Learning environment

The School of Arts & Creative Industries is based at our centrally located Merchiston campus. Here you’ll find the Jack Kilby Computing Centre, the Napier Students’ Association, television newsroom, radio studio, photography studios and industry standard music studios.

Merchiston campusHaving recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, our Merchiston campus features specialist facilities for creative students and the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computer Centre, which is open 24 hours a day. Television and acting students also use our TV and drama studio at our Morningside Church facility, five minutes' walk from the Merchiston campus.

Merchiston is also home to engineering and the built environment and computing students. Being only a 15-minute walk from the city centre, students from across the University often drop into the campus, making it a great place to share ideas and expertise.

Screen Academy

Screen Academy Scotland is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art, dedicated to fostering the future of film makers. Teaching film, TV, animation, photography, journalism and acting, our aim is to allow talent to thrive while equipping students with the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to become skilled, confident and employable graduates.

Screen Academy Scotland is one of only three film academies in the UK recognised by Creative Skillset as a centre of excellence in film practise education.

For further information, visit the Screen Academy website.

Starting your own business

Bright Red Ventures at Merchiston campus is one of our free incubator spaces for students and graduates who want to set up and run their own business.

As well as free office facilities, students can access start-up and ongoing advice including a mentoring service from experienced advisors. You can also attend free networking events, seminars and workshops.

In addition, Bright Red Triangle recruits students as junior consultants and pairs them with a staff member to complete projects for external organisations.

The services we offer include website creation, graphic design, communication and PR, giving you valuable real-world experience and access to professional networks.

Creative Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival street sceneHome to the world’s largest arts festival and recognised internationally for its artistic, creative and cultural excellence, Edinburgh is the place to be an arts and creative student.

The Edinburgh Fringe takes place throughout August with around 50,000 performances of 3,000 shows. Around the same time, the International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Book Festival and numerous other events bring the city alive.

With a year round programme of 12 festivals supporting almost 4,000 jobs (Invest in Edinburgh), there are many opportunities for students to be part of the festivals and gain excellent experience.

Edinburgh is famous for its literary links and was the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative and the first UNESCO City of Literature in the world

It’s also home to the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Library of Scotland, along with many other arts and cultural institutions – most of which are free.