Students showcase designs for life

Edinburgh College of Art’s Postgraduate Degree Show opens on Saturday, 17 August.

For nine days College buildings will be transformed into a treasure trove of innovative designs, intricate artworks and inspiring ideas created by postgraduate students.

Event information

Graduates work is on display in Evolution House on West Port and the Lauriston Place Campus.Postgraduates from the ESALA also have work on display in Minto House, 20-22 Chambers Street.

Saturday 17 August 2013, 10.00am

Sunday 25 August 2013, 5.00pm

Innovative designs

Giant multi-coloured trumpets that teach children how to play music, a clock which inspires a good night’s sleep, and a baby monitor which helps prevent cot death are among the highlights in a new exhibition of students’ work.

The over-sized trumpets were created by student Jiachun Ding for play parks to help engage children in playing music.

The innovative clocks have lights and pendulums that dim and slow close to bedtime. Designed by Veronika Lykou, the aim is to help relax the body’s circadian rhythm and assist sleep.

Other Product Design students have created a range of ingenious products, which include advanced baby monitors that do everything from prevent cot deaths to let parents know when a child’s nappy needs changed and a new traffic warning system that helps blind people cross the road.


Full details of all the exhibits can be found on the ECA Degree Show website

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Degree Show 2013

Vibrant video

In the Master of Contemporary Art strand is Cathrine Hellberg’s vibrant video, Concussions.

Full of colourful snapshots from life in Edinburgh and Sweden pieced together and interspersed with bright bursts of yellow, the artist says it represents what would happen if she shook her head and her thoughts fell out.

Elsewhere, memory is also the focus of Chandra Ahuja’s exhibition as visitors are invited to walk through a maze filled with photographs from his life.

Inventive illustrations

In the Illustration section, student Colin Zheng has used Chinese mythology to create new legends based on Scotland’s landscape.

These include The Black Cat, which is the natural predator of the Loch Ness Monster, and the four-faced Goddess of Oban, which represents the west coast’s indecisive weather.

Inspired by Scotland

Yu Ching Huang has illustrated the lives and problems of several of her patients at North Edinburgh Dementia Care Centre where she volunteers. One beautiful illustration is of Dottie, a piano teacher who has forgotten how to play. She is shown chasing piano keys with a butterfly net.

Textile student, Louise Mann has also looked to Edinburgh for inspiration. She visited Saughton Skate Park and designed her work from the marks the skateboards left on the jumps and ramps.

In Jewellery and Silversmithing, Rhona McCallum has used natural stone to create pieces inspired by Scotland’s rugged coastline.


Intricate architectural designs, engaging animation, graphic design, fashion and interior design student’s inventive creations will also be on show. Previous degree shows have launched the careers of BAFTA and Turner Prize winners.

The show is free and open 10am-5pm, 17-25 August. The Masters of Contemporary Art show is in Room C19 of the College’s Main Building on Lauriston Place.

Masters students in Architecture are showing their work in Minto House, 20 Chambers Street.

All other exhibitions are in Evolution House, 78 Westport.

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Degree Show 2013

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