Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

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Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.jpg
Type Art school
Established 1888
Rector Mark Beaumont
Principal Sir Pete Downes
Dean Professor Paul Harris
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,200
Postgraduates 100
Location Dundee, Scotland, UK
Affiliations University of Dundee
Website www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) is an integral part of the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. It is ranked as one of the top schools of art and design in the United Kingdom and has an outstanding reputation in teaching, practice and research.[1][2]


Attempts were made to establish an art school in Dundee from the 1850s, and evening classes in art were taught at the High School and the YMCA with great success. A full-time art school only became a possibility following the creation of the Dundee Technical Institute in 1888. The Institute was based in Small's Wynd, now part of the University of Dundee's main campus, and shared facilities with what was then University College, Dundee.

From the start, art classes were taught at the Institute in the evenings by George Malcolm, but in 1892 Thomas Delgaty Dunn was appointed as the first full-time art master, and this is now regarded as the date of the present college's foundation.

The Technical Institute's main building, designed by J Murray Robertson, soon became inadequate, particularly when the High School and YMCA art classes were amalgamated with those of the Institute. A fund-raising campaign was launched in 1907 and in 1911 the Institute moved to new and much grander premises on Bell Street, designed by Robert Gibson and James Langlands, where it re-opened as Dundee Technical College & School of Art. A further incentive to the development of the school had come in 1909 with the bequest of £60,000 by James Duncan of Jordanstone [3] to establish an independent art school in the city. A lengthy legal battle ensued as to whether the existing college could spend the money, and it was not until the 1930s that an agreement was reached whereby the College was reorganised as Dundee Institute of Art & Technology, the College of Art to be autonomously run on a separate site away from the Technical College. A site was chosen and plans drawn up by architect James Wallace in 1937, but due to delays largely caused by the war construction did not begin until 1953. Classes began in what is now called the Crawford Building in 1955, though it would not be completed until 1964.

The College did not become entirely independent of the Institute of Technology (now the University of Abertay) until 1975, when it was officially renamed Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (though it had been known as such unofficially for many years). By that time it has expanded into a new building next door (now called the Matthew Building, designed by Baxter Clark & Paul). The College remained independent until 1994, when it became part of the University of Dundee.[4] Over time Duncan of Jordanstone has built up strong academic links with other disciplines in the University, manifested in joint programmes such as Digital Interaction Design and Product Design.


DJCAD is a School within the University of Dundee and is led by the Dean, Professor Paul Harris, the Deputy Dean, Professor Jeanette Paul (also Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching), the School Manager Fiona Brown and 3 other Associate Deans; Stephen Partridge (Research); Mary Modeen (International); Janice Aitken (Quality and Academic Standards). DJCAD is structured around Undergraduate, Post-graduate and Research portfolios rather than the more traditional disciplinary departmental approach.


Artists: Johanna Basford,[5] Malcolm Buick, Calum Colvin OBE, Matthew Dalziel (of Dalziel + Scullion), Malcolm Dickson, Katy Dove, JKB Fletcher, Luke Fowler (2012 Turner Prize Nominee), Derek Guild, Nael Hannah, Jackie Hatfield, Euan Heng, Marine Joatton, Richard Johnson, Anna King, David Mach (1988 Turner Prize Nominee), Lucy McKenzie, Holger Mohaupt, Duncan Mosley, Scott Myles, Valerie Norris, Christopher Orr, Deborah Phillips, Susan Philipsz (2010 Turner Prize), Louise Ritchie, Derek Robertson, Kim Scouller, Cornelia Solfrank, Tony Stallard, Eddie Summerton, Thomson & Craighead, Ian Mcque, and Louise Wilson (of Jane and Louise Wilson 1999 Turner Prize Nominees).

Designers: David Salariya (Salariya Book Company), Russ Nicholson, Andy McGregor, Hayley Scanlan, Calum Convery, Daniel J Sweeney: (Creative Director ITV News, ITN, previously Graphic Designer ITV Breakfast (2011-2015) and Sky News (2004-2011)), Gary Horton (Brand Design Director, Nike EMEA, Amsterdam), Andy Stewart (Visual Design Lead, Android at Google San Francisco), Colin Bennett (previously Art Director – Apple, Associate Creative Director Nest, San Francisco), Tiina Bjork (Creative Director at AKQA, one of the world’s leading digital design agencies), Jamie Wilson (User Experience Architect at AKQA), Malcolm Buick (Creative Director/Partner at Athletics New York City), Graeme Haig (Design Director at Lambie-Nairn), Iain Valentine (Co-owner and Managing Partner, Whitespace – Scotland’s largest digital design agency), Tony Ferreira (Android Visual Designer at Google, London), Chloe Templeman (Design Director at Design Bridge (London, Amsterdam, Singapore & New York)), Steven Flynn (Co-Founder, Compost Creative (London) Visual Effects Company, previously: VE Designer, BBC London), Joanna Montgomery Founder of Digital Design Agency Little Riot and creator of Pillow Talk, Lauren Currie Service Design Agency (featured in Elle Magazine's 30 Women under 30 Who are changing the World),

Apps & Games Designers: Scott Hobbs (iMaschine 2, Attigo Turntables- Native Instruments), Paul Scott Canavan (Distant Star: Revenant Fleet - Blazing Griffin))

Photographers: Albert Watson

Film Directors: 4- time BAFTA Award winner David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense (2011), starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green), Doug Aubrey (World of Skinhead (1996) Channel 4, The Right to freedom of expression, 2008), Geoff Holder, Clio Barnard (BFI Best British Newcomer Award for "The Arbor", The Grierson Award for Best Documentary: Armadillo; The Selfish Giant, Directors Week Cannes 2013), Paul Cameron.

