Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
Open to the world

Subject area: Art

Why choose Art at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our staff include a mix of practicing artists, visual-culture theorists and curators, who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally.

  • In Years 1 and 2, you can select option courses from across Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and the wider University.

  • You will benefit from regular talks from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and speakers.

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Introducing Art

Our programmes offer a scholarly framework for students who wish to develop their art practice.

We provide a broad-based environment with enough rigour and focus to engage in the study of:

  • intermedia art
  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture

Our students show imaginative responses to the world through curiosity and exploration. They are equipped with the talent, knowledge and expertise to not only respond to but lead innovation in art practice.

We prepare them for this with an educational experience offering depth, breadth and ambition.

Option courses

We have been at the forefront of introducing option courses. This allows you to pursue the breadth and depth of subjects.

We recognise your desire to immerse yourself in your discipline. We also believe exposure to a range of methods and knowledge enhances your learning.

In Years 1 and 2, you can select option courses that:

  • reflect your interests
  • enhance your main study

There are many variations available to you. Your choices can include a mix of art and other University courses.


Year 1 is a general year where you will experience a range of options, including:

  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • intermedia art

For 2023 Admissions Cycle all applicants should apply for Year One BAFA. Those who qualify for advanced entry to Year Two will be contacted directly by the UG Admissions Team to discuss their options further.