A leading Scottish Art School in Edinburgh

As one of Scotland's leading independent art schools, Leith School of Art in Edinburgh offers a unique range of courses. With our excellent staff to student ratios and high quality teaching, the School is an exceptional place to learn whether you are an established artist or a complete beginner.

Our independent status allows us considerable freedom in how we deliver our teaching. The School seeks to create an intimate and supportive environment for studying art and design, and our small scale offers a unique opportunity to work closely with each individual to develop their artistic ability.

Leith School of Art has been successful in gaining Educational Oversight from Education Scotland.  You can review the full report here

A Festival of Painting Summer School

31 July - 4 August 2017

Working during the first week of the Edinburgh International Festival, students will be encouraged to make personal responses to the animated cityscape, inspired by on-location working in the heart of the Old Town.

FEATURED COURSE: Contemporary Art Practice

Land Marks Summer School

31 July - 4 August 2017
Working outdoors in the natural environment, students will learn about colour-mixing and how to document colour in the landscape.

Short Courses 2017/18


Short Courses for the 2017/18 Autumn Term are available to book.

We have a diverse range of Day & Evening courses to suit all abilities, as well as a varied selection of Weekend Workshops.

Term Dates


Monday 4 September 2017 – Saturday 9 December 2017
Half Term: 16 October 2017 – 21 October 2017
Exhibition week: 11- 16 December 2017 

Monday 8 January 2018 – Saturday 31 March 2018
No half term

Monday 16 April 2018 – Saturday 16 June 2018
No half term
Exhibition week:  18 - 23 June 2018


funding & fees

Learn more about the fees for our Year-long Courses and how to apply for an Assisted Place.

Vacancies: Short Course Tutor Supports
14 July 2017

getting here

Leith School of Art’s two campuses are located on the north side of Edinburgh.

Educational Oversight for Leith School of Art!
11 October 2016