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Edinburgh College of Art

1. Overview of the institution

The college was founded in 1760, and gained its present name and site in 1907. Formerly associated with Heriot-Watt University, its degrees have been issued by the University of Edinburgh since 2004. The College formally merged with the University on 1 August 2011, combining with the School of Arts, Culture and Environment and continues to exist with the name Edinburgh College of Art as an enlarged school in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As a result, the new Edinburgh College of Art comprises not only Art, Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, but also History of Art and Music.

Our home within the University of Edinburgh makes us distinctive, offering many opportunities to benefit from the diverse range of expertise and resources associated with one of the world's leading academic institutions.

2. Location and facilities

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has a wide range of studios and workshop spaces, libraries and collections, places to socialise, perform and show work; all within walking distance of world-class museums, music venues and galleries. Our facilities range from the historic, to contemporary, specialist spaces for making work at all scales, in and across all media. In this directory, you’ll find details of our own facilities, and selected places in the city to be inspired, research, collaborate or gain work experience.

3. Departments/Subject areas

  • reid school of music
  • school of design
  • school of art
  • edinburgh college of art
  • architecture & landscape architecture
  • history of art

4. Rankings        

  • The University of Edinburgh has achieved Complete University Guide rankings of between 93.6% and 96.2%.
  • The QS World Rankings 2013/14, announced on 10 September 2013, have placed the University 17th in the world, a rise of four places compared to the previous year and Edinburgh’s highest-ever ranking.
  • The Complete University Guide has ranked subject areas at ECA as being amongst the highest regarded in the UK.
  • Art & Design and Music have risen to be ranked respectively 8th and 12th, with History of Art holding its top-20 ranking.
  • Architecture has risen to be ranked 3rd in the UK, and with the highest graduate prospects.

5. Scholarships

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6. Careers: Unique student support

MyCareerHub is exclusively for current students and graduates of the University of Edinburgh. It can be used to:

  • search for jobs and events
  • find out about employers
  • ask career-related questions and find resources
  • book appointments
  • keep up to date with the latest news from the Careers Service

Information, advice and guidance services

Details of our services to students and graduates including information drop-ins, appointments and our information resources

Standard appointments

20-minute appointments are available for advice and guidance on a range of topics including:

  • Feedback on a CV, covering letter or application form
  • Feedback on your LinkedIn profile
  • Careers guidance