Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) supports the development of both material and critical awareness through a range of approaches pertinent to the expanded field of sculpture. Our purpose-built studios serve as both working studios and exhibition spaces. The technical staff and equipment in the ECA workshops and foundry provide excellent support for working in wood, metal, mould-making, casting and carving. Our students also have access to facilities for working with sound, digital imaging and video editing. In sculpture we believe there is real value in working as part of a community that has a dynamic and creative shared energy and our programme thrives on generating this atmosphere. Sculpture staff members are engaged in a wide range of research interests that feed into the teaching spectrum and this enhances and informs the discussions around the making and exhibiting of work produced by students. We believe in a very open approach to what is considered sculpture within the field of contemporary art and encourage you to work at the margins of the discipline as well as at the core. Visual culture provides a multidisciplinary context for your study across all art programmes at ECA, involving the imaginative research, analysis and communication of issues raised by the visual aspects of culture. Our students engage in a critical and creative dialogue with the work of their peers and gain an understanding of the nature of today's diverse visual cultures. You will study the artistic, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative practice in visual arts and learn how to best communicate this knowledge in a range of written, oral, visual and practical forms. Our graduates go on to achieve a high level of national and international recognition and success as practising artists. Our league table rankings are excellent. We're ranked among the best in the UK for art according to the Guardian University Guide 2017. You'll benefit from weekly talks from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and speakers. Our airy and light-filled studios, project spaces and workshops provide excellent facilities for making work, communicating ideas and generating dialogue. Our staff are a mix of practising artists, visual-culture theorists and curators, who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally.