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Design

Our students are winning industry awards before they graduate.

Our students have had recent successes at the Creative Conscience Awards, D&AD New Blood Awards and Sony World Photography Awards.
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Our connections with many of the UK’s top design agencies ensure you’ll be work-ready when you graduate.

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We offer you the opportunity to gain experience on live projects with clients like the National Museum of Scotland.

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In your final year, you’ll exhibit your work at our annual Degree Show – a great showcase and way to meet potential employers.

Facilities

Let's talk design. Our facilities are designed to help you achieve your full potential. This means providing you with everything you need to learn, collaborate and enjoy your student experience. Based at our Merchiston campus in Bruntsfield, you’ll benefit from a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. We’ll also make sure you’re trained in current design software.

imagine that

Our students are winning industry awards before they graduate. How good is that? Design isn’t just about making things look nice. To be a great designer you need passion, commitment and, of course, creativity. If this is you, then we can help you develop a variety of skills. What will you create?

Careers svg icon careers
  • Interior Designer
  • Exhibition and Museum Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Property Development Designer
  • Retail Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Sustainable Designer
  • Designer for Interactive Spaces 
  • Packaging Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Merchandiser
  • Graphic Designer

Placements svg icon placements

Succeeding in business is all about having the right connections. And we do. Edinburgh-based StudioLR sponsors a best in show prize at the University’s Degree Show, with the winner not only getting recognition on the night but the chance to go and work with the agency for a month. Local agencies also offer mentoring and placements throughout the year. We also have strong links with heavyweight agency Design Bridge in London, which has so far employed six of our graduates.

Study Abroad svg icon study abroad

Our programmes have a wide international footprint, with the opportunity to study at a partner University overseas or take a work placement in industry in Year 3. 

Leanne's design chosen for Scotland's first Baby Box

Studying design at Edinburgh Napier gives students the chance to take their ideas beyond the University – and for Leanne Young, that means seeing her work on Baby Boxes across the whole of Scotland.

Her idea, which features a forest scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster, is now being depicted on boxes given to every new-born until March 2019.

Watch our video to see her reaction to winning and read more about her project here.