Alex Carrick was first appointed on to the teaching staff at Edinburgh College of Art in 1914 and became Head of sculpture in 1928. He had no formal training as a teacher but seems to have been one of those naturals who could inspire his students and enthuse them with his own passion for sculpture. As teacher and head of sculpture he had a lasting influence on Scottish sculpture, particularly in his encouragement of the craft of carving and he fostered a new generation of talented Scottish artists including Phylis Bone, Mary S. Boyd, Murray McCheyne, Elisabeth Dempster, Hew Lorimer, Scott Sutherland and Tom Whalen. Carrick not only instructed but also tirelessly and unselfishly sought out opportunities for his students. There are examples in his business papers of him recommending students to prospective clients instead of himself. A good example of this was the way in which he sought opportunities for his students to display works and make contributions at the Empire Exhibition.