School of Arts and Creative Industries

Create, Connect, Collaborate: Inspiring and empowering minds to think for tomorrow.

In the School of Arts and Creative Industries, our mission is to unlock innovation and growth, nurture talent and opportunities for collaboration, and enable graduates and staff to develop sustainable careers in tomorrow’s creative and connected communities.

We are widely recognised for expertise and excellence in creative practice:

  • 97.1% of our undergraduate students and 95.7% of our postgraduate students are in work or further study 15 months after graduation - HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18
  • The top UK university for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (1st of 54) - The Guardian University Guide 2022
  • The top UK university for Drama (National Student Survey 2021)
  • The top UK university for Film Production & Photography (1st of 67) - The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • The top UK modern university for Art & Design (1st of 62) - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • The top UK modern university for Drama, Dance & Cinematics (1st of 55) - The Complete University Guide 2022
  • The top UK modern university for English (1st of 53) - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, (1st of 43) - The Complete University Guide 2022
  • The top UK modern university for Media & Film Studies (1st of 49) - The Guardian University Guide 2022
  • The top UK modern university for Music (1st of 35) - The Guardian University Guide 2022, (1st of 41) - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, (1st of 43) - The Complete University Guide 2022

School of Arts and Creative Industries

Create, Connect, Collaborate: Inspiring and empowering minds to think for tomorrow.

Creativity in a Crisis

We didn’t let lockdown restrictions stifle our creativity – still creating, connecting and collaborating, see some of the projects our students completed during the pandemic.

Awards and recognition

  • Our students excelled at the prestigious Creative Conscience Awards 2020
  • Students’ work has featured at international film festivals including Venice, Edinburgh, Cannes, Beijing and Kolkata and won international design awards including D&AD, RSA and Deutsche Post International
  • Graduates have won places on the prestigious BBC Production and ITV News trainee schemes, and Creative Advertising Scholarships from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
  • Music students are regularly awarded or shortlisted for national and international prize

Edinburgh Napier Degree Show

Find out more about our annual showcase of creative talent from the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

The Jim Haynes Living Archive

Edinburgh Napier is delighted to be the permanent home to the Jim Haynes Living Archive.