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

Young Artists Summer School for 11 - 15 year olds

24 - 28 July 2017
A week of sensory exploration for 11-15 year olds. The course invites young artists to explore their creativity through drawing, painting, listening, thinking, writing and sculpting, taking inspiration from the natural environment.

Applications for 2017/18 Year-Long Courses open!

We offer year-long courses in a variety of disciplines

including a full-time Foundation Course.  

Please click through to see the full range.


Summer School 2017

Our Summer School programme is a fantastic opportunity to explore what we do at the School, meet our tutors and enjoy a week of creativity. We have six weeks of inspiring week-long courses. From total beginners to professional artists, our aim is to provide excellent quality teaching suitable for all levels of ability.

Short Courses for 2017/18

Our 2017/18 Short Courses programme is now live! We have a diverse range of day and evening courses to suit all abilities, as well as a selection of weekend workshops and a summer school programme.  You can also purchase gift vouchers, which can be redeemed against a range of courses.

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.

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