This programme considers the relationships between various creative disciplines to provide a framework of advanced study where you can develop practical and academic interest in the visual arts and architectural and environmental practice.
The programme attracts a multidisciplinary group, primarily of artists, architects and designers, who wish to develop interdisciplinary skills in response to complex environmental issues.
A major objective of the programme is to expand your personal development by introducing new modes of practice through direct engagement with site-specific projects and installations. Its principal focus is site-informed spatial exploration and project development, where you will be provided with a project base from which to address varying scales of contemporary issues, from embodied and sensory values, site and place making and cultural landscapes, to carbon innovation and environmental change.
The programme is primarily studio-based, with students benefiting from one-to-one teaching and small group critiques. Inter-related project and reflective courses provide a correlation between practice and theory, while encouraging you to professionally integrate research, creative practice and contemporary cultural theory as a pathway for individual development.
Through regular group seminars each student is compelled to position their personal approach in respect of the broad multidisciplinary expertise of the group, reinforcing individual, disciplinary perspectives through enriched understanding. Your creative process will be documented through a portfolio that presents a range of professionally aligned contextual assignments.
Programme tutors are practising artists, architects and landscape architects, complemented by a wide range of disciplinary input from across the humanities and social and physical sciences, including the contribution of distinguished visiting guest speakers. Travel is encouraged for research purposes, as a means of maintaining awareness of current issues. We have excellent relationships with a wide range of institutions from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation to the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, and with scientific centres across the University through the Biological Architecture Lab.
The locus and form of set projects will change annually according to available opportunities. The learning outcomes of individual modules are constant within these different contexts.
Outcomes of project work are shown in exhibitions and presentations which are co-organised by the students.
Through our range of excellent contextual projects each student can develop a portfolio of advanced practical work that addresses a range of contemporary issues while being underpinned with theoretical insights.
This programme carries a high degree of prestige based on our reputation to educate a new generation on the values and skills of interdisciplinary practice currently in demand across the creative industries.
The portfolio and expertise developed through this programme will demonstrate a significant breadth and depth of creative skills to bring new and informed conceptual thinking to any space, site or landscape.
Covering the study and design of interior spaces in relation to a wide range of public and private environments, this programme will guide you through innovative design projects that will enable you to explore the design potential of existing buildings and find new uses for old or redundant spaces through the design of contemporary insertions.
You’ll be encouraged to focus on the aspect of interior design that you find most interesting or personally relevant, and take charge of the direction of your coursework.
Visits from industry practitioners, along with our strong link with commercial design consultancies and architectural practices, are invaluable in providing opportunities for additional expert advice and critical appraisal.
This programme integrates practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies. The aim is to encourage and support postgraduate students who wish to explore interior design as a means of expressing ideas and opinions.
Projects are based within existing historic buildings in Edinburgh, usually in need of regeneration, and often significant to communities or the wider city. There is also an element of exhibition design to the programme, whereby in the last semester students are responsible for the design and construction of the ECA Interiors show at the Free Range Exhibition in London.
For assessment, you will produce a body of practical and written work on an agreed self-initiated topic. This may include set projects within the programme curriculum.
We have an enviable track record of success as our graduates gain interior design work here in the UK and overseas, or set up their own businesses.