Edinburgh College of Art is a vibrant and creative community of students and academics: a place of experimentation, exploration, intellectual stimulation, and exciting collaborations.
We enjoy an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and research across the disciplines of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture, history of art and music. Tracing our history back to the 1770s, we remain at the forefront of teaching and research, ideally placed to engage with the challenges of the future.
Our place within the University of Edinburgh makes us distinctive, offering many opportunities to benefit from the diverse range of expertise and resources associated with one of the world's leading academic institutions. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities.
The philosophy of the Jewellery and Silversmithing department is balancing innovation with old and new approaches to traditional craft techniques. Our objective is to design and create personal and individual work that integrates “thought” and “practice,” sharing a common sensitivity to the complex relationships that humans form for objects.
Studio work can be made with a wide range of materials, from precious or semiprecious metals and gemstones to plastics, wood, paper, stone, and textile. These materials are bound together through thoughtful and intense periods of studio-based practice underpinned by an ethos of experimentation, innovation, and passion.
We support a reflective understanding of the subject within the contexts of contemporary society and its wider industry. To this end, the department embraces working with new technology alongside traditional time-honoured techniques and processes.
Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art is managed by a dedicated team of staff, both full- and part-time, who are active in their own professional practices and all of whom have a high profile both nationally and internationally. We offer an undergraduate four-year BA (Hons) and a four-semester post-graduate MFA taught course, as well as opportunities for MPhil or PhD research.
Graduates are typically established in the field as leading makers, designers, teachers, and artists and graduate from the college with confidence and highly adaptable skills.
Selected Visiting Staff
Emeritus Professor Dorothy Hogg | Elizabeth Turrell | Jessica Turrell
Dr. Jonny Murray | Dr. Craig Martin | Emma Gieben-Gamal
We also have the UK’s longest-running active artist-in-residence scheme, attracting graduates and established makers each year to work with us for a year.
RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link.