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The creative hub at the heart of the University of Dundee

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has a world renowned reputation for high-class teaching and research. We offer a range of courses across 11 disciplines and are also the only university in Scotland to offer a General Foundation entry course to nurture and develop your artistic skills and help you to decide which subject specialism you wish to pursue for the following three years.

We support and encourage our students throughout their study by providing them with the skills and knowledge to launch their careers and realise their potential and ambitions. 

A welcome and introduction from our Dean

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has been ranked in the World's Top 1 percent by QS World University Rankings. Furthermore, we have been voted number one in Scotland in the 2014 International Student Barometer (ISB), the largest annual study of international students in the world and many of our disciplines have been ranked in the top 20 of The Guardian University Rankings.

The University of Dundee has been recognised as offering the best student experience in Scotland for the sixth year in succession, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey.


The city of Dundee has been awarded UNESCO City of Design status which recognises the design innovations Dundee has contributed to the world.

Our students and alumni

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has a proud tradition of producing graduates who go on to achieve greatness in their chosen fields. Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz and nominees David Mach, Louise Wilson and Luke Fowler have all studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Other notable alumni include photographer Albert Watson, fashion designer Hayley Scanlan, film director David Mackenzie, video games pioneer Aaron Garbut and the late painter Alberto Morrocco.

Recent graduates are often among those at the forefront of creativity and innovation. For example, for the last three years our students have won more awards at New Designers exhibition than students from any other institution in the UK with five of our graduates winning awards at this year’s exhibition. Furthermore, fifteen of our recent graduates will also be taking part in Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries exhibition 2016 which is regarded as the most prestigious showcase for young artists in Scotland. 

Edward Humphrey, an alumni of the college was awarded the £14,000 Fleming-Wyfold Bursary at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries exhibition in March 2015. 

Quality teaching and research

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 which measures the quality of work conducted by the higher education sector, ranked Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design number one in Scotland and sixth in the UK for world-leading research. Our research received a 90 percent four star rating – the highest possible – for its research environment, marking it out as one of the most desirable places to work on research.

Our teaching staff are closely connected to their respective industries working with top companies across the globe, such as Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom. They are also active practitioners in their field, exhibiting their work alone or part of the national collections at the world’s leading museums and galleries, including the V&A, TATE and MoMA, New York.

Our learning partnerships reflect the esteem in which we are held globally, with collaborations in China, Korea, India, USA, Canada & Rwanda and Erasmus student exchange agreements with 21 European institutions.

The Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum now has advanced plans for the V&A at Dundee, which will become Scotland’s leading centre for design when it opens its doors in 2018. This development is being led by the University of Dundee in partnership with Scottish partners and the V&A. The V&A Dundee will join the world class Dundee Contemporary Arts providing a local thriving cultural quarter within walking distance of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Visit us

We recognise that where you choose to study is just as important as what you want to study.

Our open days are an excellent way for you to see Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, The University of Dundee and the City of Dundee before you apply. Everyone is welcome to attend including school students, college students, parents, teachers and careers advisors.

The visit days will include scheduled talks, the chance to speak to staff and students, as well as tours of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and campus of The University of Dundee. The video below will give you an inside track on what to expect.

Find out more about upcoming open days