University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Contemporary Art Practice

This studio-based programme offers a constructive, critical environment for artists wishing to develop their practice. Our students produce artworks in a range of media, using paint, sound, performance, photography, video, sculpture and digital animation. You will receive a studio space and a studio tutor. Teaching is primarily by one-to-one tutorials and mixed year group critiques with a year-round programme of visiting artists. We emphasise the centrality of conversation and dialogue to developing innovative art and create a supportive environment to nurture risk-taking as fundamental to producing ambitious original art. Courses examine key contemporary art developments and ways in which artists can self organise, collaborate and curate opportunities to exhibit. We emphasise the application of theory to practice, and vice versa, and you will collaborate on self-organised exhibitions at ECA and at our partners (currently Embassy Gallery, The Number Shop, Whitespace and Suede Gallery). Theory courses encourage creative and academic responses to key contemporary art debates and we insist on research projects that are connected to studio work. Graduates produce exhibitions internationally, and have been selected for major residencies, exhibitions and prizes such as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Saatchi New Sensations, Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh International Art Festival.

Entry requirements

MA: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 - 21 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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