Contemporary Art Practice University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art

This programme enables you to develop an ambitious art practice as well as providing you with the organisational and economic knowledge required to thrive as a self-employed artist. You will also be qualified to teach studio art in higher education and to work in the contemporary art sector. It is possible for students enrolled on the MA/MFA Contemporary Art Practice programmes to exit with an identified specialism of:* Sculpture* Painting* Photography. This programme is also available for part-time studying.

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This studio-based programme offers a constructive, critical environment for artists wishing to develop their practice. Our students produce artworks in a range of media, using paint, sound, performance, photography, video, sculpture and digital animation.

How will I learn?

You will receive a studio space and a studio tutor. Teaching is primarily by one-to-one tutorials and mixed year group critiques with a year-round programme of visiting artists.

We emphasise the centrality of conversation and dialogue to developing innovative art and create a supportive environment to nurture risk-taking as fundamental to producing ambitious original art.

Courses examine key contemporary art developments and ways in which artists can self organise, collaborate and curate opportunities to exhibit.

We emphasise the application of theory to practice, and vice versa, and you will collaborate on self-organised exhibitions at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and at our external gallery partners. Theory courses encourage creative and academic responses to key contemporary art debates and we insist on research projects that are connected to studio work.

Our graduates

Graduates produce exhibitions internationally, and have been selected for major residencies, exhibitions and prizes such as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Saatchi New Sensations, Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh International Art Festival.


This programme enables you to develop an ambitious art practice and provides you with the organisational and economic knowledge to thrive as a self-employed artist and to work in the contemporary art sector.

What will I study?

You will study key debates and issues central to the development of contemporary art. For example, the studio-based course "Practices" will encourage you to critically evaluate working methods and theoretical positions, through tutorials, group critiques and workshops.

This is supported by a seminar-based course Methods, where you will work collaboratively to examine key texts on core contemporary art issues and produce short presentations to stimulate discussion.

Assessment and progression

Assessment is essay-based but we support creative approaches that use catalogue, artist book and online digital platform media.


Our teaching is supported by regular trips to national exhibitions, such as Glasgow International (GI), the Baltic in Newcastle, DCA in Dundee and Home in Manchester.

We offer you a designated studio space and a wide range of equipment, technicians and resources such as printmaking, metal, wood, casting, painting, photography, reprographic and digital facilities.

To study at postgraduate level, you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).

We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.

Specific entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should confirm you have the necessary qualifications before applying.

You will find the minimum academic entry requirements and more details on your chosen programme in our website.

Conditions d'admission:
  • Bac+3
  • Qualification équivalente
For information on fees for all of our programmes, please visit the Scholarships and Student Funding Services area of our website.
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