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Design Informatics (MFA/MA)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme lets you reinvent your craft, deepening your design and art expertise while working with informaticians. Our advanced programmes, for professionals and recent graduates, are hands-on, progressive and designed with industry at their heart.

You’ll combine cutting-edge design with information hacking to develop products and services that can transform lives.

Your projects and case studies will apply your skills to real-life design challenges, including building new products and services, and next generation social media tools. No previous coding skills are required. Our vision is for design informatics to lead on designing with data, combining informatics and design to support an augmented society. Just as virtual reality is blending into augmented reality, the digital economy and information society will evolve into an augmented society.

As informatics products drive this evolution, natural human intelligence intertwines with vast data-processing power. Emerging products are revolutionising the way social and economic value can be generated. Design is embracing adaptive devices and services that learn and teach. Research by design enriches both informatics and design.

This programme weaves together threads from both with machine learning an overarching theme. For design, these are product, media, fashion and architecture. For informatics: vision and robotics, interaction, sensor networks, and synthetic biology.

Programme structure

In the first year, you will study:

-Design Informatics: Histories and Futures
-Design For Informatics
-Case Studies in Design
-Design with Data
-Design Informatics Project
-plus one course from a suite of digital design options

On Design with Data, you will work with actual data from an organisation such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or National Museum of Scotland. You’ll focus on the Internet of Things, working with software and electronics to connect material objects with streaming data.

MA students then undertake a dissertation in the summer before graduation.

MFA students take a summer placement with a relevant and exciting digital organisation then return for a second year of study, including:

-Informatics Research Review
-a second Case Studies in Design project
-Product Development
-a dissertation

Visit the Design Informatics (MFA/MA) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (at least equivalent to 2:1 Honours clasification in the UK). Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

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