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Art, Space and Nature (MFA/MA)

Course Description

Programme description

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.

Programme structure

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Fees and costs

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

Visit the Art, Space and Nature (MFA/MA) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

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