What will I learn?

The Painting programme focuses on developing confident, enquiring, resilient students. You will be able to research and articulate your practice, and question your position, and that of painting, within the wider context of contemporary visual culture. We put emphasis on drawing and research through visual thinking at all levels. Work can also be realised through practices such as:* printmaking * artists' books * installation * digital and lens-based media**Studio work** This programme is centred on the studio. You will identify, reflect on and develop your personal, visual vocabulary through the languages of painting. The nurturing and development of the individual is a priority. You will be allocated your own personal space and you will be able to access exhibition spaces in and outside the College. Students can install work individually or in small groups. Such events then create a platform for discussion. **Skills and methods**You will be instructed in:* technical methods * use of materials * different types of grounds and supports We want you to explore how to make a painting and also what it means to make a painting. **Visual culture** A visual culture strand provides a multidisciplinary context for your study syllabus across all art programmes at ECA.This involves the imaginative research, analysis and communication of issues raised by the visual aspects of culture. Our students engage in a critical and creative dialogue with the work of their peers. They also gain an understanding of the nature of today's diverse visual cultures. You will study the artistic, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative practice in visual arts. You will also learn how to best communicate this knowledge in a range of written, oral, visual and practical forms.

Which department am I in?

Edinburgh College of Art

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£30,400.00 (US$ 41,842) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

12 September 2022


Central area campus

George Square,


Edinburgh, City Of,

EH8 9JZ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements in the standardised tests are: ACT score of 27 plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; 3 AP scores at 4+; 3 SAT Subject Test scores of 650+; A combination of the AP and SAT, such as 1 AP score at 4+ and 2 SAT Subject Tests at 650+. A combination of AP and SAT Subject tests are acceptable, provided they are in different subjects. For example, AP French and SAT Physics are acceptable as two scores, but AP French and SAT French are only considered once. Students with International Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate will be considered. The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is accepted for entry. The Diploma must include three Cambridge International A Levels achieved with points equivalent to the A Level grade requirements for the programme including required subjects. Many of our degree programmes require that you have some experience of the subject at high school. This means that one or more of your three standardised test scores must include specific subject requirements, such as an AP score or SAT subject test in a certain subject relevant to the degree you are applying to. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.