An outline of the programme.
Edinburgh College of Art

"There’s one side which is about empowering students with confidence of materials and processes, and the other side is about engagement with ideas and experimentation, really trying to make the student aware of their own identity."


We aim to provide our students with a supportive environment that will extend your creative outlook and skills base. Whilst sculpture has a legacy stretching back 70,000 years, it has been at the forefront of much of the change that has taken place in contemporary art in recent times. We expect that you will embrace this cultural legacy but with your eye fixed firmly on the future.

Our programme of study allows you to gather skills through hands-on experience in our purpose-built workshops and studios, whilst at the same time, developing fluency in a visual language which is concerned with form, space and presence. We seek to empower you with a wide range of making and thinking strategies that will allow you to make informed decisions about what kind of artist/sculptor you wish to become.

We encourage our students to push the limits of their own creative boundaries and to take risks through experimentation. Research, drawing and visual thinking are key to the underpinning of your practice and we encourage a philosophy that allows the mind to recruit whatever is necessary to improve and feed your work. Sculpture staff are engaged in a wide range of research interests that feed into the teaching spectrum and this enhances and informs the discussions around the making and exhibiting of work produced by students.

Critical discussion is central to the teaching programme and beyond the valuable one-to-one teaching you will receive, there are weekly project spaces and other events which involve students at all levels in the wider debates about making and thinking about contemporary art practice.


Our students leave well equipped to immediately engage with the professional art world and ahead of many graduates possess the ability to give talks and presentations, mount substantial exhibitions and lead the way forward in the constantly changing and exciting field of contemporary art.

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:

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David Moore

Programme Director - Sculpture


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5883

Facilities and resources

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.

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.

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

Edinburgh College of Art has well-equipped glass workshops for the blowing, cutting and casting of glass objects. The space includes hot and cold glass workshops and a plaster room.


College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565