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Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University’s School of the Arts and Creative Industries is a leader in the UK, with more than three decades of experience and a sterling reputation in the creative arts industries. Course and degree offerings span acting, design, English, film, journalism and music.

To those who insist that creative arts are more of an indulgence than viable career option, Edinburgh Napier University answers with strong employment figures. More than 93% of all School of the Arts and Creative Industries alumni find employment within six months of graduation. Combine this with the long list of awards and accolades regularly bestowed upon Napier’s creative arts students, and Napier easily emerges as a global leader in this industry.

Entrepreneurship is a major tenet of Napier’s creative industries programmes. Students have access to a creative industries incubator, which provides the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial ideas under the mentorship and guidance of the university’s experienced faculty. All of the lecturers at the School of the Arts and Creative Industries maintain close ties to their respective industries. This is encouraged through the opportunity for knowledge exchange, ongoing professional activities and research projects spearheaded under the Institute for Creative Industries.

Strong ties to Asia

Edinburgh Napier University has strong ties to organisations and universities in Asia. Each year, nine students from the Art, Design and Communication subject area spend three months at China’s Zhengzhou University of Light Industry. Beyond this, the BA (Hons) degree in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations is taught through a partnership with Hong Kong University SPACE.


Pic: Project work at Edinburgh Napier University School of Arts and Creative Industries.

These ties make the School of the Arts and Creative Industries just that much more attractive to students from Asia. Studying in the UK, with the potential to branch out into North America or the greater EU through exchange programmes and joint initiatives, provides a fertile planting ground for the seeds of a professional network. This coupled with strong ties back into Asia amplify these potential networks to a worldwide scale.

Photography and Film

The Photography and Film programme has funded several distance-learning initiatives in the EU, which has helped to boost its profile in Europe and abroad. Among the many accolades bestowed on the programme is the Skillset Screen Academy status – which was only given to six schools in the UK.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Photography and Film, the programme also supplies a range of postgraduate offerings, including Master of Art’s degrees in Screen Project Development or Screenwriting and a Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Film Practice.


The Ian Tomlin School of Music offers two major degree tracks: a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular Music and a Bachelor of Music (BMus, Hons) in Classical Music. Many of the faculty are high-profile musicians, and one of the leading ensembles in the country (The Edinburgh Quarter) resides here. State-of-the-art recording studios and fully networked MIDI facilities round out the offerings.

Art, Design and Communication

There are five undergraduate and two postgraduate programmes offered through this subject group. These take in a total of eight design pathways. Students benefit from an emphasis on learning by doing, and they enjoy access to world-class creative studio spaces, strong industry links and the potential for short work placements in the course of studying. This is a highly competitive field, especially when it comes to landing job placements after graduation, but Edinburgh Napier University is a UK leader in this area.

In the second half of their third year, undergraduate students have the opportunity to boost their resume with overseas work placements or the chance to join a foreign exchange programme. The university has exchange agreements with schools in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia at large.


Pic: Edinburgh Napier University School of Arts and Creative Industries Studio.

English and Acting

In this subject area, students approach culture and society through the lens of literature and the stage. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degrees are available in English, English and Film, Acting for Stage and Screen and English and Acting. All of this is made even more attractive by Edinburgh’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Journalism and Publishing

This department offers a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Journalism, but most of the available coursework is at the postgraduate level. The latter attract a diverse set of international students. Degree offers include Master’s of Arts in Journalism, International Journalism for Media Professionals and Creative Writing. A Master’s of Science in Magazine Publishing and Publishing are also on offer.

These courses have been ranked in the top three in the UK in terms of employability, and students have access to top industry-standard facilities. Status as a Skillset Film and Media Academy bolsters the course offerings in this subject area.


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