This is an innovative research programme exploring diverse exchanges between the creative arts, humanities and physical and social sciences. It combines research and practice to provide a critical environment within which students are encouraged to challenge existing disciplinary definitions. It focuses on interdisciplinary research methodologies and experiments with creativity across media and fields of knowledge, including new technologies when appropriate.
Drawing on resources within Edinburgh College of Art and the wider University, this is a programme that is tailored to support each student’s individual research project for which a proposal should be submitted as part of the application process.
Prospective students might have had experience as creative practitioners beginning to engage with interdisciplinary working methods or have completed study in a specific subject and now seek to apply that knowledge through creative practice. In special cases equivalent experience may be considered as an alternative for previous degree qualifications.
Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and practice based studio activity.
Projects encourage original thinking and independence achieved within a framework of individual and collaborative creative practice.
Training and support
All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.
You will be encouraged to work autonomously and collaboratively and you will have the opportunity to study with others in subject specialisms from across the rich and diverse courses offered by the University. This provision is negotiated with you from the outset, based on the research proposal you are required to submit as part of the application process, to ensure an appropriate fit and the viability of your overall programme of study. You will also work closely with the CIRCLE research group.