Students at DCA


31 August 2017

We want to say a big hello to all the freshers starting university over the next week or so and also a huge welcome back to those students returning to Dundee for another year of study. For those who might be new to Dundee and Dundee Contemporary Arts, let us introduce ourselves: we're a contemporary arts centre that enables audiences, artists and participants to see, experience and create. With our cinema, gallery, print studio, shop and Jute Café Bar all under one roof in a handy city centre location, we're conventient for both the University of Dundee and Abertay University. We wanted to share a bit more about what goes on in DCA and let you know about the advantages, deals and offers your student card can get you.


Our cinema programme is developed entirely in-house by our Head of Cinema, Alice Black, and we pride ourselves on showing a wide variety of films as well as hosting special events, film courses and quiz nights. Take a look at our Cinema Guide to see what's coming up or pick up a printed copy from Box Office. 

  • Student tickets are £5 for regular screenings.
  • Discount on event screenings.


We show about five exhibitions of contemporary art each year in our galleries, which can include early career Scottish artists, work by international artists who have not shown in the UK before, or work linked to specific strands and themes such as the annual Discovery Film Festival. We also offer free daily exhibition tours by our friendly Gallery Assistants so you can get to know more about the work on show. Our current exhibition is Victim of Geography by Clare Woods. Come in and have a look at these vast and vibrant painting before the exhibition closes on Sun 10 September and then join us for our next exhibition, Kelly Richardson's The Weather Makers, from Sat 23 September - Sun 26 November. Alongside each exhibition we also programme a series of interesting events, the majority of which are free.

  • Free for everyone.

Print Studio

Perfect for those studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, or anyone who just enjoys being creative, our Print Studio is full of state-of-the-art facilities to help you create print, photography and digital work. From a Victorian relief press to 3D printers and a laser cutter, there are so many different techniques to choose from. Come along to one of our many courses, workshops or taster sessions to try your hand at something new or develop your skills further. If you'd like to be able to use our Print Studio whenever you like, you can also become a Registered User.

  • Annual cost of £24 to become a Registered User.
  • Discount on courses and workshops.


In our shop you can find a unique selection of design, jewellery and craft sourced both locally and from across the UK. We bring together work by talented emerging and established independent makers alongside contemporary homeware design brands, and sell a wide range of books, magazines, gifts and stationery. Pop in and get organised for the start of the new semester.

  • Get 10% off in store with your student card.

Jute Café Bar

With great coffee, delicious food, a wide variety of drinks and free wifi, Jute Café Bar is an excellent place to hang out or to celebrate handing in your first assignment.

  • Takeaway coffee starts from £1.50.
  • Free wifi.

Explore our website, sign up for our mailing list or follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram to keep up to date with what's going on in DCA. We hope to see you soon!

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