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Material Practice (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme offers a new, contemporary, cross-disciplinary approach to materials: the stuff that we use to form the spaces in which we live, produce the objects that we use and create or destroy the environments that we inhabit.

The global economy and market have expanded exponentially in response to information and communication technology. However, the physical nature of materials will always be subject to contextual particularities, such as traditional practices, availability of resource and skills, emerging materials and technologies.

This programme provides an opportunity for advanced study of materials in contemporary practice. Many practices in architecture, design and art engage in cross-disciplinary, cross-material activity.

The programme will be available to students from a variety of design and creative material practice, art and craft, architecture backgrounds and more traditional technologically based disciplines, such as engineering, looking to expand their skills and understanding in both material techniques and collaborative practice. Collaborative practice is becoming a more recognised paradigm for dealing with many contemporary design issues.

The programme cuts across notions of process and concerns different interpretations of materials and their role in creative practice, design and production. The programme also addresses directly important contemporary issues of economy, inclusion and sustainability, through the major projects in the second semester.

Programme structure

The programme is largely workshop and studio based, and students will gain experience and expertise from a variety of tutors, support staff and technicians. Periods will be spent in different workshops of the ECA, to explore materials and technique including: metals, glass, textiles and architecture.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Material Practice seeks to provide core learning outcomes:

To understand and develop further skills in materials technique and processes
To explore and develop cross disciplinary design and creative practice
To understand the evolving nature of material practice and digital fabrication
To understand explore contemporary issues and themes through material investigations
To formulate and undertake cross-disciplinary research in materials and material practice
Career opportunities
Graduates can direct their career, having furthered their skills, explored and developed cross disciplinary design and creative practice and explored contemporary issues and themes.

Opportunities exist with the many and various cross-disciplinary practices that operate in design professions such as product design, architecture and art practice.

The programme will also help those that wish to develop their own practice as fabricators or design/contractors.

Visit the Material Practice (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

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