Film Sound: Duncan Craig, sound design Les Misérables (2012 film) - recipient of technical Oscar, and has worked on films such as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and X-Men: First Class

Visual Effects Designers/Artists: Jon Neill (VFX supervisor on Skyfall, X-Men Origins, Wolverine), Jamie Russell, Brendan Body ( VFX on The Amazing Spiderman, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter movies, The Hobbit),

Media: James McIntosh (Food Writer)

Musicians: Tom Simpson, (Snow Patrol), Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball (Average White Band), Gary Clark (Singer, Songwriter, record producer, member of Danny Wilson)

Authors: Geoff Holder


The College research was rated highly in the last UK Higher Education research assessment of 2014 (The REF2014). The Times rated DJCAD as first in Scotland for art and design, and equal 3rd in the UK by Grade Point Average (Intensity) with 58% of its outputs at 3 or 4-star. The Impact element of DJCAD Research was graded 60% at 4-star and 40% at 3-star. The REF judged DJCAD’s research environment, including underlying support and infrastructure, external income, and PhD performance, 100% at either 3 or 4-star levels.[6] The college was commended for its established research culture and interdisciplinary and collaborative research, with a PhD community which in 2014 numbers around 45 with 25 Post Doctoral Research Assistants. Research projects and students are either clustered around the facilities within the college buildings including the campus based Research Studio or within the Visual Research Centre,[7] which is located within Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland's leading contemporary art space.

Current research themes include:

The Creative and Digital Economy & Futures

Visualisation & Application of Visual Thinking including Citizen Science

Archival & Curatorial: Practice, History & Theory

Exhibitions: Sites & Galleries[edit]

The college is based in the Crawford Building facing onto Perth Road at the south-western corner of the University of Dundee's main campus, and the Matthew Building behind it. Temporary exhibitions are held in various galleries within the College, including the Cooper Gallery and the Matthew Gallery organised by the Exhibitions team led by Curator Sophia Hao. Since January 2008, 72 exhibitions, 68 events, 11 performances, 27 talks, 11 seminars/workshops and 3 symposia have been staged. There are four galleries: Cooper Gallery (215 sq. metres); Cooper Gallery Project Space (100 sq. metres); Bradshaw Art Space (90 sq. metres); Matthew Gallery (300 sq. metres). Recent Exhibitions have featured artists: Bruce McLean, Cullinan Richards, Viola Yeşiltaç, Paul Noble.

Aside from the galleries it runs, the College also maintains an art collection of work by its students, usually acquired from the annual Degree Shows. The collection is now managed as a public museum collection by the University of Dundee Museum Services. Works from the collection are regularly exhibited within the University, as well being loaned to other museums and galleries throughout the country. Work by College staff is regularly exhibited in sites owned by the City of Dundee, the University generally or the DCA as well as in events throughout the world.

The college also has a research facility located within the Dundee Contemporary Arts building: the Visual Research Centre, which includes Centrespace - an experimental flexible studio/gallery where research outcomes can be given their first public airing. Established in 1999, the Visual Research Centre is situated within a contemporary art centre (Dundee Contemporary Arts - DCA).

abcD | artists’ books collection Dundee

The VRC also houses a large collection of Artists’ books (artists’ books collection Dundee -abcD)- originally established in 1999 as the Centre for Artists Books by Alec Finlay, now with 1,450 books, multiples and ephemera from 600 artists represented in the collection. (Notable names include Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Carl Andre, John Cage, Valie Export, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, Carolee Schneemann, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Susan Hiller, Yoko Ono, Helen Douglas, Tacita Dean, Bruce Maclean, David Shrigley, Julian Opie, John Latham, Simon Starling, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Bellingham and Toby Paterson).

Dundee Degree Show and Dundee Masters Show[edit]

The Dundee Degree Show is organised annually in May to showcase the work of final year undergraduate students. It usually runs for around a week.

2013 - UK Event Awards - Educational Event of the Year [8]
2014 - New Designers - Best Stand Award [9]


  1. ^ The Saatchi Gallery : (2008-05-17). "Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art - Art colleges around the world". Saatchi-gallery.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  2. ^ "University of Dundee". Northseascreen.eu. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Closure) (Scotland) Order 1994
  5. ^ Rosanes, Kerby (8 May 2013). "Featured Artist: The Inky World of Johanna Basford". UCreative.com. UCreative Network. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  6. ^ http://results.ref.ac.uk/Results/BySubmission/2183
  7. ^ http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/vrc/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  9. ^ http://www.newdesigners.com/Content/New-Designers-Best-Stand-Award-Part-2

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