Leith School of Art operates across two campuses - North Junction Street and St James.


Our North Junction Street campus is housed in a Norwegian Seaman’s Church. The building has a distinctive feel that sustains a balance between its history and the transformation required to adapt the spaces for their current use, which includes four multi-purpose studios. The building has some areas flooded with light while others are more atmospheric. It is a special environment, which lends itself ideally to the creative process.


Our St James campus is in St James Church off Leith Links. It is a lovely 1930s church hall with two spacious studio spaces and an outdoor area.

Students work in a number of open-plan studios, each equipped with easels, drawing boards, tables and small tools. The School provides core materials including paper, charcoal and pencils, inks, paints - oil and acrylic - and pastels. Core materials are included in the course fees.

Printmaking students have access to printing presses for monoprinting, and other techniques and we have a range of screens for screenprinting. We also have a selection of hand and power tools for general use and a range of sewing machines for working with textiles and other material.

In addition to the School's own facilities, there are many high quality resources around Edinburgh, including galleries and museums. All students have access to our own library of art books but, if resident in Edinburgh, they can also access the comprehensive Art and Design Library provided by the City of Edinburgh Council.  

The School has a Mac and PC computer suite with facilities for printing and photocopying, digital cameras and data projectors. 

Throughout the day and evening coffee and tea are provided, and there is a small kitchen with a fridge, kettle and microwave ovens for preparing food. Coffee and lunch breaks are a great opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow students.