School of Arts and Creative Industries

We are a creative, supportive and lively community with active, experienced professionals and researchers. Our facilities, industry links and innovative teaching combine to produce award-winning graduates.

Widely recognised for expertise and excellence in creative practice, we are:

  • The top UK university for Film Production & Photography (1st of 67) - The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • The top UK modern university for Music (1st of 34) - The Guardian University Guide 2021 and (1st of 39) - The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • The top UK modern university for Media & Film Studies (1st of 51) - The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • A top 10 UK university for Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations (10th of 57) - The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • A top 10 UK university for Drama, Dance & Cinematics (10th of 101) - The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 
  • A top 5 UK modern university for Communication and Media Studies (2nd of 55) - The Complete University Guide 2020
  • A top 10 subject in the UK for English, Creative Writing and Publishing (5th out of 104) - NSS, 2020

Our Staff

Find out more about the staff who work in the School of Arts and Creative Industries here.

Awards and recognition

• Our students excelled at the prestigious Creative Conscience Awards 2019
• 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 prizes

Edinburgh Napier Degree Show

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

Music Tech Academy

Edinburgh Napier University’s Music Tech Academy is aimed at students aged 14-17 with a love for music.