Rebecca Collins at the Unfinished Institute in Bergen

Rebecca is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses on a variety of practical and theoretical modules in University education settings.

Her specialist knowledge and expertise in sound, curatorial strategies, and performance informs and drives both her research and teaching practices. She has knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including critical theory, aesthetics, and practice-based research.

Rebecca currently teaches Visual Culture, Contemporary Art Theory & Practice, and Sound Art across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) predominantly in relation to artistic research, sound art, and critical thinking. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh she was a teaching fellow at the University of Leeds for Performance and Cultural Industries (PCI) and the Theatre Workshop. She has also been adjunct lecturer  at the University of Sunderland, Aberystwyth University and guest lecturer for the MA in Visual Culture and Performance at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid). 

In 2019 Rebecca designed the specialist course ‘Gendered Soundings? Sound Art and Feminisms’ which brings her interest in sonic practices into dialogue with critical feminist theory. To date the course has run twice and was redesigned in 2020 for online delivery, to great acclaim. Alumni from the course have published work in peer-reviewed journals, had their practice accepted to prestigious platforms and been accepted onto international postgraduate study programmes.

Rebecca Collins presenting her research at the Reina Sofia Museum
Rebecca Collins exhibition opening

Rebecca has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on a range of topics including gender, visual aesthetics, sound, art writing and fiction. She has also acted as internal examiner on a number of PhD thesis.

She has supervised one PhD project to completion and is currently supervising two candidates whose research explores listening, social engagement, ecology and lecture performance formats.

In total Rebecca has accumulated over 1000+ hours of teaching experience, including course organiser roles and personal tutoring in four different UK Universities.  She has written and proposed new courses, designing bespoke materials and assessments.

She is currently re-designing the second year ‘Art in Context’ course for Edinburgh College of Art’s BA in Fine Art.

Rebecca Collins with computer