Edinburgh College Of Art

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a world renowned independent art college situated in the centre of one of Europe’s most vibrant and creative capital cities. With a history that stretches back to 1760, eca is one of the oldest and largest art colleges of its kind. Our students study in its three city centre campuses – investigating, learning and above all practicing art, design, architecture and landscape architecture.

At eca, you will be joining an international and cosmopolitan student body. You will be challenged and encouraged by teaching staff that are leaders in their field – in a friendly, competitive environment, with access to the best materials and resources. With a sector-leading staff to student ratio, you will have ample opportunity to develop your specialist skills.

Although proud of its independence, eca degree programmes are validated by The University of Edinburgh. This means that not only will you gain one of the richest educational experiences available, but also earn a qualification guaranteed by one of the UK’s leading academic institutions.

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United Kingdom

Lauriston Place
Phone: +44 (0)131 221 6027
Fax: +44 (0)131 221 6039
Website: www.eca.ac.uk

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Our Aims

We want each student to make the most of his or her unique talents. If you wish to be challenged, are passionate about art, design, architecture or landscape architecture and want to be encouraged to develop new skills and find new ways of thinking, eca could be the place for you.  

Location and Getting there

Edinburgh's public transport systems are excellent. There is a comprehensive network of bus routes in and around town, and the bus station at St Andrew Square provides frequent services to other towns and cities. London is approximately five hours away by train, Glasgow less than one hour and the Highlands are also within easy reach. Edinburgh Airport, which has a thirty-minute express bus link from the city centre, operates regular domestic and international flights.

Train Station: Edinburgh Waverley Airport: Edinburgh Airport

The eca campus map complete with how to get to eca can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.eca.ac.uk/pdf/eca-maps.pdf  

Academic Staff and Description

Our staff are practising artists, designers, architects, curators and writers, many with international reputations.

eca has a highly active research environment which supports the College's strong traditions of ground-breaking work at all scales.  

News and Events

Running for more than 50 years, Edinburgh College of Art’s annual, sell-out Fashion Show is a key date in the capital’s cultural calendar in May. Vibrant, energetic and above all, inspiring – it sets the pace for other fashion shows to follow.

Each June, ECA opens its doors to the public for the annual student Degree Show. Works by more than 400 students across 23 art, design and architecture specialisms will be on display throughout the College, which is temporarily transformed into an enormous exhibition space.

For further details of our Fashion Show and Degree Show please see our website:


Information For  Undergraduates

The specialist Art and Design degree programmes on offer at eca are:
Film & TV
Fine Art (joint degree with the University of Edinburgh History of Art department)
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Intermedia Art
Jewellery & Silversmithing
Performance Costume
Product Design

Specialisms in Architecture and Landscape Architecture are also offered.

The shared First Year Studies Course provides a broad preparation for all Art and Design disciplines. Usually the subjects listed above will begin with this shared First Year before specialising.

You can also study for an Art and Design Combined Studies degree on a part-time basis over a period of four to eight years.  

Information For  Postgraduates

eca offers flexible training for research at Masters and Doctorate level, covering a wide range of research foci including practice-based work. Taught Postgraduate Programmes and higher research degrees are overseen and supported through the Graduate Research School, which supervises an established and expanding PhD programme.

Taught Postgraduate Degrees at Edinburgh College of Art are structured as follows:
MA: awarded after twelve months of full time study attendance. The MA includes a substantial body of project work and a dissertation completed over the summer term.
MFA: a programme completed over two academic years, finishing with a substantial project and dissertation.

The specialist postgraduate degree programmes on offer at eca are:
Architecture and Urban Design
Art, Space and Nature
Contemporary Art Theory
Film Directing
Graphic Design
Interior Architectural Design
Intermedia Art
Product Design
Jewellery & Silversmithing
Landscape Architecture
Performance Costume
Product Design
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Information For  International Students

eca is an international community of artists and designers from over 70 different countries and international students currently form 22% of our student body. For more information about studying at eca please contact:


Amongst others:
Elisabeth Blackadder - artist
John Bellany - painter
Leonard Rosoman
Sir Basil Spence - architect
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, sculptor and artist
Richard Wright – artist
William Crozier - artist

Former students are our greatest ambassadors and can make a valuable contribution to its continuing success in many ways, from offering careers advice and placements to current students, to making a contribution to the College's fundraising campaigns.

If you are an eca graduate and would like further details of our Alumni please contact Betty Davies: alumni@eca.ac.uk  

Student Facilities

The legendary north-facing painting studios face the Castle, and there is a wealth of specialist studios, workshops and other facilities for design and architecture students. The College library lies at the heart of the newly-developed Learning Zone, which provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources. The campus is wi-fi enabled and laptops may be borrowed for use anywhere within the Learning Zone. The Wee Red Club on campus is famed for its music nights. Students are also eligible to become members of the University’s Sports Centre.

library services
eca shop
reprographic services
computing facilities
audio-visual services
catering services
sports and leisure
students' union

For more information about the facilities please visit our website www.eca.ac.uk  

Student Life

Edinburgh is a culturally-rich city full of galleries, museums and heritage sites, not to mention the huge range of festivals hosted here annually from jazz to books to science and, of course, the largest arts festival in the world. Thousands of students from a variety of universities live in Edinburgh, making it a vibrant atmosphere in which to study.  

Student Testimonials

Sarah Beattie-Smith,
Sculpture BA (Hons), 4th year

"I’ve wanted to be here at eca pretty much forever and thought I’d end up doing Drawing and Painting. But, as fate would have it, I fell madly in love with Sculpture. I came straight from high school into the First Year Studies course where I had a taster of loads of different subjects. It gives you a really broad start to what becomes a more focused degree. In second year Sculpture, time is spent getting used to the various workshops, materials and great technical provision which the school offers. The third year is much more self-motivated than second year and by fourth year there are no briefs and students have the freedom to pursue their own line of work. Throughout their degree in Sculpture, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests and constantly question what motivates them to make particular work."  


Students who enrol for programmes run jointly with the University of Edinburgh are eligible for University accommodation. Although the College has no dedicated student accommodation, it works closely with a privately-run hall of residence directly across the road. Student Services also offers an enquiry and flatmate-matching service.  

How To Apply

UCAS administer all undergraduate applications via Route B, except for the MA (Hons) Fine Art in conjunction with University of Edinburgh, this is through Route A. All Postgraduate applications should be made direct to the college via Registry.


Visit us (open days)

eca’s Open Day is held on the last Friday of October and no booking is required. For further information please visit our website www.eca.ac.uk.
There are also tours of the First Year Studies studios held on the last Friday of each month. Contact the First Year Office on 013 221 6156  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Phone: +44 (0)131 221 6027

Fax: +44 (0)131 221 6039

Email: enquiries@eca.ac.uk

Website: www.eca.ac.uk