Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art has a strong international standing as one of the most successful art colleges in Europe, offering programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree level. It is known for its creativity, its friendly students and staff, its track record of awards successes and its stunning location at the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Founded in 1907, and with a history dating back to the 18th century, the College entered a new era on 1 August 2011 when it merged with the University of Edinburgh. Both institutions share high academic standards and international reputations, and the merger offers additional exciting opportunities for learning, teaching and research. The College now combines with the University’s School of Arts, Culture and Environment to create a new Edinburgh College of Art within the University containing.

Edinburgh College of Art has an international reputation as one of the most successful art colleges in Europe. We have won that reputation by offering the highest quality experience for our students and staff, and by providing a learning environment, which is both supportive and challenging. The College is known for its creativity, its friendly students and staff, its track record of awards successes and its stunning location at the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Our facilities are excellent, and the ideas which continually drive and refresh our education are even more important. Our staff are practising artists, designers, architects, curators and writers – many with international reputations. Graduates of the College move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers and make a real contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of Scotland, the UK, and many other countries.

Edinburgh College of Art has now entered a new era through its merger with the University of Edinburgh, internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading academic institutions. By combining with the University’s School of Arts, Culture and Environment, education at the new and strengthened College will comprise art, design, architecture and landscape architecture, history of art and music.

The College and the University attract students of the highest quality from throughout the UK, Europe and the world. Students want to study here and applications have continued to rise significantly in recent years. The atmosphere is truly international, with a significant number of students coming from overseas. Over 140 different countries are represented in the University’s student community. In Edinburgh they find a unique setting for research and study, with access to world-class resources in a city celebrated for its vibrant creative and cultural environment. We hope that you will join them.

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