Short Courses

Get Creative This Summer!

The University of Edinburgh offers a range of daytime and evening Art & Design Short Courses.

An Image from the Smart Phone Films Short Course

With animal sculptor Phyllis Mary Bone, acclaimed painter Anne Redpath, British Fashion Awards winner Holly Fulton and international digital video artist Rachel Maclean included amongst its notable alumni, it’s fair to say the University of Edinburgh is a leader in the world of art and design.

And this summer the Short Courses Summer Edit brings YOU an exciting range of courses and workshops that will let you get creative in a relaxed and friendly environment.

From jewellery making to creating smartphone short films, here’s a closer look at some of the Art & Design courses on offer throughout July and August….


1. Printmaking Taster Workshop: Collagraph

Collagraph printmaking is a process by which materials are applied and glued to a surface creating various textures which is then inked, and a print taken.

On this one-day course, you’ll gain an understanding of collagraph as a means of exploring and developing visual ideas. As well as getting hands-on in the studio, you’ll be introduced to a selection of artists who use this medium.

No experience necessary – just be sure to bring an apron or an old shirt!


2. Introduction to Jewellery

Many aspects of our decorative art remain unchanged since the time of our earliest ancestors.

On this course, you’ll be introduced to traditional skills including hand carving, metalwork and knotting techniques and explore how these fundamental materials can be connected and combined.

From Sterling silver to copper, brass and wire, each day you’ll be blending materials to make unique hand-crafted jewellery. 


3. Explorations in Watercolour, Gouache and Ink

Experiment with watercolours, gouache and inks as expressive and descriptive mediums.

Working on location and in the studio, you’ll learn about these materials and explore how they can be used independently of each other as well as the subtleties of fusing them together.


4. Classical Art, Traditional Practices  

This course focuses on traditional art practices using the human form to hone the observational skill and manual dexterity seen in classical painting and sculpture.

You’ll make an in-depth visual enquiry of the subject developing both drawing and modelling skills whilst creatively exploring the relationship between two and three dimensions.


5. Smart Phone Short Film

Conceive, create and distribute your own short film using your smartphone, tablet or digital device.

On this course, you’ll explore the immediacy of creativity using tools such as smartphones, uploading and social media. You’ll look at video as an artistic medium and how technology has expanded the opportunities to be creative as well as how the internet has opened up other modes of viewing art. 


There are more than 70 different courses on offer this summer. Click the link below to discover the full range of our University of Edinburgh Short Courses.

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