University at the festivals

Learn with us

The University of Edinburgh offers access to a variety of courses, including several that have links with festivals in the city, as well as opportunities for online learning.

Learn with us

If you are inspired by one of our festival events, why not think about studying with us?

Short summer courses

Why not combine a trip to the arts festivals in Edinburgh in the summer with a few days at the University on one of our short courses?

Open courses

There’s a huge variety, from Japanese textiles, writing a film script, the igneous rocks of Arthur’s Seat to Italian Renaissance gardens, and more.

Language courses

Work on your language skills with our courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, and then chat with the international visitors in Edinburgh in the summer.

Art and design courses

Taught by staff from the Edinburgh College of Art, the art and design courses include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography, along with jewellery design, textile design and visual communication.

And if you wish to apply to Edinburgh College of Art in the future, the Portfolio Preparation course will be an invaluable support.

Creative Writing Course

The Creative Writing Course at the Scottish Universities International Summer School (SUISS) is an intensive three-week programme providing experience in a range of genres. It gives developing writers a dynamic and supportive environment in which to further their skills, master classes led by acclaimed guest writers and free entry to special events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Scottish Universities International Summer School is based at the University of Edinburgh and pools the resources of some of Britain's most prestigious universities.

An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

This five-day course is run in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Film Festival in mid-June each year. As well as lectures and tutor-led group discussions, the course participants attend six film premieres including the Festival Opening Night and a special event.

Online learning

Online Learning at the University of Edinburgh enables you to obtain a high quality degree, identical to our on-campus qualifications, delivered flexibly and fully online.

This means wherever you are in the world, you can achieve a University of Edinburgh degree without ever needing to come on campus.

Online learning is predominately aimed at those who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside ongoing work or other commitments.