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Duncan of Jordanstone and College of Art and Design was established as part of the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology in 1892 and became an autonomous institution in 1975 before merging with the University of Dundee in 1996. It is regarded as one of the top Colleges of Art and Design in Britain.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has been rated as the top institution in Scotland for research in art and design, and one of the best in the whole of the UK.  The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) published December 2014 confirm our position as a world class centre of excellence for research in our disciplines. The REF provides the most rigorous and comprehensive assessment of the quality of research in academic disciplines throughout the United Kingdom. 


#1 in Scotland for world-leading research (REF 2014)

#1 in Scotland for student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

#1 in the UK for the quality of art & design research environment (REF 2014)

#1 Art & Design institute in Scotland for course satisfaction (2011 Guardian University Guide: Art & Design)

#1 Art & Design institute in Scotland for satisfaction with feedback (2011 Guardian University Guide: Art & Design)

#1 Art & Design institute in Scotland for Postgraduate student/staff ratio (2012 Guardian Postgraduate Subject Tables)


The University is home to the outstanding Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, regarded as one of the top colleges in Britain.
(Sunday Times University Guide, 21 September 2008)
The University of Dundee is ranked the top Scottish institution - and 5th in the UK for student experience.
2011 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
(The Degree Show) is so innovative, and the amount of talent that I've seen is really overwhelming - it really gives you hope for the future.
Lorraine Kelly
This year’s Scottish degree show season opens with an impressive performance by students at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee. With alumni such as Louise Wilson, Luke Fowler and Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz, not to mention a staff body that includes Louise Scullion, Matthew Dalziel and Graham Fagan, the college is a world-class contender, producing some of the best artists in Scotland – with this year’s degree show testament to such a claim.
Andrew Cattanach, Arts Editor for The Skinny, 2012