About our school

We teach the diverse professional skills required in the arts and creative industries worldwide. Close links with leading organisations and employers keep our degrees relevant to sector needs.

Widely recognised for expertise and excellence in creative practice, our work is enhanced by extensive international collaboration across the arts, design and media sectors.

  • We are the top UK modern university for English (Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • We are the top Scottish modern university for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations, Media and Film Studies, Music and Design & Crafts. (Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • Our students are heavily involved with STV Edinburgh, a local television channel that was launched in 2015.
  • Students on all our programmes get the opportunity to work in industry or with organisations in the charitable sector

Awards and recognition

Our students regularly receive acclaim for their work.

  • In 2014/15 our students won global and national awards including categories at the prestigious D&AD New Blood Awards, the prize for Best Overall Project at New Designers; and commendations and medals at the Creative Conscience Awards.
  • Students’ work has featured at international film festivals including Venice, Edinburgh, Cannes, Beijing and Kolkata and won international design awards including D&AD, Chartered Society of Designers, 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.

Our courses

If you want to pursue a creative industries career, we offer a range of degrees in an interdisciplinary environment, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to realise your ambition.

Our creative courses cover a range of arts and design related subjects, including:

  • acting
  • art, design and communication
  • english and creative writing
  • film and photography
  • journalism and publishing
  • music

As well as full-time options, many of our degree courses are offered part-time, by distance learning, blended or through workplace learning - both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Browse our courses and you’ll see many have the Creative Skillset Tick logo. The tick is an assurance you’ll gain the professional skills and knowledge to develop a career in the creative industries. We also host Screen Academy Scotland, one of only three Skillset Film Academies in the UK.

Many of our other courses have additional professional accreditation, including:

Industry partners

Employability is core to all our courses and we work closely with industry to meet their needs.

We collaborate with partners on a range of projects including:

  • Internship and project opportunities for our students on the STV Edinburgh channel
  • Developing Robert Louis Stevenson Day with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
  • Engaging in reading projects in prisons with Scottish Prisons Service
  • Publishing Scotland
  • Grid Iron Theatre Company
  • StudioLR

Entrepreneurship is an important to the success of the school. Students and graduates have access to Bright Red Ventures, our creative industries incubator at the Merchiston Campus, where they can develop ideas and set up their own business with the support of experienced staff.

Additionally, placements, industrial projects, talks and visits are integrated across programmes offering valuable opportunities to work with industry professionals.

Work-related Learning

Our students partner with industry to create enriching work-based projects.