Our programme takes a broad-based view of the medium of photography in the context of contemporary art and encourages students to experiment with a wide range of working methods and create diverse outcomes. Our approach to photographic practice combines critical thinking with technical expertise to pose new questions about the role of image in the contemporary context and push the boundaries of how images are created and conceptualised. Studio-based explorations, which are at the centre of your learning experience on this programme, take place with reference to the contributions of relevant historical and contemporary practitioners whose work you will be exploring and discussing in detail.

Through a combination of set and self-initiated projects we will support you to create a personal approach to both digital and analogue photographic processes and outcomes, in order to produce work which is vibrant in the current society and can adapt to rapid change. These are skills that can be also easily transferred to creative contexts of other kinds beyond the limits of how photography functions within contemporary art contexts.

Expert staff

Programme staff are acknowledged experts in their fields and have exhibited and published work internationally. It is also important to point out that photography functions very much within the wider context of the School of Art and that consequently you will benefit from the expertise of a wide range of teaching practitioners and visiting lecturers.



Our graduates have gone on to prosper at the highest levels in artistic practice involving photography winning a host of prestigious international prizes and awards. Curatorial practice and a range of opportunities in the creative arts, education and media are also inspiring possibilities as career paths.

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: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk

Alumni profiles


Dr Sophia Lycouris

Reader, Interdisciplinary Choreography, School of Art

Programme Director - Photography

Email: s.lycouris@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5850

Facilities and resources

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

A range of printing, photocopying, scanning and related services are available to students to support projects, events and exhibitions.

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