each student is allocated their own studio space as well as having access to spaces within and out-with the college where students install work individually or collectively; these events create a platform for discussion.

Students have a dedicated studio tutor but also work with other staff from the programme and across the wider School of Art, all of whom are practicing artists.

One-to-one and group tutorials are a crucial part of the programme and regular seminars and crits take place where students are encouraged to discuss and present their work to fellow students, staff and to different external agencies.

Students begin by interpreting projects through their own interests, leading to developing and negotiating their own programme of study and ultimately to an independent and self-reliant practice.

Drawing is a vital element in the programme, both as a means of analysis and research and as a discrete entity. Students are encouraged to explore Printmaking either as a form of image making or a means of the production of multiples, editions and Artists’ Books.

Students are instructed in technical methods, use of materials, methods of installation and presentation. Theory and Practice are inter-linked; thinking through the stuff of Painting is challenged and supported by a high level of criticality. We want students to not only explore how to make a painting but also what it means to make a Painting.

 

Careers

Many graduates pursue careers as artists or enter other art-related professions and go on to undertake residencies and commissions in a global context. A high percentage of graduates establish themselves in workshops and studios. Many have achieved considerable success and built international reputations.

Our programmes provide a progressive education in contemporary art practice. Our students develop analytical and practical skills, the ability to work with others in an organised manner and the ability to think laterally. These attributes can be applied to a wide range of career possibilities.

Some students continue their studies at postgraduate level. Others have gone on to teach or to make an impact in the wider creative industries.


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

Charlie Stiven

Programme Director - Painting

Email: c.stiven@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5902


Facilities and resources

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.


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Contact

College of Humanities & Social Science Undergraduate Admissions Office

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