University Of Edinburgh

At Edinburgh, the Fine Art MA degree programme enables students to combine History of Art, studied in the University, with practical art, studied in Edinburgh College of Art.
History of Art at Edinburgh is a lively and expanding subject area offering a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. It is home to internationally recognised research and teaching staff. Within the University, researchers present weekly research seminars. Beyond the University, Edinburgh art history lecturers curate major international exhibitions, hold visiting fellowships at other prestigious research institutions and are frequently invited to give special lectures and conference papers.
Our research activities inform our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, allowing us to adopt a variety of different approaches. Students may take courses concentrating on issues of production, patronage, function and meaning, or on theoretical ideas: conceptualizing art and its history. The knowledge and critical skills that undergraduate and postgraduate students gain prepare them for many careers in and beyond art history.
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Our Aims

The University of Edinburgh is committed to giving you the very best educational experience possible, and that commitment is reflected in every aspect of student life, here at the heart of Scotland’s capital.
With a total of over 23,000 students from more than 120 different countries, we are both the largest university in Scotland, and one of the most multi-cultural.
In 2005, we were named the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year and were described by the paper as “a model of broad and consistent excellence set in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities”.
Above all, however, we thrive on our reputation of excellence and innovation and take pride in maintaining our key position at the forefront of research, and advancements in teaching.

With a total of over 23,000 students from more than 120 different countries, we are both the largest university in Scotland, and one of the most multi-cultural.

In 2005, we were named the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year and were described by the paper as “a model of broad and consistent excellence set in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

History of Art is situated at Minto House, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ. Edinburgh College of Art is a 10-minute walk away; a map of the location can be found on the College website at  

Department and information about the department

The discipline of art history at Edinburgh involves the historical study of visual art of all kinds. Depending on the period it may include among other things, the study of painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illumination, lens-based media, ceramics, metalwork or prints.   Most major periods of European art can be studied as well as Islamic and Chinese art.
A great variety of approaches is offered by the staff and students will be able to choose courses concentrating on such issues as production, patronage, function, style and meaning, and also on the theoretical ideas that inform the making of art and its study.
History of Art takes an interdisciplinary approach. Students have the opportunity to take some courses in related disciplines such as History, Classics, Architectural History and English Literature.
The five-year MA in Fine Art programme combines studio practice with the study of the History of Art. The studio work takes place at Edinburgh College of Art.  

Degree Shows
  • 2007 (16-06-2007)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    A list of History of Art academic staff and their staff profiles can be found at  

    Information For  Undergraduates

    The MA in Fine Art is a unique and demanding five-year degree, taught and assessed jointly by the University in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art. Fine Art students work alongside BA students at the College and History of Art students in the University.
    Entry is restricted to around 15 per year. In addition to the normal UCAS application process, admission is by portfolio submitted to the Edinburgh College of Art (information sent automatically on receipt of UCAS application). The degree attracts a very high-quality intake and aims to go beyond the normal run of joint degrees in producing graduates who are as well-equipped as single Honours students in the field of art history and as strong artistically as full-time BA students at the College of Art.

    Many graduates of the Fine Art degree have gone on to occupy influential positions, both in Britain and abroad, whether as artists, art historians, museum and gallery professionals, arts administrators or conservators.
    The first year in the College is broadly based; in the second year students begin to specialise either in Painting, Tapestry, Printmaking, or Sculpture, wh...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  International Students  

    Student Support

    For academic and pastoral advice, students on the Fine Art MA programme are assigned to a Director of Studies who will be available to help with any problems..

    The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of welcoming students from outside the borders of the UK, and the International Office works hard to ensure that new international students are welcomed to the University with all the information and support that they need to settle in. There are many support office and student organisations around the University that offer advice, support, information and organise events to make student life enjoyable and interesting.

    Social Facilities: Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA)

    For more information visit  

    Student Life

    The student population at the University of Edinburgh is expanding, and alongside the growing numbers is a growing diversity in the backgrounds and roots of our students. We are proud of this diversity of students graduating from our courses, and committed to continuing to make the University welcoming and accessible to as wide a range of applicants as possible.  

    Student Testimonials

    love Edinburgh: it’s not too big, not too small, and it’s a beautiful place to live. Edinburgh’s nightlife is great with lots of wee funky bars and good clubs, and the Festival experience is amazing. The city is totally transformed and the atmosphere is brilliant!

    Gemma McKernan

    I loved my course, which combined History of Art at Edinburgh University and Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art. It enabled me to make art and also to study its history, with actively researching staff, in stimulating, supportive and engaging departments, and in a culturally rich and diverse city.

    Hannah Mulder, Recent Fine Art Graduate  


    Moving away from home for the first time can be as scary as it is exciting.

    However, dealing with landlords or estate agents shouldn't be an issue during your first year as we can guarantee an offer of accommodation to all first-year students from outside the City of Edinburgh.

    Our accommodation ranges from the catered to the self-catered, the modern to the traditional, and is based over 25 sites across the city, all of which are located within a short walk or bus ride of the buzz of Edinburgh's centre.  

    How To Apply

    If you wish to apply for the Fine Art MA undergraduate degree programmes, you need to apply via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The UCAS system allows you to:

    Access up-to-date information about course content and course availability
    Apply for up to six different courses or institutions in one application
    Apply online at
    Check the progress of your application through the decision-making process at

    Your school or college will normally have access to UCAS Apply and will be able to guide you through the process. If you are applying as a mature student or from overseas, UCAS can advise on the application process and you can contact them directly on 0870 112 2211 or email

    UCAS deadlines
    You can submit your application from September 2006 and the closing date for receipt of applications at UCAS is:

    1 December 2006 - for applicants applying for Fine Art

    You are reminded that a portfolio of work is required to be submitted to Edinburgh College of Art.

    Visit us (open days)

    The dates for our 2007 Open Days are as follows:

    Friday 15 June 2007 *
    Friday 7 September 2007 *
    Saturday 29 September 2007 *

    * Programmes and booking forms will be published about 6 weeks before each event.

    Everyone is welcome at our Open Days – prospective students of all ages, their families, teachers and careers advisors. Open Days provide the opportunity to:

    Attend subject information talks to find out more about the degree you would like to study
    Meet and speak to current students and members of academic staff
    Attend general information sessions on a wide range of topics such as student finance, accommodation, careers and student life.

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


    Additionally you can email for further information.