Special Classes: Etching, wood block printing.
The syllabus of the general preliminary course is as follows:
Modelling: Studies of natural and ornamental form, modelled study of casts from the antique and from life.
Architecture: Elements of architectural forms and proportions studied from the Roman classic orders and their structural decorations from Greek origin, drawing and sketching.
The secondary schools' higher leaving certificate in drawing exempts from the elementary drawing of this course.
The diploma of the college is granted to students in each section who have followed a prescribed course for not less than three years, and have produced work to the satisfaction of the judging committee.
Test examinations are held each session, and selected examples of each student's work retained. The collected records of class and test work during the student's full course form the foundation upon which the award of the diploma is based.
In order to obtain the diploma in painting, sculpture, and designing, the student must take a general preliminary course, which includes a certain amount of study in each of the four sections of the college, lasting for at least one session, and each student must produce work to the satisfaction of the judging committee before he or she can specialise for a diploma.
Women students are also eligible to compete for the diploma for architecture, and the general preliminary course includes a certain amount of study in that section of the college.
Students who have left the college before completion of the diploma work required are admitted to sit for the final tests for the diploma, at the end of every session, on payment of a fee of ten shillings, provided their record of work is of a standard approved by the committee.
All students taking the diploma course in design are required to specialise in one craft, and almost every woman student takes either embroidery or illumination work. A large number take wood-carving and stained glass, book-tooling, or metal-work in addition.
Certificates for evening class work are granted to students in each subject of the evening classes who have followed a course of study in the subject, or class, for not less than one session, have attended on not less than 75 per cent. of the evenings of the course undertaken, and have produced satisfactory work during the period of study.
Students who wish to become "specialist art teachers," recognised by the Scotch Education Department, can take a course in teaching method and practice, arranged by the Edinburgh Provincial Committee. This embraces introductory lectures on general method, general psychology as applied to education, and personal and school hygiene, which can be taken concurrently with the college diploma course, or may preferably be taken in one year after its completion.
Women students compete on equal terms with the men for the important travelling scholarships of the college, and have already done exceedingly well, for during the last three years no fewer than six valuable travelling scholarships have fallen to their share.
In 1908-9 Miss Wilma Weir took a £100 travelling scholarship. In 1909-10 no fewer than four travelling scholarships went to women - Miss Bessie G. Molyneux, £50; Miss Mary Ashe Robertson, £30; Miss Helen A. Wingate, £30; and Miss Jenny Campbell, £45. In 1910-11 Miss Winifred R. Black won a travelling scholarship of the value of £50.
During the same period at least a dozen women students of the college have obtained good appointments as art teachers, a number have private pupils, and others, again, are engaged in executing private commissions for various kinds of art work.
There are two ladies' hostels, the Muir Hall of Residence, 12, George Square; and Masson Hall, 31, George Square, where women students of the college are made very comfortable. Information as to lodgings may be had from the college office.
A wood-carving class at work. All students taking the diploma course are required to specialise in one craft
The students' club, where social meetings are held from time to time, and lectures delivered by distinguished artists, is an important and highly popular college institution. There are also various tennis, hockey, and other clubs run by the students.