Open Days 2021, Leith School of Art

Foundation Course 2022/2023

If any student is thinking of full-time study in the visual arts, then Leith School of Art’s Foundation Course is an excellent starting point.  Unique in Scotland, the course is diagnostic, helping each student find their own direction. Guided by our artist tutors, students build up a specialised portfolio for application to higher education art schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.  With a high staff/student ratio of about 1:15, the course delivers personal, high quality tuition to each student.

Open Days

Our Open Days are a great chance to get firsthand experience of what life in an art school is really like. We are absolutely delighted to resume our in-person Open Days for this academic year.  Our Foundation Course Open Days will be:

Tuesday 26 October – 10am till 3pm

Thursday 18 November – 10am till 3pm

  • See the Foundation Course in action – our October Open Day will see the students working on their Illustration week and our Open Day in November covers our Options week where students have the opportunity to choose a discipline – body adornment, lens based work or mixed media painting
  • Speak with students about their experience on the course so far
  • Option of scheduling one-to-one discussions with a member of the team and have your portfolio reviewed ahead of making an application.
  • Student Registrar & Welfare Officer will also be available to answer any questions regarding the application process, finance and studying and living in Edinburgh

If any students are not able to come on this date please get in touch to arrange an alternative date.


The School offers a Bursary Scheme that is funded by our supporters and a wide range of trusts and foundations.  This allows us to offer financial support to prospective students who would not otherwise be able to study here.  Funding is limited and allocated on a means-tested basis, and is usually up to a maximum of 50% of the course fees.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us

0131 554 5761


The Scottish Youth Climate Summit Registration

The Scottish Youth Climate Summit is now open for registrations, and we are delighted to invite the young people from Preston Lodge High School to attend!

What are your climate action priorities? Join us for the Scottish Youth Climate Summit to connect with young people (11-26), learn from experts and create Scotland’s Youth Climate Declaration in advance of COP26.

Criteria: All young people aged 11 – 26 years

Date: Saturday 30th October, 9:30 – 17:00 (with the option to hop in and out of workshops depending on availability)

Register here:

@KSBScotland @YouthLinkScot @YoungScot

The Scottish Youth Climate Summit will bring together a diverse range of young people, to discuss their priorities for climate action in Scotland. Working alongside a range of climate experts and activists, participants will create a national youth declaration on climate change, highlighting the most pressing issues for children and young people and setting out their demands to the Scottish Government and international decision-makers.

Topics will include:

  • Children’s rights
  • Youth engagement (in decision-making)
  • Education & jobs
  • Just transition
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy & renewables
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Rural & islands

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about leading climate action projects led by young people and learn about topics such as energy security, green careers, and climate activism. The online event will culminate with participants creating a film of their demands: the digital declaration.

Contact Naomi Dixon, COP26 – Development Officer Project Coordinator, via if you have any questions about the event.

ORBIT Youth Council, a unique opportunity for your students

Jupiter Artland Foundation are looking for young people – aged 16 or 17 – to join the ORBIT Youth Council, a unique opportunity launched  by Jupiter Artland to help realise their vision to take our newly commissioned artwork by Rachel Maclean to communities across Scotland. ORBIT Youth Council will be formed by a group of 16-18-year olds from all over Scotland; Orkney to Glasgow, Mallaig to Cumbernauld. They are dedicated to amplifying the voice of Scotland’s youth. ​Together with a team from Jupiter Artland, the Youth Council is shaping an exciting, new programme of art projects for communities across Scotland. Young people are at the helm of the decision making.

The application process asks for short answers to three questions – we are not expecting students to write an essay – we want to get to know them, their interests and what they hope to gain from becoming a member of the ORBIT Youth Council. To find out more, and how your students can apply, head to our website:


Musselburgh Job Fair

There is a Job Fair / Recruitment Open Day taking place in the Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh on Friday 22nd October from between 10am-1pm.

There are is a wide range of sectors attending this recruitment day, from Engineering firms, childcare, supermarkets, laboratories to admin roles.

To register for the event use the link below

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s Invitation to attend the Schools’ Lecture Series

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh are delighted to offer another round of the Schools’ Lecture Series. These lectures guide students through the process of applying for medical school and teaches them how to distinguish themselves among other candidates. Information about forthcoming events can be found here


City of Glasgow College – Virtual Clearing day event

City of Glasgow College will host a Virtual Clearing Day event on Thursday 12th August 2021 between 2pm- 6pm.

Registration is now open! To sign up please click here. Alternatively, you can access the registration link from the College website

We have limited spaces on some courses beginning August/September 2021, but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff or parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

  • Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.
  • Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.
  • Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

EBSOC Paid Internship – Closing date August 11th

EBSOC are just launching their paid internship (10 months, £17,361 – £17,682 p.a.)

Based at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, the Roslin Institute are seeking an enthusiastic individual for the first year of a new internship programme to support the setup and delivery of public engagement activities at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC). This fixed-term internship would be an ideal opportunity for a school or college leaver who is keen to gain experience in a scientific support role and build their science skills before pursuing higher education or work in science.
Individuals who are offer holders for the University of Edinburgh’s Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences degree courses in 2021/22 are encouraged to apply, with offer deferral available to the successful applicant.

More information and to apply ->
Given the location of the job (Easter Bush Campus) it would probably only suit someone living local to Edinburgh/Midlothian.
We realise that the timing is not ideal (closing date August 11th) but our hands were tied with that.

Matilda Summer School

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 8 and 18 to star in our production of MATILDA JR. – one of the UK’s best-loved musicals.

Overseen by a professional production team, the 2-week Summer School will culminate in 6 fully-staged performances of MATILDA JR. on The Brunton stage.

Throughout an intensive rehearsal period, participants will also take part in drama games, workshops, improvisation, vocal technique classes, movement and much, much more. Not only will participants get to perform on The Brunton stage, they will also develop many invaluable life skills along the way.

Daily rehearsals will take place at The Brunton.

The cost for the 2-week Summer School is £175.00. Some assisted places are available.

To register your interest, or for more information, please email:


APPRENTICESHIPS: ScotRail is hiring people aged 16 and over for four-year engineering apprenticeship. At the end of the four-year apprenticeship, you will receive a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (both mechanical and electrical).

They also offer 18 month Customer Service Apprenticeships. At the end of the apprenticeship, you would achieve a Customer Service SVQ.

Find out more and apply here